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    Thursday, October 04, 2007

    Three And Out: FSU-NC State

    This week's Three And Out" comes from NC State grad Steven.He has a blog, "Section Six" , that covers NC State football. He is a 2005 graduate of NC State University and a lifelong Wolfpack fan. Steven lives in Raleigh. We want to thank Steven for his answers to my questions.

    1. How confident are fans and the coaching staff in
    quarterback Daniel Evans?

    I can't speak for the coaching staff, but as far as the fans go, I think it's safe to say there's a general lack of confidence. Evans's ship has sailed; he had more than enough time to assert himself last season but never did beyond the brief glimmers of hope that were the Boston College and (hah!) FSU games. He was so ineffective in the lone game he started this season that he was pulled by the coaching staff in the second quarter.

    Evans throws INTs less often than Harrison Beck, but he isn't nearly as physically gifted, and while he does the best he can with his limitations, it's just not enough. Beck opens up the offense to possibilities that are beyond Evans's talents, which is what makes him intriguing despite the bad decision making.

    2. Who are the key players that need to step up for NC
    State on offense and defense in order to compete with
    FSU on Saturday?

    Aside from Evans, a good effort from the offensive line would be nice. We aren't going to have a chance if we can't open up some running lanes for Andre Brown. Some balance would be particularly helpful in our case. If the offensive line can run block well, Brown will take care of the rest.

    It's an obvious point, but the big thing for us is just not turning the ball over. We're averaging nearly four giveaways per game.

    Defensively, again, it's about the line. NC State hasn't held a single opponent under 200 yards rushing this season (you're welcome in advance, Antone Smith) and opposing quarterbacks have hardly been bothered (NC State ranks 116th in rushing defense and 103rd in sacks). We've got to be able to put the Florida State offense behind schedule.

    3. What are the overall strengths and weaknesses of NC State compared with FSU?

    Let's see here... strengths... strengths... I'm sure there's something... ooh!... no, nevermind. Thought I had it there.

    The Wolfpack secondary should be able to match up with the FSU receiving corps, but other than that, I don't know. Whatever weaknesses our opponents have tend to disappear when we play them.

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