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Kentavius Street to Wear #95 for 49ers

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Former NC State defensive end Kentavius Street will be wearing #95 for the San Francisco 49ers.

Street wore the #35 for 4 years at NC State, and wore the same number at Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina. He was drafted by the 49ers with the 128th pick (4th round) of the 2018 NFL Draft last month.

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NC State Announces Captains & Leadership Council for 2018 Football Season

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head coach Dave Doeren announced this evening the four men who will serve as captains for the 2018 football season. The members of the Wolfpack team voted on the captains earlier this week.

Serving the team in that leadership role this season will be center Garrett Bradbury, quarterback Ryan Finley, wide receiver Stephen Louis and linebacker Germaine Pratt.

“Being selected as a captain is a real honor because it’s voted on by their peers,” said Doeren. “These four guys personify the meaning of 1Pack1Goal and the standards that we embrace as a program. I’ve proud of them for the leadership they’ve shown and the respect they’ve earned from their coaches and teammates.”

Doeren also announced the Wolfpack’s 2018 Leadership Council, which will serve as the “voice of the locker room.” This group of players represents each position on the field and is chosen by the team to provide guidance and direction.

The council will give Doeren and the coaching staff input on some decisions, while a player can go to the council with issues they would like brought up to the coaches.

Here’s a look at the 2018 Wolfpack Leadership Council (number in parenthesis indicates number of years on the council if more than 1):

Cornerbacks 
Chris Ingram
Nick McCloud (3)

Safeties/Nickels 
Jarius Morehead
Dexter Wright (4)

Linebackers
Brock Miller
Germaine Pratt (2)

Defensive Line
Eurndraus Bryant
Darian Roseboro
James Smith-Williams

Running Backs 
Brady Bodine (2)
Reggie Gallaspy, Jr. (4)

Tight Ends/Fullbacks 
Dylan Autenrieth (2)

Wide Receivers
Kelvin Harmon (3)
Stephen Louis (4)

Quarterbacks
Woody Cornwell
Ryan Finley (2)

Offensive Line
Garrett Bradbury (2)
Tyler Jones
Terronne Prescod

Specialists 
A.J. Cole III (4)

Freshmen
Devin Carter, WR
Christopher Dunn, K
De’Von Graves, CB
Tanner Ingle, NIC
Devin Leary, QB
Alim McNeill, DL
Payton Wilson, LB
Camden Woods, TE

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NC State DL Coach Kevin Patrick Breaks Down D-Line Depth Chart

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We caught up with NC State defensive line coach Kevin Patrick last week, and he broke down how RS JR Larrell Murchison has claimed the #1 spot, the leaders on the line, and how they are “force feeding” FR Alim McNeil. Check out the VIDEO below, with a BULLETED breakdown underneath.

  • Starting to develop some true 1’s. Redshirt Junior Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison has really come on. Different player than he was last year. Taken a lot of pride in himself. The redshirt year really helped him a lot coming from Junior College. Really helping building some unity in the interior with him and Senior Defensive Tackle Eurndraus Bryant. He’s been going full force. He didn’t just get that #1 spot. He went and took it, which was the most impressive thing. His attack at the line of scrimmage is as good as we’ve got.
  • Redshirt Freshman Defensive Tackle Ibrahim Kante weighs 250 pounds. Moved him inside. Feel like that’s the best fit for us. When he puts on some more weight, he’s going to be special player down there. He’s not scared of contact.
  • Senior Defensive End Darian Roseboro is a more vocal leader. Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams is a little bit more mild, behind the scenes, whispering stuff to the other guys.
  • Freshman Defensive End Joseph Boletepeli has a very high ceiling.
  • Been force feeding Freshman Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil. For a guy who has been playing linebacker and fullback his whole life, it’s taking some time. It’s a different world inside. We knew it would take some time, but I think the game is slowing down for him, and he’s able to react faster.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Val Martin has some things he needs to overcome. Needs to work on his eyes. Right now the other guys are just playing better than him. He’s really a young guy. It’s really like he’s going into his Sophomore year. He’s had one year of junior college football under his belt. We have him for 3 years. He’s coming along.
  • Redshirt Freshman Defensive Tackle Grant Gibson is coming along everyday. He’s pushing it in that #2 spot. Now we need to get those 2’s to push the 1’s a little bit more for the jobs in front of them.

Current Breakdown of the Depth Chart at D-Line according to Patrick:

DE – SR Darian Roseboro

DT – SR Eurndraus Bryant/RS FR Grant Gibson

DT – RS JR Larrell Murchison/FR Alim McNeil/RS FR Ibrahim Kante

DE – RS JR James Smith-Williams

 

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NC State Ranks 32nd in 2018 AP Preseason College Football Poll

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The 2018 AP Preseason College Football Poll was released today, and NC State ranked 32nd. The Wolfpack finished the 2017 season ranked 23rd in the ACC after going 9-4. For perspective, NC State was ranked 30th in the 2017 AP Preseason Poll last year.

ACC Teams in the Top-25
2) Clemson
8) Miami
19) Florida St.
20) Virginia Tech

ACC Teams Receiving Votes
32) NC State
34) Boston College

West Virginia, NC State’s 3rd opponent this season, sits at #17.

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Ibrahim Kante Talks about a new city, a new position and a new mentality

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Redshirt freshman DT, Ibrahim Kante has gone through a lot of change over the past few seasons. He’s come from New York to Raleigh, gone from DE to DT and went from a “weak” to a focused mentality that has Dave Doeren raving about his play this fall.

So what changed fromt he spring when Doeren wasn’t pleased with Kante’s play?

Well, just about everything.

Listen to Kante explain to the media. Full video is below and bulleted highlights are underneath.

 

  • Raleigh a lot different than (hometown) New York City. Go from place where there’s people and stores everywhere to a place that’s open and you have to drive everywhere. But have adjusted. Have family here and teammates have embraced him.
  • Was young coming out of HS and had to prove himself more at post-grad before coming to college.
  • Always knew about NC State’s D-Line before NC State reached out. Knew as far back as Mario Williams.
  • During redshirt year last season, got to see Chubb and the line as an 18 year old. Got to see them bust their buts everyday to be great. Took everyday seriously. Worked together.
  • Coach (Kevin) Patrick has been pushing him to keep going, and to get-up. ReaLLy been helpful.
  • Veterans have been helpoing out. Roseboro and all the guys came in during the summer to help the younger guys
  • Doeren wasn’t pleased with play in the spring. Very pleased in the fall.
  • Had bad attitude in the spring. Was thinking too much. Then over the summer began to really focus and working on the d-line and started to show in the Fall.
  • Was mad that he was moved from DE to DT, but no one is going to feel bad. and has to play hard no matter what position.
  • Had a weak mentality in the spring. Changed it now.
  • Trying to make plays in backfield. Play hard and take advantage of every play even though a little light for DT.

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