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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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NC State’s Marshall Connections

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NC State enters Saturday’s game with a few close ties to the Marshall football program.

Doc Holliday

The Thundering Herd’s head coach Doc Holliday was the Wide Receiver’s Coach at NC State from 2000-04. He also served as the Associate Head Coach. Holliday groomed Koren Robinson and Jerricho Cotchery, who ended up being two of the Top-5 receivers in school history. Doc’s receivers and Philip Rivers set the single single season for Total Yards and Passing Yards in a single season in 2003. He was obviously a part of the 2002 team that won 11 games, which is also the highest mark in school history.

Holliday has been the head coach at Marshall since 2010. He has led the Thundering Herd to 5 bowl games in 8 seasons, that resulted in 5 bowl victories. In 2013, Holliday led Marshall to a 10-4 record, and to a Conference USA Conference Championship game, but The Herd lost to Rice 24-41.

The very next year, Holliday and his Marshall squad go their revenge, defeating Louisiana Tech 26-23, to claim their first ever Conference USA Championship. The Herd finished the 2014 season with a record of 13-1, which landed them at #22 on the Final Coaches Poll.

In 2015, Marshall won 10+ wins (10-3) for the third straight season under Holliday.

Last year Holliday was able to help The Herd bounce back from a down year in 2016 (3-9), finishing with an 8-5 record, and a bowl victory over Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl.

George Barlow

NC State Cornerbacks coach George Barlow played his collegiate football career at Marshall (1986-90), and even earned all-conference honors as a Safety. He still holds the record for most interceptions in a single game, taking three balls away from East Tennessee State in 1989. Barlow was a part of the Marshall team in 1987 that went to the IAA National Championship game, losing to Louisiana Monroe by one point.

After graduation, Barlow became a graduate assistant within the football program, but after one season, he became the Linebackers Coach at Marshall. He served in this role for two seasons before heading off to a slew of different positions at different schools, before landing at NC State.

Barlow was once a coach of two of NC State’s 1st three opponents in 2018, also serving as an assistant coach at James Madison from 1999-2008.

 

 

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RELEASE: Wolfpack to Participate in Florence Relief and Recovery Efforts

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In response to the devastating flooding, damage and loss suffered by the state of North Carolina, our communities and citizens following Hurricane Florence, NC State Athletics is joining the University’s overall efforts to aid in relief and recovery in a variety of ways.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Wolfpack’s Parents and Families Day football game vs. Virginia, items of need will be collected at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena. More details on the most needed items will be released prior to the game.

This year’s Primetime with the Pack basketball event will be a ticketed event with all after-tax ticket proceeds going to disaster relief. More details about this event will be released in the coming days.

NC State Athletics is also involved in a number of other relief efforts:


  • Donation of new adidas merchandise to those in need, in partnership with adidas.
  • Carter-Finley Stadium has been used as a staging area for Duke Energy and The Finley Fieldhouse was used by power crews to shower and rest between shifts.
  • GoTriangle is partnering with WRAL and the United Way to stage a Storm Relief Bus in the parking lot of the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off on Thursday, between 7 am and 6 pm.
  • NC State’s athletic facilities are being made available to regional universities and schools for teams displaced or impacted by the hurricane.


Fans who would like to make financial contributions may give directly to NC State University’s Student Emergency Fund, which was established to address the needs of current NC State students, or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Fans can also volunteer for relief and recovery efforts at the State of North Carolina’s volunteer website.

Please check GoPack.com and @PackAthletics on Twitter for updates on all relief efforts supported by NC State Athletics.

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WATCH: 4-star QB transfer Bailey Hockman Video Vault

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In case you missed it, NC State landed a big commitment from FSU transfer Bailey Hockman on Monday.

Here is a treasure trove of the best of his highlight reels from both college and high school…

Florida State spring game (Hockman led the Garnet squad with 203 yards passing and a touchdown)

FSU Skills video

Hockman interview on the transition to college…

Highlight from senior year (Corky Kell Classic)

Junior year highlights

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NC State Ranks 24th in PFF’s Post-Week 3 Power Rankings

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ProFootballFocus has released their ELO Power Rankings after Week 3, and NC State remains in the Top-25, landing at #24.

Preseason: 19th
Week 1: 21st
Week 2: 23rd
Week 4: 24th

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