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NC State’s Ryan Finley Posts the Best Wonderlic Score



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

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

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

25 Mitchell Brees
13 D’Cota Dixon

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


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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Spectrum Picks Up ACC Network Right Before Launch



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



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



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



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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