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NC State coach Dave Doeren took questions from the media on Monday after giving his review of last Saturday's win against Ball State and a look ahead at this week's ACC opener at Florida State.

Among the first things he was asked was whether backup quarterback Bailey Hockman would once again get "meaningful" snaps again after coming in for two possessions against Ball State ...

"We haven't talked about it yet. That's what we do today, game plan. But I was excited about getting (Hockman) into the game during a series that wasn't mopup duty and allow him to play. It was good for him. He did some good things, had a nice scramble to get us a first down and then, the interception which he'll learn from and grow from. But we don't have anything in stone yet."

Expounding on the subject, Doeren was asked if he QB coach Kurt Roper have considered using both starter Matthew McKay and Hockman in a two-quarterback system similar to the one Roper used when he was an assistant to David Cutcliffe at Duke ...

"We've talked about everything. ... We've talked about all of it."

Doeren was then asked about his team's running back situation, specifically the availability of leading rusher Zonovan "Bam" Knight, who left Saturday's game late in the first half after tweaking a hamstring ...

"Don't know on Bam, (we) expect to have him. I think he could have gone back in the game. But the place we were at, Ricky (Person) was playing well, Jordan (Houston) was playing well. I haven't seen him yet, he's been in the training room doing all those things. But I expect to have him Saturday."

On the luxury of having three effective backs, all with different styles ...

"Like I've said from the start, the change of pace that they all bring, Trent Pennix as well, those are all things that help you use their assets to open up your playbook."

Doeren then turned his attention to his wide receivers, saying they have to do a better job of helping out their quarterback my making the routine catches ....

"You gotta make some tough plays. We'll make those. I'm more concerned with the layups we're missing then about the circus catches we're making. ... The first play of the third quarter we throw a great pass to Emeka (Emezie) and he doesn't catch that ball. Those are the kind of plays, for us ... eliminate the penalties, make the layups and then let's see what happens. That, to me, is the biggest thing we have to do -- be the team that doesn't beat itself, that takes advantage of the plays that are there and then go make the great play. That's how you become elite. We're still working on that."

Doeren was asked for his thoughts on why Florida State has struggled so far this season. Then after attributing it to an inability to play four consistent quarters, he was asked for the reasons behind his own team's recent problems in second halves ...

"If they play like the first quarter for four quarters, they're killing people. They're up 56-9 at the end of the first quarter right now. So I'm sure they're talking about being a four quarter football team. They're like all of us. You want to play your best football for four quarters. They've got really, really talented players on that field. Their offensive skill is elite at every spot."

"Our second quarter has been our best quarter. In the first quarter it's been pretty stale, feeling people out, making good adjustments and taking advantage of it. Defensively, we've played well in the first quarter with the exception of West Virginia. So third quarter we've got to come out of the locker room hot. ... We've got to settle in sooner and be able to maintain that throughout the game."

Finally, Doeren downplayed the importance of his team's ACC opener when asked about finally getting into conference play after starting the season with four nonconference tests ...

"You can look at it from the outside in and, all right, now the stakes are different. For us, they're not. We're looking at this as the next game, the next opportunity. I said that from the beginning of the season, our players were very adamant about having a 1-0 mentality each week and not getting too up or to down trying to play to the level of your competition. That's going to be the same message no matter who we're playing, because that's what these guys have asked for."