Defensive Lineman IK Enemkpali
Watching offensive line mature:
It’s been real good. Every day we go out there and work and just seeing the guys develop every day has just been real good. I’m real excited to see them play.
On the challenge of facing NC State’s offensive line:
What I have found out is the tall guys hate to bend. I have that advantage being a shorter defensive end, but ultimately it is just being physical every play and four quarters being as physical as I can be, and as a D-line being physical.
On prepping for NC State’s two different quarterbacks:
I think the biggest thing for us is we are just going to have to be technique-sound as a whole. It is going to come down to fundamental football as far as tackling and pursuing and running to the ball .
On what it would mean to win the game for the new head coach:
It is going to be real big. With Coach Holtz coming in to his first year at LA Tech, it is going to be real big for us. He has done a real great job. The whole coaching staff has done a real great job. It has been a blessing being around these coaches. He is teaching us everything. Day in and day out he is teaching us life so it would be real big to have a win.
On confidence of the team:
We and the coaches are just harping on playing 60 minutes of physical football. Every day at practice that is what we harp on is to be as physical as we can and things will be in our favor.
On the experienced D-line leading the defense:
I think the experience level is going to be good because a lot of guys have played a lot of football games here. As far as leadership goes, that is going to be a big part. Things are not going to go our way every time. We are going to have to help keep the young guys up and just be that backbone for the defense and the whole team.
On the progression of the linebackers and secondary:
They have been progressing really good. We have the new linebackers with [Daniel] Cobb and [Mitch] Villemez and in the backend with [Thomas] McDonald and the young guys like Xavier [Woods], they have be progressing really good. They have been listening and taking in what the coaches are saying and they are applying out on the field in practice. We are really excited about them.
On the confidence of true freshman Xavier Woods:
Xavier is a different cat. I always look back and he just has that same mellow look on his face, but he makes plays. I am still trying to figure him out, but I am happy he makes plays. He is a good player.
On excitement of playing in coach Dameron’s defense:
I have just been enjoying every second. Coach Dameron brings a different type of play to our defense. We are doing a lot of different things that are real fun. I have just been enjoying every second of being with my teammates in my last year.
On playing in multiple defensive formations:
Coach Dameron does a great job of explaining to us. He knows the way he wants it and he explains it real simple. It can give offenses trouble. A lot of those guys like Justin Ellis playing at the defensive end side and dropping defensive ends is really exciting.
On getting back on the field after missing out on a bowl game last season:
We are real hungry to go to a bowl game again this year, especially after not going to one last year. We open up with NC State and our motto is ‘one step at a time’ so right now we are just worried about this first game.
Quarterback Scotty Young
On finally playing the first game of the season:
I am just excited really. It has been a long time for me since I have actually been preparing, knowing that I am going to be playing in the game. Obviously, there are nerves that come with it but I think that is what is exciting about it. It has been a long time since I have had this feeling because I have been through everything. It is mainly excitement getting ready for this first game.
On calm demeanor helping in the first game:
I think it helps. There are always going to be ups and downs throughout a game, and I think if you can just keep a pretty even demeanor through everything, whether that be good or bad, I think it is going to help. Whether we are in a tough situation or a good situation, if you look stressed or look too up or too down, I think when people look at you if you just have an even calm demeanor about you I think it is going to help the whole team just calm down because there are going to be a lot of people at the game. It is going to be loud so I think if you can just keep calm I think it is going to help everyone around me.
On progression and comfort with offensive line:
I feel comfortable. I think they have done a really good job progressing through this camp. A lot of them have moved around a little bit because of personnel and everything. I think they all have done a good job adjusting whether that be at the same position all camp or whatever. I think they have done a really good job and I feel comfortable behind them.
On the comfort of having Kenneth Dixon:
Obviously, what he did last year was amazing. He has worked hard and he is so passionate about what he does that I think that is one of the biggest things about him. When the ball is in his hands he is a special player.
On any extra incentive to win first game for new head coach:
Obviously we want to win. I think more than anything I am just excited to see what we can do as a team. I think through spring ball and fall camp I think we have progressed so much that I am really more excited about what we can do as a team. I am just excited to get out there and play with my team.
On what has been learned at Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech to lead to first career start:
Mainly just the calmness is what I have learned. There are going to be ups and downs wherever you go and I think that is probably the biggest thing I have learned. I have matured a lot since I started in college. I think that is probably the biggest thing I have learned through being in the programs is that there are going to be ups and downs no matter where you are. If you can just stay calm with everything, and be confident in yourself, everything will work itself out.
On throwing first pass in first collegiate start:
It is going to be awesome. I am excited about it. I have always wanted to play. That is why I went to Texas Tech and it did not work out and that is why I am here. I wanted to play and I think it is just going to be an awesome experience. It is going to be even better being at NC State with a big crowd and everything. I am just really excited about it.
On the benefit of having live contact in practice:
It definitely helps because when you are just getting tagged off on and not getting hit, you do not really have that sense of urgency that you need to have sometimes when it comes to the first game. I think it has helped a lot because if you hold on to the ball too long or make a bad decision you are going to get hit so I think it helps a lot.
On having been hit hard at all by the defense:
No, not this fall. They got me a couple of times in the spring, but the offensive line has done a pretty good job and I think I have done a pretty good job of making quick decisions. The whole offense has progressed from spring until now which has helped us out a lot.
On what was learned watching former quarterback Colby Cameron:
I think the calmness of everything that he did, and really just decision-making is what I learned. He made great decisions last year which obviously is why we had a good year. He did not turn the ball over very often. That is the biggest thing that I have learned from him. If you are not turning the ball over, even if you are punting, that is better than turning the ball over. I think that is probably the biggest thing that I learned from him. It was really awesome to watch him play last year and learn everything that I got to learn from him last year.