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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Speaks to the Media After Practice Before Wake Forest

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Dave Doeren spoke with the media after practice today before NC State’s matchup with Wake Forest tomorrow night. The video is ABOVE, and a BULLETED breakdown is BELOW.

  • We have four games left. We handle our business, and it’ll (CFP ranking) be a relevant thing, but it’s not relevant until we do that. We are one poor game away from being back down. It’s great to be recognized, don’t get me wrong, but I’m more concerned about finishing where we want to finish then being there with four more games to play.
  • Junior Cornerback Nick McCloud and Redshirt Sophomore Shug Frazier practiced all week.
  • Senior Defensive Tackle Eurndraus Bryant isn’t in full practice mode. He is running and in pads doing things, but we haven’t seen him play, so we have to see how he feels in warm ups tomorrow. Feels way better, but we’re not going to put him out there if the trainer says no. He wants to play, I can tell you that.
  • We offered Wake Forest Quarterback Jamie Newman in high school. Thought he was a really good player. He was in our camp. Big, strong guy, big arm, great kid. There’s not a lot of film this year, but you see that he does run tough. He’s not trying to go down, and he’s going to try to run through people. Not a lot of game reps to evaluate how he’s gonna handle the crowd and the noise that goes along with it. I’m sure he’s excited to compete against us and it’s a big opportunity for him, and obviously for us. Third game in a row where the quarterback situation has been unknown.
  • Kids want to be on national television. To me, this game is without a doubt, the best atmosphere we have in Carter-Finley. The Military Appreciation game is special. Have the troops here. Flag at halftime.
  • I think Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson is very smart.  He understands his roster…gets them to play. I think Dave’s a really good person. I like being around Dave and respect him a lot for building programs and he treats people with respect. I think his kids play hard and they are classy in how they do it. There’s a mutual respect I think between the both of us.
  • Bradley Chubb, first of all, I think is the backbone of what we’ve tried to build here. Built himself into what he is. No shortcuts. Did things the right way. Treats people with respect. Plays harder than everybody on the practice field. Prepares himself to be the best player on the game field. He’s doing that now. I was talking to one of their scouts this week and he said that the guys were mad at him in Denver when he first got there because he was practicing so hard. Now they’re starting to practice like him because of his production. They’re like, “Wow, look at what’s happening because of his practice habits.” He’s a glue guy.  He’s a guy that transforms your locker room.  I’m so proud of him and not surprised at all that it’s happening. I look forward to recognizing him and he deserves it.
  • I talked to Kelvin Harmon this week, and he is going to go through Senior Day. He has not made any decisions, but this is a milestone type thing and he has a lot of family coming in, which for him is very rare. He’s going to go through like Ryan and Chubb and all of these guys. I’ll get the NFL stuff back, but sometime during the bowl week we will sit down with him and his dad and decide.  He’ll decide if he’s coming back or not, and he said if he does, he will have two senior days. He doesn’t want to not have one if that’s the direction he ends up going. I didn’t want you guys misreading it or wondering why he’s out there, but this is one of those things for him that he loves the milestones of his career.  I think it’s really important and he doesn’t want to miss that if that’s where he ends up at the end of the decision, but he has by no means made a decision yet and won’t until he gets all of his information back. So I didn’t want anyone reading into that anymore than it was.

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NC State’s Ryan Finley Posts the Best Wonderlic Score

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NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley will hear his name called in the NFL Draft this week, which begins on Thursday.

I think it’s been common knowledge that Finley is smart.

My man’s not simply smart.

He’s the smartest man in the draft according to the Wonderlic test.

Finley scored a 43, which wasn’t simply the highest score amongst quarterbacks, but overall as well as far as we can see.

Defensive Line
39 Chase Allen
36 Zach Allen
31 Khalen Saunders
31 Jerry Tillery
31 John Cominsky
23 Trysten Hill
23 Joey Bosa
20 Ed Oliver
20 Dre’Mont Jones
19 Christian Wilkins
18 Jaylon Ferguson
17 Dexter Lawrence
14 Jeffery Simmons
13 Olive Sagapolu
11 Quinnen Williams
11 Gerald Willis
9 Rashan Gary

Linebacker
33 Ryan Connelly
31 Chase Winovich
30 Justin Hollins
27 Jordan Brailford
22 Brian Burns
21 Rickey Neal
21 Andy Van Ginkel
21 Clelin Ferrell
20 T.J. Edwards
19 Montez Sweat (re-test; scored 14 the first time)
18 James Nachtigal
17 Jachai Polite
15 Josh Allen

Offensive Line
42 Nick Alligretti
39 Jonah Williams
38 Dru Samia
35 Garrett Bradbury
34 Chuma Edoga
31 Max Scharping
29 Chris Lindstrom
28 Beau Benzschawel
28 Nate Trewyn
27 Oli Udoh
26 Erik McCoy
26 Ross Pierschbacher
26 Sepesitiano Pupungatoa​​​​​​
25 Kaleb McGary
24 Michael Deiter
22 Bobby Evans
21 Nate Davis​​​​​​
20 Jawaan Taylor
20 Greg Little
19 Elgton Jenkins
19 Colin Conner
18 Micah Kapoi

Quarterback
43 Ryan Finley (re-test; scored 28 the first time)
42 Gardner Minshew
37 Daniel Jones
32 Easton Stick
32 Clayton Thorson
31 Trace McSorley
30 Will Grier
28 Brett Rypien
27 Jarrett Stidham
26 Drew Lock
25 Tyree Jackson
25 Dwayne Haskins
22 Sean McGuire
20 Kyler Murray

Running Back
34 Alec Ingold (re-test; scored 32 the first time)
30 Justice Hill
25 Damien Harris
22 Bryce Love
21 Qadree Ollison
20 Josh Jacobs
18 Sam Seonbuchner​​​​​​
14 Chris James
12 Darrell Henderson

Safety
25 Mitchell Brees
13 D’Cota Dixon

Specialist
31 Spenser Thompson-Meyers
26 Emmit Carpenter
24 Casey Bednarski

Tight End
39 Zander Neuville
38 Dawson Knox
33 Drew Sample
25 Noah Fant
22 T.J. Hockenson
21 Irv Smith
16 Trevon Wesco
15 Kahale Warring

Wide Receiver
29 JJ. .Arcega-Whiteside
27 Hakeem Butler
26 Miles Boykin
24 N’Keal Harry
21 Marquise Brown
18 A.J. Brown
17 D.K. Metcalf
11 Preston Williams
9 Riley Ridley

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Here’s Wikipedia’s working definition of the Wonderlic:

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. The Wonderlic is available in 12 different languages and is often used in college, entry level jobs, and team-making efforts. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.

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New Belgium Releasing “Old Tuffy” Beer in Partnership with NC State

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New Belgium Brewing is going to be releasing a “Old Tuffy” beer in partnership with NC State.

New Belgium Adding Old Tuffy 19.2oz Cans For NC State

The beer will be 4.7% ABV, and will be sold in 19.2oz cans, 12oz cans, and kegs.

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Dave Doeren & TJ Warren Sound the Siren…Hurricanes Tie Series, Topping Caps 2-1

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I’m starting to think there is a pattern here.

On Monday night the Carolina Hurricanes were in desperate need for some luck. They were down 2 games in the 1st round of the NHL Playoffs to the Washington Capitals.

Who do you call when you need a win?

A winner.

NC State Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts sounded the siren on Monday night in PNC Arena for the Hurricanes.

Result: Hurricanes 5 Capitals 0

Last night, the Hurricanes experimented to see if the NC State–>Hurricanes connection would work once again.

This time they doubled down, calling upon Wolfpack head football coach Dave Doeren and former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren to sound the siren.

Dave Doeren (cameo: Assistant Football Coach Aaron Henry)

Side Note: How can you not love Aaron Henry?

TJ Warren

Result: Hurricanes 2 Capitals 1

The series is now dead even at two games apiece.

The data has been collected, and the results are in.

NC State is functioning as the Hurricane’s rally cap.

Game 5 is Saturday in Washington, and then Game 6 will be back in Raleigh in PNC Arena on Monday night.

There is really only one thing to be done at this point.

A double bill of NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow and Wolfpack legend David Thompson.

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NC House Passes Bill to Let UNC System Schools Sell Alcohol at Athletic Events

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House Bill 389 was approved by the North Carolina House of Representatives yesterday, which would allow beer and wine to be sold athletic events at UNC System Schools.

That means we are one step closer to alcohol being sold in Carter-Finley Stadium, PNC Arena and Doak Field.

The bill has now been passed on to the North Carolina Senate for consideration.

The bill proposed by NC House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) and NC Senate Majority Whip Rick Gunn (R-Alamance) has the support of 14 of the 15 UNC System Schools, including NC State.

Duke and Wake Forest, which are private universities, already sell alcohol at sporting events. Duke only sells it in restricted areas, whereas Wake Forest has moved to also selling it in the open area. In the ACC, Louisville, Miami and Syracuse sell it in the open area as well.

Statistics show when schools allow the sale of alcohol the number of alcohol related incidents dramatically drop. After allowing alcohol sales in 2011, West Virginia University saw a 35% decrease in such incidents. The Ohio State University saw a similar decrease in 2016 – while also generating $1.2 million in sales that year.

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