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

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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 ESPN.com’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 D2Football.com 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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NC State’s Ryan Finley Posts the Best Wonderlic Score

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NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley will hear his name called in the NFL Draft this week, which begins on Thursday.

I think it’s been common knowledge that Finley is smart.

My man’s not simply smart.

He’s the smartest man in the draft according to the Wonderlic test.

Finley scored a 43, which wasn’t simply the highest score amongst quarterbacks, but overall as well as far as we can see.

Defensive Line
39 Chase Allen
36 Zach Allen
31 Khalen Saunders
31 Jerry Tillery
31 John Cominsky
23 Trysten Hill
23 Joey Bosa
20 Ed Oliver
20 Dre’Mont Jones
19 Christian Wilkins
18 Jaylon Ferguson
17 Dexter Lawrence
14 Jeffery Simmons
13 Olive Sagapolu
11 Quinnen Williams
11 Gerald Willis
9 Rashan Gary

Linebacker
33 Ryan Connelly
31 Chase Winovich
30 Justin Hollins
27 Jordan Brailford
22 Brian Burns
21 Rickey Neal
21 Andy Van Ginkel
21 Clelin Ferrell
20 T.J. Edwards
19 Montez Sweat (re-test; scored 14 the first time)
18 James Nachtigal
17 Jachai Polite
15 Josh Allen

Offensive Line
42 Nick Alligretti
39 Jonah Williams
38 Dru Samia
35 Garrett Bradbury
34 Chuma Edoga
31 Max Scharping
29 Chris Lindstrom
28 Beau Benzschawel
28 Nate Trewyn
27 Oli Udoh
26 Erik McCoy
26 Ross Pierschbacher
26 Sepesitiano Pupungatoa​​​​​​
25 Kaleb McGary
24 Michael Deiter
22 Bobby Evans
21 Nate Davis​​​​​​
20 Jawaan Taylor
20 Greg Little
19 Elgton Jenkins
19 Colin Conner
18 Micah Kapoi

Quarterback
43 Ryan Finley (re-test; scored 28 the first time)
42 Gardner Minshew
37 Daniel Jones
32 Easton Stick
32 Clayton Thorson
31 Trace McSorley
30 Will Grier
28 Brett Rypien
27 Jarrett Stidham
26 Drew Lock
25 Tyree Jackson
25 Dwayne Haskins
22 Sean McGuire
20 Kyler Murray

Running Back
34 Alec Ingold (re-test; scored 32 the first time)
30 Justice Hill
25 Damien Harris
22 Bryce Love
21 Qadree Ollison
20 Josh Jacobs
18 Sam Seonbuchner​​​​​​
14 Chris James
12 Darrell Henderson

Safety
25 Mitchell Brees
13 D’Cota Dixon

Specialist
31 Spenser Thompson-Meyers
26 Emmit Carpenter
24 Casey Bednarski

Tight End
39 Zander Neuville
38 Dawson Knox
33 Drew Sample
25 Noah Fant
22 T.J. Hockenson
21 Irv Smith
16 Trevon Wesco
15 Kahale Warring

Wide Receiver
29 JJ. .Arcega-Whiteside
27 Hakeem Butler
26 Miles Boykin
24 N’Keal Harry
21 Marquise Brown
18 A.J. Brown
17 D.K. Metcalf
11 Preston Williams
9 Riley Ridley

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Here’s Wikipedia’s working definition of the Wonderlic:

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. The Wonderlic is available in 12 different languages and is often used in college, entry level jobs, and team-making efforts. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.

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New Belgium Releasing “Old Tuffy” Beer in Partnership with NC State

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New Belgium Brewing is going to be releasing a “Old Tuffy” beer in partnership with NC State.

New Belgium Adding Old Tuffy 19.2oz Cans For NC State

The beer will be 4.7% ABV, and will be sold in 19.2oz cans, 12oz cans, and kegs.

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Dave Doeren & TJ Warren Sound the Siren…Hurricanes Tie Series, Topping Caps 2-1

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I’m starting to think there is a pattern here.

On Monday night the Carolina Hurricanes were in desperate need for some luck. They were down 2 games in the 1st round of the NHL Playoffs to the Washington Capitals.

Who do you call when you need a win?

A winner.

NC State Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts sounded the siren on Monday night in PNC Arena for the Hurricanes.

Result: Hurricanes 5 Capitals 0

Last night, the Hurricanes experimented to see if the NC State–>Hurricanes connection would work once again.

This time they doubled down, calling upon Wolfpack head football coach Dave Doeren and former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren to sound the siren.

Dave Doeren (cameo: Assistant Football Coach Aaron Henry)

Side Note: How can you not love Aaron Henry?

TJ Warren

Result: Hurricanes 2 Capitals 1

The series is now dead even at two games apiece.

The data has been collected, and the results are in.

NC State is functioning as the Hurricane’s rally cap.

Game 5 is Saturday in Washington, and then Game 6 will be back in Raleigh in PNC Arena on Monday night.

There is really only one thing to be done at this point.

A double bill of NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow and Wolfpack legend David Thompson.

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NC House Passes Bill to Let UNC System Schools Sell Alcohol at Athletic Events

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House Bill 389 was approved by the North Carolina House of Representatives yesterday, which would allow beer and wine to be sold athletic events at UNC System Schools.

That means we are one step closer to alcohol being sold in Carter-Finley Stadium, PNC Arena and Doak Field.

The bill has now been passed on to the North Carolina Senate for consideration.

The bill proposed by NC House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) and NC Senate Majority Whip Rick Gunn (R-Alamance) has the support of 14 of the 15 UNC System Schools, including NC State.

Duke and Wake Forest, which are private universities, already sell alcohol at sporting events. Duke only sells it in restricted areas, whereas Wake Forest has moved to also selling it in the open area. In the ACC, Louisville, Miami and Syracuse sell it in the open area as well.

Statistics show when schools allow the sale of alcohol the number of alcohol related incidents dramatically drop. After allowing alcohol sales in 2011, West Virginia University saw a 35% decrease in such incidents. The Ohio State University saw a similar decrease in 2016 – while also generating $1.2 million in sales that year.

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