I wanted to thank WRAL-TV’s Blog for the great NC State coverage over the last few days and take a moment to highlight and some recent items. Before I get too far into the entry, I would be making a big mistake if I did not send your attention to this great entry setting up Saturday’s key game with the Demon Deacons. The Wolfpack is in a position to contend for the ACC Atlantic Division Championship and Saturday’s game is too important to ignore in this entry.
Trestman Coming Into His Own
I will start with David Glenn’s blog entry focusing on Offensive Coordinator, Marc Trestman. Trestman is in the middle of his second year with the Wolfpack and seems to be adjusting to calling a college game.
The Wolfpack’s second-year offensive coordinator had against the Seminoles a coach’s equivalent of a 300-yard passing game, or a 150-yard rushing effort. And Trestman did it against FSU’s Mickey Andrews, one of the best defensive coordinators in the nation.
On Thursday night, Trestman earned his stripes for NCSU, which rushed for 150 yards (on 37 carries) and passed for 190 (13-20, no interceptions, three touchdowns) against the Seminoles. It proved to be the perfect recipe for success.
What do good coordinators do on game day? They know their own personnel and tendencies extremely well, they know their opponent’s personnel and tendencies pretty well, and they make decisions based on those facts that are designed to put their players in the best possible positions to succeed. Against FSU, that’s exactly what Trestman did all night long.
To be fair, Trestman’s statistical performance to this point in his career leaves A LOT to be desired. NC State has scored more than 24 points only once in Trestman’s tenure…and that was against Eastern Kentucky. Through five games this season, the Wolfpack ranks only 90th in the country in scoring offense with 19.6 points per game.
But as Dave Glenn pointed out, it seems that Trestman is hitting his stride and becoming more comfortable with his rhythm and style. It is no coincidence that this improved perception of Trestman corresponds with the switch to Daniel Evans as starting quarterback. Evans passing ability and decision making obviously create significant lattitude in Trestman’s mind. This is manifested in play calling and offensive versatility that makes Trestman feel much more comfortable and confident in what he can call for the offense and what the offense can execute on the field.
Bob Holliday – Inside the NC State Turnaround
Bob Holliday lauds NC State’s win over Florida State in this blog entry.
Not only did N.C. State defeat Florida State, it played with a flair. The Wolfpack braintrust kept the Seminoles off-balance with a mix of running plays-wide, straight ahead, and even a couple of reverses. State also threw the ball 22 times-mostly downfield. Although the statistics were dead even, and Florida State certainly had its chances to win, credit should go to the N.C. State players and coaching staff. The Wolfpack out-thought and out-fought Florida State.
Tom Suiter – “The Pack is Back”
In this entry, Tom Suiter chronicles his personal observations of the NC State football program’s transformation over the last two weeks. Lots of good stuff in this.
It’s easy to criticize Amato because he puts himself out there. He once said that he knew his personality wasn’t for everybody and he added “You know what? I don’t care.”
That’s Chuck Amato. That’s why a lot of State fans love him, and that’s why others don’t. But the emotional coach, the flamboyant often-combative coach, is a fighter who believes in himself and who believes in his team and who loves N.C. State. He has to be given a lot of credit for turning around what could have been a disaster and that thump you hear are people jumping back on the red and white band wagon.
The Pack is back and Amato has held it together. It’s not easy to be a coach. Your fans love you one game and want to have you fired the next. Amato has made State fans think big and what’s wrong with that? Nobody ever gets to the top without thinking that they can.