NC State's Doeren gets started with spring drillsBy AARON BEARD , Associated Press
Mar. 19, 2013 2:35 PM ET
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren couldn't wait to get started with spring practice Tuesday.
"Obviously you sign up to be a coach to do that — to coach, not sit behind a desk," Doeren said. "There's a lot of things that go into the job, but obviously this is your favorite part of the job so it's fun to be back on the field with the players."
The morning workout was the first for the Wolfpack under Doeren, who guided Northern Illinois to a BCS bowl last season. Doeren replaced Tom O'Brien, who was fired after his program seemed stuck in neutral for much of his six seasons.
Doeren attended his future team's loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl to end a 7-6 season that began with hopes of contending for an Atlantic Coast Conference title. The start of spring offered the first chance for the coaching staff to run the returnees through the paces of new offensive and defensive schemes, from the new terminology to where to line up.
"I think there's always a little bit of anxiousness and anxiety with something is new," offensive line coach Mike Uremovich said. "And there's an excitement with something that's new. They were fired up to get out there. They're tired of being inside lifting all day and running all the drills. They want to run the plays also. They play football to play, not for all the other stuff."
Cornerback Dontae Johnson said players were "anxious and excited" to get started. They had studied film from Doeren's time at Northern Illinois to get a foundation, but it's still an adjustment to run it for the first time as a team on the practice field.
The team won't wear shoulder pads until its third workout Saturday.
"Just understanding the terminology and then relating it to the old system was a little challenge," Johnson said. "I can see it being a challenge for the rest of the guys. Once we get the terminology down, we'll be able to play a lot faster."
N.C. State opens its first season under Doeren on Aug. 31 against Louisiana Tech, the first of four straight home games to open the year.