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NC State Center Garrett Bradbury 1 of 3 Finalists for the Rimington Trophy

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NC State Redshirt Graduate Center Garrett Bradbury has been named 1 of the 3 finalists for the 2018 Rimington Trophy, along with Ross Pierschbacher (Alabama) and Sam Mustipher (Notre Dame). The Rimington Trophy has been awarded to the best Center in college football since 2000.

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Named a team captain for the 2018 season, Bradbury played 99.0% (901 of 910) of the snaps for the Wolfpack this season. He did not allow a quarterback pressure all season and was named a first team All-ACC performer (the first first-team selection for a Wolfpack center since 1987) as well as being named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy – the only center on that list. Most recently, Bradbury scored a touchdown in the final regular season game against East Carolina, rushing the ball from the one-yard line. (Rimington)

When Bradbury arrived in 2014, he was a 2-star Tight End out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Back then he was 6’3” and weighed 240 pounds. Now he’s the same height, but weighs 300 pounds. Arriving as a Tight End, he then was moved to Defensive Tackle…then to Offensive Guard…and finally landed at Center.

Bradbury trusted the process, and the result has been a story no one expected to be written.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL

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NC State lost their first game of the season today to West Virginia on the road, falling to the Mountaineers 44-27 in Morgantown. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel is below.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: OUR TAKE

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There wasn’t much to like about NC State’s performance this afternoon in a 44-27 blowout on the road at West Virginia.

The Wolfpack entered the game as 7-point favorites, and ended up losing by 17.

Excuses could be made.

Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams and Senior Cornerback Nick McCloud were unable to play. Both are captains, and both are starters. Redshirt Freshman Joseph Boletepeli was also out of commission.

With that being said, excuses don’t need to be made here. They won’t cover up what was a completely lack luster performance on both sides of the ball for the Wolfpack.

An anemic Mountaineers offense came alive against NC State today, for 445 yards of Total Offense.

Redshirt Junior Quarterback Austin Kendall had his coming out party against a rowdy home crowd. It’s funny how players always love to have career efforts against NC State, but I digress. Kendall is no slouch. He was a 4-Star prospect coming out of high school, committing to Oklahoma, before transferring to West Virginia to be the man to fill the shoes of Will Grier. He looked the part today, completing 27 of 40 passes for 272 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 interception) for a passing efficiency rating of 144.4.

Wide Receiver Sam James put on a clinic, with 9 receptions (career high) for 155 yards (career high) and a touchdown.

The Mountaineers averaged 1.1 yards per carry the first two games, and managed to average 6.2 today.

NC State’s offense struggled, due in large part to the struggles of Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay. He wasn’t sharp, and didn’t look ready for this stage. I’m not saying he can’t get there, but it was a rough outing. He was overthrowing, under-throwing, throwing behind, etc. McKay finished the day 23 of 48 for 207 yards with 1 touchdown (0 interceptions).

Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie was his target of choice, targeting him an insane 23 times. Emezie finished with 12 receptions for 103 yards. It was good to see Redshirt Junior Tight End Cary Angeline being featured two weeks in a row, reeling in 4 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Freshman Zonovan Knight and Sophomore Ricky Person were both effective today. Knight had 72 yards rushing (6.0 yards per carry), and Person had 52 yards (4.7 yards per carry).

The total yardage left much to be desired, producing 369 yards of total offense, but they didn’t turn the ball over, and put up 27 points on the road in a hostile environment. The defense giving up 44 points is what should be sending the biggest alarm bells off.

The Wolfpack will try to get the train back on the tracks next week, hosting Ball State at 7pm in Carter-Finley Stadium.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: BOX SCORE

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NC State fell 44-27 on the road against West Virginia this afternoon, falling to 2-1 on the year. The box score is below.

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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: West Virginia

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NC State and West Virginia will kickoff up in Morgantown today at Noon. Here’s a preview of the Wolfpack’s opponent.

The Mountaineers are 1-1 thus far in 2019, defeating James Madison 20-13 in Week 1, and then getting crushed by Missouri 38-7.

This isn’t the same West Virginia team that finished 2018 ranked 20th.

Neal Brown is the new head coach for the Mountaineers, after Dana Holgorsen left for Houston, after 8 years in Morgantown. Brown was the head coach at Troy the past 4 seasons.

Will Grier is no longer the quarterback, but was drafted by the Panthers in the 3rd round. Five Mountaineer players were drafted in 2019.

This is a team with a lot of new faces. Ten players have started their first game, and 16 players have seen their first action on the field.

Check out the lack of starting experience across the board for West Virginia.

Here’s a look at West Virginia’s Depth Chart.

Redshirt Junior Austin Kendall is starting at Quarterback. He is a transfer from Oklahoma. Through 2 games, Kendall has thrown for 397 yards (62.7%) and 3 touchdowns (2 interceptions) with a passing efficiency rating of 121.3.

Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Sam James leads the team in receptions (11) and has 67 receiving yards. Junior Slot Receiver Tevin Bush leads the team with 97 yards receiving with 1 touchdown. Redshirt Senior Wide Receiver George Campbell leads the team with 2 touchdown receptions.

The Mountaineers rushing attack has been non-existent, averaging 1.1 yards per carry. Senior starting Running Back Kennedy McKoy has 18 rushes for 12 yards. McKoy ranks 2nd on the team with 8 receptions.

On the defensive side of the ball, Sophomore Linebacker Josh Chandler leads the team with 21 tackles. He was a preseason Big 12 selection (3rd Team – Phil Steele).

Sophomore Defensive Lineman Dante Stills already has 3.5 tackles for loss through 2 games. He was a Freshman All-American last year.

Junior Defensive Lineman Darius Stills has 3 sacks.

As a team, West Virginia hasn’t been able to stop the run at all through two weeks, allowing 202 yards rushing per game. With that being said, the Mountaineers pass defensive has been disruptive, holding their opponents to 153 yards through the air, and have intercepted 3 passes.

 

 

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