RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jacoby Brissett hopes he plays better against Georgia Southern than his former Florida teammates did.
Brissett's debut at North Carolina State on Saturday comes against the same school that memorably knocked off the Gators late last season.
Brissett says he knows Georgia Southern is "coming in on a high horse and ready to play us a good game."
"We know going on the road is not going to be something that startles them," second-year N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said.
"I think you'll see two teams that both are going to have a chip on their shoulder."
The Wolfpack hope their new quarterback can lead them to their first victory in nearly 11 long months.
N.C. State stumbled late during Doeren's first year, losing the final eight games of its 3-9 finish and winding up 0-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play — the Wolfpack's first winless league season since 1959.
A lack of leadership, and a lack of healthy playmakers, was largely to blame for those struggles, and Brissett could only watch helplessly as the losses mounted.
Doeren hopes those problems have been taken care of heading into Year 2.
"I've seen a lot of these guys on game day and I have a better feel for what they can and can't do, and what all of our coaches do," Doeren said. "And it's just the little things that you do in the offseason to better yourself."
The good news for N.C. State is, plenty has changed for Georgia Southern since that victory in the Swamp last November.
This game marks the Eagles' debut as an FBS school and Sun Belt member after winning six national titles at the FCS level.
Jeff Monken, the triple-option-minded coach who engineered the Florida upset, left to take the Army job and Georgia Southern hired Willie Fritz from Sam Houston State to replace him.
"We have gone through a lot of firsts here," Fritz said.
Some things to know about N.C. State's opener: