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RELEASE: John Garrison Tabbed as NC State’s Offensive Line Coach



RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head football coach Dave Doeren has announced the hiring of John Garrison as the Wolfpack’s new offensive line coach. Garrison joins the program after spending last season at Florida Atlantic.

“I’m excited that John Garrison is going to join our football family,” said Doeren. “I’ve known him for a long time and respect him as a coach and as a person. He was a great player at Nebraska and has established himself as a great coach and recruiter and I know he will be a strong addition to our staff.”

At FAU, Garrison coached the offensive line and served as run game coordinator. Inheriting a unit that had lost three starters from the previous season his 2018 line ranked 14th in the FBS in sacks allowed, giving up just 1.17 per game. The Owls also led Conference USA and ranked 14th nationally in rushing with 241.8 yards per contest.

“My family and I are thrilled to join the Wolfpack family at NC State as a part of coach Doeren’s staff,” said Garrison. “It’s a privilege to represent this great university and to work for a great coach. Big things are happening at NC State and I cannot wait to get started!”

Prior to his stint at FAU, Garrison coached three season at UNLV (2015-17) with the same title. During his first season in Las Vegas, the Rebel line helped the team post a dramatic improvement in the run game, finishing 36th in the nation in yards per game. In 2017 the Rebels finished 15th in the country in rushing and set the school record for fewest quarterback sacks allowed.

Garrison joined the Rebels’ staff after completing seven seasons on the staff at his alma mater Nebraska, serving as offensive line coach (2013-14), tight ends and assistant offensive line coach (2011-12) and as an intern (2008-10). Six of his former players at Nebraska were on NFL rosters at the start of the 2018 season: Alex Lewis (Ravens), Brent Qvale (Jets), Spencer Long (Jets), Jerimiah Sirles (Bills), Matt Slausen (Colts) and Zach Sterup (Dolphins)

He was the Huskers’ offensive line coach for their 2014 appearance in the Holiday Bowl against USC. That season, his offensive line paved the way for I-back Ameer Abdullah to earn second team All-America honors after compiling 1,523 yards and 18 scores on the ground.

Garrison’s offensive line paved the way for another big rushing season for the Huskers in 2013, as the Huskers ranked 19th nationally with an average of 215.7 rushing yards per game and Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards this season, the highest total by a Husker since 1997. A first-team All-Big Ten selection and one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, Abdullah rushed for at least 85 yards in every game that season behind Garrison’s line, including a school-record 11 100-yard efforts.

Nebraska’s line has also protected the passer well, allowing an average of only 1.3 sacks per game, a total that ranked 23rd nationally. The line was led by three all-conference performers.

Garrison was also honored for his exceptional work on the recruiting trail while in Lincoln, as tabbed Garrison as one the nation’s top 25 recruiters in 2014.

The offensive line helped Nebraska rank eighth nationally with 253.4 rushing yards per game in 2012.

Individually, Garrison helped guard Spencer Long complete a journey from walk-on to All-American. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, Long was named a second-team All-American by both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation. In addition to Long, former walk-on center Justin Jackson, a converted defensive lineman, earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the league’s coaches in his only full season as an offensive lineman. Offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles was a second-team all-conference selection, giving Nebraska three all-conference offensive linemen in 2012.

In 2011, Garrison and veteran offensive line coach Barney Cotton developed an offensive line that paved the way for a Husker rushing attack that ranked 15th nationally, averaging 217.2 yards per game. In addition to his overall work with the line, Garrison has played a key role in the development of several underclassmen and walk-ons.

Before being elevated to a full-time role in 2011, Garrison spent the previous three seasons as a football intern with the offensive line in conjunction with the strength and conditioning staff.

Garrison joined the Nebraska staff in March of 2008 after spending four years at Blue Springs (Mo.) High School as an assistant coach and special education teacher.

A native of Blue Spring, Mo., Garrison was a four-year letterman for Frank Solich at Nebraska from 1999 to 2002, earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades as a junior and senior. Garrison was Nebraska’s starting long snapper as a true freshman in 1999, helping the Huskers to a 12-1 record and Big 12 title. He was a backup center and guard, and handled long snapping duties in 2000.

In 2001, Garrison moved into the lineup as the starting center and helped Nebraska to an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game, while quarterback Eric Crouch won the Heisman Trophy. In his senior season, Garrison was elected by his teammates as one of three co-captains.

A 2003 Nebraska graduate with a degree in secondary education, Garrison and his wife Jamie have four children: Lilly (10), Jack (7) Valerie (6) and new baby Beau.

Garrison Coaching Experience
2019 – NC State – Offensive Line Coach
2018 – FAU — Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
2015-17 – UNLV — Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
2013-14 – Nebraska — Offensive Line
2011-12 – Nebraska — Assistant Offensive Line & Tight Ends
2008-10 – Nebraska — Intern
2005-07 – Blue Springs (Mo.) High School — assistant coach

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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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