The Wolfpack’s Owen Spencer and Nate Irving didn’t quite know what to expect when they arrived in Greensboro Sunday morning for the 2010 ACC Football Kickoff. Six and a half hours later they were seasoned vets.
Spencer and Irving joined student-athletes from all 11 other league schools for the annual event at the Grandover Resort, meeting with media members from around the region. Both players were remarkably upbeat as they met with writers, talked to TV reporters and donned radio headsets from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.
Irving, who answered a myriad of questions about his return after missing last year following a car wreck, could barely stop smiling as he talked about the upcoming season. “I really think our defense is going to be strong this year,” he said to one TV crew. “I think that those young guys being forced into the fire last year is really going to pay off in the future.”
Irving also stressed that the defense must do a better job staying off the field in 2010. “We’ve got to give our offense a chance to score points,” he continued. “We know they can do that, now we have to hold up our end of the bargain.”
Spencer spent a great deal of time answering questions about his baseball-playing quarterback, Russell Wilson. Although many of the questions focused on how missing the starting quarterback might be tough on chemistry with the wide receiving corps, Spencer, the top returning receiver in the ACC in terms of yardage, looked at the positive.
“We’ve had a lot of balls thrown to us by Russell, but now we also have great timing with our backup quarterback, Mike Glennon. I think that makes us stronger.”
The student-athletes spent 75 minutes with the writers, 75 minutes with the TV and 75 minutes with the various radio stations in attendance. And although they were asked many questions over and over again, they enjoyed the experience.
“This makes me know that the season is right around the corner,” said Irving. “To hear everybody talking about football just makes me even more excited about getting started.”
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Spencer added, “but this is a great event. It’s good to see the players from the other teams and talk to them, because the next time we see them, it will be all business.”