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NC State Eliah Drinkwitz Fires Shots at UNC on Adam & Joe

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NC State Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz was on the Adam and Joe show yesterday on 99.9 The Fan, and he went out of his way to “fire” some “shots” at UNC while he was on the air.

“Right now, we’re getting some really good players. In fact, I think we’ve got 14 or 15 of the top 50 players in the state right now. The other schools around here have 1 or 2…shot fired.”

Drinkwitz was a little overzealous. NC State has 13 players committed that rank in the Top-50 in North Carolina. He wasn’t inaccurate in his understanding of UNC’s dismal recruiting class. The Tar Heels have commitments from 2 players in the Top-50 in North Carolina.

“We’re making additions to our stadium. We’re definitely not taking seats out or anything like that, again…shot fired.”

Drinkwitz is referring to the revamp on Kenan Stadium that is underway, that removing bleachers and putting in seats with chair backs. The goal in doing so was “to create a more comfortable and fan-friendly game day experience at Kenan Stadium.” (N&O)

As a result of the project, they are decreasing the seating capacity from 63,000 to 51,000. They are spending between $6 to $6.5 million to take out 12,000 seats to create a better game day experience.

It’s a sad day when you need to spend millions of dollars to decrease your seating capacity, because you can’t get fans to come to your games. It’s also sad when you have to baby your fanbase into coming with a guaranteed chair back. The fans in Kenan are notorious for remaining in their seats throughout the game, rather than standing and cheering. The way I see it, with the chair backs, don’t expect the fanbase to budge after they take their seat.

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Incoming NC State Players Get Their Jersey #’s, & Current Players Switch it Up

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With the 2019 NC State Football Spring roster released, the jersey numbers of the incoming Freshman have been revealed.

It’s worth noting that both incoming Quarterback’s chose noteworthy numbers. Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Bailey Hockman is wearing Russell Wilson’s honored #16 jersey, and Freshman Ty Evans chose Ryan Finley’s #15.

  • LB Drake Thomas took NIC Stephen Morrison’s #13.
  • NIC Jalen Frazier took CB Teshaun Smith’s #20.
  • S Khalid Martin took CB Taiyon Palmer’s #25.
  • CB Shyheim Battle took CB Vernon Grier’s #27.
  • DT Joshua Harris took DE Joe Babros’ #44.
  • OL Zovon Lindsay took LS Tyler Griffith’s #57.
  • DT CJ Clark took DE Davontae McRae’s #58.
  • OL Timothy McKay took C Garrett Bradbury’s #65.
  • WR Keyon Lesane took WR Devin Carter’s #85.
  • WR Chris Toudle took WR Emeka Emezie’s #86.
  • DE Savion Jackson took P AJ Cole’s #90.

Incoming players received their first ever jersey numbers as NC State players, but quite a few of the players already on the team decided to do a switcheroo.

  • RS SO TE Adam Boselli took over RB Marcellus Spell’s #46. Boselli was #88.
  • RS SO RB Dalton Counts took over TE Matthew Alderfer’s #35. Counts was #33.
  • RS FR CB Malik Dunlap switched from #19 to #24.
  • JR WR Emeka Emezie took over WR Kelvin Harmon’s #3. Emezie was #86.
  • RS SO OG Grant Gibson switched from #73 to #50.
  • SO S De’Von Graves took over S Dexter Wright’s #14. Graves was #6.
  • RS FR LB Calvin Hart took over CB Chris Ingram’s #15. Hart was #30.
  • JR CB Chris Ingram took over NIC Freddie Phillips #7. Ingram was #15.
  • RS FR P Mackenzie Morgan is #36 now. Morgan was #98.
  • RS FR CB Taiyon Palmer took over CB De’Von Graves #6. Palmer was #25.
  • SO RB Ricky Person took over WR Maurice Trowell’s #8. Person was #20.
  • SO CB Teshaun Smith switched from #20 to #8.
  • RS SO OL Kennan Solomon took over OL Terronne Prescod’s #70. Solomon was #94.
  • RS FR TE Camden switched from #93 to #45.

 

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A Few Players Have Switched Positions in the NC State Secondary

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With Spring Football right around the corner, a few players have switched positions in the NC State Secondary.

Cornerback

Redshirt Freshman Malik Dunlap switched over from Safety to Cornerback during last season, and is still listed as a Corner on the Spring roster.

The Wolfpack have 7 scholarship Cornerbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster

Safeties

Sophomore Tanner Ingle has been moved from Nickel to Safety. Ingle played in all 13 games last season as a Nickelback as a True Freshman. He started the first 7 games, before losing his job to Stephen Griffin. He ranked 6th on the team in tackles with 44.

Sophomore De’Von Graves has been moved from Cornerback to Safety. He saw action in 5 games at Corner (33 snaps) last year, and three other games strictly on special teams as a True Freshman.

NC State has 6 scholarship safeties on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Nickelbacks

Sophomore Tyler-Baker Williams has been moved from Safety to Nickelback. Baker-Williams saw action in 8 games last year as a True Freshman, taking snaps at Safety in 3 of them (18 snaps).

NC State has 3 scholarship Nickelbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Keep in mind, incoming Freshman Jakeen Harris and Cecil Powell will get mixed into the Secondary this summer when they arrive.

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Defensive End Joe Babros Transferring from NC State

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NC State Defensive End Joe Babros has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal, and is no longer on the Wolfpack’s roster.

Babros was a Junior College transfer from Saddleback College, committing to NC State on October 6th, 2017.

He chose NC State over offers from Iowa State, Colorado State, Nevada and others.

ESPN ranked Babros as the #48 overall player in the JUCO ranks, and the #5 Defensive End.

Babros only saw action in the East Carolina game this year, and didn’t record any stats. As a result, this past season will count as a redshirt season wherever he lands.

With the exodus of Babros, NC State has 8 scholarship defensive ends on the roster.

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6 NC State Players Invited to 2019 NFL Combine

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The invitations for the 2019 NFL Combine are officially out, and 6 NC State Football players were invited.

The Wolfpack are tied for the 6th most players invited to the Combine.

Honestly, I’m dumbfounded that Terronne Prescod didn’t receive an invite. He had the second highest grade of any offensive guard in the nation according to ProFootballFocus this year.

NC State sent 7 players to the 2018 NFL Combine last season.

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