NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tarheels
Kickoff: 12:30pm Today
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
It’s finally that time, folks. After a rather unsurprisingly disappointing start to the season, the Pack will look to make up for it all with a slaughtering of their cross-town rival Tarheels. Right now, neither team has much to brag about. State its at 0-4 in the ACC, while UNC is barely ahead at 2-5. While it might not seem like it, the Heels are actually on a little roll right now. After nearly beating #10 Miami two weeks ago, they came out and took out Boston College 34-10. But NC State is going to be amped up and at home for this one.
So what can you expect for this one? Well, if you’ve watched UNC then you know their going to bring pressure on defense. They’re going to come with stunts, they’re going to blitz from everywhere and anywhere and they’re going to try to mask everything, which they have done pretty well up to this point. This is a strength, but against a good offense this can come back to kill them. State needs to be able to take advantage of this They need to read the defense and burn them when they try to get too aggressive. The problem right now is that NC State really doesn’t have a signal caller who has shown the ability to exploit an over anxious defense. Mitchell will be back, but is he ready? He sure didn’t look like it against FSU, however that may have been due to the long injury layoff he had.
State is also going to have to establish the run game early on. UNC has shown tendencies of getting shredded on the ground this season. Last week it was 172 yards by BC’s Andre Williams and the week before it was Miami’s Dallas Crawford grinding out 137 yds and 2 TDs. If State can get Shadrach Thornton on track early on, State could control the ground game, control the clock and play this game at their pace.
Stay tuned as we’ll have more following today’s game…
Breaking Down NC State’s Assistant Coach Salaries
USAToday runs a report every year on the salaries of Head Football Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Strength Coaches. Here’s a look at the salaries of NC State’s Assistant Coaching staff.
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Tony Gibson – $1.3 million
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – Robert Anae – $899,000
Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator – $548,473
Offensive Line – Garrett Tujague – $520,000
Defensive Line Charley Wiles – $490,023
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers – $482,966
Safeties – Joe Deforest – $430,459
Quarterbacks – Kurt Roper – $430,459
Cornerbacks – Brian Mitchell – $417,205
Nickels – Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay – $330,644
NC State ranks 4th in the ACC in total pay of Assistant Coaches. Tony Gibson is the 2nd highest paid assistant Coach in the ACC (28th overall), and the highest paid Defensive Coordinator. Robert Anae is the 4th highest paid Offensive Coordinator in the ACC, and the 7th highest paid Assistant.
With 9 wins, in accordance with Head Coach Dave Doeren’s contract, the salary pool for Assistant Coaches increases by $300,000. If the Pack wins a 10th game, that number becomes $400,000. (WRAL)
NC State Wants Pop Tarts
NC State wants Pop Tarts. Who doesn’t?
According to Brad Crawford of 247Sports, NC State has requested the Pop Tarts Bowl, which will be played on December 28th in Orlando, Florida.
You might be like, I’ve never heard of the Pop-Tarts bowl. That’s because this is the first rendition of the Pop Tarts Bowl, but it used to go by other names you might be familiar with: Cheez-It, Camping World, Russell Athletic, Champs Sports, Tangerine, Micron PC, Carquest, and Blockbuster (the last three were when the bowl was in Miami).
Below is an updated list of 15 bowl projections, with 12 of the 15 picking NC State to go to the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
(The three above the line have changed their projections since my last bowl projections post on 11/28.)
The Athletic – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
CBS Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Oklahoma State – January 1st – Tampa, FLA
College Football News – Pop Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
OddShark – Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl – NC State vs. Rutgers – December 28th – New York City, New York
Covers.com – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
USA Today – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
247Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Athlon – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Gator Bowl – NC State vs. Tennessee – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
Sporting News – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Fox Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Action Network – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
College Football Network – Sun Bowl – NC State vs. USC – December 29th, El Paso, TX
Betting Pros – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
NC State to Have an In-Home Visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer QB Grayson McCall
According to ON3, NC State is set to make an in-home visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer Quarterback Grayson McCall this weekend.
McCall was the Sun Belt Player of the year in 2000, 2021 and 2022. He didn’t play the final 5 games of the season due to injury this year, and prior to injury, the numbers weren’t on par with prior years. It was also his first year with Tim Beck as Coastal’s head coach.
After last season, McCall entered the Transfer Portal, and there was speculation that he would transfer to Auburn. In the end, McCall pulled his name out of the portal.
I was interested to see how the Wolfpack coaches would fill the QB void. Would you go get a 4 or 5 star Quarterback who has been stuck in a backup roll with numerous years of eligibility, or would they go get an elite graduate transfer with one year remaining?
McCall is one of the Top-7 Quarterbacks that have entered the Portal thus far.
NC State WR Kevin Concepcion is 1 of 5 Finalists for the Shaun Alexander Award
NC State Sensation Kevin Concepcion has been chosen as 1 of 5 finalists for the 2023 Shaun Alexander Award, which is given out annually to the best Freshman in college football.
Congratulations to this year’s Shaun Alexander Award Top 5 Finalists!
Rueben Bain Jr. DE @ruebenbainjr
Kevin Concepcion WR @kcthekid2
Caleb Downs DB @caleb_downs2
Dillon Thieneman DB @DillonThieneman
Noah Fifita QB @thenoah_fifita1#FPOY #PrinceOfCollegeFootball #TOP5… pic.twitter.com/DyPxFshdKE
— Shaun Alexander (@shaunalexander) December 1, 2023
Concepcion is joined by Miami Defensive End Rueben Bain Jr., Alabama Defensive Back Caleb Downs, Purdue Defensive Back Dillon Thieneman and Arizona Quarterback Noah Fifita.
Here’s how Concepcion compares to the other finalists. Concepcion is ELITE, but this is pretty stiff competition. All 5 of these Freshman balled out in 2023, but obviously I’m biased. Give the trophy to KC!
Kevin Concepcion – PFF – 78.4
Rueben Bain – PFF – 79.3
Caleb Downs – PFF – 87.1
Dillon Thieneman – PFF – 89.8
Noah Fifita – PFF – 81.8