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VIDEO: NC State’s Ryan Finley Talks After Georgia State

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NC State quarterback Ryan Finley spoke with the media after the Wolfpack trounced Georgia State 41-7 this afternoon. He was 31 of 38 for 370 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 interception).

The VIDEO is below, and a BULLETED breakdown is below.

  • Think we did a lot of things better. Got off to a fast start, which is something we preached.
  • Think the first drive of the third quarter is an area to improve. We need to get points on that 1st drive of the 2nd half.
  • Really important that we’re 2-0. Really excited for next week.
  • We’ve got a lot of weapons. It’s pretty special when I can throw it out to a lot of different targets. A lot of different playmakers.
  • I think it’s important in a game like this to get younger guys in the game. We got some guys in on the offensive line, and Matt McKay (QB). The more you can get a lot of depth in the game, that’s important.
  • We’re going to keep running the ball. That’s what we do. A lot of improvement is needed, but we’re on a good path.
  • It’s fun being more comfortable out there. Being able to focus on my teammates more.
  • I call them 70/30 balls when I throw them to Kelvin (Harmon). 70% Kelvin…30% incomplete.

On Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas’ monster performance…

  • Trustworthy is a word I think of when I think of Thayer (Thomas). Unbelievable grab there in the end zone with his left hand. He’s special. He’s worked for it and earned the right to be on this stage. Been really impressed with him these first two weeks.

On Redshirt Graduate Senior Running Back Brady Bodine’s touchdown…

  • Brady Bodine’s touchdown is a long time coming. That’s 5 years of Brady sticking to the process, and trusting it. Excited about what he’s going to be able to do for us. Heck of a run.

On Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix’s performance…

  • Was impressed with Freshman Trent Pennix (RB). He had a really good game. We had set up a lot for him to get in the game. To get him in the rhythm of the game. That was important. Him getting his first TD. That was exciting.

On the Wolfpack Defense…

  • The defense bailed us out a bunch. They gave us good field position, which is all you can ask for. Only gave up 7 points. That’s huge. Can think of numerous times we got the ball at the 50-yard line. If we get the ball at the 50, we have to strike. That’s our job…to put up points when they give us a short field like that.

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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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NC State’s ACC Leaders Heading Into Week 4

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Week 4 of the 2018 College Football Season is days away, and before NC State heads up to Marshall, let’s take a look at the individual NC State players that rank in the Top-10 in the ACC in their respective statistical categories.

Wolfpack Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley ranks 1st in the ACC in Total Offensive Yards per game (342.5), passing yards per game (339.5), and completion percentage (74.1%). He also ranks 5th in passing efficiency rating (158.3). Finley’s 4 touchdowns currently ranks 7th in the conference.

NC State has 3 receivers that rank in the Top-10 in the ACC in receptions per game. Junior Kelvin Harmon ranks 3rd (6.0), Redshirt Freshman Thayer Thomas ranks 5th (5.0) and Sophomore Emeka Emezie ranks 8th (4.5).

They also have two receivers that rank in the Top-10 in receiving yards per game, with Harmon ranking 6th (81.0) and Thomas ranking 9th (65.0).

Freshman Place Kicker Chris Dunn ranks 5th in the ACC in average points (kicking) per game (8.5) and in field goals made (3).

Senior Punter AJ Cole currently ranks 7th in average yards per punt (41.8). Last season, Cole’s average was 43.7 yards.

Through 3 weeks, NC State has 3 players that rank in the Top-10 in the ACC in tackles per game. Redshirt Graduate Senior Germaine Pratt leads the conference in tackles per game (9.5), Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Isaiah Moore is 6th (8.5) and Redshirt Junior Safety Jarius Morehead ranks 8th (8.0).

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