NC State is sending 7 players to the 2018 NFL Combine, which is tied for the 8th most in college football (3rd most in ACC).
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) February 8, 2018
The official combine page is up and running on NFL.com, and there are profiles for each of the players attending. Here is a brief rundown of what they said about the Wolfpackers:
Defensive End Bradley Chubb has a grade of 7.25. They project him as a 1st round pick, compare him to Chris Long, and think he could be an early starter, and a multi-year starter.
Running Back Nyheim Hines has a grade of 5.59. They project him to be taken in the third or fourth round, and compare him to Tyler Ervin. They don’t see him being a full-time back at the next level, but could be a change of pace back. His value will be more utilized at receiver.
Tight End Jaylen Samuels has a grade of 5.48. They project him to be a 4th or 5th round pick. They think JaySam’s best fit may be with a zone-scheme team as a RB/FB with the ability to play slot receiver and become a core special teamer.
Defensive Tackle BJ Hill has a grade of 5.29. They project him to be taken in the 7th round, or scooped up as a free agent. “While Hill’s production has been solid, he will have to develop more strength at the point of attack or become a more explosive upfield player to set himself apart and become a rotational defensive tackle.”
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones has a grade of 5.22. They project him as a 7th round pick, or a free agent. “He’s tough enough at the point of attack to give him a shot as a rotational defensive lineman if he’s able to add a little more size, but his shot may come late or undrafted as he lacks the athletic traits and overall production teams will be looking for.”
Defensive End Kentavius Street has a grade of 4.98. They project him to be a 7th rounder or a free agent pick up. They compare him to Ronald Blair. “Street doesn’t appear to be an NFL pass rusher but his power is intriguing. A team might be interested in asking him to add more weight in an attempt to bump him inside.”
Offensive Tackle Will Richardson doesn’t have a grade on the website, but is invited to the Combine.
NC State Wearing All-White Against Louisville
NC State will be wearing ALL WHITE on the road against Louisville tomorrow.
Uniform Report: #LOUvsNCSU
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) November 15, 2018
The Wolfpack is 2-2 this year in ALL WHITE. They are 1-1 in the standard white uniforms, and 1-1 in the Ice Wolf uniforms.
Marshall – 37-20 (W)
Clemson – 41-7 (L)
Ice Wolf White
Georgia State – 41-7 (W)
Syracuse – 51-41 (L)
After tomorrow’s game, the Wolfpack will have worn ALL WHITE in half of their games in 2018.
VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After Practice Before Louisville
Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media after practice today before NC State’s game on the road against Louisville this Saturday. The video is ABOVE and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.
- Thankful for Close-King Indoor Facility. They’re (Louisville) a turf field. It’s supposed to be beautiful down there on Saturday. Being outside in the rain wouldn’t have really helped us prepare for what we are going to see element wise.
- Practicing outside sometimes takes away from focus, because you’re playing with wet balls and your footing is challenging. On the turf it wouldn’t be. It’s also flu season. So, trying to keep guys healthy through this too is a big part of that.
- You know, their issues are not ours. We expect to see a very good football team that’s going to play hard. I’ve read everything I can read. They’re making football fun for those guys and that’s what they should be doing. For us, it’s what do we need to do better. We’re going to have to adjust throughout the game because there could be some new things they haven’t shown. Our guys just have to be really coachable. It’s about executing with great technique and effort. Finishing plays and having fun while we’re out there. That joy you have for the game is really important.
- You do everything you can to help your guys and deal with what comes. You know, the injuries are a part of the game. You’re recruiting for the future all the time. Developing for the future all the time. Obviously, I think we showed that early in the year with all the players we lost to the NFL, but we had good players ready to go. Now it’s been sustaining the injuries that have come and guys are working hard to be ready to play and take that opportunity.
- Our guys have been able to get in games and understand how it’s different than they thought it was going to be, grow up, and not use a year in that process. It’s helped our depth when we’ve had injuries. So, you know there’s always going to be things that you wish were different, but I’m using it (new 4 game redshirt rule) the best that I can. I think it’s helped a lot of our guys and it’s definitely kept them practicing a certain way knowing that they could get called any time to play.
NC State’s Dave Doeren’s Week 12 ACC Media Teleconference Transcript
NC State head coach Dave Doeren answered questions on the weekly ACC Media Teleconference today before the Wolfpack’s matchup against Louisville Saturday. Here’s the transcript:
THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Dave Doeren from NC State.
COACH DOEREN: I have had a good week here getting prepared for Louisville, and our guys really came back to work on Tuesday and had a great practice and excited about the way they’ve prepared, the way they’ve worked and bought into getting back to the fundamentals of the game of football, that felt like we didn’t do as well as we’re capable of in last week’s game. And it’s exciting to see the guys do that. They’re a resilient bunch of guys. They’re awesome guys to coach and excited about this next opportunity in a road game with Louisville who is obviously going through a tough situation, but I know there will be a lot of spirit and fight from their ball club. So look forward to that game.
Q. When you have kind of a deflating loss like that maybe the guys didn’t expect, didn’t see coming, what do you as a coach say to them to try to make sure it doesn’t have a hangover effect and you have this bounceback?
COACH DOEREN: I think the best thing you can do with anyone you’re working with is be honest and own the things that are yours and ask them to own the things that are theirs. And point out the things that are correctable. And then get together with the guys. And to me it’s opportunity coming up here to play another football game. And every week, whether we win or lose, we want to be better than we were the week before. And obviously we weren’t able to do that last week.
So you use it as an opportunity to grow as a coach and as an opportunity to grow as a player. And it’s not about blame. It’s about fixing things and getting things back to where we can win a football game.
Q. To get the offense back where it had been was it just fundamentals as you said or what have you been able to —
COACH DOEREN: There’s several things. We dropped five balls and a couple of them would have been really good catches but we’re capable of making really good catches and on the line of scrimmage I just didn’t think we had played as fast’s with have and guys were off target on some things and Wake Forest did a good job. So I mean part of it is the way they played. But we weren’t the same as we’ve been on our landmarks and our zone schemes and sustaining blocks and creating spaces for our running backs in the run game.
When you get five red zone possessions and get one touchdown and two of those three that you don’t score, you drop touchdown passes. I mean, that’s hard to say that we were doing the wrong things. We just gotta finish plays and that’s fundamental football. Blocking, catching, running, breaking tackles, leveraging the football and that’s what we focused on this week.
Q. When you’re playing a team that has an interim coach and is down a bunch of coaches on their staff, how do you just prepare for what challenges they might present for you, if they try and do anything different, or you just go by what you see on tape?
COACH DOEREN: I think there’s naturally going to be some adjusting that we have to do in the game. I mean, I would assume that with the new play caller coach Galloway that he’ll have some wrinkles. Their defensive coordinator hasn’t changed. So you expect to see the same types of things they’ve been doing.
I know they’re going to be very spirited. I know Lorenzo’s going to do everything he can to make football fun for those guys and be honest we’re doing the same thing here. We just want our guys to play the technique and execute the plays and have fun doing it. And however they come out in the game, you know, whether it’s pass at quarterback or one of the athletic quarterbacks that they have, we have to adjust and there will be things going on on the sideline that we have to do a good job with our guys and be able to play within the scheme and adjust to what they’re doing.
NC State’s Garrett Bradbury is 1 of 8 Semifinalists for Outland Trophy
Eight semifinalists for the 2018 Outland Trophy were named today, and NC State Graduate Senior Center Garrett Bradbury was one of them.
The Outland Trophy has been awarded to the best interior lineman on offense or defense since 1946.
Here’s what the FWAA had to say about Bradbury:
Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State (6-3, 300, Gr., Charlotte, N.C.): A three-year starter on the line, the team co-captain has played all but four snaps for the Wolfpack this season. In 679 snaps he has not allowed a sack and has only allowed two pressures on 348 pass attempts. His protection has helped place Ryan Finley on the cusp to become N.C. State’s only quarterback to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three different seasons. Has led the blocking for an offense averaging 31.4 points and 453.0 yards per game. Earned his degree last year in business supply operations management. (Outland)
2018 Outland Trophy Semifinalists
Garrett Bradbury – C – NC State
Michael Deiter – G – Wisconsin
Mitch Hyatt – OT – Clemson
Ed Oliver – DT – Houston
Ben Powers – G – Oklahoma
Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson
Jonah Williams – OT – Alabama
Quinnen Williams – NG – Alabama
Former NC State Center Jim Ritcher, whose number is retired, won the Outland Trophy in 1979.
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