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NC State 41 Western Carolina: OUR TAKE

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The Wolfpack improved to 2-0 today, shutting out the Catamounts 41-0 in Carter-Finley Stadium. Here’s OUR TAKE.

Offense

NC State ran the ball with a vengeance this afternoon in a 41-0 victory over Western Carolina in their second game of 2019.

The Wolfpack had more pass attempts in Week 1 against ECU, but that was far from the case today. They rushed the ball a whopping 53 times for 309 yards, compared to 33 pass attempts for 231 yards.

Today marks the first time NC State has rushed for 300+ yards November 28th, 2015.

True Freshman Zonovan Knight rushed for over 100 yards in only his second collegiate game, rushing for 119 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns. He is the quickest player to rush for 100-yards since Tremayne Stephens crossed the century mark in his first career game back in 1994.

Another True Freshman Jordan Houston showed his big-play making ability, rushing 8 times for 73 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and a touchdown.

Sophomore Ricky Person also rushed for a touchdown, making that 4 on the day by the Wolfpack running backs. He had 10 carries for 51 yards.

Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay was efficient once again, though he continued to show a propensity to over throw his receivers. He was 18 of 28 (64.3%) for 200 yards and a touchdown (0 interceptions), with a passing efficiency rating of 136.1.

McKay did all of his damage in the first three quarters, with Redshirt Sophomore Bailey Hockman coming into spell him at the end of the 3rd quarter. Hockman was 4 of 5 for 31 yards.

For the second week in a row 10 different receivers caught a pass. The Tight Ends had something like 19 receptions last season. Today, they combined for 7 receptions. Redshirt Junior Cary Angeline led the team with 4 receptions and 47 receiving yards with a touchdown. Redshirt Junior Dylan Autenrieth also had 3 receptions for 40 yards.

Defense

On the defensive side of the ball, NC State held Western Carolina to a measly 106 yards of total offense on the day. The Catamounts rushed for an enormous 8 yards.

Sophomore Free Safety Tanner Ingle led the Pack with 5 tackles, and Sophomore Tyler Baker-Williams led the team with 2 pass breakups. The Wolfpack had 3 sacks, with Sophomore Nose Tackle Alim McNeil and Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas each grabbing one, and Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Ibrahim Kante and Redshirt Freshman Defensive End Joseph Boletepeli sharing the other one.

Sophomore Chris Dunn has now made 19 straight field goals, knocking in both of his field goal attempts (32 & 25).

Injuries

Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams came out of the locker room at halftime with a boot on his foot, but the x-rays came back negative.

Also, Senior Nick McCloud was hurt last week, and didn’t play today.

Redshirt Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix left the game with what looked liked a concussion.

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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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