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.
Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU
Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.
Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.
Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.
— Justin Chase (@justinchase_73) April 11, 2020
Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.
NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees
Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.
Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.
“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”
“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)
2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5
After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.
Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.
According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.
Boston College: -1
Georgia Tech: –
NC State: +0.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1
NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue
FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.
1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)
The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.
Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)
Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.