Dave Doeren explains his offensive plan
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 06, 2012
Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 6, 2012
Dave Doeren left a BCS team and Heisman Trophy candidate at Northern Illinois to take over NC State.
While on SiriusXM College Sports Nation on Thursday, Doeren was asked about the offensive style he would run at NC State.
He coached Northern Illinois for two years and had one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks in Jordan Lynch, whom the offense ran through. Doeren admitted he's going to need to adjust his style in Raleigh.
"Obviously I love the style of offense we ran at Northern," he said. "But I also know you've got to be able to fit what you do to your players. Right now, there isn't a Jordan Lynch-type player here, obviously. We do have to go out and recruit, and part of what we do offensively will be similar to what we did there. The run game may be more tailback and jet sweep-oriented than quarterback-oriented.
"Our quarterback for two years at Northern was our best tailback. Whether we end up with that guy in recruiting this year or we don't, I know there's some good tailbacks here and they've recruited some good tailbacks in this upcoming class that we hope to add on to. I believe whatever your system is, it has to fit your players. Our system will be versatile enough to do that.
"Eventually, I would like to get a guy like Jordan here that makes it a dual-threat offense. It may not happen in year one, but I do believe in what Wisconsin did on offense, being able to run the football to win the game, and play-action and use the screen game with the tight ends, but I also believe in what we did at Northern, spreading it out.
"The best way to explain what we did there was a blend of Oregon and Wisconsin. We could go fast, we could spread you out, we could run our quarterback, but we could turn around and run power zone and stretch and play-action you too. I really liked that form of offense."
You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
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