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Tony Gibson: "It's A Different Challenge"

November 17, 2023

NC State defensive coordinator Tony Gibson discusses the play of his unit, Virginia Tech, and much more with the media.

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"It’s been a great week. Virginia Tech is on a hot streak and their quarterback presents problems in the run game and extends plays.”

“We have to be very focused and on top of our assignments all week long. The kids have done a great job... we have to play clean and play smart, be ready for the challenge.”

“Giving up the touchdown that we probably shouldn’t have given up... we wanted the shutout and didn’t get it.”

“We’re very proud of the guys and how they played... I think  we had more fans, happy Wolfpack Nation showed up. It was great to go down there and get the win.”

“Jaylon is very, very smart. He’s played all three positions in this defense at linebacker for us... I give him a lot of credit. Not a lot of guys would have stayed here for five years in a backup role, and he’s taken full advantage of his opportunity.”

“We have three more with him and I expect him to keep getting better every week.”

“He’s 80 percent of their offense with his run game.”

“They have a whole package of quarterback runs for him as well.  He’s a talented player.”

“I’m confident because I believe in these kids, they believe in our system, and play extremely hard each week.”

“This is different because they feature their quarterback in the run game... it’s a different challenge.”

“I feel confident in our guys and we have to go execute and make sure we can tackle this kid.”

“That’s a whole defensive award.  Without the players we have here my name wouldn’t be mentioned, and without the staff we have here my name wouldn’t be mentioned... I wish they’d put the NC State defensive staff on it instead of my name.”


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