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NFL.com: NC State’s Ryan Finley the #5 QB to Watch in 2018

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NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein broke down the Top-11 quarterbacks to watch in college football in 2018, and NC State’s Ryan Finley ranked #5.

5. Ryan Finley, N.C. State

Tall but thin prospect who wins with intelligence over arm talent. Entering his third season as the signal-caller for the Wolfpack, Finley has proven his ability to throw with good ball placement in tight quarters. He does a good job of recognizing lingering coverage underneath and is able to throw his receivers away from the coverage. He also plays with good poise in the face of the blitz. Finley is below average in his release quickness, and his velocity could be a concern at the next level. There are plenty of quarterbacks who succeed with accuracy and intelligence, but pro teams will need to see more consistent production from Finley as a passer this season. (NFL)

1) Justin Herbert, Oregon
2) Drew Lock, Missouri
3) Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
4) Jake Fromm, Georgia
5) Ryan Finley, NC State
6) Will Grier, West Virginia
7) Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
8) Brian Lewerke, Michigan St
9) Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
10) Shea Patterson, Michigan
11) Khalil Tate, Arizona

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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks Before NC State’s Matchup With Marshall

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NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren talked with the media one last time after practice today before the Wofpack heads up to Marshall. The video is ABOVE and a BULLETED breakdown is below.

  • Obviously we beat ourselves up and down the field last year.
  • Playing a night game will be a new experience for our guys. Haven’t done it in awhile.
  • One of the greatest things you can do is go on the road and play your best football in front of the opposing crowd.
  • Going to be a good environment up there.
  • Marshall has a few more weapons than last year. Still featuring Brady, but #7 (Obi Obialo) on the other side, is off to a good start as well.
  • Both of the Running Backs are running the football (Tyler King and Keion Davis). Different offensive coordinator. Running the ball more. Offense is more balanced.
  • On Sunday our guys had good focus and energy. To help with conditioning, gassed them pretty good on Sunday.
  • Redshirt Graduate Senior Wide Receiver Stephen Louis is doing great. The extra week was really good for him.
  • Other guys we hope will be feeling even better by 7pm Saturday night.
  • Guys got to rest and eat. Some guys lost weight over the hot games, and they gained some weight back over the break.
  • I’m sure Redshirt Sophomore Tight End Cary Angeline is excited. He’s kind of a level-headed…even-keeled guy. Doesn’t get too up or down. I’m sure he’s excited to get back on the field, but he doesn’t show it on the face.

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NC State is Rocking ALL WHITE Against Marshall

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NC State will be rocking these sick new and improved ALL WHITE uniforms versus Marshall this Saturday night.

NC State wore the alternate “Ice Wolf” ALL WHITE uniforms in the Wolfpack’s 41-7 victory over Georgia State in Week 1.

The last time that NC State wore their All-White uniforms was against #9 Notre Dame on the road last year, when they fell to the Irish 14-35.

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NC State’s Dave Doeren’s Week 4 ACC Media Teleconference Transcript

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Yesterday NC State head coach Dave Doeren answered questions on the weekly ACC Media Teleconference heading into the Wolfpack’s Week 4 matchup against Marshall. Here’s the transcript.

DAVE DOEREN: It’s good to be back into game week. A lot of thoughts and prayers have gone out to people in the Carolinas and all people affected by Hurricane Florence, and I know our players did the best they could in a tough situation with our staff. And good to be back in the routine here at the school here this week and getting ready for our first game against Marshall, a very storied program off to a 2-0 start, a team that has a lot of experience, 17 of their 22 starters back, and one of the top winning percentages for home wins in college football. Looking forward to playing them and getting back into it and seeing where we’re at. Obviously you want to see your progress as a football program week in and week out, and having an unexpected week off gave us a chance to pause and look back but also lose some time on the field. You feel like you’re in a little bit of a catch-up mode as you prepare, and I know the guys are excited to get on the road and go play a really good team.

Q. I was wondering if you could recall how you guys discovered Larrell Murchison and what has his development meant to your defensive line this season?

DAVE DOEREN: Larrell is doing really well. He originally was committed to Georgia. We knew about him. At the time we didn’t know if we would take another defensive lineman. I don’t know what happened down there, if they filled up or over-signed, but about two days before signing day I got a call and talked to their coaches at Lewisburg about him. And obviously being an in-state guy and we had a need and a scholarship open at that point in time, so just tried to do the best I could in a short window because we didn’t have time to bring him on campus. But he knew a lot of State people, his family knew a lot of State people. He grew up not far from here and was able to get a lot done in a short period of time. He actually didn’t sign on signing day. If you guys remember, he came up the week after so he could look at everything and make sure, but really excited he’s here, and we were able to redshirt him last year and he was able to learn behind Justin Jones and B.J. Hill and has gotten bigger. He was about 285 when he got here, and he’s close to 300 now, and really playing fast and just fun to watch a guy improve week in and week out. He is by far the most quick twitch interior defensive lineman, and his upside still hasn’t been seen yet. I think watching him in practice yesterday was one of his better days on the field. So excited to continue to see him grow.

Q. This week the ACC and the College Football Playoff are celebrating Extra Yard For Teachers. What role have teachers played in your life?

DAVE DOEREN: Played a huge role. Had a lot that — a lot of them I looked up to, and some of my teachers were my coaches, too, in basketball and football growing up, and just were role models, were mentors. A lot of the words that they spoke to me stuck. I had one teacher tell me that I couldn’t do something one time, and that stuck, and really enjoyed getting an A in that class and proving that teacher wrong. But that motivation was huge in my life at the time. I needed to hear it. And other teachers who have ended up being lifelong friends. They have a huge impact, have the ability to change lives, and some of them I think do an incredible job of that. As somebody in that position in football, because I do think football coaches are teachers, I think that’s one of the greatest things you have is that gift of helping somebody grow. (ACC)

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A quick glance at the somewhat strange history between NC State and Marshall

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When NC State takes on Marshall this Saturday it will be their first away game of the season. It will also be the 5th meeting between the two teams. The most consistent theme in this series seems to be NC State needing some late-game heroics to put away the Thundering Herd.  Here is a brief history of the matchup.

  • Last year NC State defeated the Thundering Herd 37-20, and while the final score made it look like somewhat of a blowout, it was anything but. Marshall jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead and was up 20-10 at the half. That’s when NC State caught fire. The Pack scored 27 unanswered including 2 TD runs by Reggie Gallaspy and a 34 yard TD by Kelvin Harmon.
  • In 1991, State had another rough matchup with Marshall. They were down 14-3 with 3 minutes remaining. After driving down for a TD, the Pack got an onside kick. QB Geoff Bender led State down the field but missed on a 4th and long pass. It seemed like that was the end of the line, but a Marshall player had been flagged for offsides. NC State ended up converting on the next play and eventually went down and scored the game-winning TD and won 15-14.
  • In 1993, NC State once again needed a late surge to beat Marshall. This time it was QB Terry Harvey having to lead State on two scoring drives in the final 10 minutes to pull off a 24-17 win. The Wolfpack defense held Marshall scoreless in the 2nd half.
  • 1995 was the outlier. In this one State came out and controlled it from the opening kick. Terry Harvey hit the 4,000 career passing yards mark in this game and the Pack won 33-16.

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