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

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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 Message to Recruits in these Uncharted Waters

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In the midst of these troubling times, college football recruiting looks very different. NC State head coach Dave Doeren had this message to share with all of the players his staff is actively recruiting.

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NC State Football Jersey Number Changes Heading into 2020

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NC State’s 2020 Spring Football Roster is officially out, and quite a few Wolfpack players have switched their numbers. Check out the notable ones below.

  • Senior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie – 3 –> 86
  • Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker Calvin Hart – 15 –> 5
  • Redshirt Freshman Cornerback Taiyon Palmer – 6 –> 3
  • Sophomore Safety Jakeen Harris – 16 –> 6
  • Redshirt Senior Wide Receiver Eric Collins – 83 –> 12
  • Redshirt Freshman Safety Khalid Martin – 25 –> 21
  • Redshirt Freshman Cornerback Shyheim Battle – 27 –> 25
  • Redshirt Freshman Defensive Tackle C.J. Clark – 58 –> 28
  • Redshirt Junior Defensive End Ibrahim Kante – 52 –> 28
  • Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Christopher Toudle – 86 –> 29
  • Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker Seth Williams – 49 –> 30
  • Sophomore Offensive Lineman Timothy McKay – 65 –> 52
  • Redshirt Junior Offensive Guard Bryson Speas – 62 –> 56

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NC State Signs OC Tim Beck to a 2-Year Contract

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NC State found their new Offensive Coordinator this week in Tim Beck, who spent the past three seasons at Texas.

According to many reports, Beck will be paid $700,000 annually, and new Wolfpack Athletic Director Boo Corrigan was integral in sealing the deal.

Beck will make more money than any Assistant Coach did at NC State last season.

For some extra context of what Beck brings to the table,

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NC State Names George McDonald Passing Game Coordinator & Asst. Head Coach

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With the hiring of Tim Beck as Offensive Coordinator, George McDonald will not be serving as Co-Offensive Coordinator like he did last season.

With that being said, he will maintain his two other titles, and add two new ones.

George McDonald, who is entering his sixth year on the Wolfpack staff, will have the same duties as last season: coaching the wide receivers and serving as recruiting coordinator. He will add the responsibilities of passing game coordinator and assistant head coach for 2020. (GoPack)

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