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Nov. 8, 2011
It’s been all or nothing for N.C. State.
In two of the Wolfpack’s four losses, they lost in blowouts. In two other defeats, they fell by two touchdowns or less. But, according to redshirt freshman Tony Creecy, the Pack (4-4) is getting close.
The wide receiver/running back has rushed for 214 yards on 53 carries and caught nine passes for 60 yards.
“We’re a real good team. Our practice habits have improved,” Creecy said. “The more we continue to push each other will help us get over the hump in games. There is a lot of enthusiasm around this team – it’s great to be part of it.”
Creecy has developed into a player who appears on opponents’ scouting reports, showing the dynamic versatility and skill he displayed with the U.S. Under-19 National Team in a 14-0 win over the IFAF World Team in the 2010 International Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Creecy recently spoke to USA Football about his first season playing in Raleigh, N.C., and his memories of playing with Team USA.
How is the season going?
The season is going pretty well. I’ve been playing a good deal since midseason and am aiming to take advantage of the opportunity.
How has your college football experience been so far?
It’s been great. School is going very well, and I love N.C. State football. I know that I made the perfect decision to come here. This is a great place.
How did playing for Team USA prepare you for college football?
It prepared me and helped me a lot. During our week together on the National Team, we had a lot of film study – just like you do in college. I also played with and against the greatest athletes in the country – going up against someone like Tyrann Mathieu (LSU) in practice made me better. All the guys were great, and the coaching was excellent. It lifted my game, and it was exciting to play for the United States and have the flag on our uniform.