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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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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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NC State Moves Kurt Roper From QB to RB Coach

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Tim Beck has officially been announced as the Offensive Coordinator at NC State, and he will also be serving as the Quarterbacks coach.

There obviously won’t be two QB Coaches, therefor Kurt Roper who served his first season in Raleigh as Quarterback’s Coach last season, has been moved to fill the void as Running Backs Coach, after the exodus of Des Kitchings, who served in that role for the past 8 seasons.

Kurt Roper, who joined the Wolfpack staff prior to last season, will now serve as running backs coach – a position he coached for three years at Tennessee with great success. Under his guidance, Vol RB Arian Foster, who rushed for 1,193 yards and 12 TDs, then went on to the NFL in rushing yards in 2010 and rushing touchdowns in 2010 and 2012.  Another one of his running backs at UT, Montario Hardesty, was a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. (GoPack)

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REPORT: Tim Beck to be Named Offensive Coordinator at NC State

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According to Zach Barnett of FootballScoop, former Texas Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck is expected to be named the new Offensive Coordinator at NC State.

Beck has served as the OC at Texas the past three seasons, but lost his play calling duties at the end of the regular season, and was demoted to simply serving as the Quarterbacks Coach through the bowl game.

There was obviously some frustration in Austin this year, but it seems like Beck was the scapegoat. The Longhorns ranked 14th nationally in Total Offense, averaging 468.2 yards per game, and 18th in scoring offense, averaging 35 points per contest. In Beck’s first season at Texas, the Longhorns averaged 398.5.

Beck’s resume is laced with big name schools, serving as the Co-Offensive Coordinator and QB’s Coach at Ohio State the two years prior to his time at Texas.

In 2015, Ohio State’s offense featured a ground game that ranked 11th in the nation, matching the 2016 team with a 245.2 yards per game average. Much like 2016, the Buckeyes also ranked in the top 30 in the country in completion percentage at 62.8 percent (29th), while their 35.7 scoring average ranked 28th.

Beck coached two starting quarterbacks in 2015 in Cardale Jones and Barrett, and Ohio State ranked second in the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a 140.0 rating. The duo helped Ohio State to the fifth-highest totals in school history in points scored (464) and touchdowns (62). Jones went on to be a fourth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2016 NFL Draft. The offense also featured All-America running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and MVP. Ohio State finished the season with a 12-1 record, capped by a Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. (Texas)

Prior to working with the Buckeyes, Beck served on staff with Nebraska from 2008-14, serving as the Running Back’s Coach for the 1st three seasons, and the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback’s Coach the next 4 years.

Between 2011-14, Beck’s Nebraska offenses ranked among the best in the Big Ten Conference and his passing attack amassed more than 10,000 yards during that time with 86 touchdowns. In his four seasons as coordinator, the Huskers averaged 33.5 points per game. The Huskers broke more than 50 individual records including career marks for passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns, yards from scrimmage and total offense.

In 2012, Nebraska totaled 2,500 rushing and passing yards in the same season for the first time in school history. The Huskers accomplished the feat again in both 2013 and 2014, despite using three starting quarterbacks during the 2013 season.

On the ground, Nebraska ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing every season with Beck as coordinator. Five Huskers posted a 1,000-yard rushing season in his four seasons calling plays, including second-team All-American and Doak Walker Award finalist Ameer Abdullah, who ranked 12th nationally with 1,611 rushing yards in 2014. Abdullah, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award and first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2013, rushed for a conference-best 1,690 yards that year, the highest total by a Husker since 1997. He went on to become a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Through the air, two of Nebraska’s top six passing seasons in school history came under Beck’s direction. Quarterbacks excelled under Beck with Taylor Martinez enjoying an outstanding career where he set more than 40 school records. He was the league coaches’ choice as the All-Big Ten Conference quarterback following the 2012 regular season.

In 2011, All-Big Ten back Rex Burkhead tied a school record by scoring a touchdown in 10 consecutive games to open the season. His 17 touchdowns were seventh in NU history and the most by a Husker since Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch scored 19 touchdowns in 2001. Burkhead finished with 1,357 rushing yards, the seventh-most in school history and the most by a Husker I-back since 1997. (Texas)

Beck isn’t a random name out of the hat for Dave Doeren either, because the two served alongside each other as Assistant Coaches at Kansas in 2005, with Doeren coaching the Defensive and Linebackers, and Beck overseeing the passing attack. It’s also worth noting that NC State Offensive Line Coach John Garrison served on staff at Nebraska alongside Beck the whole time he was there (7 years).

NC State lost one of its key recruiters in Des Kitchings, but they are gaining one of the best in the nation. According to 247Sports, Beck is the #5 recruiter in the nation in 2019, and the best in the Big 12.

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