October 23, 2007

Tuesday's practice report: DL taking shape

One of the biggest potential developments from the North Carolina State-East Carolina game was the Wolfpack's defense generating a pass rush.

The Pack had six sacks against the Pirates, almost doubling the total of eight in the first six games.

NCSU defensive coordinator Mike Archer was quick to point out that not all the credit belongs with the front four.

"Most of them were coverage sacks, too, I mean [the quarterback] had to hold the ball, so it was a combination of the back seven guys doing a good job of knocking them around and playing the coverage, and the guys doing a good job of rushing the passer," Archer noted. "It was all 11 guys. I think we had two of the sacks on blitzes.

"It was by far the best pass rush we had. It's easier to run the passer when it's third and 13 and it's a lot easier than when it's third and four or third and five. We got them in predictable situations. That was the first time this year we ever had anybody continuously in third and long. I got a pretty good feel and we got a pretty good feel for what they were trying to do. I thought the coverage was as much a part of it."

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