PACK PRIDE Q&A: Jerod Fernandez

PACK PRIDE Q&A: Jerod Fernandez

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Recently, Pack Pride had a chance to speak with Jerod Fernandez. After being named Co-Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year last season for NC State, the redshirt-freshman from Lake Mary, Fla. is vying for playing time in 2014.

Recently, Pack Pride had a chance to speak with Jerod Fernandez. After being named Co-Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year last season for NC State, the redshirt-freshman from Lake Mary, Fla. is vying for playing time in 2014.

Do you feel the 4-2-5 defense is having an effect on your game?
No. I like it. Whether it is 4-2, 4-3 or whatever, just put the ball down.

What improves have you made since you arrived from high school?
I have gotten a lot stronger and faster. I am using my hands more. In high school, I just ran over people. At the college level you have got to use your hands more.

How well have you made the transition to living in Raleigh?
The winter is cold. I don’t like the cold. I love the heat. It helps [other Florida guys] are here. I am building a relationship with those guys.

How much would it mean to start on opening day?
It is important to be a starter but I will just play my role. If somebody goes down, then I will have to step up and play football. I am on special teams so I will touch the field.

What confidence did you gain from your spring performance?
It built me up because I am a redshirt-freshman. It was the first time stepping on the field playing in front of a crowd, having a tackle and doing my thing and playing the defense, it made it more comfortable coming into the fall so I am not too far behind.

What is it like working with Coach Huxtable?
I love Coach Huxtable. He is a great coach. He knows his stuff. He is very old school. He is to the point in doing exactly what he wants to do. Hux recruited me at Pitt. When he came here, I came here with him.

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