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NFL.com: NC State’s Ryan Finley 1 of 5 Passers to Watch in 2018

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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)

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QB Matt McKay Transfers from NC State to Montana State

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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.

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.

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Thunder Dan Ranks 26th Nationally in Strength Coach Pay

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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

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NC State Football Ranks 33rd in Assistant Coach Pay

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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

2) Clemson
17) Florida St.
30) UNC
32) Louisville
33) NC State
37) Virginia Tech

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Former NC State Defensive End Xavier Lyas Transfers to Northern Arizona

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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.

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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