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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks Before Western Carolina (BULLETED)

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media one last time today before the Wolfpack face off against Western Carolina this Saturday at 12:30pm. The video is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown is BELOW.

Mistakes From Week 1…

  • Could have blocked a punt. Guy in wrong gap.
  • Eyes in the wrong places.
  • Young backs improving on protection.
  • McKay missing an easy one on 3rd
  • We had a lot of things to be hard on them with after that win, and we were. We were demanding.

Theme for the week…

  • Our theme of the week is ‘compete.’
  • Competing to be a better version of us than we were a week ago.

4-game Redshirt rule…

  • Last year, I really liked it.
    • We played any of the redshirt guys that were healthy four games.
    • It’s helped their confidence. It’s not their first time playing in a football game.
  • We’ll do the same thing this year.
    • We’re going to play all of them four games if we can.
    • Some of them, if they’ve proven it, will play in all the games if they’re healthy.
    • That happened last year with Teshaun Smith.

Freshmen DT’s Joshua Harris & CJ Clark…

  • Not ready yet. They’re getting there.
  • Were hoping to have Josh in Week 2.
  • They’re running, lifting, all those types of things. Just got to get them back into football.
  • Getting them back will help depth.
  • Whether we go back to 4-down or not will depend on how they can play.
  • Just because we have them doesn’t mean we’ll use them. They have to prove that they deserve to be out there.

Wide Receivers Opportunity with Riley gone…

  • Excited for the opportunity.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Max Fisher had a really good week.
  • Redshirt Freshman Devin Carter has been very consistent whole time
    • Expect him to be ready to take on that role.
  • Redshirt Freshman Jasiah Provillon is the 1 that really needs to take the next step.
    • Dropping that pass. He’s ready to make up for that.

Tabari Hines…

  • Love his football knowledge.
  • He can play any position.
  • He knows the entire offense, which is really impressive for a guy that came in as late as he did.
  • Very competitive guy.
  • Lot of energy on game day.
  • Utility player that can fit a lot of different gaps for us on offense.

Similarities between Tanner Ingle and Joshua Jones…

  • Playing styles, yes.
  • Both very quick contact players and can make up for other people’s mistakes pretty quickly.
  • Gives you an eraser back there
  • Able to get some things on the ground that might be bigger plays if somebody else was in the game.
  • Tanner got thrown into the fire last year and gave up some plays. Had to learn from it and deal with failure, and I think it helps. I know it motivated him.
  • Changed his body in a good way. He’s really leaned up, and it’s helped his speed.

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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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