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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Syracuse: BULLETED

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media for his weekly press conference yesterday before NC State’s matchup against Syracuse this Thursday night. You can watch it here, or check out the BULLETED breakdown below.

  • Excited for a home game Thursday night.
  • Military Appreciation game.
    • Very special night. My favorite night in the stadium.
    • The representation here from our state for our country.
    • Wear a uniform to represent and honor them.
    • Love the fanfare, the pageantry that goes along with our Military Appreciation night.
  • Taiyon Palmer is out for the year with a knee injury.
  • Ricky Person is out, but not long term.
    • He will be back, but won’t play this week.
  • Same with Justin Witt.
    • Two guys that have injuries that should bounce back but aren’t back yet.
  • Emanuel McGirt and Bryson Speas have waited their turns to play.
    • Now they have a shot and I look forward to seeing them compete.
  • A good time for us to have a bye week.
    • A lot of information for us to study
    • Digest a lot of film without a game right at the end of it.
    • Had some good practices
    • Had Saturday off
    • Had a really, really good practice yesterday coming off of that. And again this morning
  • Offensively we’re running the football well.
    • Playing really good football in the red zone.
    • A lot of first downs.
      • #1 in ACC in first downs.
    • Got to improve our efficiency on 3rd-and-short.
    • Need more explosive plays
    • Need to be more efficient in pass game. Period.
  • Defensively…
    • Stopping the run.
      • Top 10 in the country.
    • Doing a really good job on 3rd down pressuring the quarterback.
    • Doing well in total defense.
    • Some routes we have to get off the film and be able to stop more consistently.
    • Have to get more takeaways. That’s the biggest thing defensively.
    • We have to do a good job as a staff putting these guys in a position to make plays, and for them to make them.

QB Situation…

  • Bailey Hockman will start for us at quarterback. Came in the Florida State game and showed a lot of poise and guts. Competed.
  • Devin [Leary], who also came in to the game at Florida State and did a good job, will have an opportunity. Came in cold at the end and threw it around well.
  • I feel like they are giving us more in the pass game. Those two guys give us a better shot with their arms right now, and Matt will continue to work on the things that he can.
  • Matt McKay is doing a really good job in a lot of areas and needs to improve on his pass game.
    • He will. I’m really impressed with how Matt came to practice the last two days. He’ll get better.
    • An incredible young man.
  • I was proud of those guys. Just like at the beginning of the season, those are tough conversations to have.
    • Bailey and Devin handled their role, and improved in their roles. Took advantage of the opportunity presented.
    • Matt will do the same; I know he will.
  • Going into Ball State, we weren’t throwing the ball efficiently enough. Got into the game and weren’t moving the football.
    • You saw us get Bailey a series in the second quarter so that we could make a better evaluation of if it would be better.
      • Had not given him real game reps, just mop-up reps.
      • We felt like he did well there.
      • Been improving in practice.
    • Devin had been getting better in the things we were doing.

Devin Leary’s chances of playing against Syracuse…

  • He could.
  • I don’t think I should give you my game plan today — but he could.

Syracuse…

  • Know a lot about this team.
  • Really, really good at taking the ball away.
    • 12 takeaways.
  • Offensively, they are an uptempo team.
    • Very good skill at receiver and running back.
    • Quarterback can throw it and extend plays with his feet.
  • We’ve had some good games against Syracuse and I respect coach Babers and his staff quite a bit.
  • Defensive front is arguably 1 of the best in the ACC.
    • A lot of respect for their defensive linemen and rotation at defensive end.
    • Make a lot of plays for them and help their coverage with the pass rush.

Running Backs…

  • Jordan Houston and Zonovan Knight are very critical now to us, and Trent Pennix.
  • Both have shown the ability to make plays, be consistent, and get tough yards. Playmakers.
  • Will get more opportunities with Ricky Person out.
  • Look forward to seeing them take advantage of that.

Injuries leading to unity…

  • Adversity forces you to do that. You’ll either fight or fail, and we’re going to fight.
  • These guys will stick together, compete, find solutions and stay positive.
  • Best thing any family does when going through tough times, and that’s what we are.
  • We need the 12th man to be real.

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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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