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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks Before NC State vs. Georgia State

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Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media one last time before NC State’s matchup against Georgia State tomorrow. The VIDEO is above, and a BULLETED breakdown is below.

  • Georgia State quarterback Dan Ellington led them in carries last week (18 carries for 77 yards). Some were designed plays, some weren’t. Design zone read. Quarterback draw. Then he has the ability to run on his own scrambling. Very mobile.
  • Georgia State’s 3-4 defense doesn’t pressure a lot. They are going to bring their boundary player. They are going to bring their field nickel. Sometimes they are going to bring their “mike” and “will” linebackers. It’s more 4 or 5 man rush stuff. Obviously they have the ability to bring more than that. They run more zone defense than man. Some teams like West Virginia will have a ton of different coverages. These guys don’t have as many. They are trying to eat up blocks, and let their linebackers run to the football. They play pretty soft coverage, keep stuff in front, and tackle well. It’s not really bend but don’t break…they do enough moving around. It’s similar to Appalachian St. defense, that’s where he came from.
  • Redshirt Graduate Senior Wide Receiver Stephen Louis is great. He’s practicing. He really looked good. Were careful with him on Tuesday, and he practiced yesterday (Wednesday), and today (Thursday). He’s going to play.
  • Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers is working like heck to get back. He ran last night (Wednesday), and he’ll run again tonight (Thursday). Every day he’s gotten better. We’re hopeful. He’s hopeful. We’ll just have to see how he feels on game day.
  • Redshirt Junior Nickelback Stephen Griffin is getting there. He didn’t practice for maybe 20 of the 25 practices in training camp. He got out of shape. We were talking about it yesterday. Your physical fitness is like money. It’s hard to earn, and easy to spend. He was in great shape coming into camp, then 20 days of inactivity. We didn’t want to give him everything at once against JMU, then pull a hamstring. Last week he got some, this week he’ll get more. He’s back on some special teams units now too. His reps will go up each week as long as he continues to get better.
  • For me, 4-men down has always been the defensive philosophy I’ve been used to. It’s what I know. Where I cut my teeth in football. We feel the 4-2-5 gives the ability to match up better on skill and play. With some of the route concepts and receiver skill in this league.
  • We’ll find out on Saturday how much we improved this week. Obviously we want to run the ball with a better average. Want to play better on 1st down, to create better 3rd down opportunities. Defensively we want to do better against the scramble game. Special teams we want to have zero penalties in the game. Make all of our kicks.
  • We had 19 guys play in their first college game, and they were nervous. Want to see them play with more confidence.
  • Redshirt Graduate Senior Linebacker Germaine Pratt and Junior Cornerback Nick McCloud get the guys going on the sideline. They are very vocal. On the offensive side Redshirt Graduate Senior Garrett Bradbury has been good in that role. Has no problem calling guys out and firing guys up. He did that on Tuesday at practice.
  • Last year I thought our sideline guys did a good job trying to get the crowd up. We’ve got to get better at that too.

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Incoming NC State Players Get Their Jersey #’s, & Current Players Switch it Up

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With the 2019 NC State Football Spring roster released, the jersey numbers of the incoming Freshman have been revealed.

It’s worth noting that both incoming Quarterback’s chose noteworthy numbers. Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Bailey Hockman is wearing Russell Wilson’s honored #16 jersey, and Freshman Ty Evans chose Ryan Finley’s #15.

  • LB Drake Thomas took NIC Stephen Morrison’s #13.
  • NIC Jalen Frazier took CB Teshaun Smith’s #20.
  • S Khalid Martin took CB Taiyon Palmer’s #25.
  • CB Shyheim Battle took CB Vernon Grier’s #27.
  • DT Joshua Harris took DE Joe Babros’ #44.
  • OL Zovon Lindsay took LS Tyler Griffith’s #57.
  • DT CJ Clark took DE Davontae McRae’s #58.
  • OL Timothy McKay took C Garrett Bradbury’s #65.
  • WR Keyon Lesane took WR Devin Carter’s #85.
  • WR Chris Toudle took WR Emeka Emezie’s #86.
  • DE Savion Jackson took P AJ Cole’s #90.

Incoming players received their first ever jersey numbers as NC State players, but quite a few of the players already on the team decided to do a switcheroo.

  • RS SO TE Adam Boselli took over RB Marcellus Spell’s #46. Boselli was #88.
  • RS SO RB Dalton Counts took over TE Matthew Alderfer’s #35. Counts was #33.
  • RS FR CB Malik Dunlap switched from #19 to #24.
  • JR WR Emeka Emezie took over WR Kelvin Harmon’s #3. Emezie was #86.
  • RS SO OG Grant Gibson switched from #73 to #50.
  • SO S De’Von Graves took over S Dexter Wright’s #14. Graves was #6.
  • RS FR LB Calvin Hart took over CB Chris Ingram’s #15. Hart was #30.
  • JR CB Chris Ingram took over NIC Freddie Phillips #7. Ingram was #15.
  • RS FR P Mackenzie Morgan is #36 now. Morgan was #98.
  • RS FR CB Taiyon Palmer took over CB De’Von Graves #6. Palmer was #25.
  • SO RB Ricky Person took over WR Maurice Trowell’s #8. Person was #20.
  • SO CB Teshaun Smith switched from #20 to #8.
  • RS SO OL Kennan Solomon took over OL Terronne Prescod’s #70. Solomon was #94.
  • RS FR TE Camden switched from #93 to #45.

 

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A Few Players Have Switched Positions in the NC State Secondary

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With Spring Football right around the corner, a few players have switched positions in the NC State Secondary.

Cornerback

Redshirt Freshman Malik Dunlap switched over from Safety to Cornerback during last season, and is still listed as a Corner on the Spring roster.

The Wolfpack have 7 scholarship Cornerbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster

Safeties

Sophomore Tanner Ingle has been moved from Nickel to Safety. Ingle played in all 13 games last season as a Nickelback as a True Freshman. He started the first 7 games, before losing his job to Stephen Griffin. He ranked 6th on the team in tackles with 44.

Sophomore De’Von Graves has been moved from Cornerback to Safety. He saw action in 5 games at Corner (33 snaps) last year, and three other games strictly on special teams as a True Freshman.

NC State has 6 scholarship safeties on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Nickelbacks

Sophomore Tyler-Baker Williams has been moved from Safety to Nickelback. Baker-Williams saw action in 8 games last year as a True Freshman, taking snaps at Safety in 3 of them (18 snaps).

NC State has 3 scholarship Nickelbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Keep in mind, incoming Freshman Jakeen Harris and Cecil Powell will get mixed into the Secondary this summer when they arrive.

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Defensive End Joe Babros Transferring from NC State

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NC State Defensive End Joe Babros has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal, and is no longer on the Wolfpack’s roster.

Babros was a Junior College transfer from Saddleback College, committing to NC State on October 6th, 2017.

He chose NC State over offers from Iowa State, Colorado State, Nevada and others.

ESPN ranked Babros as the #48 overall player in the JUCO ranks, and the #5 Defensive End.

Babros only saw action in the East Carolina game this year, and didn’t record any stats. As a result, this past season will count as a redshirt season wherever he lands.

With the exodus of Babros, NC State has 8 scholarship defensive ends on the roster.

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6 NC State Players Invited to 2019 NFL Combine

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The invitations for the 2019 NFL Combine are officially out, and 6 NC State Football players were invited.

The Wolfpack are tied for the 6th most players invited to the Combine.

Honestly, I’m dumbfounded that Terronne Prescod didn’t receive an invite. He had the second highest grade of any offensive guard in the nation according to ProFootballFocus this year.

NC State sent 7 players to the 2018 NFL Combine last season.

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