Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media after NC State’s 41-0 victory over Western Carolina yesterday. You can watch the press conference here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.
- Really proud of a lot of the guys in the game.
- Hold a team to eight yards rushing.
- Started slow on offense…then got the run going
- Great for Bam Knight to get 1st 100-yard game.
- Jordan Houston gave good spark in second half. Change of pace.
- Tight Ends got involved in passing game.
- 7 catches.
- Good to see takeaway at end of the game.
- Played 4 quarters.
- Played a ton of guys.
- 3 penalties today. Improved from 6.
- Outstanding on 3rd down defense.
- Red Zone offense much better.
- Kept the ball in front
- Tackled well
- No explosive plays
- Didn’t score any points.
- Didn’t handle Summer hype well.
- Big head this summer.
- Read press clippings too much.
- Thought it was going to be easy.
- Defensive Ends got after him and put him in his place in camp.
- It’s a good experience to be humbled.
- Finished camp well.
- Ran really hard today.
- Lot of good yards after contact.
- He’s physical.
- Gets north and south.
- 200-pounder, but he runs hard…behind his pads…drives legs on contact
- Likes how he fights for extra yards and takes care of the ball.
Slow start on Offense…
- Today, I was disappointed in slow start offensively.
- Matt McKay wasn’t very sharp in the 1st. Didn’t give run game an opportunity with 2 incompletions in the 1st drive, but then he just kind of settled in.
- Alim has to learn how good he can be.
- Probably never had to work as hard as he’s working now in high school
- He could get away with it because of how talented he is.
- High-potential guy
- Still learning what he can be for us.
- It’s consistency, focus, and work ethic, because I think he could be a tremendous player, but Val Martin works harder than him, period.
- As he continues to pick up his work ethic, he’s going to be a really, really good player.
- The 1 thing we reward here is hard work, and if you’re the same guy over and over and over, you’ll be rewarded for that.
Trenton Gill Kicking it out of bounds twice…
- 2 years…hasn’t kicked it out of bounds once.
- Didn’t expect it.
- Hope it never happens again.
- He’s done a really good job on kickoffs.
- Played on both sides of the ball.
- Great to get him a catch wearing C.J. Riley’s number.
- 2-way player in high school.
- May be fastest guy on the team.
- Just trying to use our roster.
- Also a guy back catching kicks.
- Really, really talented kid.
- Trying to get him on the field.
- Has to get a lot better. Has to get a lot better.
- Won’t run for 300 yards on ACC teams if you can’t throw down field. Not going to happen.
Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU
Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.
Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.
Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.
— Justin Chase (@justinchase_73) April 11, 2020
Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.
NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees
Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.
Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.
“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”
“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)
2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5
After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.
Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.
According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.
Boston College: -1
Georgia Tech: –
NC State: +0.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1
NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue
FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.
1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)
The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.
Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)
Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.