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NC State OC Eliah Drinkwitz Nominated for Broyles Award

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Fifty-three college football assistant coaches have been nominated for the 2018 Broyles Award, and NC State Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz is one of them.

The Broyles Award has been given to the top assistant coach in college football since 1996.

Here are the 53 assistant coaches nominated for the 2018 Broyles Award:

Alabama – Michael Locksley, Offensive Coordinator
Alabama Birmingham – David Reeves, Defensive Coordinator
Appalachian State – Bryan Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Arizona State – Danny Gonzales, Defensive Coordinator
Arkansas State – Norval McKenzie, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
Army – Jay Bateman, Defensive Coordinator
Auburn – Larry Porter, Special Teams Coordinator
Boise State – Zak Hill, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Brigham Young – Ed Lamb, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers
Buffalo – Brian Borland, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
California – Tim DeRuyter, Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
Central Florida – Glen Elarbee, Offensive Line
Cincinnati – Marcus Freeman, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Clemson – Jeff Scott, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Coastal Carolina – Jamey Chadwell, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Duke – Matt Guerrieri, Co-Defensive Coordinator
Eastern Michigan – Neal Neathery, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Fresno State – Bert Watts, Defensive Coordinator
Georgia – Sam Pittman, Offensive Line
Georgia Southern – Scot Sloan, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Houston – Kendal Briles, Offensive Coordinator/Quaterbacks
Indiana – Mike Hart, Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
Iowa – Phil Parker, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Iowa State – Tyson Veidt, Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
Kentucky – Matt House, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Louisiana State – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator
Memphis – Ryan Silverfield, Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
Miami – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Michigan – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator
Michigan State – Mike Tressel, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Mississippi State – Bob Shoop, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Missouri – Brick Haley, Defensive Line
Nebraska – Mario Verduzco, Quarterbacks
North Carolina State – Eliah Drinkwitz, Offensive
Coordinator/Quarterbacks
North Texas – Graham Harrell, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Northwestern – Mike Hankwitz, Defensive Coordinator
Notre Dame – Chip Long, Offensive Coordinator
Ohio State – Ryan Day, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Oklahoma – Bill Bedenbaugh, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Southern Methodist – Kevin Kane, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
South Carolina – Eric Wolford, Offensive Line
Syracuse – Justin Lustig, Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Temple – Chris Wiesehan, Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
Texas Tech – Adam Scheier, Special Teams Coordinator
Toledo – Robby Discher, Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
Troy – Bam Hardmon, Inside Linebackers
USC – Johnny Nansen, Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Utah – Morgan Scalley, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Utah State – David Yost, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Wake Forest – Kevin Higgins, Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers
Washington State – Tracy Claeys, Defensive Coordinator
West Virginia – Jake Spavital, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Wisconsin – Joe Rudolph, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (Broyles)

According to ESPN’s FPI Efficiency Rankings, NC State boasts the 6th most efficient offense in the nation. Drinkwitz also serves as the Wolfpack’s Quarterbacks Coach, and they currently rank 10th nationally in passing yards per game.

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Ryan Finley Moves Into 2nd Place In NC State History in Passing Yards

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Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley passed Jamie Barnette today, moving into 2nd place all-time in career passing yards.

NC State Career Passing Yard Leaders
1) Philip Rivers – 13,484
2) Ryan Finley – 9,757
3) Jamie Barnette – 9,461
4) Russell Wilson – 8,545
5) Mike Glennon – 7,411

Finley currently ranks 8th all-time in career passing yards in ACC history.

If Finley plays in the bowl game, he is on pace to finish his career with 10,711 passing yards, which would rank 3rd in ACC history. Keep in mind, the two guys ahead of him played 4 seasons, instead of his three.

 

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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 Β – 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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