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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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NC STATE ANNOUNCES 2020 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS

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RALEIGH, NC — An Olympic gold medalist, a No. 1 NFL Draft pick and four of the top performers in the first 50 years of the Atlantic Coast Conference highlight the 2020 class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with a barrier-breaking athlete who changed the course of competition for both his school and conference.

The six-member class is the sixth overall since the establishment of the Hall of Fame in 2012 and will be inducted at a gala in Reynolds Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

“The 2020 Hall of Fame class is made up of remarkable athletes who not only made significant contributions to their sports, but also had a historical impact on our campus and in the community,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “We look forward to celebrating and honoring their achievements at the induction gala next year.”

Irwin Holmes was a varsity tennis player during his college days under head coach John Kenfield Jr., but that’s not what made him special. As one of the school’s first four African American undergraduate students in the fall of 1956, the native of Durham, North Carolina, helped fully integrate the institution.

In 1957, he and Manuel Crockett became the first black athletes to participate in an ACC-sponsored event during a freshman indoor track meet against North Carolina. Holmes later joined the tennis team as a three-year varsity player. In 1960, he became the first African American captain of a varsity sport at an ACC school and the school’s first black graduate, when he received his degree in electrical engineering. He retired after a long career at RCA, IBM and other pioneering electronics companies. NC State dedicated Holmes Hall, previously known as the University College Commons, in his honor during Homecoming 2018.


Mario Williams, the first player in ACC history to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, was a dominating force for Chuck Amato’s Wolfpack defense from 2003-05. He set school records for single-game, single-season and career sacks and tackles for loss and is still the school leader in three of those categories. A two-time All-ACC performer, Freshman All-American and then first-team All-American, the Richlands, North Carolina native, was a key reason the Wolfpack led the nation in total defense in 2004. 

After being drafted by the Houston Texans, Williams went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro while playing for the Texans, Bills and Dolphins. He set a Buffalo Bills franchise record with 4.5 sacks in a game. In his eight-year NFL career, he recorded 97.5 sacks.

One of the most decorated players in the history of NC State men’s soccer, Henry Gutierrez led the Wolfpack to the Final Four and the ACC Tournament title in 1990, while being named tournament MVP. The three-time All-American still ranks fifth in school history in points (114), seventh in goals (41) and fourth in assists (32). He was named to the ACC’s 50thanniversary team.

The Hoboken, New Jersey native, who grew up in Miami, was twice named ACC Player of the Year – one of only five players in conference history to win the honor multiple times.

He earned one cap as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, but played 87 games with the MLS Miami Fusion. He currently lives in the Triangle and is a coach for the North Carolina FC Academy.

Considered the nation’s top defender during her collegiate career, Thori Staples Bryan led the Wolfpack to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 19 wins. The only four-time All-ACC performer in program history, she was named Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992, and the North Carolina Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. 

A member of the ACC 50thAnniversary Team, Staples played for the U.S. National Team from 1992-99, for the 1995 FIFA World Cup team, and was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.  She played for WUSA’s San Jose CyberRays from 2001-04 and helped her team win the league title in 2001. Following her successful playing career, she now operates the Thori Bryan Soccer Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

John Sadri’s collegiate career may be best remembered for a single match, but his career performance is one of the best in the history of the NC State men’s tennis program. A two-time ITA All-American (1977, ’78), Sadri won two ACC singles titles and two ACC doubles titles – all at No. 1 in the lineup. He still owns the top singles and doubles winning percentages in school history (.860 and .849 respectively) and led the Wolfpack to the 1978 ACC team title. 

But it was a match he lost that remains legendary in college tennis. At the 1978 NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia, Sadri competed against a freshman from Stanford named John McEnroe in what is still considered one of the top amateur matches ever played. Only one point separated the two players after five sets (144-143). 

Sadri reached as high as No. 14 in the world professional tennis rankings in 1980 and went on to win two professional singles and two professional doubles titles. He was the runner-up in singles at the 1979 Australian Open and finished second twice in doubles at that event. He was also named to the ACC’s 50thAnniversary Team. A retired teaching professional, Sadri lives in his hometown of Charlotte.

David Fox is among the most prolific performers in the storied history of NC State Swimming.  He won championships at every level during his career, as a seven-time ACC champion, an NCAA champion and an Olympic gold medalist. The three-time All America selection (1990, ’91, ’93) was named ACC Swimmer of the Year in 1993 after winning the national title in the 50 freestyle and was twice named ACC meet MVP (1991, ’93).

Another member of the ACC’s 50thAnniversary team, Fox won gold at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the 4×100 freestyle relay team. He held the NC State record in the 100 freestyle for 19 years before it was broken in 2012. . A member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (2016), Fox resides in Atlanta where he works as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.

Tickets for the 2020 Hall of Fame event will go on sale at a later date. Stay tuned to GoPack.comfor more information.


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Sporting News 2019 Bowl Projection for NC State

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Sporting News released their early 2019 College Football Bowl Projections this morning, and they project that NC State will play Purdue in the Quick Lane Bowl.

The Quick Lane Bowl began in 2014, and is played at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions. It annually features a matchup between a Big Ten team against an ACC or Mid-American Conference team.

Sporting News ACC Bowl Projections

  • Quick Lane Bowl – NC State vs. Purdue
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Boston College vs. Arizona State
  • Walk-On’s Independence Bowl – Wake Forest vs. South Carolina
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State
  • Military Bowl Presented by Northrup Grumman – UNC vs. Army
  • Camping World Bowl – Pittsburgh vs. Oklahoma State
  • Belk Bowl – Florida State vs. Ole Miss
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl – Miami vs. Washington State
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Virginia vs. Kentucky
  • Capital One Orange Bowl – Syracuse vs. Florida
  • PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) – Clemson vs. Texas (SN)

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Athlon Names 8 NC State Players to Preseason 2019 All-ACC Football Teams

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Athlon released their early 2019 Preseason All-ACC Football teams today, and 8 NC State players were included.

  • 2nd Team – Safety – Jarius Morehead
  • 2nd Team – Place Kicker – Chris Dunn
  • 3rd Team – Offensive Line – Joshua Fedd-Jackson
  • 3rd Team – Defensive Line – James Smith-Williams
  • 4th Team – Running Back – Ricky Person
  • 4th Team – Wide Receiver – Emeka Emezie
  • 4th Team – Offensive Line – Justin Witt
  • 4th Team – Defensive Line – Alim McNeil

Team Totals

Clemson – 14

Syracuse – 11

Miami – 9

Virginia – 9

Virginia Tech – 9

NC State – 8

Florida State – 8

Wake Forest – 7

Boston College – 6

Louisville – 6

UNC – 6

Pitt – 6

Duke – 5

Georgia Tech – 4

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NC State Football: Early Season Game Times Announced

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The ACC announced the early season football game times today. Here’s a run down of NC State’s.

  • Game 1: August 31st: East Carolina: Noon (ACC Network)
  • Game 2: September 7th: Western Carolina: 12:30pm (RSN)
  • Game 6: October 10th (Thursday): Syracuse: 8pm (ESPN)
  • Game 11: November 21st (Thursday): @ Georgia Tech: 8pm (ESPN)

Five of NC State’s last seven home games have kicked off at 1pm or before, and their 1st two games once again in 2018 follow suit.

Honestly, I was hoping the existence of the ACC Network would eliminate some of the ridiculousness, but if Week 1 is any indication, I guess not.

Also, the Wolfpack were hoping to get their matchup against Western Carolina on a Friday night game on ACC Extra, but nothing doing.

With that being said, two Thursday night games on ESPN is dope.

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