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Wake Forest Will Be Without Their Starting Quarterback vs. NC State

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Wake Forest will be without their starting quarterback, Freshman Sam Hartman, who broke a bone in his foot against Syracuse this past Saturday.

Hartman had passed for 1,984 yards (55.3%) and 16 touchdowns (8 interceptions) through 9 games. He also rushed for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Sophomore Jamie Newman has been named the starter against the Woflpack, with Junior Kendall Hinton slotted as his backup.

NC State head coach Dave Doeren mentioned in his press conference yesterday that they are familiar with both Newman and Hinton.

“We expect to see quite a bit of QB run from them with the injuries they’ve had. The two remaining quarterbacks are very athletic. Jamie Newman, we’ve had at camp and know a lot about him. He’s a big, strong kid with a big arm. He can run, a 230-pounder.  Kendall Hinton, we’ve seen a lot of film on as a quarterback the last four years. We offered both of them.” (Presser)

Newman was a 3-star prospect out of Graham High School (Graham, North Carolina), that also held offers from NC State, Duke, Boston College Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt. In limited action the past two seasons, Newman is 9 of 19 for 83 yards and 2 interceptions.

Hinton was supposed to be the starter at quarterback heading into last season, but was suspended three games for violating team rules. He has seen action in 20 games, completing 53 percent of his passes for 1,504 yards and 8 touchdowns (7 interceptions). One of the reasons Newman is projected as the starter, is because Hinton is nursing a hip injury, and his status for Thursday is unclear.

 

 

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Kelvin Harmon Becomes 3rd NC State Receiver With Two 1,000 Yards Seasons

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Junior Wide Receiver Kelvin joined an elite club today, becoming only the third receiver in NC State history to have two seasons of 1,000 receiving yards.

The other 2 receivers to pull off the feat:

Torry Holt – 1997 (1,099) & 1998 (1,604)
Jerricho Cotchery  – 2002 (1,192) & 2003 (1,369)
Kelvin Harmon – 2017 (1,017) & 2018 (Currently – 1,065 yards)

Harmon is on pace to finish the season with 1,361 receiving yards (if he plays in the bowl game), which would be the third most by a receiver in a single season in NC State history, and tied for the 7th most in ACC history.

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season in NC State History

  1. Torry Holt 1,604 – 1008
  2. Jerricho Cotchery – 1,369
  3. Kelvin Harmon – on pace for 1,361

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season in ACC History

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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: Louisville

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Louisville has not been NC State’s friend over the years, beating the Wolfpack 6 times in 8 opportunities (3-1 as ACC foes).

Louisville, Kentucky, has not been kind to NC State. The Wolfpack have never won a game on the road against the Cardinals (0-4).

Last year’s 39-25 victory on a Thursday night marked NC State’s 1st victory over Louisville as ACC opponents, snapping a 3-game losing streak. The Wolfpack will look to start a streak of their own today.

This Louisville team is a far cry from the teams led by Lamar Jackson.

The Cardinals have been in a life-without-Lamar hangover all year, entering today’s game on a 7-game losing streak, and a 2-8 overall record.

During the 7-game losing streak, Louisville’s opponents are averaging 48.7 points, 322.2 rushing yards, 501.2 total yards per game, and their turnover margin has been -8.

Louisville practically ranks in the 100’s in every statistical category on the year.

Despite the horrific stats, especially on defense, the Louisville offense has proven capable sporadically in 2018, producing over 400 yards of total offense in 4 of their ACC games:

Florida State – 421 yards
Georgia Tech – 483 yards
Wake Forest – 532 yards
Syracuse – 413 yards

The Cardinals deploy 2 quarterbacks on a weekly basis: Sophomore Jawon Pass and Freshman Malik Cunningham. Pass serves as Louisville’s primary passer (no pun intended), and Cunningham primarily comes in to run the ball. In fact, Cunningham leads the Cardinals in carries (60), rushing yards (308), and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Pass has only completed 54.3% of his attempts for 1,893 yards and 8 touchdowns (11 interceptions).

Senior Jaylen Smith, Lamar Jackson’s favorite target, is still around, but he’s missing his former quarterback tremendously. After earning 1st Team All-ACC honors in 2017, Smith only has 31 receptions (team lead) for 463 yards and (team lead) a touchdown.

Junior Trey Smith is the starter at Running Back, and has been successful when given the chance, averaging 5.3 yards per carry, but his touches have been limited with the Cardinals having to chase points nearly every game.

Pretty much the only respectable aspect of Louisville football right now is their pass defense, which ranks 22nd nationally. I would be remiss not to mention the fact that Sophomore Rodjay Burns is an extremely dangerous punt returner, averaging 16.4 yards per return. He ranks 2nd in the ACC and 10th nationally.

Life without Lamar Jackson has been bleak, but what will life without former head coach Bobby Petrino be like? Can interim head coach Lorenzo Ward wake up this Cardinals squad to protect their house, and finish the year strong?

On paper, NC State should make easy work of Louisville, but as we learned last week, there’s a reason you play the game. Wake Forest took that paper, balled it up, and chucked it in the trash.

If Louisville is going to treat this like their bowl game, then so should NC State. If they do, they will win.

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NC State Wearing All-White Against Louisville

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NC State will be wearing ALL WHITE on the road against Louisville tomorrow.

The Wolfpack is 2-2 this year in ALL WHITE. They are 1-1 in the standard white uniforms, and 1-1 in the Ice Wolf uniforms.

Standard White
Marshall – 37-20 (W)
Clemson – 41-7 (L)

Ice Wolf White
Georgia State – 41-7 (W)
Syracuse – 51-41 (L)

After tomorrow’s game, the Wolfpack will have worn ALL WHITE in half of their games in 2018.

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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After Practice Before Louisville

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media after practice today before NC State’s game on the road against Louisville this Saturday. The video is ABOVE and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Thankful for Close-King Indoor Facility. They’re (Louisville) a turf field. It’s supposed to be beautiful down there on Saturday. Being outside in the rain wouldn’t have really helped us prepare for what we are going to see element wise.
  • Practicing outside sometimes takes away from focus, because you’re playing with wet balls and your footing is challenging. On the turf it wouldn’t be. It’s also flu season. So, trying to keep guys healthy through this too is a big part of that.
  • You know, their issues are not ours. We expect to see a very good football team that’s going to play hard. I’ve read everything I can read. They’re making football fun for those guys and that’s what they should be doing. For us, it’s what do we need to do better. We’re going to have to adjust throughout the game because there could be some new things they haven’t shown. Our guys just have to be really coachable. It’s about executing with great technique and effort. Finishing plays and having fun while we’re out there. That joy you have for the game is really important.
  • You do everything you can to help your guys and deal with what comes. You know, the injuries are a part of the game. You’re recruiting for the future all the time. Developing for the future all the time. Obviously, I think we showed that early in the year with all the players we lost to the NFL, but we had good players ready to go. Now it’s been sustaining the injuries that have come and guys are working hard to be ready to play and take that opportunity.
  • Our guys have been able to get in games and understand how it’s different than they thought it was going to be, grow up, and not use a year in that process. It’s helped our depth when we’ve had injuries. So, you know there’s always going to be things that you wish were different, but I’m using it (new 4 game redshirt rule) the best that I can. I think it’s helped a lot of our guys and it’s definitely kept them practicing a certain way knowing that they could get called any time to play.

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