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Dave Doeren Talks After Day 1 of NC State’s 2018 Fall Camp: BULLETED

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Today marked the first day of NC State’s 2018 Fall Camp. Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media afterwards. Here’s what he had to say in bulleted form:

  • Wish we could have been outside. Great to be back on the field with the guys. Pretty clean. Not a lot of balls on the ground.
  • Good to see the guys who haven’t been able to be out there. Obviously first glimpse of incoming freshmen.
  • No pads. Can’t get too excited about anything.
  • Finley’s connection with his receivers is special. They know what the other is thinking. Takes time. 3rd year together. Great chemistry. Care a lot about each other.
  • Good competition on defense. Guys knew what their weaknesses were coming out of the Spring.
  • Lot of physical growth and gain. RS JR DT Larrell Murchison was 280ish last year. He’s around 300 now.
  • Good to have SR DT Eurndraus Bryant back. Didn’t practice in the Spring.
  • RS SO DT Shug Frazier was in a yellow jersey today, and ran with the 2’s. He injured his toe last year. Just a process of getting him back . He’s going to slowly progress back into full drill.
  • SO OG Joshua Fedd-Jackson started two games last year, and SO OT Justin Witt played a lot last year. They are new starters, but they have started in games. Don’t really feel like they are breaking two guys in. Cohesiveness is the big thing. Playing beside each other.
  • Offensive Line coach Dwayne Ledford does a great job building chemistry, relationships and brotherhood.
  • RS Nickel Stephen Griffin didn’t practice today. Lingering foot injury. Nothing really bad. Probably be back next week sometime.
  • SR RB Reggie Gallaspy looks good. Other guys are going to get a lot of reps. FR Rickey Person and Trent Pennix, and RS FR Nakia Robinson are going to be soaked. Going to get a lot of work in fall camp.
  • This summer challenged RS JR DE James Smith-Williams, SR DE Darian Roseboro, and SR DT Eurndraus Bryant to get around each other more. They trained more together. Hung out more together. Went out to eat more together. Have to invest in each other as friends off of the field.
  • Where you were experienced last year you’re not (Defensive Line). Where you weren’t (secondary), you are now.
  • RS JR DT’s Val Martin and Larrell Murchison both have played two years of college football. They are plug-and-play guys.
  • RS SO TE Cary Angeline is probably more like David Grinnage with the height. Probably the most versatile guy we’ve had. He’s a blend between Grinnage and Cole Cook. Good in-line player and a guy you can move around. For 6’7″, 250b guy, he’s pretty nimble. He will only miss the first 3 games, and will be able to play in game 4. A TE that big can be a QB’s friend. Ryan has been really impressed with him. Excited about what he brings to the passing game. Real quiet. Goes about his business. I would assume anyone on a football team would like to play with a guy like that. A guy who just does what he’s supposed to do all the time.

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NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Syracuse (with notes)

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NC State released their Depth Chart for their matchup against Syracuse at Dave Doeren’s weekly press conference at Noon. While it is identical to last weeks, there are a few notes below.

Notes

There were quite a few injuries that occurred in the Wolfpack’s loss to Clemson. Doeren had no update on the status of any of these players specifically, as he will be meeting with the trainer at 3:30 today. The only thing he had to offer was each player was doing “better.”

  • Starting Left Guard Terronne Prescod looked like he injured his back in the contest, and only played 41 snaps. A back injury kept him out of the Marshall game.
  • Starting Wide Receiver Stephen Louis left the game with what was thought to possibly be a broken leg, but word is that it might not be worst case scenario.
  • Running Back Ricky Person played well against the Tigers, but left the contest, and was on the sidelines on crutches. It looked like he re-injured his hamstring.
  • Wide Receiver CJ Riley also came up slowly in the contest.

We will have to wait until Thursday to talk to Doeren to see if there are any updates on the status of these 4 players.

 

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NC State Opens as a 1-Point Underdog Against Syracuse

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Even prior to NC State’s loss to Clemson, the Wolfpack’s upcoming matchup against Syracuse this Saturday at 7pm on ESPN2 was projected to be a tossup. With the 41-7 loss in the back of Vegas’ mind, the Wolfpack opens as a 1-point underdog against the Orangemen.

  • North Carolina State is 7-1 Straight Up in its last 8 games
  • North Carolina State is 2-3-1 Against The Spread in its last 6 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 8-3 Straight Up in its last 11 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 6-1 Straight Up in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse (OddShark)

NC State has won their last 4 matchups against Syracuse, and is 2-2 against the spread in those games. The last time the Wolfpack was the underdog against the Orangemen was in 2014, and they turned that into a 7-point victory.

NC State vs. Syracuse Recent History Against The Spread

2017: NC State – 14-point favorite – 33-25
2016: NC State – 7-point favorite – 35-20
2015: NC State – 19.5-point favorite – 42-29
2014: NC State – 2.5 point underdog – 24-17

According to ESPN’s FPI projections, NC State is expected to win the rest of their games after Syracuse.

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NC State vs. Syracuse Set for Primetime at 7pm

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NC State will continue their play on the road next Saturday night against Syracuse, and it will also be their 1st primetime game of the season on national television, at 7pm on ESPN2.

The last time NC State played in the 7pm slot was on the road against Marshall in Week 4, and the Wolfpack took down the Thundering Herd 37-20.

NC State was 2-1 after 6pm last year.

Marshall – 6pm – 37-20
Louisville – 8pm – 39-25
Wake Forest – 7:30pm – 24-30

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NC State Also Falls to #22 in the AP Poll After Clemson Loss

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NC State lost to Clemson 41-7 yesterday in Week 8, and fell to 6 spots to #22 in the AP Poll.

The Wolfpack finished the 2017 season ranked 23rd in the AP Poll after going 9-4, and began the 2018 season ranked 32nd in the Preseason Poll.

Week 6: 23rd
Week 7: 20th
Week 8: 16th
Week 9: 22nd

ACC Teams in the Top-25
2) Clemson (+1)
22) NC State (-5)

Other ACC Teams Receiving Votes
30) Miami (+2)
31) Virginia (+8)
38) Boston College

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