Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke to the media after Day 4 of NC State’s 2018 Fall Camp. Here’s what he had to say in BULLETED form, with the video below.
- Senior Running Back Reggie Gallaspy just had another great practice. Best place he’s been physically and mentally. Having a child a couple of years ago, and all that adds to a players life, and numerous injuries, I just think he’s in a good place. He’s in good shape and understands whats at stake. Only been 4 days, but he’s a Senior thats playing like a Senior. He’s definitely our starting running back. How much the other guys factor in will have to do with what they prove.
- Gallaspy was huge for NC State last year on 3rd down. Incredible in pass protection. For quarterback Ryan Finley, it’s like having another starting offensive lineman back there. He trusts him so much.
- Both Freshmen running back Ricky Person and Trent Pennix are great coming out of the backfield in the passing game. Great hands. That’s what they look for when they recruit running backs. Even being able to put them in the slot.
- Experience in the running game isn’t where you would want it to be. Nyheim Hines leaving early, and Erin Collins transferring. Holes that weren’t there when you set up your recruiting board. Every year there are freshman and redshirt freshman that make a name for themselves in college football.
- Doesn’t look a the new 4-game redshirt rule as experimental time with these kids. If they’re ready, we will play them, and that’s based on the news of that position. Having guys available in the middle of the season and the end of the season is valuable too. You don’t want to play them all early. As you know there are injuries in college football. Then you have guys available on the developmental team you can bring up.
- Likes the way Junior Cornerback Nick McCloud processes the game. His preparation. Way he goes about the game. Work-ethic. He’s getting to go against great wide receivers every day. You can’t replace experience.
- Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle Shug Frazier practiced today.
- The defensive line has a chip on their shoulder to prove people wrong. A lot to do over the next 21 practices, but they are being in and their chemistry is good.
- Defensive Ends James Smith-Williams and Darian Roseboro have really jumped out in the first four days. The play after play consistency for players who weren’t used to playing play after play.
- The guys are battling on the inside to see who wants that job. Shug Frazier, Eurndraus Bryant, Val Martin, and Alim McNeil. A lot of guys are getting reps in there.
- Roseboro is like Finley. He wants to be a high draft pick, and one of the best players at his position in the country. He understands by coming back he’s giving himself that opportunity. There are things that were left on the table that were important to both him and his father. He wants to honor his dad with his play, and wants to finish some things.
VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Syracuse
NC State head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference at Noon today. Here’s the full video:
NC State vs. FSU Kickoff Set for 3:30pm
NC State’s homecoming matchup versus Florida State November 3rd has given a kickoff time of 3:30pm on either ESPN2 or ABC. It looks like Noon kickoffs are a thing of the past:)
🚨🚨 Game time alert!! 🚨🚨
Our Homecoming game vs. @FSUFootball will have a 3:30 p.m. kick
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) October 22, 2018
The last time the Wolfpack played in the 3:30 time slot, they beat their arch-nemesis UNC last season 33-21. Last year, NC State was 1-2 in 3:30 games:
Notre Dame – 14-35
Clemson – 31-38
UNC – 33-21
NC State has really struggled in their homecoming games as of late, winning their last one back in 2011 against the 8th ranked Clemson Tigers.
NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Syracuse (with notes)
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.
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.
NC State Opens as a 1-Point Underdog Against Syracuse
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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