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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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NC State’s Chris Ingram Cited for Discharging a Weapon Within City Limits

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NC State Junior Cornerback Chris Ingram was cited earlier this week for discharging a weapon within city limits, when his rifle accidentally fired in his apartment on Sunday night.

Fortunately the apartment next door was unoccupied, because the bullet did go through the wall.

As you can see in the video below, the rifle was no pellet gun.

Ingram only played in 6 games in 2019, suffering a season ending injury, but has been a starter the past two seasons.

NC State’s football program hasn’t responded to this incident.

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UPDATED: NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson Arrested Early this Morning

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UPDATED: In quoting the N&O article below, which states that the fraudulent ID that Wilson used was his brother’s, I connected that to Thayer Thomas, who isn’t even his brother in a moment of confusion on my part.. I apologize to Thayer and his family for making that assumption. It has since been redacted. 


UPDATED: According tothe News & Observer, Wilson was consuming alcohol, which isn’t shocking considering he was charged for having a fake ID. Apparently Payton fled into traffic, was hit by a car, then proceeded to hide under another. 

NC State Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson was arrested early this morning around 2am for possession of a fake ID, injury to personal property, and resisting a police officer.

Apparently this took place at 500 Glenwood Ave., which would either be Carolina Ale House or Vidrio.

NC State’s football program has yet to respond to the situation.

Wilson led the Wolfpack in tackles in his first year (69), becoming the first Freshman to do so since Jesse Campbell did so in 1988.

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Former NC State All-American Vaughan Johnson Passes Away at 57

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Vaughan Johnson, one of the best players to ever play the Linebacker position at NC State, sadly passed away on Thursday at the age of 57.

Johnson is 1 of 24 Wolfpack players in school history to earn 1st Team All-American honors (1983).

The native of Morehead City, North Carolina, played in Raleigh from 1980-83, starting his final two years, leading NC State in tackles as a Junior (167) and as a Senior (144).

The 6’3″, 230 pound linebacker was a scary sight for offensive players.

Johnson’s 384 career tackles rank 6th all-time in school history, and his 167 tackles in 1982 are tied for the 4th most in a single-season.

He went on to be one of the best NFL players in NC State history, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 4 consecutive seasons from 1989-92 with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson earned 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 1989.

Vaughan’s 669 career tackles in the NFL rank 4th by a former Wolfpacker.

He was inducted to the Saints Hall of Fame in 2000.

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NC State Football Finishes Ranked 78th in Final 2019 PFF Rankings

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ProFootballFocus has released their final team rankings for the 2019 football season, and NC State ended the year ranked 78th.

NC State finished ranked 2nd to last in the ACC according to ProFootballFocus’ rankings.

ACC Teams in Final 2019 PFF Rankings 

1) Clemson
28) Virginia
30) Virginia Tech
31) Pittsburgh
39) Florida State
42) Wake Forest
43) Miami
46) UNC
47) Boston College
53) Louisville
55) Syracuse
63) Duke
78) NC State
100) Georgia Tech

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