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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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6 NC State Players Named to Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams

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Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams are out, and 6 NC State players made the cut.

2nd Team – Defensive Tackle – Larrell Murchison

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3rd Team – Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie

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3rd Team – Place Kicker Chris Dunn

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3rd Team – Offensive Guard – Joshua Fedd-Jackson

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3rd Team – Linebacker Isaiah Moore

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3rd Team – Offensive Tackle Justin Witt

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NC State Football is an Early 20-Point Favorite Over ECU in Season Opener

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We are still 2.5 months away from opening day of the 2019 NC State Football season, but that hasn’t stopped Vegas from creating extremely early betting lines.

According to OddShark, the Wolfpack are early 20-point favorites over the East Carolina Pirates for the season opener in Carter-Finley Stadium on August 31st at Noon.

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North Carolina State are 3-6 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

North Carolina State are 11-4 Straight Up in their last 15 games.

North Carolina State are 7-1 Straight Up in their last 8 games at home.

North Carolina State are 5-1 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played in August.

North Carolina State are 3-9 Against the Spread in their last 12 games played in Week 1.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of North Carolina State’s last 18 games played on a Saturday.

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East Carolina are 2-7 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

East Carolina are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.

East Carolina are 0-8 Straight Up in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games played in week 1.

East Carolina are 1-6 Straight Up in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 1-6 Against the Spread in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.

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NC State Unveils Stealth Wolf Uniforms for Syracuse Game on Military Appreciation Day

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NC State unveiled the new “Stealth Wolf” Uniforms today that Adidas hooked them up with for the Wolfpack’s Military Appreciation Day game against Syracuse this Fall on October 10th.

Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams is the mysterious man under the helmet, waking up at 4:30am to head down to Wilmington for the video/photo shoot.

Pack Creative continues to put out stellar work.

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NC State vs. West Virginia Kickoff Set for Noon…

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Yes…you read the headline right.

Another game on the 2019 NC State football schedule is set to kickoff before 1pm.

With this news, NC State’s first three games of the 2019 season will kickoff before 1pm.

  • Game 1: August 31st: East Carolina: Noon (ACC Network)
  • Game 2: September 7th: Western Carolina: 12:30pm (RSN)
  • Game 3: September 14th: @ West Virginia: Noon (FS1)

Five of NC State’s last seven home games have kicked off at 1pm or before, and their 1st two home games once again in 2019 follow suit.

As Dave Doeren once said in reference to Noon kickoffs:

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, fans just need to get up and do what they do earlier.”

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