Earlier this week ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr released his Mock Draft, and he took NC State #3 overall with the Indianapolis Colts.
Here he breaks down why:
“You could make the argument [Chubb] is the best player in the draft,” Kiper said. “He’s not that far off from being the No. 1 guy in the draft. He had two great years back-to-back. He’s got a great attitude, great approach. He’s not the elite talent that [2017 No. 1 overall draft pick] Myles Garrett is, but he’s more consistent and more on a daily basis gave you everything he had against the run and the pass. He chased down plays. He’s not Myles Garrett, but he’s close enough to say, ‘Hey, he could be the No. 1 player on anybody’s board.'”
“First of all, he has a real good takeoff,” Kiper said. “He has strong hands. He has really good feet technique — rip, swim move, everything with him. He chases. He goes through double-teams. He gets coverage sacks. He hustles; he never quits. He practices hard and sets the tone for the rest of the team. Great character.”(ESPN)
QB Matt McKay Transfers from NC State to Montana State
Matt McKay began the 2019 football season as the starting Quarterback at NC State, before losing his job after starting the first 5 games. In 2020, McKay will be a quarterback at Montana State.
After announcing that he would be transferring from NC State on December 1st, McKay announced via Twitter yesterday that he was transferring to Montana State.
Jeremiah 29:11 … Committed 🤞🏾🔒 pic.twitter.com/gCtZGAg1In
— Matt McKay (@PigskinMatt) December 12, 2019
In 2019, McKay completed 57.3% of his passes for 910 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He also had 4 rushing touchdowns.
McKay was originally a 4-star prospect in NC State’s 2017 recruiting class, playing his High School ball here in Raleigh at Wakefield.
Since Montana State is an FCS program, McKay will not have to sit out a year, and will be able to play immediately, with 2 years of eligibility remaining.
Montana State (10-3) finished the this year ranked 5th nationally in the FCS, losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Honestly, Montana State seems like a strange choice for McKay, with starting quarterback Tucker Rovig returning next season as a Redshirt Junior. In 2019, Rovig threw for 1,705 yards and 13 touchdowns (4 interceptions) for a Passing Efficiency Rating of 136.8.
Thunder Dan Ranks 26th Nationally in Strength Coach Pay
USAToday has released their research of the salaries of the head coaches and assistant coaches in college football for the 2019 season, but they also did the same this year for Strength and Conditioning Coaches. NC State’s S&C Coach “Thunder” Dantonio Burnette ranks 26th nationally, with a salary of $324,700.
ACC Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the Top-30
4) Joey Batson – Clemson
25) Brian Hess – UNC
26) Dantonio Burnette – NC State
NC State Football Ranks 33rd in Assistant Coach Pay
USAToday has released their annual deep dive into the pay of College Football coaches, and NC State’s Assistant Coaching Staff ranked 33rd nationally in pay in 2019.
The coach that received the biggest check this season, Defensive Coordinator Dave Huxtable, is no longer with the program.
Top-6 ACC Schools in Assistant Coach Pay
17) Florida St.
33) NC State
37) Virginia Tech
Former NC State Defensive End Xavier Lyas Transfers to Northern Arizona
Back on November 10th, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas decided to transfer from NC State, after not seeing the playing time he hoped for.
Today he announced that he’s decided to transfer to Northern Arizona.
— Lightspzzd_97 (@xavierlyas) December 11, 2019
Since Northern Arizona is an FCS school, Lyas will be able to play immediately next year, not having to sit out a season.
Lyas had 4.0 sacks (4.5 tackles for loss) in 8 games in very limited playing time. The most snaps he played in a single game was 19 against Wake Forest.
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