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GAME NOTES (from NC State Media)

NC State vs. Mississippi State
3:30pm | Charlotte, NC  | ESPN

BOWLED OVER

The Belk Bowl marks NC State’s 29th postseason appearance and its 11th bowl game since 2000. The Wolfpack posts a 15-12-1 overall record in post-season bowls and is 7-3 in its last 10 outings.

THE PACK IN THE BELK BOWL

T.J. Graham had 7 catches for 116 yards and 2 TDs against Louisville in the 2011 Belk Bowl This season marks the third time NC State has played a bowl game in Bank of America Stadium. The Wolfpack won the 2011 Belk Bowl, 31-24, vs. Louisville and defeated South Florida there in 2005 in what was then called the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

In 2005, NC State turned in a storybook ending to a rollercoaster season with a 14-0 victory over South Florida on New Year’s Eve. The defense, led by bowl MVP Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions), shut out the Bulls in USF’s first bowl game appearance in school history. It marked the only shutout in a bowl that year and the first ever by the Wolfpack. NC State scored 24 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to overwhelm Louisville in the 2011 win. Quarterback Mike Glennon (Tampa Bay Bucs), who completed 21 of 33 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, was named the MVP of the game.

STATE VS. STATE

It’s been 20 years since the Wolfpack and the Bulldogs met on the gridiron, however the 2015 Belk Bowl will mark the first of three matchups between the two teams in the next six years. NC State and Mississippi State have scheduled a home and home series in the next few years. The Bulldogs will visit Raleigh in 2020 and the Wolfpack will travel to Starkville in 2021.

The 2015 Belk Bowl will mark the third time the two teams have faced off in a postseason bowl. The Wolfpack defeated the Bulldogs 28-24 in the 1994 Peach Bowl in the last meeting and lost to MSU in the 1963 Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia (that weather for that contest was 19o with a 17 mile-per-hour wind!).

 

KEYS TO THE GAME


Stopping Prescott

Dak Prescott is playing in his final college game and he’s going to do his best to go out on top. This is a kid who has 110 career touchdowns and owns 38 school records. He can beat you in the air and beat you on the ground when he has to. He is coming off his best year passing, going for 3,413 yards with 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He has good receivers and their offense as a whole is dangerous. State’s defense will need to have one of it’s best performances of the season.

Brissett (and the offense) needs to play big

Jacoby is also playing his final collegiate game and while the Pack didn’t exactly shock the ACC this year, Brissett has been above average (2,400 yards and 24 total TDs). He is going to have to have a big game if State is going to go blow for blow with the Bulldogs.

The main thing this offense is going to need to do is to stay on the field. They are going to need an accurate Brissett, a tough, grind-it-out kind of day for Gallasby and some supreme ball security. State has been one of the best teams in the nation at not turning it over, and keeping that trend going could be the difference in a win or a loss today.

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wormncsu
wormncsu
6 years ago

This team really showed yesterday they have a long way to go. They probably really didn’t need to be in this particular bowl anyway. Let’s hope we can look in some more good recruits and maybe a few transfers. The difference in team speed and ability was glaring yesterday as it was against most of the top teams this year.

BrandonMills
BrandonMills
6 years ago

Gallaspy not playing.

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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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