A win for Western Carolina today would be the biggest victory in school history. Period.
The FCS program is 0-55 all-time against FBS opponents.
That would seem like a big ask today, considering the fact that the 44.5-point underdogs have lost 9 straight games dating back to last season.
The Catamounts return 6 starters on offense and 5 starters on defense.
Their offense is built around the option, like Doeren described at his weekly press conference earlier this week.
“It’s a spread option, zone read option spread out, RPO offense so it’ll be a really good fundamental game for our defense,” said Doeren. “A lot of formations.”
The guy that makes the whole offense happen is Redshirt Senior Tyrie Adams, who is the SoCon Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He earned 1st Team All-SoCon honors last year, and is a preseason FCS All-American this year. Adams threw for 1,714 yards last season (64.6%) with 16 touchdowns (4 interceptions) last season679. He also rushed for 678 yards (5.5 yards per carry) last year with 7 touchdowns. In the season opener last week against Mercer, he threw for 318 yards (65.8%) with 2 touchdowns (1 interception), and rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown.
NC State is familiar with Western Carolina’s True Freshman Running Back Syheam McQueen, who played for Scotland County. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry last week in his debut.
Junior Tight End Owen Cosenke only had 19 receptions last season, but half of them were touchdowns. Last week he came out with a bang, collecting 6 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. Cosenke is preseason all-conference.
Redshirt Senior Wide Receiver Nate Mullen is the Catamounts leading returning receiver, snatching 55 passes last year for 600 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is the only other team captain alongside Adams.
In Week 1, Mullen wasn’t the top receiver though. Redshirt Sophomore D.J. Thorpe was the star receiver last week, reeling in 6 receptions for 130 yards. Mullen is only playing his second season at receiver, being converted from quarterback to wideout prior to last season. The 6 receptions last week match his total from all of last season.
Doeren mentioned all three Western Carolina receivers at his press conference, and the third is Redshirt Junior Daquan Patten. He might stand only 5’6″, but he had 39 receptions for 567 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2018. He received a scholarship at the first team meeting this preseason, and is a preseason all-conference player. Last week Patten had 6 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Describing the Catamounts defense, Doeren said they do a lot of things to mix up their looks.
“Defensively they are very multiple so a lot different than last week’s defense. These guys run a lot of different looks,” said Doeren. “They are in three-down, they’re in four-down. They are a multiple coverage team.”
Doeren singled out Sophomore Nose Tackle Adam Henderson, who had 28 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks as a True Freshman last year. Last week he had 7 tackles against Mercer, which is an impressive total for a Nose Tackle.
Western Carolina’s returning leading tackler is Redshirt Junior SAM Linebacker Michael Murphy, who had 92 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 5 passes defended. Junior BUCK Linebacker Trevor Childers was the star last week, exploding for 10 tackles against Mercer, with 2 of those going for a loss. Childers is stepping up in 2019, playing as a reserve all last season, finishing the year with only 9 stops.
NC State Signs OC Tim Beck to a 2-Year Contract
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.
I was told by a source prior to Beck’s hiring that if NC State wanted to land him, it would “have to get help from Boo [Corrigan].” The Pack’s new AD played a big part in this hire. https://t.co/YAQXpoIbkw
— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) January 1, 2020
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,
— Inside Pack Sports (@InsidePackSport) January 1, 2020
Tim Beck's quarterback recruiting: He recruited Todd Reesing to Kansas, set almost all Kansas QB records. He recruited Tommy Armstrong to Nebraska, set almost all Nebraska QB records. He recruited Dwayne Haskins to Ohio State, who holds multiple Big Ten records.
— Inside Pack Sports (@InsidePackSport) January 1, 2020
NC State Names George McDonald Passing Game Coordinator & Asst. Head Coach
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)
NC State Moves Kurt Roper From QB to RB Coach
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)
REPORT: Tim Beck to be Named Offensive Coordinator at NC State
According to Zach Barnett of FootballScoop, former Texas Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck is expected to be named the new Offensive Coordinator at NC State.
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) December 31, 2019
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.