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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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QB Matt McKay Transfers from NC State to Montana State

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Matt McKay began the 2019 football season as the starting Quarterback at NC State, before losing his job after starting the first 5 games. In 2020, McKay will be a quarterback at Montana State.

After announcing that he would be transferring from NC State on December 1st, McKay announced via Twitter yesterday that he was transferring to Montana State.

In 2019, McKay completed 57.3% of his passes for 910 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He also had 4 rushing touchdowns.

McKay was originally a 4-star prospect in NC State’s 2017 recruiting class, playing his High School ball here in Raleigh at Wakefield.

Since Montana State is an FCS program, McKay will not have to sit out a year, and will be able to play immediately, with 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Montana State (10-3) finished the this year ranked 5th nationally in the FCS, losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

Honestly, Montana State seems like a strange choice for McKay, with starting quarterback Tucker Rovig returning next season as a Redshirt Junior. In 2019, Rovig threw for 1,705 yards and 13 touchdowns (4 interceptions) for a Passing Efficiency Rating of 136.8.

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Thunder Dan Ranks 26th Nationally in Strength Coach Pay

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USAToday has released their research of the salaries of the head coaches and assistant coaches in college football for the 2019 season, but they also did the same this year for Strength and Conditioning Coaches. NC State’s S&C  Coach “Thunder” Dantonio Burnette ranks 26th nationally, with a salary of $324,700.

ACC Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the Top-30

4) Joey Batson – Clemson
25) Brian Hess – UNC
26) Dantonio Burnette – NC State

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NC State Football Ranks 33rd in Assistant Coach Pay

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USAToday has released their annual deep dive into the pay of College Football coaches, and NC State’s Assistant Coaching Staff ranked 33rd nationally in pay in 2019.

The coach that received the biggest check this season, Defensive Coordinator Dave Huxtable, is no longer with the program.

Top-6 ACC Schools in Assistant Coach Pay

2) Clemson
17) Florida St.
30) UNC
32) Louisville
33) NC State
37) Virginia Tech

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Former NC State Defensive End Xavier Lyas Transfers to Northern Arizona

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Back on November 10th, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas decided to transfer from NC State, after not seeing the playing time he hoped for.

Today he announced that he’s decided to transfer to Northern Arizona.

Since Northern Arizona is an FCS school, Lyas will be able to play immediately next year, not having to sit out a season.

Lyas had 4.0 sacks (4.5 tackles for loss) in 8 games in very limited playing time. The most snaps he played in a single game was 19 against Wake Forest.

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