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VIDEO: NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren Talks After Beating Georgia State 41-7



Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media in his press conference after NC State crushed Georgia State 41-7 today. The VIDEO is above, and a BULLETED breakdown is below.

  • Good win for our football team. A lot of 1st time things happening. Guys scoring their first touchdowns and making some big plays.
  • It was good to see Redshirt Graduate Senior Running Back Brady Bodine score a touchdown for us. He’s been an awesome teammate and good leader.
  • Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix scored his first touchdown. Great to see that.
  • And then Redshirt Freshman Matt McKay getting in there at the end. Good for him to get out on the field and get some quality snaps at the end of the game.
  • Obviously Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley was exceptional. 31 of 38. I know he would like the interception back. 370 yards passing. If you know Ryan Finley, he wants other players to get credit. I love that about him.
  • Defensively…keeping them out of the end zone. Gave up some runs, and runs after the catch, and some missed tackles we need to clean up.
  • Redshirt Graduate Senior Wide Receiver Stephen Louis seemed fine as far as any injuries outside of a concussion. He’ll go through the protocol and take the steps necessary. Other than that, I think we came out pretty healthy.
  • Redshirt Freshman Running Back Nakia Robinson got his first reps.

On Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas…

  • Thayer is playing at a high level.
  • I think sometimes guys get categorized. Sometimes people think that a walk-on overachieves and they aren’t that great of an athlete. He is an overachiever, but he’s a tremendous athlete. Great quickness. Much faster than people give him credit for. Good ball skills. Works really hard. He’s tough. Had a good game today.
  • Took advantage of an opportunity with Jakobi (Meyers) still being out. His first 100-yard receiving day.

Difference between Junior Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon last week and today…

  • Had a good run after the catch. Had a good week of practice.
  • Sometimes you need to play a game to see where you’re at. Kelvin’s a great competitor. As soon as he put something on tape, he’s going to watch it and get better, and that’s what he did.
  • Coverage systems were different. Had more off-coverage. More free access stuff today. Caught the ball well. Ran crisp routes. Gave himself a little more space on the sideline. Last week he kind of ran out of room a couple of times.

On Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix…

  • I said earlier in the week that Trent playing last week, even though he wasn’t productive, was going to help him this week, and you saw that. He’s going to continue to get quicker and play faster. He made a guy miss out in space, which is great to see from that position for us.

On defense giving up 7 points, and then shutting them out the rest of the way…

  • They’re resilient. People are moving the ball at times, but they made corrections. Offensively GSU had a couple of extra days to prepare, and they did somethings they hadn’t put on tape. Had to adjust. Hit us on a route early and got some field position. Thought the guys settled in.
  • Really did a nice job on third down. 4 for 13.

On what needs to be improved in the running game…

  • Need to get on film and really dig in it.
  • See where some of the linebackers were coming free. That’s not part of what we do. Want to make sure we are fitting those guys up. Always handle the first level first. Need to see what happened on film.
  • I know it’s not where we want it. Got to continue to work at it. Get our Offensive Line playing together. Reps for our running backs and tight ends. They are still young. All that’s going to help over time.

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



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



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


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


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.


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



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



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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