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NC State’s Dave Doeren Sees Potential and Develops it into Talent

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Being a coach is a difficult position to be in, because sometimes you are the bearer of unwanted news. No player wants to be told they are moving positions. While a new opportunity is being laid before them, it’s hard to not feel slightly like a failure. Also, you have to trust the coaches that are moving you away from the position you’ve been playing for most of your life. In fact, the position they are moving you from is the position they recruited you to play for them.

Dave Doeren and his staff at NC State have not been afraid to have these tough conversations and make these tough decisions, and the results have been staggering.

Bradley Chubb was listed as a 3-star linebacker in recruiting databases coming out of high school. He was recruited to play linebacker for the Wolfpack, and that was the position that he played as a Freshman at NC State, before being moved in the Spring before his Sophomore season.

The result: He came to Raleigh weighing 225 pounds, and left with 275 pounds on his frame. Chubb went on to become a Consensus All-American as a Senior, winning the Nagurski (Best Defensive Player) and Hendricks Awards (Best Defensive End), as well as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He holds the school record for the most sacks and tackles for loss in a career. Chubb was the #5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and recently broke the Bronco’s rookie record for sacks in a season. In fact, he’s only 2.5 sacks away from the NFL rookie record.

Germaine Pratt was a 3-star Safety coming out of high school, and that was the position he played his first two seasons in Red & White. Pratt had shoulder surgery his Junior year, redshirting the season. It was during that time that the coaching staff re-evaluated Pratt, ultimately moving him to linebacker.

The result: Pratt became the first linebacker since Nate Irving in 2010 to earn 1st Team All-ACC honors this season as a Senior. He ranked 2nd in the ACC in tackles per game, and will playing on Sunday’s in the NFL next year.

Garrett Bradbury arrived in 2014 as a 2-star Tight End prospect. 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 the beginning of his Redshirt Sophomore season.

The result: Bradbury recently earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, won the Rimington Trophy (Best Center), and became only the 8th Consensus 1st Team All-American in NC State history.

Jakobi Meyers came to NC State as a 3-star dual-threat quarterback prospect, and redshirted his freshman season at the position, before being moved to wide receiver a week before the season opener of his second year on campus.

The result: Meyers has put on 40 pounds since arriving in Raleigh. As a Redshirt Junior, Meyers earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, became only the 5th player in school history to cross the 1,000 yard receiving threshold in a single season, and broke Torry Holt’s single season reception record.

Some coaches have an innate ability to see potential and develop it into talent, and even see something in players that they don’t have eyes to see in themselves.

Dave Doeren has proven he is one of the few.

 

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VIDEO: ACCDN’s 2019 NC State Football Season Preview

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The ACC Digital Network released their 2019 Season Preview for the NC State football team recently. The video is below. In the preview, they take a look at the Quarterback battle, the new wave of Wolfpack receivers, a balanced running attack, the depth of the linebacker room, and the need for more turnovers.

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NC State’s Zonovan Knight Named to 247Sports Preseason Freshman All-American Team

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NC State Running Back Zonovan Knight was named to 247Sports’ Preseason Freshman All-American Team yesterday.

RB – Zonovan Knight, NC State (No. 371, No. 27 RB)

Last fall, true freshman Ricky Person looked like the future of the Wolfpack rushing attack with 471 yards despite missing four games to injury. So it’s telling when there’s buzz that the best back on the roster is a new true freshman this fall. There’s even whispers that Knight may be one of the best players on the entire roster. (247)

Knight was one of only 2 running backs on the team.

Two other ACC Freshman made the team as well:

OL Jacob Monk – Duke
DL Jowon Briggs – Virginia

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NC State Adds Beer Sales to Carter-Finley Stadium, Procedures and Policies Announced

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NC State has formalized procedures and polices related to the addition of beer sales within public areas of Carter-Finley Stadium in advance of the Wolfpack’s season-opener on August 31.

The NC State University Board of Trustees approved the necessary revisions to the university’s alcohol policies on July 10, allowing for the sale of beer in Athletic venues. From that point, multiple NC State departments began the process of collaboratively determining logistics for sales at Carter-Finley Stadium with the priority of providing a safe, positive experience for all attendees.

“We have one of the great game day environments in college football, our fans fill the stands each year and this is another way to enhance the experience for a segment of our audience at Carter-Finley Stadium,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “That said, we want to make sure we do this responsibly, with fan safety and an enjoyable fan experience in mind. This is something that can continue to evolve but we have taken what we feel are the appropriate measures to implement this for the upcoming season.”

Key items on game day beer sales:

  • Beer will be sold at new stations in the four corners of Carter-Finley Stadium – separate from existing food and beverage concessions. These lines will be limited to beer, water, peanuts and one hard seltzer product. There will be between 40-50 points of sale on the concourse.
  • Following the lead of several professional and college venues and recommendations of industry professionals, NC State’s plan is to initially sell beer in cans and/or plastic bottles only – not on draft. Containers are easier to transport, stock and keep cold, and can be served to fans faster, reducing line wait times.
  • Fans will need to show legal identification proving they are 21 years of age or over each time they purchase a beer. Anyone appearing under the age of 30 will be subject to ID check and will be required to wear a wristband.
  • Per state law, customers will be sold one beer per person per ID per purchase.
  • Everyone serving beer in the stadium will be a certified and properly trained server.
  • Beer will not be sold to anyone appearing to be intoxicated.
  • Beer sales will begin when general stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff and stop at the end of the third quarter.
  • No beer container may be brought in or out of the stadium, including empty containers.
  • Officials will be added to monitor fan safety and behavior inside the stadium.
  • NC State is not planning to sell wine this season.

Beer selections and pricing will be communicated at a later time. The sale of beer at Carter-Finley Stadium does not impact the existing stadium re-entry policy (pass-outs), which remain in place.

Policies and procedures will be subject to change and modification as this process evolves. Plans for beer and wine sales at additional NC State venues continue to be evaluated.

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PFF Ranks NC State Football 22nd in 2019 Preseason Top-25

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ProFootballFocus released their 2019 Preseason Top-25 today, and they think a lot more of NC State than the AP voters. The Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote in the Preseason AP Poll that was released today, but PFF ranks them 22nd.

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Michigan
  9. Florida
  10. Auburn
  11. Penn State
  12. Texas
  13. Iowa
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Washington
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Missouri
  18. Kentucky
  19. Stanford
  20. Utah
  21. Wisconsin
  22. NC State
  23. Syracuse
  24. Michigan State
  25. Miami
22. North Carolina State

The Wolfpack will be breaking in a new quarterback and offensive coordinator to start 2019. Although not set in stone, Matt McKay seems to be in the lead to start Week 1. Outside of some mop-up spots in 2018, little has been charted on McKay. Their schedule sets up relatively well with over seven wins in play if you are comfortable with the potential push.  (PFF)

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