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

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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

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

Cornerback

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

Safeties

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.

Nickelbacks

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

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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

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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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