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Here are some highlights from Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren's weekly press conference on Monday, starting with a look back at last week's win against East Carolina and an injury update on junior wide receiver C.J. Riley.

"It was fun to see the guys back on the field. Seventeen guys played their first snaps for us in the game, which was a lot. A lot. Ten were true freshmen, three redshirt freshmen, two transfers and two guys that have been here for awhile. I thought he product on he field was pretty good. There's things we want to do better, but I thought our guys played hard. There was a lot of great effort, great contact, a lot physical blocks, physical tackles, pursuit, energy, passion ... all the things  you look for."

"The things that really stick out to me, we were plus-two in turnover margin. We won the line of scrimmage, which was a challenge to our guys in a game like that, an in-state game, particularly when there was so much said between the hiring of their new coach and how much they wanted to make it different. For us, to have 6.1 yards a carry and 191 yards rushing to their 41 yards rushing speaks to the demeanor of our football team. That's something really important to us culture-wise."

After talking about the ECU game,. he turned his attention to this Saturday's date with Western Carolina ...

"Western Carolina ... another in-state game. A team that has six starters on offense and five starters on defense back, a very athletic quarterback who was their leading rusher a year ago and has played a lot of football for them, a true freshman tailback that we know from Scotland County High School, Syheam McQueen, that we think is a good player, a tight end that had a touchdown for them last week and three receivers that they rotate through. It's a spread option offense, so it will be a good fundamental game for our defense.

"Defensively, they're a lot different from last week's defense. These guys run a lot of different looks. They're in three down, four down, multiple coverage team. I think their nose tackle is really good and their two leading tacklers return."

Doeren also touched on several other subjects, including how C.J. Riley's season-ending knee injury will affect the rotation at wide receiver moving forward ...

"Devin Carter is a guy that needs to step up and seize this opportunity. He's a big body, he's strong, he's been in that room with those guys and understands by watching last year's crew and now. He needs to seize that moment, because he has really good ability and size. The rest of the crew, whether it's Max Fisher, Josiah (Provillion), Tabari (Hines), Thayer (Thomas) ... they're all going to have to know different things."

Doeren also talked about the importance of maintaining the kind of effective running game the Wolfpack had Saturday ...

"Whether we have a 1,000-yard rusher or not, we need to rush for more per carry and get more explosive runs. If it's four guys rushing for 2,000 yards, that would be great.

Finally, Doeren talked about the circumstances that led to the switch from a 4-man front to a 3-man front and how defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable bought into it ...

"The whole plan was to have what we used to do with what you saw his weekend. We used to have a defensive front where you wouldn't want to take one of those guys off the field. Going into the season we didn't know Josh Harris would get hurt in training camp. We knew C.J. Clark would be out, we didn' t know when Deonte Holden would return. There were some question marks, so we wanted to see how it played out. Then we get into camp and we lose three or four defensive tackles within a week and it forced us into being more one-dimensional from a three-man front."