Once again, after a subpar Tuesday practice the 'Pack seemed to bounce back well on Wednesday according to Coach Amato.
"A better practice today than yesterday, and believe me I don't come in here and make things up," he said. "There was better intensity today in the practice."
"It's really young people that have to practice harder than they've ever done before everyday and try to get one percent or two percent better," Amato added. "It's just amazing how good they could get and kids don't realize that."
NC State has a light workout scheduled tomorrow before taking Friday off to rest for Saturday's Wake Forest game.
NC State's defense has impressed observers after three games, leading the nation in pass defense and total defense. However, they will receive their stiffest test of the year on Saturday when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons invade Carter-Finley Stadium.
"Wake's offense will test your discipline in a heartbeat," Amato said. "They do a good job of seeing up in the press box and seeing what's going on. Big plays, I mean big plays. They scored two touchdowns against Boston College. Big plays... big plays."
"They'll hit you with a trick play here or there," he added. "Their whole offense is not trickery, it's deception. They'll fight you, and they play hard."
As defensive coordinator Reggie Herring pointed out on Monday, the Wolfpack coaching staff and players have plenty of respect for the Demon Deacons, and that's even more obvious in Amato's comments.
"This will be the toughest attack offensively that we have seen," Amato said. "Can we do it? It's an ACC game. Can we get it done? Saturday will tell in that stadium over there."
Wake, averaging nearly thirty points a game on the season, features three talented offensive players in quarterback Cory Randolph, wide receiver Jason Anderson, and tailback Chris Barclay.
All three will contend for All-ACC honors and will test the Wolfpack's tough, physical defense.
Reid Ready for Wake Forest
Defensive back Lamont Reid remembers last year's game against Wake Forest. He remembers Deacon duo Jason Anderson and Cory Randolph hooking up on several long pass plays. However, he's not caught up in the hype surrounding last year's game and is not focused on Anderson or any other particular Wake receiver. Reid knows that it's a team game and all that matters is if the Wolfpack can come out on top.
"Well, every game there's going to be matchups," Reid said. "We won't be able to pinpoint the matchup between me and Jason because the game's what is important. Who can win... that's what is important."
Wake's group of receivers is much stronger this season, as Anderson is flanked by talents such as Chris Davis, Willie Idlette, and Nate Morton.
"They run their routes well and they make unbelievable catches," Reid said. "That's what the game is all about. They are playing at the highest ability that they can right now, and we've got to be ready."
Reid, not one to back down from challenges, is looking forward to facing the Deacons. Thus far few teams have tested NC State's top cornerback, and although that may be the case, he feels that it's not a reason to let up when on the field.
"Well, you can tell that they are not [throwing at me], but I still have to play the game," he said. "In three games that may be how it is, but I still have to keep playing hard and doing my job."
Reid's physical style has blended well with Coach Herring's aggressive schemes, and he'll be out on an island this weekend against the Deacons. Can he and the other Wolfpack corners make the big plays that Wake was able to make last year? Everyone will find out on Saturday.
Quote of the Day: "It's about time they do something. They are on scholarship too." -- Amato referring to his emerging defense