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Examining the Pack’s 46-34 Win Over ODU

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Ok, so once again State was in a barn-burner with a team they really should be walking all over. I know a win is a win but at this point we need to start really digging in and seeing what’s going right and what’s going wrong with this team. The big boys are only 3 weeks away and if the Pack wants any shot against them they’ll need to fix their problems pretty quickly. With that said, let’s look at how this game went…

State’s defense is looking slow, soft and confused. So far they’ve given up a total of 943 yards over their first 2 games. Now you can hype of Georgia Southern and talk about all the misdirection from their triple option or you can talk about how ODU has a senior QB who’s put up some pretty good numbers in the past. At the end of the day this is Georgia Southern and ODU. You are NC State, an ACC school with magnificent facilities and a lot of exposure. The point it, State’s defense needs to, and should be better. I know they are still young and this system is still somewhat new to most of them, but honestly, all eyes are on this group. They are group that’s going to make or break this season for NC State. The Monarchs pretty much had their way with State on Saturday. They put up 34 points and seemed in control for a lot of the first half. The Wolfpack secondary allowed ODU QB Taylor Heinicke to throw for 274 yds and 2 TDs while the team rushed for another 196 yds and 3 TDs. Unacceptable.

On the other hand, the offense seemed to click on all cylinders. We saw what State was capable of during their comeback over Georgia Southern 2 weeks ago and they simply carried that over into this week. As we expected, Doeren went with a healthy dose of Shadrach Thornton and it paid off. The Jr. RB ran for 86 yds on 14 carries and hit pay dirt 3 times. (lingo lesson: Pay dirt is a common football term used for touchdown that originated during the California gold rush years. Miners would dig until they hit gold, which was the dirt that paid.) Brissett also carried over his performance and went 21-29 for 253yds and 2 TDs. He has still yet to throw an interception. While Brissett really spread the ball out, it was freshman Bo Hines who led the team in receptions once again, catching 4 balls for 61` yards.

Establishing a running game was big. I think the ability to be productive on the ground really helped State move the ball on Saturday and will be big when they start facing faster, stronger D’s. Thornton is really running with a chip on his shoulder and Matt Dayes is proving to be a nice addition as well. Dayes also got 13 carries and went for 79 yards, so it wasn’t just Shadrach doing the damage. Where Dayes is the most dangerous right now however is in the passing game. For the second game he caught a TD out of the backfield. Coming into the season I pegged the run game as a question mark for State, and while there is a lot of season to play, so far it’s been pretty good.

Brissett is as advertised. Another great performance from the Florida transfer. He’s been accurate, smart with the football and a good leader in the huddle. No complaint here.

The wideouts have been actually a pretty pleasant surprise. Most didn’t really know what to expect here, but with Bo Hines really emerging as a true #1 receiver, Brissett looks like he has some pretty good options. It seems as if Valdes-Scantling is still building chemistry, but should slot in as the #2 here. So where is Bryan Underwood in this discussion? Good questions. The senior WR still doesn’t have a catch and had one carry on Saturday for 10 yards. I think everyone expected to have a little more production from him at this point.

Up next is South Florida who just came real close to beating Maryland. Doeren and his defense are going to have to do some soul searching if they want to finish this non-conference schedule unscathed.

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

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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)

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

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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)

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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