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NC State Hires Tony Gibson as Co-Defensive Coordinator & Safeties Coach

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RALEIGH, NC — State head coach Dave Doeren has announced that Tony Gibson will join the Wolfpack coaching staff as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Gibson, who has earned a reputation as a developer of talent as well as a strong recruiter, comes to the Wolfpack from West Virginia.

“I’m excited that Tony Gibson will now be a part of our program,” said Doeren. “He brings a wealth of experience as a defensive backs coach, a defensive coordinator and as a strong recruiter and mentor. He’s known for getting his players to play hard and has a great reputation not only with his former players but with the high schools where he’s recruited.”

A 23-year coaching vet, Gibson comes to the Wolfpack after his second stint at West Virginia, where he has served as associate head coach for the past three seasons, defensive coordinator for the past five seasons and has coached linebackers (2014-18) and safeties (2013).

“I would like to thank Coach Dave Doeren and the administration at North Carolina State University for giving me the opportunity to join this great coaching staff,” said Gibson. “I have admired the accomplishments that Coach Doeren and his staff have achieved in the ACC as well as the rich tradition of NC State for years and I am truly excited to be a part of the mission of bringing a championship to Raleigh. 1Pack1Goal!”

Named one of the nation’s “hottest recruiters” by Street & Smith in 2018, Gibson has coached 25 all-conference players, five All-Americans and 21 players who have gone on to the professional ranks – including five during his current stint at WVU. This past season he coached Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year David Long.

In 2016, Gibson was named the Big 12 Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Athon as his defense led the Big 12 in scoring defense and total defense.

In 2015, the Mountaineer defense ranked second nationally in interceptions, fifth in turnovers gained and 11thin 3rddown defense ,while leading the Big 12 in rushing defense, INTs and ranking second in the league in scoring defense and total defense.

Known for reopening the “Pittsburgh Pipeline” while recruiting for WVU, Gibson spent a year as the assistant head coach at Arizona (2012) and spent the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Pitt, where he mentored two All-Big East performers and recruited the nation’s top running back.

From 2008-10, he was the assistant head coach and safeties coach at Michigan, where he recruited and signed eventual Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson.

From 2001-07 he coached defensive backs on the WVU staff that posted a 58-14 record and advanced to two BCS bowl games. The Mountaineers won or shared four Big East titles during his first stint.

Gibson recruited 32 players on the 2005 team that won the Big East title and the Sugar Bowl and 40 players on the 2007 Big East Champ/Fiesta Bowl Championship team.

Gibson began his career at Glenville State in 1996, coaching defensive backs and the kickoff teams.

In 1997 and ’98, Gibson worked at Cumberland (Tenn.) University, coordinating the program’s special teams and recruitment in addition to mentoring the team’s defensive backs. His career then carried him to West Virginia Tech, where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1999-2000).

Gibson graduated from Glenville State in 1994. He was a defensive back from 1991-94 and was a part of two WVIAC championship teams.

The Van, West Virginia, native began his coaching career at Gilmer County High School in Glenville, West Virginia, in 1995, where he was head coach and interim athletic director.

He and his wife, Kerry, have two children, son Cody, who is a member of the Illinois football coaching staff and daughter, Ashton.


Year by Year Coaching History
Year Position School
2016 – pres Assoc. Head coach/Def. Coor. /LB West Virginia
2014-15 Def. Coor./LB West Virginia
2013 Safeties West Virginia
2012 Asst. Head coach/Safeties/Def. Special Teams Arizona
2011 Secondary/Pass Game Coor. Pitt
2008-10 Asst. Head coach/DB/Special Teams Michigan
2001-07 DB West Virginia
1999-00 Def. Coor. West Virginia Tech
1997-98 DB/Special Teams Cumberland Univ.
1996 DB Glenville State

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NC State Opens as a 20-Point Favorite Over Ball State

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NC State’s Football team opens as a 20-point favorite over Ball State this weekend. The Wolfpack and the Cardinals will kickoff at 7pm in Carter-Finley Stadium. The Total is sitting at 58.

NC State is 1-1-1 Against the Spread thus far in 2019, and Ball State is 1-2. The Total has gone Over in 2 of the Cardinals’ 3 games, and the Total has gone Under in 2 of the Wolfpack’s 3 games.

NC State is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games Against the Spread at home. Ball State is 2-3 in their last 5 games Against the Spread.

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  • North Carolina State are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 4.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played on a Saturday.

Ball State

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ball State’s last 5 games.
  • Ball State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played in September.
  • Ball State are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games played in week 4. (OddShark)

 

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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Ball State

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media today in his weekly press conference before NC State’s matchup against Ball State on Saturday at 7pm. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.

  • Obviously disappointed. Not discouraged. Bunch of very upset and mad guys. Very mad and upset coaches. Lot of stuff to fix.
  • Anytime you lose you have to grow and learn from it.
  • Offensively, it was too different halves. 1st…moved the ball well. The first half, I thought we moved the ball well…21 points. 2nd half…6 points…no rhythm.
  • Ran ball efficiently.
  • Too many negative plays.
    • 10 plays in our backfield.
    • 7 tackles for loss.
  • Details
    • Route depth and location.
    • Off an inch.
    • Not quick enough to tuck
    • Not accurate with throws.
  • Red Zone Offense has been really good.
  • Like the way some guys competed.
  • Very good yesterday in meetings.
  • Defensively, we played slow.
    • Didn’t tackle as well as we have.
    • Didn’t contest enough balls, which is something we’ve been doing well.
    • Gave up some stuff that we haven’t been.
    • Weren’t disruptive
    • Not good enough technique.
    • They played fast and their tempo was good. We didn’t adjust to that very well throughout the game.
  • On special teams, the blocked punt was a critical mental error. Should never happen.
  • With all that being said, there was 11 minutes remaining in the game and down by four.
    • We got a stop on defense and had an unfortunate penalty that created that drive to extend.
    • That was a critical point in the game. As bad as we were playing, we had a chance to win and do the right things. We have to play the ball better when the ball is in the air or flags will be thrown when you don’t.
  • Come home this week and play a sold out…black out…night game.
  • Excited about the opportunity this week we have in the community and really nation wide with ‘Set The Expectations.’
    • Brenda Tracey, who is very well known and came here in the spring, and met with our football team and met with all the student athletes.
    • James Smith-Williams and another member of our men’s soccer team joined up and did something with our baseball program in the spring. They have now set up to do the same thing with our football team.
    • They will wear a shirt that advocates her cause. I’m very excited and proud of our guys for wanting to be part of a solution to such a big thing nationally, something we can do to help Brenda and her cause and help our world.
  • Ball State has a really good offense.
  • Obviously, I know a lot about the MAC Conference and the skill level.
  • Quarterback is playing at a high level.
    • 70 percent completion rate
    • Over 1,000 yards in three games
    • 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
  • Balanced offense like us. Almost 50-50. A lot of play-action down the field.
  • Tailback is a tough kid who runs downhill.
  • Four returning starters up front…play fast.
  • Over 80 plays a game offensively.
    • Tempo is going to be something we have to be prepared to play against.
  • Over 30 points a game (37 points).
  • Good football game at home. Good opponent.
  • Defensively sound.
    • Athletic
    • All 4 starters in their secondary are back.
    • Free safety that is 6’4″/220. Makes a lot of plays. Leading tackler in the box. Does a lot of things in the boundary.
    • Will linebacker (No. 6 – Thomas) is very athletic.
    • Boundary End does a really nice job on the edge.
  • Coach has been there a few years.
    • Has played a lot of young guys who are now in their 3rd year.

Matt McKay…

  • Certain things he is doing well.
  • Shouldn’t have called RPO’s on 3rd and 1. That’s on us.
    • Shouldn’t even have him thinking of throwing the ball there.
  • Couple of 3rd downs where he threw a good ball and the ball was dropped.
  • There is a lot that goes into him playing better and he needs to play better.
  • Mad at himself at some of the things that he could do better.
  • What is he doing well?
    • Not turning the football over.
    • Getting guys lined up.
    • Managing the clock well.
  • 3rd college game…1st road game in a loud environment.
    • Did he play great? No, he didn’t.
    • Can he play better? Yes, he can.
  • We have to grow.
    • We’ll have to evolve on offense. We have
    • A lot of new parts with C.J. Riley being out.
  • The other 2 QB’s are practicing well. Have to continue to get them better.
    • Everybody in the program that is in the two or three-deep has to get ready to play.

Position Competitions…

  • Makes people have to practice well because they know that the guy behind them is trying to take their job.
  • It allows you to rotate in games when you are having a lot of reps.
    • That depth is only good if it’s competitive. Want those guys to be able to compete in practice and award them with playing time if they earned it.
    • Something this year we’ve been able to do a lot more than others.

Smith-Williams & Boletepeli…

  • Anticipating them being able to play.

WR flexibility and rotation…

  • Tabari Hines’ has been outside at times. He was outside at the game Saturday.
  • Keyon Lesane was banged up. Now we feel like is getting healthier. Adds another piece.
  • Devin Carter and Emeka Emezie probably played too much. We’ve usually had a little bit more of a rotation in the game.

Kishawn Miller listed as starting CB…

  • He’s one of the hardest workers in our program…not just at corner.
  • Consistent. Competes. Knowledgable.
  • Hard-working performance every snap.
  • Great confidence
  • Communicates well.
  • Been through a lot. Proud of what he’s done as far as his work ethic.
  • There are things he’s got to improve on obviously, but he went into the game and competed.

Disappointing Penalties…

  • Jarius Morehead’s hit out of bounds.
    • He can’t do that.
    • No way he can do that as a Senior.
  • Calvin Hart jumping on a guy on the ground. Can’t do that.

Fan’s and Media’s overreactions…

  • Boo Corrigan’s helped me with this, to his credit.
    • He has been very, very helpful to me.
    • All starts with him, then me, then me to my staff, my staff to my players and our strength staff.
  • 7 days ago everyone was loving everybody…now today everybody isn’t.
    • That’s just sports. As the leader of this program I can’t act like that. We just got to get better.
    • We got hit in the mouth, so we got to get better and hit somebody else in the mouth. That’s football. That’s what happens when you don’t play well. We didn’t.
  • You’re 1 day away from somebody loving you or hating you in this business, that’s just how it is. You sign up for that when you decide to be a college coach.

Level of Competition…

  • It’s a factor. West Virginia’s the fastest team we’ve seen in a long time…since the bowl game. Good team speed. Can’t stimulate those things every day.
  • But that’s not why we lost the football game. It’s not. We just didn’t execute.

 

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NC State Puts 2 on PFF’s Week 3 All-ACC Team

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ProFootballFocus has released their Week 3 All-ACC Team, and 2 NC State players were honored, with 1 on the 1st Team, and 1 on the 2nd Team.

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Cary Angeline, NC State

On five targeted passes, Angeline turned those into four receptions for 74 yards including 23 yards after the catch. He scored a touchdown and moved the chains two more times on his receptions as he was a bright spot in NC State’s effort against West Virginia.

Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie was also named to the 2nd Team. Emezie had 12 receptions for 103 yards.

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Kickoff for NC State at Florida State set for 7:30pm

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NC State’s football team will play under the lights two weeks in a row, with the kickoff for the Wolfpack’s conference opener down in Tallahassee being set for 7:30pm.

The Wolfpack are 6-7 in games between 7-8pm under Dave Doeren. Five of those thirteen games have been at home, going 2-3 in those games. Despite the losing record in this time slot, the Wolfpack are 5-1 in this time slot in non-conference games since 2013.

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