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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After Wake Forest



Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media in his postgame press conference after his team lost to Wake Forest 23-27, falling to 6-3.


“I take responsibility anytime my team doesn’t play the way that it can and I do. We had a lot of opportunities and there is a lot of things that happened throughout the course of the game that led to the result. There is a lot of critical downs in the red zone where we didn’t get touchdowns for a variety of reasons. Settled for three field goals. We had some drops that were very uncharacteristic of guys on our team that cost us points or first down. We didn’t win the line of scrimmage, offensive line against their defensive line. They did a nice job with their scheme and we didn’t adjust well enough. I thought we played in the first half on defense pretty well and then the second half – particularly in the fourth quarter – gave up some explosive plays and the last play we were on a blitz and had a bust. We had a safety there to tackle it and he ran into somebody. Disappointing. Very disappointing. I thought we prepared well, but you get in the red zone as many times as we did in the first half and only get 13 points and you can’t put the game away when you had the chance there at the end, gotta make some plays there and obviously have to do a better job giving our guys a chance to make those plays. I own that.

“I don’t know exactly if it is that or was it senior night for some of those guys or was it something else? I definitely don’t think offensively we were crisp in the first half. What was the exact reason for that? I’m not sure. Was it the talk of what they could end up being? Was it the talk of seniors and three offensive linemen being seniors and being emotional at the beginning of the game? I’m not sure.”

“They threw two bombs and made really good catches. Those were two really good plays by them. I don’t think they did anything other than chuck it and have two really good catches made by receivers. We had defensive backs on them and they made great plays right there. You have to give them credit. One of the other drives they started running their quarterback. They hadn’t done that play in the first half so it was a new play. They started flaring their back and pulling their tackle. The defense we had been playing was working very well against the rest of their run game so that was a good adjustment by them. They got us on a little pick play. It wasn’t illegal, but they ran a rub route and our guy couldn’t get over the top on (WR-Greg) Dortch on the one that he caught. That was a good play by them, but with all that being said we had plenty of other chances to put that game away and they made more plays than us. That’s really what it comes down to.”

“You saw penetration in different places, sometimes it was an end coming inside, sometimes it was a backside linebacker, sometimes it was a three technique, but it was a variety of thing we weren’t doing well and not executing and picking up things they were doing.. We rushed 27 times for 47 yards and in a game where you had a lead, could you run the football there and adjust better and stay on blocks and finish and all the things that we coach and our guys have been better at throughout the season just didn’t happen tonight. We have to get back to work and fix that.”

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NC State’s Ryan Finley Posts the Best Wonderlic Score



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

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

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

25 Mitchell Brees
13 D’Cota Dixon

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


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



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



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



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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