PC: Wilson, Irving Meet the Media

Pack Pride
Posted Nov 10, 2008


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell Wilson and Nate Irving met with the media today to discuss the game against Wake Forest.

Russell Wilson

"They have a lot of experience, a lot of guys that can run around and play. They play hard every single play and it's going to be a good game."

"I'm really starting to find the tempo of the game... realizing when you have to go fast, when you have to slow down. I guess that comes from experience, and I think it helps the offense."

"I just try to make plays. I try to take what they give me. Wake Forest has a great defense and I'm sure they can do a lot of things. I just have to play each and every play as a new play."

"We're not really worried about that. We're worried about this next game, just winning the game. We know that in-state rivals are really important, but we're just treating it as another big game on our plate. Each and every day we have to go 100% in practice, improve on our mistakes, and improve on things we're doing well."

"Coach O'Brien is a great coach. He knows how to motivate us really well, but at the same time as players we realize that we were 2-6 and we need to get going."

"We just kept coming up on the short end before, but we won that big game at Duke and it definitely helps winning an ACC game. We're looking forward to this game against Wake Forest."

"As they gain confidence in me I gain confidence in them. You've got to credit the offensive line. They did a great job. The running backs did a great job giving me time as well. I've got to give the wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs a chance. They made plays. I trusted them and I trust in their ability. I gave them a chance, and they made plays for us."

"I attribute that to coach Bible, the offensive line, the running backs, the wide receivers ability to block, and also the tight ends. I don't attribute it to myself. I think the running backs have been doing a great job of gaining as many yards as they can, protecting the ball, and I think the offensive line is opening gaps for them. We've got to continue that as well."

"Coach Bible is a great coach and he knows what he's doing. We all trust in him and we go with what he calls for."

Nate Irving

"It felt great just being able to be back on the field with the team and to be able to win that Duke game."

"I haven't been able to watch it yet, but I can only say I've got to get better. I felt I was a little bit rusty, dropping an interception, missing a couple of tackles, missing a couple of reads. I feel I was a little rusty."

"I don't think I made a difference, it's just that when 11 guys have been playing together for a certain amount of time, there's a certain comfort level that is reached."

"There were a few plays in the game that helped us do that... it gave us a little confidence."

"It was the gameplan from the coaches and the effort from the players. We gave 110%, followed the assignments, and did what the coaches asked us to do."

"I think it has a great impression on the players. I think we're the only team that plays all the teams in the state. To be able to beat all of them will give us bragging rights for the year. I think that would be great and everybody on the team wants to accomplish that."

"It would mean a few things because I have people on every single team.... friends, some family on the teams I know."

"I think the coach did a great job in turning that program around and doing what he's done in winning an ACC championship. I think he's done a great job."

"I was in for treatment at least two or three times a day... watching film somtimes in between treatments... just standing on the ankle trying to get it better."

"I think it's a God-given ability. It's from studying opponents so good and being put in situations and knowing what the opponent is going to do."

"I don't think about that. I'm playing for NC State now and whatever happens down the road just happens."


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