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VIDEO: DE James Smith-Williams talks about the D-line and being called a ‘freak’

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RS Junior DE James Smith-Williams talks about being called a “freak” and why it caught him by surprise. He also hints that people may be selling NC State defensive line just a little short this coming season. Here’s what he had to say in BULLETED form.

  • Nice to be referred to as a freak (by ‘The Athletic’). Definitely, earn that label. Likes the reward for all the work.
  • Teammates excited, but can’t let head get big over it. That is weightlifting related, not football.
  • Was caught off guard by the article. Was busy just grinding all summer. Nice surprise.
  • Added 70lbs since high school. Tough road, but credit to the staff.
  • More muscle adds durability. Allows him to absorb blows.
  • Seeing whole D-line drafted has proven to just trust staff and they’ll get you there.
  • Going to be getting more snaps. Needs to start in practice, grind through the heat and get ready.
  • Keeps hearing time to step up. Came in first day of camp and said “Here it is”
  • Lost a lot of guys on the line, but the returners are all guys who can play and succeed at this level
  • People can say what they want. Label us the weak link if you want to. All that matters is Saturday Sept. 1st

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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Syracuse

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference at Noon today. Here’s the full video:









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NC State vs. FSU Kickoff Set for 3:30pm

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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:)

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.

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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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