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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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NC State OL Coach Dwayne Ledford Reportedly Heading to Louisville

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According to FootballScoop, NC State Offensive Line Coach Dwayne Ledford is heading to Louisville to follow his former Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield.

Ledford served as the Offensive Line Coach for the Mountaineers under Satterfield from 2012-15.

His name was swirling around the East Carolina head coach opportunity (where he played college football) before Mike Houston from Houston landed the job. After the exodus of Satterfield up in Boone, Ledford’s name has been at the top of the list of candidates to take his place.

While with Satterfield at App State, Ledford was a part of a successful run. He was a part of the staff that helped lead the Mountaineers to 11 wins back in 2015. That year, App State ranked 4th in sacks allowed, and 6th in rushing yards per game in the FBS.

Ledford’s impact at NC State over the past three years has been astounding. The Wolfpack have had three separate running backs rush for 1,000 yards the past three years behind his “Band of Brothers.” Also, they have been one in the best in the nation at keeping the quarterback safe. The Wolfpack rank 5th nationally in 2018 in sacks allowed, and were 2nd in the Power 5 last year.

Under his watch the past three years, the following players have earned All-ACC Honors:

Tony Adams
Will Richardson
Tyler Jones
Garrett Bradbury
Terronne Prescod

According to James Henderson at InsidePackSports, Ledford will add Offensive Coordinator to his job description on the Cardinals staff.

The loss of Ledford is a tremendous blow for the Wolfpack, especially with National Signing Day right around the corner. At the end of the day, this is a business, and he has to make the best moves for his family and their future, but it stings to see him going to an Atlantic Division foe.

Whoever fills Ledford’s shoes in Raleigh will have a firm foundation to build off of.

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NC State Has National Award Winners in Back-to-Back Years for 1st Time Ever

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NC State Redshirt Graduate Senior Center Garrett Bradbury won the Rimington Trophy last week, becoming only the 4th NC State player to win a National Award.

2018: C Garrett Bradbury, Rimington Trophy (Best Center)
2017: DE Bradley Chubb, Nagurski (Best Defensive Player) & Hendricks Awards (Best Defensive End)
1996: PK Marc Primanti, Groza Award (Best Kicker)
1979: C Jim Ritcher, Outland Trophy (Best Interior Offensive/Defensive Lineman)

After Center Jim Ritcher won the Outland Trophy in 1979, seventeen years passed before Place Kicker Marc Primanti took home the Groza Award. It would be 21 more years before the next Wolfpack player brought home some hardware. Last Season Bradley Chubb matched the total amount of National Awards won by NC State players in school history all by himself, taking home the Hendricks and Nagurski trophies.

It took 17 years for NC State to win their 1st two National Awards. The Wolfpack has brought home three in the past 2 seasons.

It’s worth noting that neither Bradbury or Chubb won their awards playing the position they were playing when they arrived in Raleigh, but I’ll write more on that later.

These awards are huge for the individual players, bring the team national recognition, and help in recruiting.

Here’s to hoping the past two years are the beginning of a new trend.

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VIDEO: ACC Digital Network’s Official Ryan Finley Highlights

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The ACC Digital Network released NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley’s Official Highlight Reel.

Finley Facts from the Video
2-Time All-ACC
64.7% career completion percentage. Best in NC State history
10,366 career passing yards. 2nd in school history
60 career touchdown passes. 4th in school history
5 career rushing touchdowns

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Kelvin Harmon’s Legacy at NC State

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Unfortunately, the days of watching Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon in an NC State uniform have come to an end. Harmon announced on Monday that he would not be returning for his Senior season in Raleigh, would be declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, and wouldn’t be playing in the Wolfpack’s Gator Bowl matchup against #19 Texas A&M on December 31st.

To be honest, there’s nothing shocking about this news. In a quick survey of three prominent mock drafts right now, he was a Top-10 pick in one, a later 1st rounder in another, and an early 2nd round pick in the other.

Even though Harmon only played 3 seasons at NC State, he’s one of best to ever play the wide receiver position in school history. The question is…how high do you rank him?

He finished his career ranked with the 4th most receptions, 3rd most receiving yards, and the 7th most touchdown receptions.

Career Receptions Leaders
1. Jaylen Samuels, 2014-2017 – 202
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 200
3. Torry Holt, 1995-98 – 191
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 177
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 – 147

Career Receiving Yards Leaders
1. Torry Holt, 1995-98 – 3,379
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 3,119
3. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 2,665
4. Owen Spencer, 2007-10 – 2,441
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 – 2,351

Career Touchdown Receptions
1. Torry Holt, 1995-98 -31
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 21
3. Jarvis Williams, 2007-10 – 20
4. Jaylen Samuels, 2014-17 – 19
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 – 17
5. George Bryan, 2008-11 – 17
7. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 16

100-Yard Games
1. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 15
2. Torry Holt, 1995-98 – 14
2. Koren Robinson, 1999-00 – 14
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 12
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 8

Harmon is the only player on the above lists that only played 3 seasons at NC State. To be clear, of Harmon would have returned for his Senior season, he would have shattered Torry Holt’s are we receiving yards record and Jaylen Samuels’ career receptions record.

If you were to judge these players by what their average season production was, he would top all of them in receiving yards and receptions per season.

Average Receiving Yards Per Season

Kelvin Harmon – 888 yards
Torry Holt – 845 yards

(Koren Robinson would take the cake for the highest average per season (957), but since he only played 2 seasons, he isn’t on the above list.)

Average Receptions Per Season

Kelvin Harmon – 59
Jaylen Samuels – 50.5

(Koren Robinson averaged 55 receptions per season at NC State.)

100-yard games per season

Koren Robinson – 7
Kelvin Harmon – 4

Harmon’s Junior campaign was one of the best single-seasons in school history, ranking 4th in receptions (81) and 4th in receiving yards.

Most Receptions in a Season
1. Jakobi Meyers, 2018 – 89
2. Torry Holt, 1998 – 88
3. Jerricho Cotchery, 2003 – 86
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2018 – 81
5. Jaylen Samuels, 2017 – 76
6. Kelvin Harmon, 2017 – 69
6. Tramain Hall, 2003 – 69

Most Receiving Yards in a Season

1. Torry Holt, 1998 – 1,604
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2003 – 1,369
3. Jerricho Cotchery, 2002 – 1,192
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 1,186
4. Torry Holt, 1997 – 1,099
5. Koren Robinson, 2000 – 1,061
6. Jakobi Meyers, 2018 – 1,024
7. Kelvin Harmon, 2017 – 1,017

If you break it down by season, Harmon was one of the best to play the position as a Freshman, Sophomore and Junior. His 462 receiving yards as a Freshman ranks 3rd in school history for a frosh. His 69 receptions as a Sophomore are tied for the most ever, and his 1,017 receiving yards rank second. Harmon’s 81 receptions is the 2nd most by a Junior (behind teammate Jakobi Meyers), and his 1,186 rank 2nd as well.

As you can below, NC State has had a legacy of 1st Team All-ACC, but it had been 14 years since Jerricho Cotchery made the team in 2003. That’s the longest drought in school history.

NC State 1st Team All-ACC Wide Receivers

2018 – Kelvin Harmon
2018 – Jakobi Meyers
2003 – Jerricho Cotchery
2002 – Jerricho Cotchery
1999 – Koren Robinson
1998 – Torry Holt
1997 – Torry Holt
1994 – Eddie Goines
1993 – Eddie Goines
1991 – Charles Davenport
1988 – Nasrallah Worthen
1986 – Nasrallah Worthen
1975 – Don Buckey
1972 – Pat Kenney
1967 – Harry Martell
1966 – Gary Rowe

Harmon is one of the Top-4 wide receivers in NC State history. That’s not even debatable in my mind.

Personally, I think Holt is still the G.O.A.T. Even though Harmon averaged more receiving yards and receptions per season, Holt dominated him in touchdowns (31). Also, Harmon never had a season like Holt’s Senior season (1,604 receiving yards & 16 touchdowns.

If you’re looking at accolades, Holt was a consensus 1st Team All-American in 1998 and Robinson was a 2nd Team All-American 2000 (I know all of the All-American Teams haven’t been announced for 2018). Cotchery was a 2-time 1st Team All-ACC honoree (as was Holt).

With all that being said, I reserve the top spot for Holt, but a legitimate conversation can be had for Harmon to be #2, 3, or #4.

Wolfpack fans, consider yourself privileged. You had the chance to watch one of the greatest of all-time in school history the past three years in Kelvin Harmon.

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