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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Talks to Media for Last Time Before ECU Game (BULLETED)



NC State head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media one last time yesterday before tomorrow’s season opener against East Carolina at home tomorrow. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

How do you balance the tension of physical football and not getting hurt in camp?

  • Scrimmage earlier. Lot’s of tackling earlier. More situational closer to game, with less pileups.
  • As you get closer, have to be really careful.
  • We practice full speed. Lots of contact, but minimal bodies on the ground is the goal.

How ready do you feel your team is?

  • Lots of unknowns.
  • Excited to see guys play.
  • Need to see who handles the game the right way, who needs to get better.
  • See stuff in games you don’t see in practice.
  • Roster full of guys that know our culture & expectations, and were recruited into our systems, there’s comfort in that.

Preparing young guys for gameday…

  • I told them to enjoy it. That’s why we work so hard. That’s one of the things that makes NC State and Carter-Finley so special.
  • Don’t let it get to their head. Have to be able to let that go. Run through the tunnel, enjoy the atmosphere, and then focus. Get the call, whatever it may be, lock in on your keys, and go through our progression of playing the game.

Bam Knight…

  • Top-end speed running back.
  • Learned our offense.
  • Needs to play a game now too.
  • Not thinking as much as he was.
  • Having a little success will help him confidence-wise.

Versatility of Running Backs…

  • Don’t really know which direction it’s going to go.
  • We have some confidence in the 2 returners in Ricky Person and Trent Pennix
  • We have a lot of excitement with Jordan Houston and Zonovan because of playmaking ability.
    • Got to get those guys in the game and see how they react. Some plays for these guys where you’ll see multiple guys in the game.
    • Going to have an opportunity to evaluate them.

Game prep for Holton Ahlers…

  • Left-handed quarterback.
  • Wxpect to see a lot of movement stuff to go to our right.
  • He’s competitive.
  • Told staff and team how much I respect him as a competitor.
  • Face of their program now.

ECU’s approach…

  • With a new staff, even though we’ve played them, there’s new personnel for them to coach.
  • Whether they’re going to use Ahlers as a true runner a lot, or whether it’s just going to be here and there, short-yardage, and red zone, we’ll have to feel out what they want to do.
  • Expect the James Madison system.
    • How much true QB-run game or read game that goes along with it or RPO gaming?

Emphasis on not missing tackles…

  • Two things that you’ll see from a back-end standpoint everyday:
    • Tackling fundamentals.
    • Taking the ball away
  • A good tackling defense eliminates a lot of big plays, and that’s something we take a lot of pride in.

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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After WVU: BULLETED



Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State’s 44-27 loss to West Virginia yesterday. You can watch the video here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

  • 1st half did some good things offensively.
  • 2nd half couldn’t stop edges of their run game.
  • Give them credit. Did a lot of different things than we’d seen.
  • Adjusted, but didn’t do a good job getting players to understand adjustments.
  • Coaches have to own the loss first and foremost. Players have to be able to take the coaching.
  • Not ourselves.
  • Blocked punt a major mistake on mental error. Catchup from that point, & weren’t throwing ball well enough for that.
  • 5 of 17 on third down.
  • When you give up 200 yards rushing it’s hard to win.
  • We won’t let this game define us.

Touchdown struggles in 2nd half…

  • Multitude of things.
    • Dropped passes
    • Batted balls when we had guys open.
    • We ran the ball well into the boundary in 1st. They adjusted.
    • They won battle of the trenches today.

Run Defense issues…

  • Couldn’t stop the edges.
  • Have to be able to adjust during the game.

Matt McKay…

  • Did some good things.
  • Don’t think he played rattled.
  • Calm on sidelines.
  • Could do a lot of things better obviously.
  • A lot of things that happen are out of his control.
    • Dropped passes.
    • Not running the route right.
  • Easy to blame me. I’ll take it. Easy to blame QB, but there’s a lot of people involved, and all have to own it.




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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL



NC State lost their first game of the season today to West Virginia on the road, falling to the Mountaineers 44-27 in Morgantown. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel is below.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: OUR TAKE



There wasn’t much to like about NC State’s performance this afternoon in a 44-27 blowout on the road at West Virginia.

The Wolfpack entered the game as 7-point favorites, and ended up losing by 17.

Excuses could be made.

Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams and Senior Cornerback Nick McCloud were unable to play. Both are captains, and both are starters. Redshirt Freshman Joseph Boletepeli was also out of commission.

With that being said, excuses don’t need to be made here. They won’t cover up what was a completely lack luster performance on both sides of the ball for the Wolfpack.

An anemic Mountaineers offense came alive against NC State today, for 445 yards of Total Offense.

Redshirt Junior Quarterback Austin Kendall had his coming out party against a rowdy home crowd. It’s funny how players always love to have career efforts against NC State, but I digress. Kendall is no slouch. He was a 4-Star prospect coming out of high school, committing to Oklahoma, before transferring to West Virginia to be the man to fill the shoes of Will Grier. He looked the part today, completing 27 of 40 passes for 272 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 interception) for a passing efficiency rating of 144.4.

Wide Receiver Sam James put on a clinic, with 9 receptions (career high) for 155 yards (career high) and a touchdown.

The Mountaineers averaged 1.1 yards per carry the first two games, and managed to average 6.2 today.

NC State’s offense struggled, due in large part to the struggles of Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay. He wasn’t sharp, and didn’t look ready for this stage. I’m not saying he can’t get there, but it was a rough outing. He was overthrowing, under-throwing, throwing behind, etc. McKay finished the day 23 of 48 for 207 yards with 1 touchdown (0 interceptions).

Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie was his target of choice, targeting him an insane 23 times. Emezie finished with 12 receptions for 103 yards. It was good to see Redshirt Junior Tight End Cary Angeline being featured two weeks in a row, reeling in 4 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Freshman Zonovan Knight and Sophomore Ricky Person were both effective today. Knight had 72 yards rushing (6.0 yards per carry), and Person had 52 yards (4.7 yards per carry).

The total yardage left much to be desired, producing 369 yards of total offense, but they didn’t turn the ball over, and put up 27 points on the road in a hostile environment. The defense giving up 44 points is what should be sending the biggest alarm bells off.

The Wolfpack will try to get the train back on the tracks next week, hosting Ball State at 7pm in Carter-Finley Stadium.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: BOX SCORE



NC State fell 44-27 on the road against West Virginia this afternoon, falling to 2-1 on the year. The box score is below.

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