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Pack’s Second Half Surge Stuns Georgia Southern

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Jacoby Brissett’s 3 second half TD’s lead the Pack past Georgia Southern in dramatic fashion 24-23.

Wolfpack fans everywhere had their excuses and rants queued up and ready by the time halftime rolled around. This was the year Doeren and the Pack started their rebuilding process, but after 2 quarters State trailed Georgia Southern 17-3.

Maybe it was nerves, maybe it was conservative play calling with a new QB, or maybe it just took this group a little time to gel. Whatever it was, it wore off after halftime. Jacoby Brissett, the guy who has been dubbed the savior of what was an anemic offense just a year ago, didn’t seem to have the antidote early on. At halftime he was 10-18 for 78yds and an interception.

Midway through the 3rd quarter as it seemed this game was getting away from the Woflpack, things started to click for Brissett. It seemed like as soon as the coaches really opened things up for him and let him rip, he took control. He hit guys in stride, slipped passes into tight spaces, and looked poised while doing so. The transfer from Florida connected on 3 TDs in the second half, the last being a game winner over the top with some nice touch to Matt Dayes.

While the offense was the big talk during the postgame, the defense deserves some credit too. They looked pretty soft at times in the first half, but when they needed to step up and get stops they did, and that was a huge part of this victory.

A win like this is gigantic. I know a lot of fans are probably thinking State should have blown out Georgia Southern, but a win is a win. These guys weren’t that bad. They are a good team and really confuse defenses with a lot of misdirection. The Pack showed the ability to adjust, the ability to fight back and the ability to finish. These are all key things for a young team. This was a big victory for this teams confidence and a very important outing for Jacoby Brissett. He’s now got his first win under his belt and also a new fan favorite.

This game might not have gone the way many fans had hoped, but the lessons learned can’t be replicated and will go a long way for this young team.

‘Our Take’

– This team showed a lot of fight today. Honestly, they looked pretty bad early on and you could really feel the pre-game excitement drain pretty quickly when Georgia Southern took that halftime lead. But the people calling for Doeren’s head on twitter are nuts. This is O’Brien’s mess he’s cleaning up. Years of poor recruiting, lack of true athletes and low expectations have taken it’s toll on this program. It’s going to take a LOT more than a patchwork recruiting class (from last year) and a group of freshmen (this year’s class) to turn this thing around. This isn’t going to happen overnight and might not even happen this season, but it’s important to look for positive steps in this process….today you saw one.

– Hopefully Doeren’s learned that Brissett gets real confident when you just let him grip and rip. When they got down and had to throw, you saw Jacoby really get into a rhythm. Maybe he was nervous early on, but it just seemed like the play calling didn’t allow him to get going. In the 2nd half it was pretty obvious that if State was going to win it was going to be up to Brissett and he really stepped up. He just looked good back there. Nice footwork, quick release, confident in his reads…it just all seemed to be there. He has the zip and accuracy that had been advertised and he put it on display as he lead the Pack to victory. Huge game for State, but even bigger game for Jacoby Brissett’s career.

– Looks like Bo Hines is for real. The freshman wideout caught 9 balls for 85 yards, and while he didn’t get in the endzone today, it’s obvious that he already has great chemistry with Brissett. Outside of Hines, State really didn’t get much from their receivers. Not to say that they dropped a lot of balls, because they didn’t but we would have liked to see more from Valdes-Scantling (25yds) and Underwood (who didn’t even catch a pass). Instead, it was Matt Dayes picking up the slack out of the backfield. The sophomore RB was Brissett’s second favorite target, catching 6 balls for 70 yds and a game winning TD.

 

 

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Devin Leary’s Legacy at NC State

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Earlier today news broke that Wolfpack Redshirt Junior Quarterback Devin Leary was entering his name into Transfer Portal. As a result, I wanted to take some time to highlight the legacy that Leary leaves at NC State.

Even though Leary played 4 seasons on the field at NC State, he only played in 30 career games for the Wolfpack, with that number being lowered due to injuries in 2020 and 2022, and competition in 2019, starting only the final 5 games. Taking that into consideration, the numbers that Leary put up at NC State are even more impressive.

Leary leaves NC State ranked 6th in career passing yards, 4th in touchdown passes, and 4th in completion percentage.

Leary also ranks 3rd in school history in career passing efficiency rating (139.0), trailing only Philip Rivers (144.2) and Ryan Finley (140.0).

He also ranks 2nd in school history in interception avoidance (1.69), trailing only Jacoby Brissett (1.44).

In 2021, Leary threw 35 touchdowns, setting the new school record for touchdowns thrown in a single season, passing Philip Rivers record of 34.

Plain and simple, Leary was one of the best to ever play the position at NC State, and that’s saying a lot!

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NC State Wide Receiver Jasiah Provillon Enters Transfer Portal

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Redshirt Junior NC State Wide Receiver Jasiah Provillon has entered the Transfer Portal.

Provillon was member of the Wolfpack’s 2018 recruiting class, a 3-star prospect out of Irvington, New Jersey. While he has seen action in all 12 games this season, Provillon has only played 84 snaps. In 18 career games over 5 seasons of play, Provillon has 2 receptions for 58 yards (in 2019).

We wish Jasiah the best in his final year of eligibility and appreciate his commitment to the Pack the past 5 years!

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NC State Quarterback Devin Leary Enters Transfer Portal

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According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, NC State Quarterback Devin Leary is entering the Transfer Portal.

Leary has 1 year of eligibility remaining, and he will likely be the top Quarterback name in the Portal.

Big programs with a need at Quarterback will be picking up the phone quickly, and many of these schools likely have the ability to offer significant NIL money.

Heading into this season, Leary was not expected to be back for the Pack in 2023. After the numbers he put up in 2021, he was expected to forgo his final year of eligiblity, and enter the 2023 NFL Draft. With that being said, after not having the start to the season that was expected, and tearing his pec in the 6th game of the season against FSU, the future for Leary became blurry.

When True Freshman Quarterback MJ Morris entered the scene for the Wolfpack, playing at a high level, things got even more blurry.

Would he still go pro, even though he didn’t have a season that saw his stock rise? Would he return to NC State, where there might be a position battle in 2023? Would he transfer to another school of higher prestige giving him more of a spotlight for the 2024 NFL Draft?

This isn’t a shocking decision by Leary. It probably is what makes the most sense to Leary, and also what makes the most sense to NC State. It is clear that MJ Morris seems to be the future at Quarterback at NC State. I love NC State, but I’m not dumb. Leary can also see his draft stock rise by transferring to a bigger program.

Leary has been incredible at NC State, throwing for 6,807 yards and 62 touchdowns in 4 seasons. In total he has been at NC State 5 years, and he has been nothing short of an exemplary representative of the university. When he went down, he was an incredible teammate and leader, despite not being on the field.

We wish you the best Devin! You have a bright future ahead of you, and you will always be a part of the Wolfpack family.

 

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What We’re Hearing About A Candidate for the NC State Offensive Coordinator Position

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NC State is in the hunt for a new Offensive Coordinator after Tim Beck accepted the Head Coaching position at Coastal Carolina earlier today.

As a result of taking the position at Coastal Carolina, Beck will not serve as the Wolfpack’s Offensive Coordinator in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against Maryland on December 30th. Rather, NC State Running Back’s Coach Kurt Roper will be calling the plays in the Bowl game.

The question now is, who will fill Beck’s shoes as the Offensive Coordinator at NC State?

From what I’m hearing, there is significant interest from NC State in Willy Korn, the Co-Offensive Coordinator at Coastal Carolina, and the interest is apparently mutual.

Would be kind of crazy, right? The Wolfpack’s Offensive Coordinator becomes the Head Coach at Coastal, and then their Offensive Coordinator becomes the Offensive Coordinator at NC State.

This is Korn’s 6th season on staff at Coastal. In his first two seasons, he served as the Chanticleers’ Wide Receiver’s Coach, but beginning in 2019, Korn stepped into the position of Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach.

In 2021, Korn led Coastal to have the most efficient passing attack in the FBS. The Chanticleers’ offense under Korn ranked 4th in completion percentage, 5th highest in total offense. Coastal was just 1 of 5 teams to average over 40 points per game in 2021.

This year, Coastal ranks 8th in the FBS in team passing efficiency.

Over the past couple of years, Korn has developed Quarterback Grayson McCall, a former 2-star recruit, into being a legitimate NFL prospect. McCall has been one of the best Quarterback’s in the nation under Korn.

Check out McCall’s stats over the past three seasons: 8,019 yards, 77 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 70.4%, 187.7 passing efficiency rating.

Korn is only 33 years old, and is one of the most promising offensive minds in College Football.

 

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