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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After NC State Beat UNC 34-28 in OT

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Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State defeated UNC 34-28 in overtime in Chapel Hill. The video is ABOVE and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Really proud of our players. They have heart…grit. They love each other. Hung together. Our guys found a way to win.
  • Carolina played their asses off. Talked about it all week. They were going to play for four quarters or more and we had to do the same and find a way to put it away. We did that.
  • Wasn’t always pretty, but when we needed to stop them in the second half we did. Stop in overtime was huge.
  • The Offensive Line & Tight Ends came alive for him (Gallaspy). Got into a rhythm when Ryan (Finley) was able to start throwing the football. Weather made it tough early.
  • LB Brock Miller played in his first game and made a bunch of plays. First start was at Carolina…a rival game. Really proud of him.
  • All we talked about all week was being physical, winning the line of scrimmage, tackling and finding a way to win. We did that.
  • Weren’t good on third down, but we were good in a lot of other ways, and the best thing we did was we were tough. We finished. We had grit,
  • Darian Roseboro played with a bad ankle, and it was gut-check for him.
  • I love these guys. I’m proud of them.
  • Reggie Gallaspy was a War Daddy. The way he ran at the end of the game…I’m so proud of that kid. Reggie has heart. I was talking to him in the locker room and my sons were next to me and I told him that I hope my boys have the same heart he has when they get older because that kid is 100% heart. He’s tough, he won’t be denied. He’s so mentally there. He’s playing for his daughter. He has it all together right now. You’re not going to stop that guy. He’s going to square you up and fall forward. It was fun having the bus rolling today.
  • I didn’t know what the weather was going to do. You saw guys slipping and falling a lot. Was hard to throw the football early. Both defenses you saw DBs falling down.
  • Blocking the punt was a big deal early in the game.
  • I want to keep that streak going (3 in a row against UNC). It means something for our players. For our Senior class that’s been here five years, they’ve won four of five. It means something to them and I want them to have that. We have to fight for it every year.
  • I’ve always said your attitude comes from your run game. We throw to score, but you run to win, and I believe that. It’s a DNA thing with your football team. That’s how my teeth were cut in this game, and that’s what I believe in. It’s what we’re going to be. I just don’t believe in throwing it, not that it’s not a great way to win games. We’ll throw when it’s there. We’ll take those chunk plays. We’ll score touchdowns throwing the football, but our demeanor will be winning the line of scrimmage.
  • You have to believe in your run game to have that demeanor. I have an Offensive Line coach (Dwayne Ledford) that believes that with me and Drink (Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz) dials it up to help them. It’s part of who we are.
  • It wasn’t easy for him (Reggie Gallaspy early in his career. It’s never easy for those guys when they first get to any school and aren’t playing as much as they want to. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. We had Nyheim (Hines), some other guys, Matt Dayes. He understood his role. He knew his time was coming and he’s capitalizing on his moment. Great thing when a guy seizes his opportunity like he is now.
  • I didn’t see it (fight at the end of the game). I just tried to get down there and break it up.  We’ll find out.  It’s unfortunate.
  • I hope Germaine Pratt can play next week. He has an injury he’s been fighting through. Got to the point where he wasn’t able to function the way he needs to be able to. We’re in a situation where we can’t travel guys who can’t play because we have so many guys banged up and we need to have reserves that can play in those spots. We just felt like him resting it. He went home and saw his family. He’s going to do everything he can to play next week.

(Video Credit: PackPride’s YouTube Channel)

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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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