The college campaign begins with freshmen practice. Then the veterans report. Friday, the lawn around N.C. State's Weisiger-Brown building bustled with players posing for pictures.
"We're real excited," said lineman Justin Burroughs. "We had more guys stay for summer school than I can ever remember. Guys reported in good shape. We're ready to get after it."
"As I greeted everybody, I could see they had this look in their eye," admitted linebacker Sheldon Kee. "[We're] here for business. We're ready to go."
They won't have an official practice until Saturday, but State's returning veterans have posed well and interviewed well, and impressed their coach.
"We ran easy," Coach O'Cain explained. "Nobody was struggling or anything. And what I'm really impressed with is our strength."
"We just can't wait to get started," said defensive back Tony Scott. "I know I keep saying that, but it comes from the heart."
And this is a team motivated by memories of last season. The Pack's 6-5 finish could easily have been 8-3. And State's returnees say this year's squad could be more competitive.
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