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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After NC State Beat BC 28-23

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Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media in his postgame press conference after his team beat Boston College 28-23 to improve to 5-0. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown of what he had to say is BELOW.

  • Heck of a ball game. Proud of the resiliency of our guys. The toughness and fortitude they had to finish. It was sloppy, but awesome to find a way to win against a really good team. Knew BC wouldn’t quit.
  • Defensively we played about as good as we could in the first half.
  • 2nd half didn’t finish some drives. The turnovers hurt us. When you have 533 yards of total offense, you expect to score more than 28 points.
  • The blocked punt. I’ll take credit for that. We were really worried about their returner. Thought they were set up for a return. We could have been in a better protection than we were in.
  • Great to see Reggie Gallaspy and Ricky Person both get over 100 yards rushing (Person only had 92).
  • Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers both had big games.
  • Thought the play call by OC Eliah Drinkwitz to Steph Louis at the end of the game was clutch. Pressure call. Allowed us to ice the game.
  • Great to be 5-0 heading into a bye week. Players are excited, and they deserve to be.
  • Played better than the final score shows, but we turned the ball over. When you do that you don’t get the points. Kind of like South Carolina last year. Obviously ball security is going to be a major emphasis this week.
  • The play with Germaine Pratt getting a fumble for us in the redzone was huge.
  • The defense responding after turnovers was tough as nails. Coach Huxtable has them right where he wants them. They’re playing hard. Believe in what we’re doing. They play together. They don’t care who makes the play. They bought into this game plan. A lot of time went into it. Didn’t sleep a whole lot last week preparing for what BC does. They’re a really good offense. Played pretty damn good.
  • You talk about Seniors. Germaine Pratt making a play. Steph Louis making a play to seal the game. Brady Bodine making plays. Players making plays in their last year is what you hope for. During the week, Steph is like “Coach put me on more special teams.” He wanted to do more, and did. Today he was on two units. He’s a selfless guy.
  • Reggie Gallaspy’s ball security is the best that we have. Obviously, when Ricky fumbled the football, you’re going to go with the guy who’s never done that at the end of the game. Be crazy not to. Ricky played a good football game. That will be a play he learns from. We put the ball in the Senior’s hands, and he does a good job with the football.
  • When Ryan Finley threw the ball in the redzone that the defensive end intercepted, he should have never thrown that. It was a poor choice. Should have thrown it away. Will have to see the other one. Didn’t get it to see it as closely.
  • Statistically you would say the defense has been better this year than last year. I don’t think we have as many disruptive plays, and think we had more turnovers at this point, but our scoring defense, our third down defense, and our redzone defense…and those are the top three things that matter…are better.
  • There was no flinch in the players on the sideline as Boston College made a run at the end. Just needed to get a few more first downs. They were great. Thought our onside defense at the end was good. It was a battle. We talked about it all week. It was going to be one. They’re a good football team. It wasn’t like a funeral on the sidelines. They were saying “Come on let’s finish.” There was a lot of encouragement. You can sense when a team gets tight and panics, and they didn’t.
  • Think Germaine Pratt, Isaiah Moore, Louis Acceus, and even Brock Miller when he’s in there, are playing fundamentally sound. Pratt’s just playing hard and having a good time with it.
  • Looking forward to seeing the film. I think we took them out of a lot of stuff they are good at in the run game. Other than one run, they didn’t do a whole lot.
  • Being 5-0 isn’t something you can ignore. You remind them what got them here. The process we go by is a day-by-day critical process. I want them to enjoy the respect they’ve earned nationally, because they deserve it. At the same time, they need to stay focused on the process. I hope they get the respect they deserve, because this football team has done a great job this year.

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NC State Currently Ranks 5th in the Directors’ Cup After Soccer Season

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NC State has moved up to #5 in the current 2018-19 Fall Directors’ Cup standings at the conclusion of Soccer season.

The Wolfpack has finished ranked in the Top-25 in each of the 4 sports that have wrapped up thus far this Fall (Men’s & Women’s Cross Country & Men’s & Women’s Soccer).

The Wolfpack Women’s Cross Country team won their 3rd straight ACC Championship (24th overall), and the Men’s team finished 3rd. In the NCAA Championships, the Men finished 11th, and the Women finished 13th, marking the first time both teams finished in the Top-15 since 2003.

The NC State Women’s Soccer Team finished ranked in the Top-25 for the third consecutive season (first time since 1990-92), landing at #21 in the TopDrawerSoccer Poll, and a record best 18th in the RPI rankings. The Wolfpack advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year (first time since 1994-96), and to the Sweet 16 for the 2nd time in 3 seasons.

The Wolfpack Men’s Soccer Team finished at #24 in the TopDrawerSoccer Top-25 Poll, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the 1st time since 1991-92, and won their first game in the tourney since 1994.

NC State finished 7th in the Fall Standings of last year’s Directors’ Cup, which was a school best.

(PhotoCred: GoPack)

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Appalachian State Hires NC State Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz as Head Coach

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NC State already reportedly lost their Offensive Line Coach Dwayne Ledford to Louisville.

Add Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to the list of coaches out the door.

“My family and I are excited to embrace and build upon the proud tradition of Appalachian State Football,” Drinkwitz said. “I am thankful to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Everts, Doug Gillin and the entire App Nation for the opportunity to be the head coach at this great university. This is a special time for App Nation, and we will work tirelessly to uphold the championship tradition.” (Link)

NC State’s Total Offense Rank Under Drinkwitz

2018: 28th
2017: 25th
2016: 63rd

NC State’s Points Per Game Rank Under Drinkwitz

2018: 35th
2017: 40th
2016: 75th

NC State’s Passing Yards Per Game Rank Under Drinkwitz

2018: 9th
2017: 29th
2016: 38th

NC State’s Rushing Yards Per Game Rank Under Drinkwitz

2018: 107th
2017: 50th
2016: 86th

We will have to wait and see whether or not Doeren decides to fill this vacancy internally, or bring someone in from the outside.

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C Garrett Bradbury is NC State’s 8th Consensus 1st Team All-American

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NC State Redshirt Graduate Senior Center Garrett Bradbury is now officially the 8th player in school history to be considered a Consensus 1st Team All-American.

If a player earns 1st Team All-American honors from 3 of the 5 organizations, the NCAA recognizes them as CONSENSUS 1st Team All-Americans: AP (Associated Press), Sporting News, AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and Walter Camp.

Bradbury earned 1st Team honors from all 5.

In fact, when a player earns 1st Team honors from all 5 of the above organizations, they are considered UNANIMOUS 1st Team All-Americans.

Bradbury is a UNANIMOUS 1st Team All-American.

NC State Consensus 1st Team All-Americans
2018: Center Garrett Bradbury
2017: Defensive End Bradley Chubb
1998: Wide Receiver Torry Holt
1996: Place Kicker Marc Primanti
1979: Center Jim Ritcher
1978: Running Back Ted Brown
1973: Offensive Guard Bill Yoest
1967: Defensive Tackle Dennis Byrd

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NC State Lands 5 on ESPN’s 2018 All-ACC Team

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ESPN has revealed their 2018 All-ACC Football Team, and 5 NC State players were represented.

Offense

QB: Ryan Finley, NC State
His 24 touchdown passes tied for the league lead and his 151.9 passer rating ranked second, but his 3,789 passing yards was the most through 12 games by an ACC quarterback since Matt Ryan in 2007.
RB: Travis Etienne, Clemson
RB: AJ Dillon, Boston College
WR: Kelvin Harmon, NC State
Harmon finished with more than 1,000 yards receiving for the second consecutive season — one of just seven ACC receivers to do that in the past decade.
WR: Tee Higgins, Clemson
WR: Greg Dortch, Wake Forest
OT: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
OG: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
C: Garrett Bradbury, NC State
In three years, Bradbury went from converted tight end to the Rimington Trophy winner as the nation’s top center.
OG: Terronne Prescod, NC State
In 636 snaps, Prescod had 32 knockdowns and didn’t allow a sack for one of the best passing offenses in the country.
OT: Stefano Millin, Pitt

Defense

DE: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
DT: Christian Wilkins, Clemson
DT: Gerald Willis III, Miami
DE: Brian Burns, Florida State
LB: Tre Lamar, Clemson
LB: Shaq Quarterman, Miami
LB: Germaine Pratt, NC State
Pratt emerged to have a sensational senior season, ranking second in the league with 9.45 tackles per game.
CB: Hamp Cheevers, Boston College
S: Jaquan Johnson, Miami
S: Andre Cisco, Syracuse
CB: Bryce Hall, Virginia

Special Teams

K: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
P: Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech
RS: Michael Walker, Boston College (ESPN)

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