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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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6 NC State Players Named to Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams

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Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams are out, and 6 NC State players made the cut.

2nd Team – Defensive Tackle – Larrell Murchison

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3rd Team – Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie

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3rd Team – Place Kicker Chris Dunn

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3rd Team – Offensive Guard – Joshua Fedd-Jackson

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3rd Team – Linebacker Isaiah Moore

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3rd Team – Offensive Tackle Justin Witt

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NC State Football is an Early 20-Point Favorite Over ECU in Season Opener

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We are still 2.5 months away from opening day of the 2019 NC State Football season, but that hasn’t stopped Vegas from creating extremely early betting lines.

According to OddShark, the Wolfpack are early 20-point favorites over the East Carolina Pirates for the season opener in Carter-Finley Stadium on August 31st at Noon.

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North Carolina State are 3-6 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

North Carolina State are 11-4 Straight Up in their last 15 games.

North Carolina State are 7-1 Straight Up in their last 8 games at home.

North Carolina State are 5-1 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played in August.

North Carolina State are 3-9 Against the Spread in their last 12 games played in Week 1.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of North Carolina State’s last 18 games played on a Saturday.

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East Carolina are 2-7 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

East Carolina are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.

East Carolina are 0-8 Straight Up in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games played in week 1.

East Carolina are 1-6 Straight Up in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 1-6 Against the Spread in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.

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NC State Unveils Stealth Wolf Uniforms for Syracuse Game on Military Appreciation Day

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NC State unveiled the new “Stealth Wolf” Uniforms today that Adidas hooked them up with for the Wolfpack’s Military Appreciation Day game against Syracuse this Fall on October 10th.

Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams is the mysterious man under the helmet, waking up at 4:30am to head down to Wilmington for the video/photo shoot.

Pack Creative continues to put out stellar work.

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NC State vs. West Virginia Kickoff Set for Noon…

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Yes…you read the headline right.

Another game on the 2019 NC State football schedule is set to kickoff before 1pm.

With this news, NC State’s first three games of the 2019 season will kickoff before 1pm.

  • Game 1: August 31st: East Carolina: Noon (ACC Network)
  • Game 2: September 7th: Western Carolina: 12:30pm (RSN)
  • Game 3: September 14th: @ West Virginia: Noon (FS1)

Five of NC State’s last seven home games have kicked off at 1pm or before, and their 1st two home games once again in 2019 follow suit.

As Dave Doeren once said in reference to Noon kickoffs:

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, fans just need to get up and do what they do earlier.”

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