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

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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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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks at the End of 1st Week of Spring Practice

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NC State has nearly wrapped up it’s first week of Spring Practice, and Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren met with the media after practice yesterday. The video is ABOVE (Via PackPride), and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Some good, some bad.
  • It’s the second day in pads today. I thought yesterday or 2 days ago, we were a little sloppy. A lot of young guys were playing in pads for the first time. Too many guys on the ground. Today was much better.
  • There’s a fine line between how physical you want to play and playing against your teammates, so you also want to keep people up and prevent people from having ankle sprains in piles and things like that.
  • It’s a matter of 17 new players getting used to playing college football. But there’s some good things. There’s some new schemes, there’s a lot of learning going on, and today I thought there were fewer mental mistakes than there were the day before.
  • The new coaches have great energy. I think any time you’re new at a school, you’re trying to prove yourself and earn respect. You have to come out and be a good teacher. You have to be consistent. You have to have a voice. The players ultimately, no matter where you are, want to get better. These guys do a great job with that. They have good command with their position groups. They’ve put a lot of time into getting to know their players, and I know they’re just having fun working with these guys. We’ve got a good group of young men to work with.
  • Quarterback play is up and down. I think Matt (McKay) and Devin (Leary) are further along probably because they know more. Obviously, Bailey (Hockman) and Ty (Evans) are just getting here, so you’re going to expect to see more mistakes from them.
  • They all throw the ball well. They’re all coachable guys. They care a lot. But there’s a lot of time between the decision process, and it’s just a body of work that you need to put together over a long period of time.
  • We’ve had really good success bringing in grad transfers, and you don’t bring one in unless you have a serious need at that spot. Obviously losing Kelvin and Jakobi early, to be able to add an older player (Tabari Hines) to that room, I think, is very, very important.
  • He’s (Hines) a guy we know a lot about, having seen him on film, not just against us but against the league. He’s hungry to play. He had a tough year last year, so he’ll have a chip on his shoulder which fits our program. I’m looking forward to getting him here in May.
  • I didn’t know him (Hines) at all. You get to know him as a person and the type of worker he is. Anytime you get to talk to a senior, it’s a different conversation than when they’re younger just because the sand’s running out of the hourglass on him. He knows it’s an important year for him. He’s coming in here ready to help our football team and, by doing that, help himself.
  • Levi Jones has really adjusted. The first week was hard. Since then, he’s gained some weight, he can really run, he’s a special athlete, and I just like how coachable he is right now.
  • He (Jones) really wants to learn. I think him and Coach Huxtable have a good relationship. He coached his father, Coach Hux did. It goes a long way back. There’s a lot of respect in that family for each other.
  • We look forward to having him when we get him eligible. I don’t know yet (eligibility this year). I wouldn’t say a pipe dream because everyone is a specific case. We’ll just have to see.
  • I think Coach Huxtable’s done a good job identifying guys, and we’ve been able to sign really good players that we wanted, and they’re tough kids. They fit the demeanor of his room. They love ball, and I think that’s the one thing; if you’re going to play for him, you’ve got to be a guy that loves studying the game and is a true student of the game, not just what you say but what you do, your actions. It’s a good room of guys, really good room.
  • Thayer Thomas is an amazing young man. The way he manages his time between two sports and his academics. He does a great job in the classroom, the way he treats people, and the whole thing.
  • He’s pretty special when it comes to time management. Not a lot of people can pull off two sports and maintain the GPA that he does and play the way he plays. I know he’s helping the baseball team when asked to and has a role with them and obviously has a huge role with us.
  • I didn’t get to watch the NFL Combine.I was watching videos of the guys of their performances when they were posted. I’m very proud of them, but I’m not surprised. Those guys worked hard to get to where they were, and I knew they wouldn’t stop working. When they get another opportunity, they’re going to go full speed at it.
  • Garrett Bradbury’s sub-5.0 40-yard dash doesn’t surprise me. He’s a good athlete. He always has been. That’s one of his strengths as a football player. He’s always been agile, and to be able to put it out there like that, I think he helped himself a lot.
  • I’m really proud of Isaiah Moore. Him and Louis (Acceus) both work really well together. They’re competitive. They’re both really good players. Isaiah’s leadership has grown so much this offseason. I think last year, he was just trying to prove himself, and now he’s trying to help others and serve. He’s really taking that seriously in the offseason.

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Tyler Jones 2019 NFL Combine Rundown

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NC State Offensive Tackle Tyler Jones was 1 of 6 Wolfpack players that participated in the 2019 NFL Combine this past weekend.

Bench Press – 23 Reps – 26th
Vertical Jump – 31.5 inches – 6th

Broad Jump – 111 inches – 10th
3 Cone Drill – 7.75 seconds – 23rd
20-Yard Shuttle – 4.82 seconds – 28th

The analysts on the NFL Network raved about how Jones did in the “mirror” drill. He is expected to be a mid-round pick.

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NC State’s Germaine Pratt Shines at 2019 NFL Combine

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NC State Linebacker Germaine Pratt shined at the 2019 NFL Combine this weekend.

On Saturday, his 24 reps of 225 pounds on the Bench Press ranked 6th in the Linebacker group.

Yesterday, Pratt ran a 4.57 second 40-yard dash, ranking 7th.

His 32.5 inch Vertical Jump ranked 17th.

Pratt’s Broad Jump was 116 inches, ranking 20th.

Coverage drills:

SportsCenter Top-10 worthy play…

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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After NC State’s 1st Day of Spring Practice

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Spring practice officially started for NC State yesterday, and Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media afterwards. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • It felt great.
    • Our guys had really good bounce and were in good shape.
    • I thought they flew around.
  • It was good to see the spirit, not just of the team, but the staff.
    • There are obviously some new parts and those guys are excited to be here and you feel their energy on the field.
    • Now, it’s about being consistent and letting these guys get the reps that they need to grow and compete.
  • I’m not going to give you an answer on quarterbacks until probably Aug. 31. You can ask me that every week and get the same answer if you want.
    • I’m very confident with the competition we are about to have, and the guy that will come out of it. Whoever is behind him is probably a really good option. We have good talent.
    • Coach (Kurt) Roper is a really good coach.
    • It’s going to take time. I’m not going to rush it and I’m going to let them fail and see how they respond. I’m going to let them have success and see how they respond. I’ll let the competition play for a while and that is how we have done it here.
  • When you build a program, you recruit a certain kind of player that fits not just your schemes, but the character and the culture of your program. Then you have to develop those guys. You want retention to be a part of that. You have to coach them a certain way.
    • When you lose a good player and you have a guy who has been in the system 2-to-3 years, now it is his opportunity.
      • A great example is Emeka (Emezie). He has been here for 2 years and now he has taken over in Kelvin’s spot, and has made plays and made mistakes. He is ready to step in that role.
      • C.J. Riley is another one and Thayer Thomas is another one.
  • Ricky (Person) won’t practice a lot this spring.
    • He had to do some things postseason to get him healthy.
    • He’s doing good, but he won’t be in that position until after spring break, and then we’ll see.
    • He’ll be fully cleared for the summer.
  • At Running Back, it was the 1st day out there with Zonovan Knight, and we were excited about his athleticism, and what he brings to the table.
    • Once Damontay Rhem comes back from his foot injury, he’ll get back in the groove.
    • Then we’ll have two more freshmen coming in. There is a group of guys in there and it will take some time.
    • Trent Pennix was out there today and got a lot of reps. He looks good and is almost up to 230 lbs. Body type-wise, he is almost what we had with Reggie (Gallaspy), but a little bit taller.
  • Today was a really good day to get on the field to see what they know.
    • We’ve had this week really to install, which is what we did today and tomorrow.
    • It kind of gives you a feel for guys that are:
      • really ready to play
      • guys that are behind
      • how in shape they are compared to other guys
  • Coach Thunder just had 8 weeks with them and some of them, like Ty Evans, has gained 15 pounds.
  • I was walking out today with Joseph Boletepeli, one of our freshman defensive lineman last year that is going into year 2, and he was here early. I was standing behind him and was like, ‘You look completely different.’ He looks really, really good in his jersey (1 year with Thunder and crew)
  • Payton Wilson is chomping at the bit and wants to go so bad. He was able to do some and we’ll be able to graduate him into some things, but not try to put him into everything too early. I’m really happy for him and excited to see the progression.
  • In a way, I think it’s good timing for him. Coming into a group of guys that need to prove themselves and having a completely clean slate to do that. I think it is really good for that competition and you can’t replace experience. All of us in our profession, we go back to things that have happened to us, and those are our learning moments.
  • For him (QB Coach Roper), it goes way, way back to a lot of quarterback situations.
    • All those experiences and all those very good players he has been around
    • All those times with Coach Cutcliffe (Duke).
    • He’s the right guy for the job and I’m excited for him.
    • I’m looking forward to being there for him and those guys through this. It’s going to take time.
  • We call him (Jarius Morehead) ‘Old head’ now because he has been here so long.
    • Jarius is awesome. He is a great person first of all and cares so much about his teammates. How he carries himself, he’s a true role model.
    • We lean on him a lot, not just for football, but how he’s doing and the spirits of the team.

 

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