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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Presser Before Meet the Pack Day (BULLETED)

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media today before Meet the Pack Day. The video is ABOVE, and a Bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

  • Nine practices and one scrimmage in.
  • There’s a lot of really, really good chemistry on this football team.
  • Lot of guys trying to prove themselves right now. So it’s been hungry at practice. It’s been fun.
  • Our secondary right now is playing way above where it was a year ago at this time. Good depth in that group.
  • It’s probably as good a freshman offensive line group as I’ve been apart.
  • Wide Receiver Tabari Hines (Graduate Transfer) is going to be a great addition. He brings something else to the table. Knew how good a player he was because of what he did to us (At Wake Forest). He’s consistent. He competes. He doesn’t get to do it anymore after this year, if he doesn’t have a great season, and for an undersized guy, they got to play out of this world to get another shot. Really hungry. Very, very football smart. He’s learned every position in our offense wide receiver- wise. He can play X, Z and slot. Not everybody can do that.
  • True Freshman Wide Receiver Keyon Lesane has had a really had a good camp.
  • QB evaluation, you start with completion rate, touchdown to interceptions, and then you’re looking at drives: getting first downs, keeping us on the field, creating touchdowns instead of field goals. Also, who’s running the system the way it should, delivering the ball to where it should go.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Matt McKay’s very vocal with his teammates. Wouldn’t say he’s a reserved guy. Reminds me of Jacoby leadership-wise. He’s not going to brag. He’s going to talk more about the guys around him. He says stuff when he needs to say it. He motivates guys in his own way. He’s definitely a servant leader. He’s very confident, but not a cheerleader.
  • One of my favorite things to do is to give a walk-on a scholarship, because they’ve earned it. They come here with a lot of work to do. Not glamorous work. Seth Williams is a guy that has impressed everybody. Had a really good day yesterday. Starting now on a couple special teams. No matter what we asked him to do, he’s going to go do it as hard as he can.
  • Tabari Hines gives us another option at Punt Return with Thayer (Thomas). Thayer’s more confident than he was a year ago. But also Keyon (Lesane) is a guy that’s a dynamic guy back there, and Tabari has game experience doing that. Haven’t figured out who the guy is on Kickoff Return yet, but two of the options are Tabari and Keyon.
  • Freshman Offensive Tackle Zonovan Knight has improved a lot. Very raw, which we expected. Multi-sport guy from a really small school. Weight room was a shock. Came into Fall camp in a much better place than he did going into Spring football. Sprained his ankle, dealing with that right now. Really like how much he’s improved in the short time he’s been here.
  • The players look up to him (Junior Receiver Emeka Emezie). They really do because of how hard he works and how serious it is to him. When he talks, they listen.
  • Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Devin Carter’s having a good camp. Emeka and CJ Riley have worked hard on him in the offseason to get him in there, and he’s improved a lot.
  • Bunch of Linebackers have impressed: Drake Thomas (Freshman), Louis Acceus (Junior), Isaiah Moore (Redshirt Sophomore), Brock Miller (Redshirt Junior), Peyton Wilson (Redshirt Freshman) and CJ Hart (RS Freshman) are playing good. Our speed at that positions the best we’ve had across the board.
    • CJ has improved a ton. Has played Will and Mike. Able to handle a lot mentally.
    • It’s great seeing Peyton Wilson on the field right now. He’s a very, very good football player. Trying to knock the rust off and learn all the things that go into playing in our system. He’s making a lot of plays.
  • Freshman Running Back Jordan Houston has bounced back. Had a good scrimmage. Definitely gonna be a guy that can help us.
  • Freshman Running Back Delbert Mimms is getting better.
  • Freshman Running Back Zonovan Knight didn’t really start camp well, but has picked it back up. Good scrimmage yesterday.
  • It’s going to be a deal by committee probably for a while with them being so young. Even Trent (Pennix) and Ricky (Person) are young. It’s nice having that depth.
  • I think the first thing for NC State to be a good NC State is to not beat NC State, you know, and that’s something I really, really believe in.
  • There’s going to be combat penalties where you’re straining and you hold a guy and they call it. That’s going to happen in football. The ones you can’t have are the pre-snap mental things and the post-snap emotional things. We did not do well in that area yesterday in our scrimmage. We had way too many. So an area we got to get better.
  • It’s a good competition right now between Redshirt Sophomore Trent Gill and Redshirt Sophomore Mackenzie Morgan at Punter. Two really good options. Excited about both of them to be honest with you. Got to see where it goes.
    • Trent has done a great job in camp with kickoff too. Hit three yesterday that were 7, 8, 9 yards deep in the end zone.

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Emeka Emezie Becomes the 20th Player in NC State History with 100 Career Receptions

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Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie didn’t have the day that he would have liked yesterday, finishing with 2 receptions for 22 yards, with quite a few drops, but it was enough for him to cross century mark in receptions for his career.

Emezie is only the 20th player in NC State history with 100+ career receptions, sitting at 101.

Rk . Name, Game, Year
1. Jaylen Samuels, 2014-2017, 202
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03, 200
3. Torry Holt, 1995-98, 191
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18, 177
5. Jakobi Meyers, 2016-18, 168
6. Eddie Goines, 1991-94, 147
7. Bryan Peterson, 1999-02, 139
8. Jarvis Williams, 2007-10, 133
9. Nasrallah Worthen, 1984-88, 131
10. Owen Spencer, 2007-10, 126
George Bryan, 2008-11, 126
12. Tramain Hall, 2002-05, 125
13. Chris Coleman, 1996-99, 122
14. Mike Quick, 1978-81, 116
15. Ray Robinson, 1998-01, 113
16. Haywood Jeffires, 1983-86, 111
17. Koren Robinson, 1999-00, 110
18. Jimmy Grissett, 1993-96, 107
19. Don Buckey, 1972-75, 102
20. Emeka Emezie, 2017-PRES, 101

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NC State 24 Boston College 45: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State fell to 4-3 today after a 45-24 loss to Boston College on the road. Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel & Condensed Game.

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Dave Doeren Meets with the Press After BC Loss: BULLETED

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media after the Wolfpack’s 45-24 loss to Boston College this afternoon. You can watch the video here, or read the bulleted breakdown below.

Failing to stop the run…

  • Don’t know where to start.
    • Didn’t tackle well.
    • Didn’t set edges.
    • Didn’t play low enough.
    • Didn’t have good enough technique.
  • Pushed around at times.
  • Their running backs ran through contact.
  • Bottom line: they did a better job.

Devin Leary…

  • Felt like Bailey Hockman was a little bit shook.
    • Could be wrong on that, but that’s how I felt.
  • Devin Leary went in and looked calm and we wanted to give him a shot.
    • He seemed level. Wasn’t pressing and was just playing.
  • Valuable reps for him to get out there and see what he can do.

Injuries…

  • There’s 11 guys that were in our 2-deep when the season started that aren’t playing right now.
    • Makes it hard for chemistry on either side of the ball.
    • There’s a lot of guys not playing. Not an excuse.
  • The guys out there have to take advantage of the opportunity to play better.
  • Have to do everything¬†schematically to give them opportunities to make plays.

Red zone efficiency…

  • It’s everything.
  • Ran a timing route for Thayer Thomas early in the game.
    • He was open and Bailey Hockman threw it over his head. Would have been a touchdown.
  • We got stopped 2x down there on an inside rush off the edge.
    • Last year, Reggie Gallaspy could’ve ran threw that probably. Freshman Running Backs not there yet.
  • Went with Matt McKay to see if he could get us some QB run game going. Didn’t get us in the end zone.
  • There’s a lot of things we’ve got to look at. It’s infinite right now.

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Boston College 45 NC State 24: BOX SCORE

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NC State embarrassed themselves up in Chestnut Hill today, losing to Boston College 45-24 on the road. Below is the Box Score.

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