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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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Spectrum Picks Up ACC Network Right Before Launch

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This week a huge chunk of ACC nation took a sigh of relief, learning on Wednesday that Spectrum would be carrying the ACC Network, which launches on August 22nd.

A week away from its debut, the ACC Network has been met with plenty of skeptics, but a recent distribution agreement with Charter (Spectrum) should make the launch smoother.

Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) have agreed to a multiyear deal that provides subscribers access to Disney’s streaming services, including Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ (launching on Nov. 12). Fans of Duke, UNC and NC State, through Spectrum TV, will have full access to the upcoming ACC Network, which debuts on Aug. 22.

The new agreement, announced Wednesday, is an expansion of the previous deal between the two companies. Spectrum TV subscribers will continue have access to ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN channels, SEC Network and Longhorn Network.

“Our new agreement with Charter allows us to continue serving Spectrum TV customers with the full value of the Walt Disney Television and ESPN networks, including the newly acquired FX and Nat Geo networks,” Sean Breen, senior vice president of Disney Media Distribution, said.

“ACC fans can also rest assured that they will be able to watch their favorite teams on Spectrum, one of the largest distributors across the ACC footprint, when ACC Network launches next week.” (TBJ)

The Wolfpack’s season opening game against the East Carolina Pirates will air on the ACC Network on August 31st.

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Dave Doeren Awards Scholarship to S William Brown in Front of Family

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren awarded a scholarship to walk-on Safety William Brown in the presence of his teammates, parents, and grandfather last night.

Brown is a 5th year player, pursuing a graduate degree in engineering this year.

“It’s his 5th year here. College graduate in 4, going into grad school in the school of engineering, and has done everything we’ve asked him to do,” said Dave Doeren. “Everything. And in front of his parents, and grandfather, you’re on scholarship.”

Brown graduated in May Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. He is a member of the NC State University Scholars Program.

Doeren awarded a scholarship to walk-on Linebacker Seth Williams on Saturday. 

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247: Dave Doeren Ranked as #4 Coach in ACC

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Stephen Igoe of 247Sports ranked the ACC Football coaches heading into the 2019 season, and NC State head coach Dave Doeren ranked 4th on the list.

Don’t look now, but Doeren has quietly built NC State into a consistent 7-9 win program annually. If not for Clemson being in its own division, the Wolfpack would likely have at least an ACC championship game appearance or two by now. Since going 3-9 in a challenging Year 1 in Raleigh, Doeren has rattled off win totals of eight, seven, seven, nine and nine the last five seasons to run his record at NC State to 43-34. Prior to that, he went 23-4 in two years at Northern Illinois, taking the Huskies to the Orange Bowl. All in all, Doeren is 66-38 as an FBS head coach. That’s very successful. The one knock on Doeren has been his inability to get over the hump in big ACC games the last few seasons. He’s yet to tally a double-digit win season with the ‘Pack, and a few chances to upset Clemson has slipped through the team’s grasp. And he’s just 20-28 in AAC action during his six seasons with NC State. (247)

Here’s the whole list:

1) Dabo Swinney – Clemson
2) Bronco Mendenhall – Virginia
3) Dino Babers – Syracuse
4) Dave Doeren – NC State
5) Mack Brown – UNC
6) David Cutcliffe – Duke
7) Dave Clawson – Wake Forest
8) Justin Fuente – Virginia Tech
9) Scott Satterfield – Louisville
10) Steve Addazio – Boston College
11) Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh
12) Willie Taggart – Florida State
13) Geoff Collins – Georgia Tech
Incomplete: Manny Diaz – Miami

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VIDEO: Payton Wilson’s Trust in God Propelled Him Through Recovery

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Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson came to NC State as the highest ranked member of the 2018 recruiting class. Wilson is one of the highest ranked commits in Wolfpack history, ranked 39th nationally according to 247Sports.

Unfortunately, Wilson re-injured his knee last summer, and had to have a second surgery, missing all of last season. Wilson had every reason to complain over the past two years, but his trust in God throughout the process was unwavering.

Wilson’s video interview from Media Day this past Sunday is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown of what he had to say is BELOW.

  • I’ve always played on both sides of the ball, but am looking forward to perfecting my craft at one position. Linebacker is where my heart is.
  • When Coach Huxtable came to my wrestling matches in high school, it showed he cared about more than the number on the back of my jersey.
  • Really excited and humbled to be back.
  • I guess you could say my luck was pretty bad, but God has a plan for all of us. When I got hurt the second time, I was like, there’s only one thing to do: get back and trust God. Live my life the way He wanted me to. At first I was mad, like ‘Why Me?’, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was taking everything for granted. Football could be gone like that, you know.

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