Bucky Brooks of NFL.com broke down the Top-5 NFL quarterback prospects to watch in 2018, and NC State’s Ryan Finley was one of the handful. Here’s what he had to say about the Wolfpack signal caller:
Ryan Finley, N.C. State: QBs billed as “game managers” rarely earn rave reviews from observers, but NFL personnel executives love a dependable playmaker from the pocket like Finley. He excels at distributing the ball to receivers on short and intermediate throws as part of a dink-and-dunk offense that places a premium on ball control. As a vertical thrower, Finley displays enough arm strength to push the ball down the field, but he is a selective “shot” taker with a game that’s built for a West Coast Offense-like system. With some coaches favoring a high-completion-percentage playmaker at the position, the way Finley is valued could depend largely on a team’s preference for its style of QB. (NFL)
NC State Adds Beer Sales to Carter-Finley Stadium, Procedures and Policies Announced
NC State has formalized procedures and polices related to the addition of beer sales within public areas of Carter-Finley Stadium in advance of the Wolfpack’s season-opener on August 31.
The NC State University Board of Trustees approved the necessary revisions to the university’s alcohol policies on July 10, allowing for the sale of beer in Athletic venues. From that point, multiple NC State departments began the process of collaboratively determining logistics for sales at Carter-Finley Stadium with the priority of providing a safe, positive experience for all attendees.
“We have one of the great game day environments in college football, our fans fill the stands each year and this is another way to enhance the experience for a segment of our audience at Carter-Finley Stadium,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “That said, we want to make sure we do this responsibly, with fan safety and an enjoyable fan experience in mind. This is something that can continue to evolve but we have taken what we feel are the appropriate measures to implement this for the upcoming season.”
Key items on game day beer sales:
- Beer will be sold at new stations in the four corners of Carter-Finley Stadium – separate from existing food and beverage concessions. These lines will be limited to beer, water, peanuts and one hard seltzer product. There will be between 40-50 points of sale on the concourse.
- Following the lead of several professional and college venues and recommendations of industry professionals, NC State’s plan is to initially sell beer in cans and/or plastic bottles only – not on draft. Containers are easier to transport, stock and keep cold, and can be served to fans faster, reducing line wait times.
- Fans will need to show legal identification proving they are 21 years of age or over each time they purchase a beer. Anyone appearing under the age of 30 will be subject to ID check and will be required to wear a wristband.
- Per state law, customers will be sold one beer per person per ID per purchase.
- Everyone serving beer in the stadium will be a certified and properly trained server.
- Beer will not be sold to anyone appearing to be intoxicated.
- Beer sales will begin when general stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff and stop at the end of the third quarter.
- No beer container may be brought in or out of the stadium, including empty containers.
- Officials will be added to monitor fan safety and behavior inside the stadium.
- NC State is not planning to sell wine this season.
Beer selections and pricing will be communicated at a later time. The sale of beer at Carter-Finley Stadium does not impact the existing stadium re-entry policy (pass-outs), which remain in place.
Policies and procedures will be subject to change and modification as this process evolves. Plans for beer and wine sales at additional NC State venues continue to be evaluated.
PFF Ranks NC State Football 22nd in 2019 Preseason Top-25
ProFootballFocus released their 2019 Preseason Top-25 today, and they think a lot more of NC State than the AP voters. The Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote in the Preseason AP Poll that was released today, but PFF ranks them 22nd.
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
- Mississippi State
- NC State
- Michigan State
22. North Carolina State
The Wolfpack will be breaking in a new quarterback and offensive coordinator to start 2019. Although not set in stone, Matt McKay seems to be in the lead to start Week 1. Outside of some mop-up spots in 2018, little has been charted on McKay. Their schedule sets up relatively well with over seven wins in play if you are comfortable with the potential push. (PFF)
ECU’s Mike Houston Says Bet on ECU Against the Wolfpack in Week 1
East Carolina’s new head coach Mike Houston is feeling all kinds of bold heading in to the season opener against NC State.
Last year, the Wolfpack molly whopped the Pirates 58-3 in the final game of the regular season.
Houston says don’t expect the same thing in Week 1 of 2019 under his tutelage.
ECU coach Mike Houston on the N.C. State game: "Last year, it was 58-3. It's not going to be that this year, I promise you … Put some money on it. Take the spread." @SportsHubTriad
— Josh Graham (@JoshGrahamRadio) August 15, 2019
Houston didn’t guarantee a victory, but said that ECU fans should bet on the Pirates to cover the spread.
The Wolfpack opened as 20.5-point favorites, but the spread currently sits at 17.5.
North Carolina State are 3-6 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.
North Carolina State are 11-4 Straight Up in their last 15 games.
North Carolina State are 7-1 Straight Up in their last 8 games at home.
North Carolina State are 5-1 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played in August.
North Carolina State are 3-9 Against the Spread in their last 12 games played in Week 1.
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of North Carolina State’s last 18 games played on a Saturday.
East Carolina are 2-7 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.
East Carolina are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.
East Carolina are 0-8 Straight Up in their last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games played in week 1.
East Carolina are 1-6 Straight Up in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.
East Carolina are 1-6 Against the Spread in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.
5 NC State Players Earn PFF 2019 Preseason All-ACC Honors
ProFootballFocus has released their 2019 Preseason All-ACC honors, and RS Junior Offensive Guard Joe Sculthorpe and RS Senior Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison made the 1st Team.
Joe Sculthorpe, NC State
The fifth highest-graded guard in the Power-5, Sculthorpe also holds the third-highest run-blocking grade in that same group. (PFF)
Larrell Murchison, NC State
Murchison holds a top-15 pass-rush grade among active Power-5 interior defensive lineman and the ACC’s top-third marks in pass-rush and run-defense grade. (PFF)
Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas earned 2nd Team honors, and Junior Offensive Guard Joshua Fedd-Jackson and Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker Isaiah Moore earned Honorable Mention.
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