RALEIGH As far as N.C. State is concerned, North Carolinas Eric Ebron can tweet or talk all he wants.
UNCs star tight end will have to wait until Saturdays game for a response from the Wolfpack, sophomore cornerback Juston Burris said.
Thats how Carolina handles their business, Burris said. Were not going to do that. Were not going to go on Twitter, and were not going to talk. Were just going to go out on Saturday and be ready to play.
Ebron took to Twitter on Saturday after UNCs 34-10 win over Boston College.
All Of These Wolfpack Fans Are In For RUDE AWAKENING Come Saturday! #BeatState #BADLY, Ebron wrote on his Twitter account.
First-year coach Dave Doeren made sure his players knew about Ebrons comments.
There are certain ways guys handle games, and some of them talk a lot, Doeren said. Obviously, thats what hes doing.
It doesnt win games. We have to go play well, and they have to play well. Thats just how it is in sports.
N.C. State lost at UNC last year, 43-35, after a dramatic 74-yard punt return by Gio Bernard with 13 seconds left. The Wolfpack had won the previous five meetings in the series, including three straight in Raleigh.
Doeren made sure his players understand whats still left to play for this season. With games left against UNC, Duke (Nov. 9) and East Carolina (Nov. 23), the Wolfpack can still stake a claim to the state championship.
Theres also the matter of getting to six wins, which would qualify for the Pack for a fourth straight bowl game.
The guys were down about (the FSU loss), but theyre not out, Doeren said. They know we have a lot to play for with five games left, especially with whos within those five games.
N.C. State (3-4, 0-4 ACC) has to get to four wins before it can get to six, though. The Wolfpack has lost three straight since a win over Central Michigan on Sept. 28. It has lost its first four ACC games for the fourth time since joining the conference in 1953.
Its a five-game season now, Burris said. Every game is a chance for us to right the ship.
N.C. State will have to make a late-season push without left tackle Rob Crisp, who was ruled out for the season on Monday. Crisp, the only five-star recruit signed by former coach Tom OBrien, missed the previous five games with concussion-related issues.
Crisp, whos originally from Burlington and played football in high school in Chapel Hill and Athens Drive in Raleigh, has a redshirt season available, but Doeren didnt expand on the seniors options on Monday.
Its just a tough deal, Doeren said. Like Ive told him all along, were praying for him and we hope he gets better.
Note: N.C. States game at Duke on Nov. 9 will kick off at 4 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.
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