Connect with us

NC State Football

NC State Closes Out Season vs. Maryland

Published

on

NC State vs. Maryland
12:30PM | ACC Network | Raleigh, NC

RALEIGH, N.C. – Just call it ‘good-bye day’ at Carter-Finley Stadium. While NC State says farewell to 20 seniors who will be suiting up at home for the final time, the ACC will bidding adieu to the Maryland Terrapins, who will be playing their final conference football game before joining the Big Ten next season.

And if this is indeed the end of the football series between the Wolfpack and Terrapins, fans of the two schools will likely be rekindling memories of what is and has been the most tightly contested series in ACC history.

In 69 gridiron meetings, the Pack holds a scant 33-32-4 advantage in a series that began in 1909.

Kick-off for Saturday’s regular season finale for both teams is set for 12:30 p.m. The Wolfpack Sports Network begins its pregame coverage at 10:30 a.m.

Many of the 20 NC State seniors who will be playing their last home game on Saturday will be awash in memories when they meet their families and friends during pregame ceremonies. One of their best memories may have come from Maryland’s last visit to Carter-Finley. Trailing 41-14 with seven minutes to go in the third quarter back in 2011, the Wolfpack staged the greatest comeback in school history to author a 56-41 triumph over the stunned Terrapins.

First-year NC State head coach Dave Doeren has spent the entire week celebrating the accomplishments and commitment of a senior class that has experienced bowl games, thrilling moments, a coaching change and a plenty of bumps and bruises.  There a lot of games during the career of a college football player, but only one senior day.

“It’s always an honor to be in this week of the season,” Doeren said. “You get to go through a series of lasts with some guys who have put a lot of time, a lot of energy, a lot of work and have been through – like everybody who goes to college – a lot of growth during their time at NC State. Even though I’ve only had them for nine or 10 months, I know all the guys have grown a lot this year. One of the biggest honors as a coach is to send those guys out with a big win.”

Many of NC State’s seniors have been around the program as long as five years, while a few others will be leaving almost as soon as they got here.

One such case is quarterback Brandon Mitchell, whose story this year fits a microcosm of the Wolfpack’s entire season. After transferring in from Arkansas because he wanted a chance to be a starting quarterback, the fifth-year graduate student saw his season unravel on the first drive of the first quarter of the first game when he broke the fifth-metatarsal bone in his foot. After spending all of last season as a wide receiver, Mitchell needed early season reps, reps that would never materialize because of the injury.

On Saturday, in his last college start, he’ll be playing in back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

“Obviously, we wanted to compete in our division, win every game and win every game in the state,” Mitchell said. “We didn’t get those goals done. A lot of it was due to injuries and a lot of it was due to being in that fourth quarter either with the lead or being within one score behind and not finishing.”

Mitchell seemingly found his rhythm in the second half of last week’s game against East Carolina, finishing with career highs of 312 yards passing and four touchdowns. His goal this week is to pick up where he left off in hopes of giving his team and his fellow seniors a big lift.

“Our big focus this is week is trying to send all the seniors out the right way, and also help the program build for the spring and recruiting seasons,” said Mitchell. “Coach Doeren has been stressing that he wants the seniors to go out the right way.”

Doeren’s ‘growth through adversity approach,’ has kept team chemistry up and work ethic consistent for the duration of a season that has been sidetracked by injuries and razor-thin depth issues. The seniors have bought in and so to have the underclassmen.

“As hard as it’s been, we’ve grown very close as a team and these guys want to see our seniors finish the year the way they deserve to finish it,” Doeren said. “Playing an ACC game at home and playing our last game with these guys is enough of a reason for these guys to want to play well.”

Maryland was off to a 4-1 start before quarterback C.J. Brown went down with an injury. Along the way, the Terps have also lost other key starters, including running back Brandon Ross, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh. Maryland has also played without as many as five starters on defense this year. The Terrapins are bowl eligible, but have lost four of their last five games, including a heartbreaker on the last play of the game last week against Boston College.

“We know that they’re a good football team,” Doeren said. “They were 4-1 going into Florida State and lost their quarterback. Then they had two great receivers lose their seasons. I don’t feel for them; I’ve been through it here as well. It’s a part of the game and you deal with it. Since all of those injuries they’ve struggled. Last week they found a way to be in the game against a good Boston College team, so we know we’ve got a good team coming in here.”

Maryland’s plight proves just how shaky the foundations of a new program can be. In this Randy Edsall’s third year as coach, the Terps were on schedule to make a dramatic jump forward before the untimely chain of injuries again forced more back-ups and young players on the field than planned.

And while injuries will prevent both NC State and Maryland from fielding the teams they were hoping to have in week 12, the show must go on Saturday. And in this case, it could very well be the final scene from a show that has produce memorable moments and great games over the years.

Click to comment
Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

NC State Football

NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren Nominated for 2024 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Published

on

NC State’s Dave Doeren is 1 of 11 Head Football Coaches that were nominated for the 2024 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team yesterday.

Head Coach

Name School
Jeff Monken Army West Point
Josh Anderson Dakota State University
Paul Tortorella Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dave Doeren NC State University
Vincent Brown North Carolina A&T State University
Gary Fasching Saint John’s University
Fran Brown Syracuse University
Willie Fritz University of Houston
Bret Bielema University of Illinois
Lance Leipold University of Kansas
Marcus Freeman University of Notre Dame

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season. (Link)

Over the past several years, the Pack, led by Doeren, has established a relationship with Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down’s Syndrome achievement center, by hosting Victory Day and having Gigi’s participants visit weekly during the football season. Doeren and his wife Sara established the Doeren Family Fund. called OnePack Empowered, which benefits NC State students who face challenges with executive function skills critical to academic success, such as organization, planning, setting priorities, task completion, and decision-making. The Doerens’ commitment will pilot the program for five years, serving up to 50 students at a time. They hope to inspire other donors to join them in contributing to OnePack Empowered as a sustainable source of support and guidance for an expanding number of participants over the next several years. (GoPack)

The final roster of 23 award recipients announced later in September will bring together:

  • 11 players from the NCAA FBS
  • 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • 1 honorary head coach (GoPack)

Continue Reading

NC State Football

NC State NT Brandon Cleveland Nominated for 2024 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Published

on

The Nominees for the 2024 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team were released yesterday, and NC State Junior Nose Tackle Brandon Cleveland is 1 of 111 FBS Nominees.

FBS Nominees

Name/School
Anderson Castle Appalachian State University
Leif Fautanu Arizona State University
Justin Parks Arkansas State University
Andre Miller Army West Point
Luke Deal Auburn University
Kyler Jordan Baylor University
Alexander Teubner Boise State University
Donovan Ezeiruaku Boston College
Jordan Oladokun Bowling Green State University
Connor Pay BYU
Dominic Serapiglia Central Michigan University
Bryce Kennon Charlotte
Barrett Carter Clemson University
Elijah Morris East Carolina University
David Carter Jr. Eastern Michigan University
Jacob Merrifield Florida Atlantic University
Maurice Smith Florida State University
Dean Clark Fresno State
David Dallas Georgia Southern University
Clayton Powell-Lee Georgia Tech
James Bomba Indiana University
Beau Freyler Iowa State University
Jacob Dobbs James Madison University
Austin Moore Kansas State University
Cam Golden Kent State University
Quinton Cooley Liberty University
Zach Zimos Louisiana Tech University
Will Campbell LSU
Logan Osburn Marshall University
Nathan Carter Michigan State University
Nicholas Vattiato Middle Tennessee State University
Nick Barr-Mira Mississippi State University
Brandon Cleveland NC State University
Allen Ortiz New Mexico State University
Cade Haberman Northern Illinois University
Xander Mueller Northwestern University
Seth McLaughlin Ohio State University
Alan Bowman Oklahoma State University
Stephon Dubose-Bourne Old Dominion University
JJ Pegues Ole Miss
Josh Green Oregon State University
Nick Dawkins Penn State University
Gus Hartwig Purdue University
Dean Connors Rice University
Mekhi Shaw San Diego State University
Jalen Apalit-Williams San Jose State University
Jonathan McGill SMU
Tristan Sinclair Stanford University
Justin Barron Syracuse University
NaNa Osafo-Mensah TCU
Andrew McIlquham Temple University
Albert Regis Texas A&M University
Tahj Brooks Texas Tech University
Peyton Higgins Troy University
Patrick Jenkins Tulane University
Zaire Flournoy UAB
William Wells UCF
Chase Griffin UCLA
Valentin Senn UConn
Taji Johnson University at Buffalo
Tim Keenan III University of Alabama
Noah Fifita University of Arizona
Cam Ball University of Arkansas
Jaydn Ott University of California
Luke Kandra University of Cincinnati
Shane Cokes University of Colorado
Graham Mertz University of Florida
Malaki Starks University of Georgia
Brayden Schager University of Hawai’i
Kenenna Odeluga University of Illinois
Jay Higgins University of Iowa
Jared Casey University of Kansas
J.J. Weaver University of Kentucky
K.C. Ossai University of Louisiana
Ashton Gillotte University of Louisville
Dante Trader Jr. University of Maryland
An’Darius Coffey University of Memphis
Jaden Harris University of Miami
Davis Warren University of Michigan
Mark Crawford University of Minnesota
Kristian Williams University of Missouri
Isaac Gifford University of Nebraska
Patrick Garwo III University of Nevada
Caleb Medford University of New Mexico
Kaimon Rucker University of North Carolina
Jett Duncan University of North Texas
Jack Kiser University of Notre Dame
Gavin Sawchuk University of Oklahoma
Matthew Bedford University of Oregon
Brandon George University of Pittsburgh
Jaden Voisin University of South Alabama
Alex Huntley University of South Carolina
Immanuel Hickman University of South Florida
Zachariah Branch University of Southern California
Bru McCoy University of Tennessee
Hayden Conner University of Texas
Michael Denning University of Toledo
Tao Johnson University of Utah
Will Bettridge University of Virginia
Hunter Wohler University of Wisconsin
Will Pelissier University of Wyoming
Jackson Woodard UNLV
Jacob Garcia Utah State University
De’Corian “JT” Clark UTSA
Richie Hoskins Vanderbilt University
Jaylin Lane Virginia Tech
Justin Cody Wake Forest University
Dean Janikowski Washington State University
Garrett Greene West Virginia University
Dalvin Smith Western Kentucky University
Boone Bonnema Western Michigan University

The Allstate Wuerffel Trophy will honor a student-athlete who is inspired to serve others and make a positive impact on society. Together with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, whose 2024 nominees are announced below, the awards will mark college football’s premier honors for community service.

“Student-athletes deserve recognition for their contributions both in and out of sports” said Troy Hawkes, Allstate executive vice president and general manager. “The Allstate Wuerffel Trophy doubles down on Allstate’s commitment to celebrating college football athletes for outstanding performance on the field, in the classroom, and in their community.” (Link)

Cleveland is active in the Raleigh community. With his coaches and teammates, he hands out Pizza downtown to the unhoused community and works with the regional hospital in his hometown on Christmas. He has also raised $10,000 for Feed the Pack Pantry, a program on the NC State campus run by students that helps support unhoused students and students facing food insecurity. Still in the process of fundraising, students can go grocery shopping on campus for free and get the essentials they need. (GoPack)

All members are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members, current and former head coaches, and journalists who look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field.

The final roster of 23 award recipients announced later in September will bring together:

  • 11 players from the NCAA FBS
  • 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • 1 honorary head coach (GoPack)

Continue Reading

NC State Football

McCall, Vann & Waters Will Represent NC State at the 2024 ACC Kickoff

Published

on

The 2024 ACC Kickoff on July 22-25 in Charlotte, and Quarterback Grayson McCall, Defensive End Davin Vann and Running Back Jordan Waters are the players that will represent the Wolfpack. Coverage of the event will happen daily on ACC Network, beginning at 9am.

Image

McCall is a Graduate Transfer from Coastal Carolina. He was the Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

If you take a look at McCall’s career numbers at Coastal, you’re looking at video game statistics:
178.4 Passing Efficiency Rating
88 Touchdowns/14 Interceptions
69.9% Completion Percentage
1,113 Rushing Yards
18 Rushing Touchdowns
The former 2-Star prospect out of high school has proven a lot of people wrong over his collegiate career, and he gets to go out with a bang, leading the Wolfpack in 2024.
Davin Vann opted to return to Raleigh for his final year of eligibility, rather than testing the NFL Draft waters.

Prior to the 2023 season, Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren honored Vann with the #1 jersey, which is given to the player that leads the team in work ethic, training and leadership. Vann was also named a captain this past year.

This season Vann’s PFF grade of 76.5 was the third highest on the team behind Payton Wilson and Robert Kennedy III. He recorded 42 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as a Junior this season.

Waters is a Graduate Transfer from Duke. He rushed for 753 yards  and 12 touchdowns this past season for the Blue Devils, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. In his career, he averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 50 games at Duke.

The former 3-star prospect out of Fairmont High School (Fairmont, North Carolina), who was ranked as the 43rd player in he state of North Carolina in 2019 by ESPN, earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors this season.

Continue Reading

NC State Football

Here’s a Look at NC State’s Roster on EA Sports College Football 25

Published

on

While EA Sports College Football 25 doesn’t officially release until Friday, if you pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition, it became available yesterday afternoon. Here’s a look at NC State’s roster on the game.

Quarterbacks

Grayson McCall (SR) – 88
Cedrick Bailey Jr. (FR) – 72
Lex Thomas (RS-FR)- 70
Ethan Rhodes – 53

Running Backs

Jordan Waters (SR) – 84
Kendrick Raphael (SO) – 76
Daylan “Hollywood” Smothers (RS-FR) – 75
Duke Scott (FR) – 67
Isiah Jones (FR) – 65

Wide Receivers

Kevin Concepcion (SO) – 89
Noah Rogers (RS-FR) – 79
Dacari Collins (RS-JR) – 77
Wesley Grimes (JR) – 74
Terrell Anderson (FR) – 73
Jalen Coit (RS-JR) – 71
Keenan Jackson (FR) – 67
Christian Zachary (FR) – 63

Tight Ends

Justin Joly (JR) – 81
Juice Vereen (SO) – 75
Reid Mitchell (RS-SO) – 74
Dante Daniels (RS-JR) – 70

Offensive Line

Anthony Belton (SR) – 87
Zeke Correll (SR) – 84
Timothy McKay (SR) – 79
Jacarrius Peak (RS-SO) – 79
Anthony Carter Jr. (RS-JR) – 79
Dawson Jaramillo (SR) – 75
Sean Hill (SR) – 73
Val Erickson (RS-SO) – 72
Rylan Vann (RS-SO) – 72
Patrick Matan (SR) – 72
Kamen Smith (RS-FR) – 70
Robby Martin (FR) – 69
Rico Jackson (RS-FR) – 69
Trent Mitchell (FR) – 68

Defensive Line

Davin Vann (SR) – 85
Brandon Cleveland (JR) – 80
Travali Price (RS-JR) – 79
Red Hibbler (SR) – 75
Noah Potter (SR) – 75
Chazz Wallace (SR)- 72
Isaiah Shirley (RS-FR) – 72
Justin Terrell (FR) – 69
Chase Bond (FR) – 66

Linebackers

Caden Fordham (RS-JR) – 80
Sean Brown (RS-JR) – 79
Kamal Bonner (RS-FR) – 77
Elijah Groves (FR) – 75
Devon Betty (SR) – 74
Kelvon McBride (RS-FR) – 74
Wyatt Wright (JR) – 74
Joshua Ofor (FR) – 68
Cannon Lewis (FR) – 65

Cornerbacks

Aydan White (SR) – 88
Brandon Cisse (SO) – 80
Ja’Had Carter (SR) – 79
Corey Coley (SR) – 78
Devon Marshall (JR) – 78
Tamarcus Cooley (NIC) (RS-FR) – 73
Tank Boston (FR) – 69 (is a Wide Receiver)
Asaad Brown (NIC) (FR) – 68
Jivan Baly (FR) – 67

Safeties

Devan Boykin (SR) – 86
Bishop Fitzgerald (SR) – 79
Zack Myers (RS-FR) – 74
Rente Hinton (JR) – 71
Brody Barnhardt (Fr) – 67

Specialists

Punter Caden Noonkester (RS-JR) – 80
Kicker Collin Smith (SR) – 63
Punter Owen Fehr (RS-FR) – 60

_______

Heading into the Fall, there will be updates, and there needs to be, because quite a few NC State players are missing from the roster. The most notable omissions are Safety Donovan Kaufman, who could be a starter, and 4-Star Freshman Wide Receiver Jonathan Paylor, who is expected to make an immediate impact this season.

Here’s a look at all the Wolfpack players that are missing from the game currently:

Defensive Lineman Josh Alexander-Felton
Safety Jakolbe Baldwin
Nickel Isaiah Crowell
Safety Daemon Fagan
Running Back Demarcus Jones II
Defensive Lineman D.J. Jackson
Safety Donovan Kaufman
Safety Kerry Martin
Offensive Lineman Matt McCabe
Offensive Lineman Obi Obasuyi
Running Back Jordan Poole
Wide Receiver Jonathan Paylor
Safety Ronnie Royal III
Cornerback Jackson Vick
Kicker Kanoah Vinesett
Offensive Lineman Tyler West
Linebacker Zane Williams

Continue Reading