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N.C. State has taken a one day at a time approach in the buildup to the 2017 season. That will be tested this week.
The Wolfpack won every major offensive statistic, but came up short where it counted Saturday. N.C. State’s 35-28 loss to South Carolina marked the first time the Pack has lost a season opener under head coach Dave Doeren.
More importantly, it put the Pack in a position of having little room for error in its quest to become just the second team in program history to reach double figures in victories.
There is a 24-hour rule at N.C. State that applies to celebrating or dwelling on the previous game. Once the contest is 24 hours removed, it is time to focus on the next task at hand.
With that in mind, the Wolfpack is only worried about upcoming opponent Marshall and not the South Carolina game or the ramifications of the loss.
“No matter what happens before we have a 24-hour rule,” redshirt-junior quarterback Ryan Finley said. “We watch the film, go out to our team dinner and then, at that point, it is over with. We are on to the next week and we are 1-0 for that week.”
This week for the Wolfpack it is Marshall. The Thundering Herd is coming off a 31-26 win over Miami (OH) on Saturday.
They also have N.C. State’s full attention.
[The South Carolina] game didn’t change our team goals for this year,” senior H-back Jaylen Samuels said. “We just have got to move forward and put it behind us.
“We have got to move on to the next opponent and Marshall is our next opponent….They have a good defense. They send a lot of pressure. They have got a couple of good guys on defense even though they are kind of young in the secondary.”
There is also the allure of playing at Carter-Finley Stadium for the first time in 2017. The Wolfpack looks forward to its home opener.
At the same time, N.C. State knows it has struggled as a program at home in the previous four seasons. The Pack is 14-14 overall in Raleigh under Dave Doeren.
“It is definitely an advantage our way but we still have got to come out here, go play and execute,” Samuels said. “It is going to be pretty exciting, home opening game against Marshall, for [the seniors] last season.
“It is always vital to go undefeated at home. One of our goals is to go undefeated at home so I am just looking forward to opening and starting it out on Saturday.
A SPECIAL PERSON
Ricky Person is giving N.C. State fans a lot to look forward to.
The senior tailback rushed for 239 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns and added three catches for 85 yards and another score in Heritage’s 53-13 romp over Millbrook Monday.
Person, who transferred to the high school in Wake Forest prior to last season after spending the previous two years at Franklinton High, has 674 yards rushing on only 64 carries for the season.
Heritage, who is coached by former Wolfpacker Dewayne Washington and also sports N.C. State legend Torry Holt as an assistant coach, is now 3-0 on the campaign.
Wilson’s Dexter Wright finished Saturday’s game against South Carolina with two tackles, including a tackle for loss.
The product of Hunt High School also suffered a slight injury against the Gamecocks and Doeren gave an update Monday.
“Dexter just tweaked his groin a little bit,” Doeren said of the redshirt-junior. ‘I don’t know if he is 50 percent, 100 percent. I haven’t met with the training staff...He was walking around [Sunday] during the walkthrough and it seemed like he was feeling pretty good so hopefully he will be back this week.”
Rob McLamb of Inside Pack Sports has covered N.C. State athletics and recruiting since 2012. You can follow him on Twitter @RobMcLamb.