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NC State vs. West Virginia Kickoff Set for Noon…

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Yes…you read the headline right.

Another game on the 2019 NC State football schedule is set to kickoff before 1pm.

With this news, NC State’s first three games of the 2019 season will kickoff before 1pm.

  • Game 1: August 31st: East Carolina: Noon (ACC Network)
  • Game 2: September 7th: Western Carolina: 12:30pm (RSN)
  • Game 3: September 14th: @ West Virginia: Noon (FS1)

Five of NC State’s last seven home games have kicked off at 1pm or before, and their 1st two home games once again in 2019 follow suit.

As Dave Doeren once said in reference to Noon kickoffs:

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, fans just need to get up and do what they do earlier.”

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Payton Wilson is the 1st Freshman to Lead NC State in Tackles Since 1988

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Redshirt Freshman Payton Wilson led NC State in tackles in 2019, with 69 total tackles and 5 tackles for loss.

According to my best reading of the Media Guide, Wilson is the first Freshman to lead the Wolfpack in tackles since Jesse Campbell did so in 1988.

Also, if my research is correct, since tackles began being recorded in 1977, Wilson is only the 2nd player in NC State history to lead the Pack in tackles in his first year on the field.

What makes this even MORE IMPRESSIVE, is the fact that Wilson only started ONE game this season.

 

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NC State Promotes Tony Gibson to Defensive Coordinator

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NC State fired Dave Huxtable on Monday after serving as the Defensive Coordinator for the Wolfpack the past 6 years, and Head Coach Dave Doeren promoted Tony Gibson to take his place today. He will also serve as the Linebackers coach as Huxtable did.

“I look forward to building our defense with Tony Gibson as the leader,” said Doeren. “He has a strong vision for what we need to do on defense and his knowledge of our personnel and recruits will help us design the structure of our defense around our talent.” (GoPack)

Gibson served as the Co-Defensive Coordinator this year in Raleigh, and also coached the Safeties. He was influential in the institution of the 3-3-5 defense, and is much more familiar with running it.

Prior to arriving in Raleigh, Gibson served as the Defensive Coordinator at West Virginia from 2014-18.

In 2016, Gibson was named the Big 12 Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Athon as his defense led the Big 12 in scoring defense and total defense.

In 2015, the Mountaineer defense ranked second nationally in interceptions, fifth in turnovers gained and 11thin 3rddown defense ,while leading the Big 12 in rushing defense, INTs and ranking second in the league in scoring defense and total defense.

Known for reopening the “Pittsburgh Pipeline” while recruiting for WVU, Gibson spent a year as the assistant head coach at Arizona (2012) and spent the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Pitt, where he mentored two All-Big East performers and recruited the nation’s top running back.

From 2008-10, he was the assistant head coach and safeties coach at Michigan, where he recruited and signed eventual Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson.

From 2001-07 he coached defensive backs on the WVU staff that posted a 58-14 record and advanced to two BCS bowl games. The Mountaineers won or shared four Big East titles during his first stint.

Gibson recruited 32 players on the 2005 team that won the Big East title and the Sugar Bowl and 40 players on the 2007 Big East Champ/Fiesta Bowl Championship team.

Gibson began his career at Glenville State in 1996, coaching defensive backs and the kickoff teams.

In 1997 and ’98, Gibson worked at Cumberland (Tenn.) University, coordinating the program’s special teams and recruitment in addition to mentoring the team’s defensive backs. His career then carried him to West Virginia Tech, where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator (1999-2000).

Gibson graduated from Glenville State in 1994. He was a defensive back from 1991-94 and was a part of two WVIAC championship teams.

The Van, West Virginia, native began his coaching career at Gilmer County High School in Glenville, West Virginia, in 1995, where he was head coach and interim athletic director.

He and his wife, Kerry, have two children, son Cody, who is a member of the Illinois football coaching staff and daughter, Ashton.

Year by Year Coaching History
Year Position School

2018 – Co-Def. Coor. & Safeties – NC State
2016 – 2017 – Assoc. Head coach/Def. Coor. /LB – West Virginia
2014 – 15 – Def. Coor./LB – West Virginia
2013 – Safeties – West Virginia
2012 – Asst. Head coach/Safeties/Def. Special Teams – Arizona
2011 – Secondary/Pass Game Coor. –  Pitt
2008 -10 –  Asst. Head coach/DB/Special Teams – Michigan
2001 – 07 – DB  – West Virginia
1999 – 00 – Def. Coor. – West Virginia Tech
1997 – 98 – DB/Special Teams – Cumberland Univ.
1996 – DB – Glenville State (Link)

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Punter Trenton Gill Breaks NC State Single-Season Record

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Redshirt Sophomore Trenton Gill was a walk-on before the season began, and was encouraged to earn a scholarship in Fall Camp prior to the 1st game.

He walked off the field after the last game of the season as the 2019 ACC leader in Average Yards per Punt (47.6), and the new single-season record holder at NC State, breaking Johnny Evans record set back in 1975.

2019 ACC Punt Leaders

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Gill is the new record holder with a booming average of 47.6.

Gill is the 7th Wolfpack punter to lead the ACC in average yard per punt.

In my opinion, it was a crime that Gill earned 3rd-Team All-ACC honors, but from Walk-On to any All-ACC honors of any kind is an amazing story.

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Could Jake Bentley Transfer to NC State?

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South Carolina Quarterback Jake Bentley announced yesterday that he would be transferring from South Carolina.

Bentley got his career started as a True Freshman, and played extremely well against NC State as a Sophomore, when the Gamecocks beat the Wolfpack 35-28. In that game in 2017, Bentley was 17 of 29 for 215 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 interception).

In the first game of this year, Bentley suffered a season ending foot injury. Since he has yet to use a redshirt year, Bentley is able to be a Graduate Transfer, playing somewhere immediately in 2020.

Ironically, NC State’s current Quarterbacks Coach Kurt Roper served in that position in South Carolina for Bentley’s first two seasons, including the defeat of the Wolfpack.

NC State just wrapped up a 4-8 season, and one of the biggest flaws of this years squad was poor play at the Quarterback position. Matt McKay started the year, and has since transferred. Bailey Hockman had his chance, and was benched. Devin Leary was given the reins, but by no means showed that he was a guarantee to turning the ship around in 2020, and the ship has to be turned in a quick manner.

Could NC State be where Bentley lands?

247Sports lists the Wolfpack as 1 of 6 schools that could snag Bentley.

 

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