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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s 2019 National Signing Day Press Conference



NC State head coach Dave Doeren held his National Signing Day Press Conference for the Wolfpack’s 2019 football recruiting class yesterday. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Very excited for these young men who signed with us today, and their families. Special group of guys. Really bonded. Have had the ability to connect over social media.
  • The 19 players who signed, we had 9 Shrine Bowl selections, and 16 of these 19 will enroll early, which for me is a high.
  • 4 of these young men were ranked as 4-star players. Whether that matters or not, we’ll see as time goes. Top 25 class for the 1st time since 2003 at NC State.
  • 15 of them are from our state.
  • We got our first choice in many cases says a lot.
  • People ask me a lot in recruiting what’s the best thing we do. I tell them the best thing we do here is develop players, and I can prove it.
  • The passion that our fanbase has is unique.
  • NC State is not a school that just has 1 sport. It has 23 sports who are supported well,and play well.
  • 4 players drafted on the Defensive Line. That’s happened 3 time in the history of the NFL. Then you see us get the 4 best defensive linemen in the state. There’s a correlation there. When kids can see it, it’s different than when you just talk about it.
  • We are the only school in ACC history to have two 1st-team All-ACC wide receivers with 1,000 yards.  Why wouldn’t you want to come here?
  • Those things sell themselves now because it’s happening.
  • Success changes the conversation in recruiting because you are no longer selling anything. You’re telling them: here’s what we do…here’s the blueprint…here’s the proof.
  • More are doing it so it’s becoming more normal (16 enrolling early). It’s strategic. It’s important when you’re losing good players to get them in early, and teach them the systems. It just happened where a lot of the guys we were getting were early enrollees, and we had open spots with guys graduating early and leaving the program.
  • I get to know every kid and their families. I’m an integral part in recruiting. I spend a lot of time in it.
  • It’s going to happen when you win. You’re going to lose coaches. We were fortunate to hang on to our staff last year like we did. To win 9 games last year and not lose anybody was unique.
  • For the most part our class stayed firm. We lost 1 young man and that’s fine. At the end of the day, I want players who want to be a part of our program.
  • I hired everyone here. Everyone that works in this building has come through me. If they (recruits) love them…they know I brought them here. If they (coaches) leave, I’m not going to bring someone to make us worse.
  • I hired coach Uremovich who went on to be an offensive coordinator. I hired Clayton White who went on to be a defensive coordinator. I hired Dwayne Ledford who left to be an offensive coordinator. I hired Eliah Drinkwitz who left to be a head coach. Those are good things for those guys, and I’ve replaced them with coaches who have done well.
  • We recruited Jakobi Meyers to play quarterback and now he’s a receiver. Thank God, because he’s really good at it. There’s now a hole (QB) in that class. You don’t want to stack talent in the same year if you can help it. To be able to get an older guy like Bailey (Hockman) and then a younger guy like Ty (Evans) was great.
  • We’re really excited that coach (Kurt) Roper is joining us (Quarterbacks Coach). Some of you know him from his time at Duke. Has a lot of ties to the area. Has incredible ties from a recruiting standpoint, spending time in the Southeast, whether at Ole Miss, Duke, Tennessee, or Florida.
  • There are some talented guys in this class and there are some needs on our football team. They’ll be in the competition and getting reps in spring ball if they are healthy.
  • I tell every recruit that I’m not going to promise you a job, but I’ll promise you an opportunity to win a job, and I’ll coach you the best I can every chance I get. It’s up to them to win the job.
  • It doesn’t matter how many stars they had. It’s about what you do now. every day is an opportunity to get better.
  • There are some lines shorter than others, and running back is one of them. I told that to Bam (Zonovan Knight), “Hey bud, you better be ready because you’re going to get a lot of reps this spring.” He’s excited about that. He has an awesome opportunity. We’re excited to see what he can do.
  • We have a few spots left in this class. Probably 2 or 3.
  • I actually thanked Drake Thomas (LB) last night. His leadership as a player is so strong and people want to play with him. He has a magnetic personality and doesn’t push guys into things. People like the way he plays. They like his confidence. He wants to win a championship here and he wants guys around that he feel can help. He was awesome talking to guys. He did a great job and a lot of these guys did. It’s kind of what recruiting has become.
  • Shyheim (Battle) and Jalen (Frazier) are cornerbacks. That’s how we see them. They’ve played multiple spots, but they are good man-to-man players. You watch Jalen and he’ll be in the slot, out wide, or in safety.
  • Khalid Martin is a safety for us. Jakeen (Harris) can play nickel or safety. He has very good man skills. He plays nickel in their defense, but has the ability to play strong safety, if that’s what we need him to do.
  • I want our players to see us as more than coaches and that’s how you build a family environment. Everyone I hire, I always look at it as if my son was going to go play for him. How would he feel about that? I’ve always had our players thoughts and hearts in mind with every hire.
  • When people come in, the common comment I hear is, “Coach, you have an unbelievable group of people here.”  We just have great people here. We really do.
  • Recruits are comfortable here. We don’t lie to kids. We tell them the truth. We tell them how it’s going to be. If they don’t like being pushed, they should go somewhere else. There are certain kids who want to be a part of that.
  • That’s what makes this a unique job. Not only do you have 4 ACC schools, but you have ECU, App, and Charlotte and the outside schools who want to come in and PRETEND this is their state.
  • What we’ve done is build a place where they can go to the NFL, graduate with an incredible degree, be surrounded by wonderful people, and live in one of the best places in the world to live.
  • It’s competition, and I love it (Mack Brown at UNC and Mike Houston at ECU). We’ll get out on the road and compete with anybody. I’m not afraid of any of those guys. I look forward to competing with them. They have their job to do, and we have our job to do.  May the best man win.

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NC State Hires Todd Goebbel as TE Coach & Special Teams Coordinator



Raleigh, NC — NC State head football coach Dave Doeren has announced that Todd Goebbel has joined the Wolfpack staff as tight ends coach/special teams coordinator. Goebbel, who comes to Raleigh after spending the last five seasons at Marshall, brings experience as a special teams coordinator, offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and has also coached a variety of positions on offense during his career.

“What drew me to Todd was how impressed I’ve been with Marshall’s special teams when we’ve played them each of the past two years,” said Doeren. “I’m excited to add a guy to our staff who has great knowledge in the kicking game – running all of the units and coaching the specialists- and who also knows how to coach multiple positions on offense. He has developed players at tight end, quarterback and wide receiver during his career.

“He is known as a terrific recruiter and I was blown away by his organization, teaching method, passion for the game, and relationship-building skills.”

Goebbel comes from a coaching family, as his father Mike has spent 40+ years in the high school ranks and coached two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin when he was a prep player in Columbus, Ohio. His brother Kyle is a high school coach while his brother Aaron serves as an Associate Athletic Director at Marshall.

Goebbel, who has been recruiting the South Georgia/North & Southwest Florida/Ohio areas, has coached a variety of positions on offense and worked with special teams at Marshall during his recent stint with the Herd.

“My family and I would like thank Coach Doeren and NC State for giving us the opportunity to join the rich Wolfpack tradition and this special football family,” said Goebbel. “I have had great respect for what he has built, both on and off the field, and I am excited to be on this coaching staff that is completely committed to bringing a championship to Raleigh. 1Pack1Goal!”

In 2018, he mentored tight end Armani Levias who was named an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection after finishing third on the team with 25 catches, 327 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

In 2017, quarterback Chase Litton finished his three-year career as one of the most prolific passers in Marshall’s history, ranking fourth all-time in completions (727) and touchdowns (72) and fifth in passing yards (8,332).

Under Goebbel’s eyes, Marshall’s special teams were superb, too, leading the nation in’s Special Teams efficiency rating in 2015 and finishing 21st (second in Conference USA) in 2018, when Thundering Herd long snapper Matt Beardall was also named a first-team all-league pick.

As recruiting coordinator in 2016, Marshall inked four four-star prospects for the first time in its history and followed that effort with two more four-stars in 2017. That class also produced Levias and two-time first-team all-league selection Tyre Brady, who was a dynamic talent at wide receiver.

In 2015, as the Herd finished 10-3 and won its fifth straight postseason game in the St. Petersburg Bowl, Goebbel coached sophomore tight end Ryan Yurachek, who finished as Marshall’s No. 3 receiver with 44 catches for 417 yards and nine touchdowns. Those nine TDs led the Herd.

Kick and punt returner Deandre Reaves was the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year and finished his career as MU’s all-time leader in kick return yards. Reaves averaged 30.1 yards on kick returns and scored three TDs on returns (two kicks, one punt, tying the school mark).

Punter Tyler Williams averaged 44.4 yards per kick and closed his four-year career with the Herd’s punt yardage record (43.9), while four-year long snapper Matt Cincotta finished his career with 569 snaps … and no bad ones. Williams and Cincotta were All-C-USA second team selections.

Goebbel spent five seasons (2010-14) as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Ohio Dominican University, where he had 15 players earn All-GLIAC honors.

In 2014, Goebbel helped lead Dominican to an 11-2 mark, an NCAA regional final appearance and a No. 4 finish in both the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and poll. He also directed quarterback Mark Miller, who finished seventh in voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is presented annually to the best player in NCAA Division II.

Goebbel’s offense averaged 35.6 points and 445.3 yards per game, led the country in completion percentage (67.9) and was second nationally in red zone offense (90.9 percent).

In 2013, Dominican finished 10-1 and was Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) champions. Goebbel led an offense that was also top 10 nationally and part of a team that made a second-round appearance in the Division II playoffs.

In 2012, as ODU finished amongst the nation’s best in scoring offense, averaging 40.8 points per game to rank 12th in the country. The Panthers ranked 13th nationally in rushing yards (244.9 per game), 27th in total offense( 452.8 yards per game) and eighth in passing efficiency (161.0) while allowing just six sacks all season, the fifth-best mark in the country.

Under Goebbel’s tutelage, Ohio Dominican enjoyed its most prolific rushing attack in school history. Running back Mike Noffsinger set the school single-season and career rushing records and was honored as a Hill Trophy candidate in 2011.

Goebbel had previously spent five seasons (2005-09) at Marshall as receivers coach. During that time, Marshall saw steady improvement among its receiving corps and on special teams, which Goebbel coached for his first three years. In 2009, he coached wide receiver Darius Passmore, a second-team all-conference performer, as well as Antavius Wilson, how was named to the all-freshman team at wideout.

Prior to his first stint at Marshall, Goebbel served as Ohio State’s defensive quality control coach for one season (2004), coaching the specialists and assisting with special teams.

In 2002 and 2003, he served as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Quincy University. During those two seasons, Quincy was ranked 13th and 10th nationally in total offense. From 2000-01 he was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Tiffin University and he coached tight ends at the College of Wooster in 1999.

A Delaware, Ohio, native, Goebbel attended Kent State University, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Golden Flashes, winning MVP honors as a sophomore in 1996 and serving as team captain as a junior in 1997.

Following the 1997 season, Goebbel transferred to Northern Iowa, where he was the starting quarterback in 1998 and earned Gateway Conference Newcomer of the Year honors. He graduated from Northern Iowa in 1998 and briefly played for the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Quincy University.

Goebbel and his wife, Sara, have two sons, Tyler (10) and Drew (5).

Year by Year with Todd Goebbel

2015-18 Marshall TEs (2015, 2018), Special Teams (2015, 2018), Co-offensive coordinator (2017, 2018), WRs (2016), QBs (2017)

2010-14 Ohio Dominican Asst. Head Coach/Offensive coordinator

2005-09 Marshall WR/Special Teams

2004 Ohio State Defensive quality control

2002-03 Quincy University Offensive coordinator/Rec. Coordinator

2000-01 Tiffin University QB/WR

1999 College of Wooster TE

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Steelers Hiring NC State’s Eddie Faulkner as Running Backs Coach



According to Ian Rapoport, it looks NC State is losing their 4th member of their football coaching staff. The Wolfpack’s Tight End Coach, Fullbacks Coach and Special Teams Coordinator Eddie Faulkner is joining the Pittsburgh Steelers as their Running Backs Coach. Faulkner also recently took on the title as Recruiting Coordinator at NC State.

Even though Faulkner hasn’t coached Running Backs in his time at NC State (6 seasons) he did run the backfield for Doeren in 2011 at Northern Illinois.

In that one year, he coached All-MAC tailback Jasmin Hopkins, who rushed for 956 yards and 15 touchdowns on 187 carries (5.1 avg.). NIU boasted the #12 rushing attack in the nation with an average of 234.1 yards per game.

Prior to that, Faulkner was the Running Back’s Coach at Ball State for 6 seasons. In 2008, they went undefeated, and MiQuale Lewis rushed for a Ball State record 1,736 yards.

Faulkner is now officially reunited with Jaylen Samuels, who he recruited from Mallard Creek (Charlotte, NC) to Raleigh, and groomed into an All-ACC player who ended his career with the most receptions in school history (202).

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2019 NC State Football Schedule Announced



NC State’s 2019 Football Schedule is officially out.

8/31/19 – East Carolina – 2018: 3-9
9/7/19 – Western Carolina – 2018: 3-8
9/14/19 – @ West Virginia – 2018: 8-4
9/21/19 – Ball State – 2018: 4-8
9/28/19 – @ Florida State – 2018: 5-7
10/10/19 – Syracuse (Thurs) – 2018: 10-3
10/19/19 – @ Boston College – 2018: 7-5
11/2/19 – @ Wake Forest – 2018: 7-6
11/9/19 – Clemson – 2018: 15-0
11/16/19 – Louisville – 2018: 2-10
11/21/19 – @ Georgia Tech (Thurs) – 2018: 7-6
11/30/19 – North Carolina – 2018: 2-9

I’ll break the schedule down in more detail soon.

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NC State Football 2018 Freshman Report



With the 2018 Football season in the bag, we don’t have to speculate any longer about which true freshman redshirted this year under the new redshirt rules.

There were 24 members of the 2018 Wolfpack recruiting class, and 14 (13 freshman and 1 Junior (Joe Babros) of them officially redshirted the 2018 season according to the roster on

Defensive Tackle Val Martin was a JUCO transfer in the 2018 class, and only played in 4 games (6 tackles), but wasn’t eligible to redshirt, because he redshirted the 2016 season at Iowa Western Community College.

3-Star Offensive Tackle Kahric Belle is no longer on the roster.

(The list below includes non-scholarship players that redshirted)

Under the new redshirt rules, you can play in 4 games, and still redshirt the season. Eight of the Freshman that were redshirted saw action this season, with three of them playing the 4 game max (LB Calvin Hart, RB Trent Pennix, WR Devin Carter).

LB Calvin Hart – 4
RB Trent Pennix – 4
WR Devin Carter – 4
CB Malik Dunlap – 2
DE Joseph Boletepeli – 2
WR Jasiah Provillon – 2
DE Joe Babros – 1

Pennix made the most of his playing time, accumulating 142 total yards of offense, and his first career touchdown against Georgia State. Carter had 1 reception for 11 yards against ECU in the final game of the regular season. Dunlap picked up 2 tackles. Boletepeli had 3 tackles.

Here’s the list of of Freshman that redshirted, and took zero snaps in 2018:

QB Devin Leary
CB Taiyon Palmer
LB Payton Wilson
OT Jalynn Strickland
OG Gabriel Gonzalez
DT Davontae McCrae

It’s worth noting that Palmer and Wilson missed the season due to injury.

Seven True Freshman played beyond the 4-game limit, therefore they aren’t eligible to Redshirt.

Dunn, McNeil and Tanner Ingle played in all 13 games.

Dunn shattered the record books in his first year in Raleigh, breaking the record for the most field goals made and points scored in a single season. Ingle tallied 44 tackles, which ranked 6th on the team. McNeil finished with 24 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks, and was named a 247Sports Freshman All-American.

Smith finished with 11 tackles in 11 games, accompanied by an interception.

Person rushed for 520 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns, along with a touchdown reception, in 8 games, missing the other 5 games due to injury.

Baker-Williams had 5 tackles and 1 pass breakup in 8 games. Graves had 3 tackles in 8 games.



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