Doeren: My Trevor Lawrence Comments Taken Out Of Context

N.C. State coach Dave Doeren wants Trevor Lawrence on his back "more than he wants to be." Clemson fans didn't appreciate that

The DA Show
October 19, 2018 - 11:57 am

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After going 9-4 last season for its best finish since 2010, N.C. State is 5-0 for the first time since 2002. Head coach Dave Doeren, who is in his sixth season with the Wolfpack, has the program in a good place.

This week, however, that’s gotten lost in the shuffle. On Wednesday, Doeren, when discussing his team’s matchup with No. 3 Clemson (6-0) on Saturday, said he wants quarterback Trevor Lawrence to “get rattled” and that he “needs to be on his back more than he wants to be.”

Doeren didn’t mean any ill-will toward Lawrence, but that’s how it was interpreted, particularly among Clemson fans.

“I would say they took that out of context, but that’s part of the game,” Doeren said on The DA Show. “That’s football, and there’s nothing dirty about hitting in the game of football. I never mentioned anything about a dirty hit. That’s football. That’s what we do. Part of the game is hitting. My point is you can’t let him stand back there all day and have all day to throw the football. Any defensive coach you talk to is going to say the same thing: You’ve got to take the timing away from the quarterback and give him different looks, and obviously when you get a sack, there’s a hit involved in that. That’s all I’m referring to.”

Lawrence, a true freshman, has completed 69.0 percent of his passes for 868 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

“The guy’s a great player,” Doeren said. “There’s a reason he was the top quarterback coming out of high school, and he’s played well. He’s shown good poise, he’s got great talent around him, he has a quick release, and he knows where to go with the football. In his limited action that he’s had, he’s looked really, really good, and he’s taken care of the football.”

Kickoff from Clemson Memorial Coliseum is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.