Junior safety Jarius Morehead started 12 games last season and returns as the most experienced man in NC State’s secondary. His 80 tackles last season was good for 2nd on the team, including a team high 46 first hits.
NC State media catches up with him after the 3rd day of fall camp. Here is what he had to say…
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- ‘One more’ was communication. With a lot of guys gone and a lot of new guys in the fold, getting everyone lined up, and communcating with everyone is key.
- 4 safeties with starting experience brings a lot of competition to the table. Everyone is pushing everyone. Making it hard on the coaches to choose starters.
- Younger guys are learning. Taking a step everyday. They are following the vets.
- Younger guys need to learn to make a call and keep everyone on the same page. It’s better to even make the wrong call, as long as everyone is on the same page and lined up correctly.
- Putting some pads on is nice, but when you go full pads you can bring everything to the table. Looking forward to Tuesday
- On new safeties coach Ted Roof: It’s different. He’s more of an old-school type coach. He’s smart and it’s a blessing to have him.
- Wants to be a coach when career is done, so playing for so many different (safety) coaches gives the chance to learn so many new techniques.
- Considered as a leader in the secondary but just working day by day to get better.
- Wants to improve on man to man coverage and learn new technique and execute
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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