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    NC State's Tom O'Brien

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    Slight change in plans, Tom O'Brien will be going before Jimbo Fisher, so here's what NC State's head coach had to say to the media.

    - Tom O'Brien noted how different ACC Kickoff is without Coach Bowden, but that Jimbo Fisher will do a great job this year for Florida State


    - He's excited to have Russell Wilson back at QB, saying "He understood what he wanted to do...we're looking forward to getting him back on the football field"


    - "But I'm not going to count on him being here another year," meaning Russell Wilson will probably only have one year left


    - O'Brien noted the great QB's coming back in the ACC, and how it's a good thing for the conference 


    - He mentioned how huge it was for Nate Irving to be back at linebacker for the Wolfpack


    - "He'll be one of the happiest guys on the football field this year, he and Mark Herzlich both," noting that Irving feels very lucky and blessed just to be able to play football again


    - O"Brien likes what he sees out of Christian Ponder, saying he's a "very smart individual" and "he has very good ability throwing the football," saying he deserved the honor


    - A lot is still being made of the agent controversy, and O'Brien feels that the agents need to stop making contact with the players


    - NC State has a new defensive coordinator in John Tenuta, and he has "great experience and will be a great aid to us"


    - O'Brien joked about wanting an average year, one in which he doesn't have as many injuries as every other year


    - His team expects to having a "winning season and go to to a bowl game for sure"


    - When asked about the possibility of not having hitting during practice, O'Brien feels strongly that you need to have hitting during practice to simulate gamedays. 



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