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VIDEO: Kelvin Harmon says his start was shaky, this week will be different

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Kelvin Harmon met with the media after practice to talk about his game vs. JMU and what we can expect from him this week vs. Georgia State. Above is the full video and below is the bulleted highlights.

  • Long time coming fro CJ Riley to get his touchdown. Very special moment for him, coming from his injury. Great for him
  • Saw CJ’s success coming this offseason. Pushing himself much harder than he has in the past. Everyone knew his time was coming to shine.
  • Sky is the limit. He’s big and fast and can stretch the field.
  • Left a lot of points off the board. Going to put more points on the board this week.
  • At any moment, any one of us could make a big play. The fact that any guy here could start anywhere in the country. Just have a lot of depth.
  • Jakobi Meyers played great. The way the defense was structured he knew he’d have a big game. Lots of 1 on 1. Made all his layups.
  • Personally, the start to the season was kind of shaky, but his presence opened up the field for the other guys. Was getting keyed on and still can improve, but this week will be different.
  • Chips just didn’t fall in game one for him. Want to work on technique stuff to stay in bounds (was just out of bounds on two plays that would have been big gains)

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Ryan Finley Moves Into 2nd Place In NC State History in Passing Yards

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Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley passed Jamie Barnette today, moving into 2nd place all-time in career passing yards.

NC State Career Passing Yard Leaders
1) Philip Rivers – 13,484
2) Ryan Finley – 9,757
3) Jamie Barnette – 9,461
4) Russell Wilson – 8,545
5) Mike Glennon – 7,411

Finley currently ranks 8th all-time in career passing yards in ACC history.

If Finley plays in the bowl game, he is on pace to finish his career with 10,711 passing yards, which would rank 3rd in ACC history. Keep in mind, the two guys ahead of him played 4 seasons, instead of his three.

 

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Kelvin Harmon Becomes 3rd NC State Receiver With Two 1,000 Yards Seasons

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Junior Wide Receiver Kelvin joined an elite club today, becoming only the third receiver in NC State history to have two seasons of 1,000 receiving yards.

The other 2 receivers to pull off the feat:

Torry Holt – 1997 (1,099) & 1998 (1,604)
Jerricho Cotchery  – 2002 (1,192) & 2003 (1,369)
Kelvin Harmon – 2017 (1,017) & 2018 (Currently – 1,065 yards)

Harmon is on pace to finish the season with 1,361 receiving yards (if he plays in the bowl game), which would be the third most by a receiver in a single season in NC State history, and tied for the 7th most in ACC history.

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season in NC State History

  1. Torry Holt 1,604 – 1008
  2. Jerricho Cotchery – 1,369
  3. Kelvin Harmon – on pace for 1,361

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season in ACC History

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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: Louisville

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Louisville has not been NC State’s friend over the years, beating the Wolfpack 6 times in 8 opportunities (3-1 as ACC foes).

Louisville, Kentucky, has not been kind to NC State. The Wolfpack have never won a game on the road against the Cardinals (0-4).

Last year’s 39-25 victory on a Thursday night marked NC State’s 1st victory over Louisville as ACC opponents, snapping a 3-game losing streak. The Wolfpack will look to start a streak of their own today.

This Louisville team is a far cry from the teams led by Lamar Jackson.

The Cardinals have been in a life-without-Lamar hangover all year, entering today’s game on a 7-game losing streak, and a 2-8 overall record.

During the 7-game losing streak, Louisville’s opponents are averaging 48.7 points, 322.2 rushing yards, 501.2 total yards per game, and their turnover margin has been -8.

Louisville practically ranks in the 100’s in every statistical category on the year.

Despite the horrific stats, especially on defense, the Louisville offense has proven capable sporadically in 2018, producing over 400 yards of total offense in 4 of their ACC games:

Florida State – 421 yards
Georgia Tech – 483 yards
Wake Forest – 532 yards
Syracuse – 413 yards

The Cardinals deploy 2 quarterbacks on a weekly basis: Sophomore Jawon Pass and Freshman Malik Cunningham. Pass serves as Louisville’s primary passer (no pun intended), and Cunningham primarily comes in to run the ball. In fact, Cunningham leads the Cardinals in carries (60), rushing yards (308), and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Pass has only completed 54.3% of his attempts for 1,893 yards and 8 touchdowns (11 interceptions).

Senior Jaylen Smith, Lamar Jackson’s favorite target, is still around, but he’s missing his former quarterback tremendously. After earning 1st Team All-ACC honors in 2017, Smith only has 31 receptions (team lead) for 463 yards and (team lead) a touchdown.

Junior Trey Smith is the starter at Running Back, and has been successful when given the chance, averaging 5.3 yards per carry, but his touches have been limited with the Cardinals having to chase points nearly every game.

Pretty much the only respectable aspect of Louisville football right now is their pass defense, which ranks 22nd nationally. I would be remiss not to mention the fact that Sophomore Rodjay Burns is an extremely dangerous punt returner, averaging 16.4 yards per return. He ranks 2nd in the ACC and 10th nationally.

Life without Lamar Jackson has been bleak, but what will life without former head coach Bobby Petrino be like? Can interim head coach Lorenzo Ward wake up this Cardinals squad to protect their house, and finish the year strong?

On paper, NC State should make easy work of Louisville, but as we learned last week, there’s a reason you play the game. Wake Forest took that paper, balled it up, and chucked it in the trash.

If Louisville is going to treat this like their bowl game, then so should NC State. If they do, they will win.

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NC State Wearing All-White Against Louisville

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NC State will be wearing ALL WHITE on the road against Louisville tomorrow.

The Wolfpack is 2-2 this year in ALL WHITE. They are 1-1 in the standard white uniforms, and 1-1 in the Ice Wolf uniforms.

Standard White
Marshall – 37-20 (W)
Clemson – 41-7 (L)

Ice Wolf White
Georgia State – 41-7 (W)
Syracuse – 51-41 (L)

After tomorrow’s game, the Wolfpack will have worn ALL WHITE in half of their games in 2018.

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