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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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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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