Nate Irving loved playing football in Carter-Finley Stadium as a member of the Wolfpack. In fact, he still can’t wait for football to begin in Carter-Finley Stadium. Check out his tweet from earlier today:
1 more day!!!! pic.twitter.com/jYBWuD0Dvx
— Nate Irving (@jussaynate) September 4, 2015
Tomorrow a lot of players will run out of the tunnel for the very first time. On the other side of the coin, tomorrow will be the last “first game of the season” some players will ever have in Raleigh. Players will be filled with excitement and nerves.
Looking back, Irving remembers the nerves of his very first game for the Wolfpack, and what he remembers was panic, instead of a majority of the plays in the playbook.
“The first time I was suiting up for a college game I was so nervous. I forgot about half of the playbook,” said Irving. “All I could think about was “hit them before they hit you”…and “don’t get ran over.”
“Before every game I made sure I stretched with teammate Bobby Floyd,” said Irving. “After the stretch, I would leave and go sit down and just think about things that other coaches might try to do to our defense, and envision myself making plays.”
“The first game of my last season was a special one. I missed the year before because of my car accident so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Irving. “I was nervous if I was still going to be able to run and tackle? Would my leg hold up? Is my lung ok? It was a very emotional time for me.”
“I approached every game the same. I was a leader during my time and I would feel like I cheated myself and my teammates and coaches if I didn’t prepare the same…week in and week out,” said Irving. “To me, it wasn’t about who we were playing. It was about making sure we were ready for anybody we faced.”