"Before practices he huddles all the players up and gets us hyped up," Wise said. "That is what the game is about for me. Coach Mote is a good man to play for."
Mote himself is just the second person in the history of the North-South series to participate as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. The first was George Washington Coach Steve Edwards.
"Zach already asked us if he'll be kicking every day, and we have been doing special teams every day, weather cooperating, and we plan to use him as both our punter and kicker," Mote said.
"He is going to be a main ingredient to this phase of the game. Zach Wise is definitely our man when it comes to the kicking game," Mote said.
Wise has fallen off the statewide radar since his 2010 breakout season, but he will get plenty opportunity with the new additions around him Saturday night at University of Charleston Stadium.
"These guys can get me in field-goal range," he said. "Even if they do the job themselves, I'm in there for extra points.
"It's an easy job, and I love it."