Wolfpack scrimmage yields 'good competition'

Scrimmage yields 'good competition'

Staff WriterAugust 9, 2011 

N.C. State football coach Tom O'Brien was vague with the details about Monday's scrimmage at Carter-Finley Stadium, the first of training camp, but he was impressed with the team's enthusiasm and his new quarterback.

"There's good competition right now, especially between the offense and defense," O'Brien said. "They have a pretty good thing going right now, and that's how you get better."

The 85-play scrimmage was closed to the media and O'Brien released general passing, rushing and defensive statistics, such as four quarterbacks combined to complete 20 of 33 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.

He didn't say which numbers belonged to junior Mike Glennon, the team's first-year starter who has to replace the ACC's leading passer a year ago in Russell Wilson, but said "Glennon is playing like he has played his whole life."

The other statistics, according to O'Brien, were six running backs combined for 28 carries and 72 yards, freshman kicker Niklas Sade made four of five field-goal attempts and freshman Wil Baumann averaged 38.6 yards over five punts. O'Brien did not provide any specific receiving numbers.

On defense, O'Brien said, the team had 13 tackles for loss, including six sacks, but no turnovers.

"That's good for the offense but not the defense because they have to create some turnovers," he said.

O'Brien continues to be impressed with Sade. He said Sade made field goals from 28, 37, 37 and 41 yards and missed a 41-yarder.

"That's a pretty good day for your first effort out there," O'Brien said.

The running game, which is searching for replacements for injured sophomore Mustafa Greene, the team's leading rusher a year ago who is expected to miss the first four games of the season, was a concern for O'Brien.

"The defense made it awful tough to move the football for a while," he said.

N.C. State has been working in full pads since Saturday's practice. Today is a scheduled off day, and the team will have its second scrimmage Friday.

Overall, O'Brien said he was pleased with Monday's work.

"It wasn't about a ton of plays," he said. "It was (about) getting a lot of guys a lot of work, so that we can make some evaluations and move forward."

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