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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After Day 1



Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media after the NC State football teams first day of Fall Camp. The video is ABOVE, and a breakdown of what he had to say is BELOW.

Good energy today. You see the guys who have experience playing like you expect them to. A lot of young guys. Sloppy in some areas. When you have 11 Seniors, you’re going to have that. There was good attitude and effort. There’s a lot of film to watch. Excited to get in and see it. We will try each day to pull some of these mistakes off of the film.

On making a choice at Quarterback…

Until they show me, I’m not going to say anything. I’m not going to rush it. I’m not going to hide it. When I know, I’ll tell you guys.

Matt’s comfortable. He was comfortable last year. Bailey looked like he’s made some strides since the Spring. Devin, same way he was. Lot’s of reps we need to get.

On Joe Sculthorpe possibly being the starting Center…

Joe Sculthorpe isn’t set as the starting Center. We’re going to see who our best 5 are. Whether it’s with Joe at Center, or him at Guard with Grant Gibson at Center.  That will play itself out. Joe’s an experienced guy. I know he looked up to Garrett. If he ends up being our Center, he’d take a lot of pride in playing that role.

On having a young roster…

It’s a youthful roster filled with really good football players in those freshman/sophomore classes. We need some 18 year olds to play like they’re 20 this year.

This was the first time I’ve really seen Jordan Houston do anything since he’s been here, because he wasn’t here in the Spring, and he’s a really gifted guy.

Everyone wants to better than we were last year as a football team, but whoever plays quarterback isn’t going to be Ryan Finley as a 6th year Senior. You can’t duplicate that in your first year as a starter. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have a really successful season. We just need improvement on a daily basis, and when you have talent, you can do that. The end product ends up being something you’re proud of.

On the status of the Defensive Line…

I’m very excited for Larrell Murchison and James Smith-Williams, our two Seniors, Deonte Holden, when he gets back. Larrell and James have put themselves in a position if they have a productive season, to be just like those guys, and have opportunities. They are going to test well. They run well. They’re strong. It’s about putting together a body of work that will help you out down the road.

I think that Xavier Lyas and Joseph Boletepeli are probably our two most improved defensive linemen.

On this time of year…

This time of year is kind of like Christmas because you get to open your gifts. I can’t coach during the summer very much. You can’t put pads on. Today’s really not the day. It’s when you put pads on that you really can evaluate. It’s just fun to be back on the grass with the guys. You don’t sign up to be a coach to sit behind a desk.

On the ACC Network…

I’m just hoping the financial things that come with the ACC Network are what we’ve heard from the Commissioner. We expect it to be successful. An influx of income should be very helpful, for us facility wise, and some other stuff we can do. It comes at a good time, as you know, a lot of these other leagues are getting a lot more from their networks. Been able to do the Indoor Facility and redo our Training Room through private gifts, but all of a sudden, you start getting 10 million more dollars, you can do some things without asking, and that helps a lot.

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VIDEO: NC State WR CJ Riley is Ready to Fill Big Shoes



Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver C.J. Riley has some big shoes to fill in 2019, but after catching up with him at NC State’s 2019 Media Day, he believes he is more than up for the task.

  • We sat down with Coach McDonald, and our goal is to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year, with me, Emeka (Emezie) and Thayer (Thomas). We’re working to do better than they did last year (Two 1,000-yard receivers in Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers).
  • We just want to prove people wrong, and show them we can do things they didn’t think we could do.
  • I learned a lot from their (Harmon and Meyers) work ethic. How they carried themselves off the field. They came in every day like it was gameday. Staying after practice catching balls. Watching extra film.
  • Emeka and I have a goofy relationship. We love each other, and hate each other sometimes. We argue. We’re competitive. It’s the best of both worlds. We’re happy for each other when they succeed. It’s a great relationship.
  • I need to make more consistent plays down the field in 2019. Show that I can run past defenders and make the deep ball plays.
  • Freshman Keyon Lesane has done a great job thus far in camp. He has shown he can play on the field on Saturdays. He has a hot head, and won’t back down from anyone.
  • Redshirt Junior Eric Collins is showing up a lot more. Catching the ball and being a more consistent ball player.
  • Graduate Senior Tabari fits well. He’s played in the ACC before, and knows how it goes. Having his experience come into the room is going to be a big help.

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Carter-Finley Beer Selection Update



Earlier this week it was made official. NC State will be selling beer in Carter-Finley Stadium this season.

According to CBSSports Senior NFL Writer, and Triangle Beer Aficionado, his sources tell him that Coors Light, New Belgium’s Old Tuffy, and Trophy’s Cloud Surfer IPA will be available for purchase.

According to his first report, Corona and White Claw were also going to be a part of the package, but that is up in the air at this point.

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NC State Lands 6 on ESPN’s All-Time All-ACC Football Teams



Prior to the launch of the ACC Network last night, ESPN released their All-Time All-ACC Football teams, and NC State placed 2 players on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.

1st Team

Running Back – Ted Brown

Records are made to be broken, yet Brown still holds the ACC’s all-time career rushing yard record of 4,602, set between 1975 and ’78, a truly astounding accomplishment when you consider that every other major ACC offensive record has been reset since then. A 2013 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Brown was the first player in league history to earn first-team All-ACC distinction all four years and was a consensus All-American in 1978. His 27 100-yard games rank No. 1 in ACC history, and his 49 career rushing touchdowns rank No. 3. (ESPN)

Offensive Guard – Jim Ritcher

Ritcher was twice a consensus All-American at NC State and became the first center to win the Outland Trophy as the top interior linemen in college football in 1979, when the Wolfpack captured the ACC championship. He helped open many of the holes Ted Brown ran through on his way to an ACC-record 4,602 rushing yards. Ritcher, a College Football Hall of Fame selection, moved to center in the NFL, where he played 16 seasons. (ESPN)

2nd Team 

Wide Receiver – Torry Holt
Defensive End – Mario Williams

3rd Team 

Center – Garrett Bradbury
Defensive End – Bradley Chubb

You may have noticed that a very important name wasn’t listed above. That’s right, former Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t make any of the three All-ACC teams.


Rivers still holds the record for the most passing yards in conference history (13,484), and ranks 2nd in passing yards per game (275.2) and career touchdown passes (95).

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5 NC State Seniors Named to Senior Bowl Watch List



Five NC State Seniors were named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Preseason Watch List on Wednesday: Nickel Stephen Griffin, Cornerback Nick McCloud, Safety Jarius Morehead, Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison, and Defensive End James Smith-Williams.

The Wolfpack is tied for the 2nd most players on the Watch List in the ACC.

Syracuse – 6
NC State – 5
Miami – 5
Wake Forest – 5
Clemson – 4
Florida State – 4
North Carolina – 4
Virginia – 3
Virginia Tech – 1
Duke – 1
Georgia Tech – 1
Louisville – 1
Pittsburgh – 1



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