October 24, 2007

Wed. practice report: Focusing on Virginia

Progress is made in steps, and the North Carolina State passing game led by junior quarterback Daniel Evans took a significant one last Saturday against East Carolina.

Evans rolled up 335 yards passing, going 29 of 44 with three touchdowns and one interception. The numbers would have been even better without some drops.

The Pirates have been struggling on defense, but the Wolfpack made them pay for it. That wasn't the case when NC State hosted Louisville on Sept. 29, when the offense managed only 10 points against the Cardinals' porous defense.

"We were just running the offense well, I don't think it was anything specific," Evans said. "The timing was working. Everyone was running crisp routes and I had time to throw the ball."

The offense has been a roller coaster this season with Evans and backup quarterback Harrison Beck splitting the starts. Evans was able to get the majority of the practice work during the NC State off week following the Florida State game, especially with Beck nursing a shoulder injury.

"It's a tribute to the off week that we had, with everyone getting back on rhythm," Evans said. "To be able to get back to the basics and do it and do it well."

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