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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 vs. UNC Kickoff Time set for 7pm

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NC State will close out their regular season with a game against archival UNC on ACC Network, with a 7pm kickoff time.

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This is wild.

Last season 7 out of NC State’s 12 games were Noon kickoffs.

This year, 7 out of NC State’s 12 games will be night kickoffs.

The Wolfpack are 8-10 in games between 7-8pm under Dave Doeren. Ten of those 18 games have been at home, going 4-6 in those games.

NC State will close out the season with 4 consecutive games between 7-8pm.

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NC State is a 1-Point Underdog vs. Georgia Tech

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When the Vegas betting lines opened for the matchup between NC State and Georgia Tech this Thursday night, it opened dead even…as a Pick ‘Em. Since then, the line has shifted in the Yellow Jackets favor, now sitting as 1-point favorites at home.

The Total is sitting at 48.5.

Both teams are 2-7-1 against the spread in 2019.

Dating back to 2005, Georgia Tech has been the favorite in their last 5 matchups against the Wolfpack.

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  • North Carolina State are 1-7 Against The Spread in their last 8 games.
  • North Carolina State are 1-5 Straight Up in their last 6 games.
  • North Carolina State are 3-11 Straight Up in their last 14 games against Georgia Tech.
  • North Carolina State are 1-6 Against The Spread in their last 7 games on the road.
  • North Carolina State are 2-4 Straight Up in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech.
  • North Carolina State are 1-5 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of North Carolina State’s last 15 games played in November.

Georgia Tech 

  • Georgia Tech are 2-10-1 Against The Spread in their last 13 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 6 games.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 5 games against North Carolina State.
  • Georgia Tech are 0-5 Against The Spread in their last 5 games at home.
  • Georgia Tech are 4-2 Straight Up in their last 6 games when playing at home against North Carolina State.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-4 Straight Up in their last 5 games this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-4 Against The Spread in their last 5 games played in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 9 games played on a Thursday. (OddShark)

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NC State’s Deonte Holden to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End Deonte Holden will be playing in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl.

Holden was awarded a 6th year of eligibility last year, giving him the opportunity to play one more year in 2019.

In 9 games this year, Holden has 8 tackles (2 tackles for loss), 1.5 sacks and 1 QB Hurry.

Two years ago, NC State Cornerback Mike Stevens played in the Collegiate Bowl.

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NC State’s James Smith-Williams Accepts Invitation to Play in East-West Shrine Bowl

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NC State Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Last year, the Wolfpack had two players play in the East-West game: Punter A.J. Cole and Offensive Tackle Tyler Jones. The year before that, Defensive End Kentavius Street and Offensive Guard Tony Adams played in the annual showcase.

Smith-Williams has been dinged up all year, but has 20 tackles (1 for loss), 1 sack and 7 QB Hurries in 7 games in 2019. He was 3rd on The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman’s Preseason list of the Top Freaks in College Football.

No player on this entire list has had the type of transformation that Smith-Williams has had. He arrived five years ago weighing a spindly 196 pounds. Now he’s a hulking 265. He benches 420, doing 27 reps at 225. He squats 620 and cleans 374. Smith-Williams vertical jumps 40 inches and has clocked a 4.43 in his pro agility time. Earlier this week, he ran an electronically timed 40 at 4.58. The hand time was 4.52. (Athletic)

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