NC State’s defense was dominant last night, leading to a 16-10 victory over Syracuse to improve to 4-2. Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media after the game in his postgame press conference. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.
- Great win for our guys. Really proud of them.
- Showed a lot of grit. Lot of determination.
- Syracuse kept hanging in there. They’re a good football team.
- I told them all week, ACC football is 4-quarter football. You have to be ready to play every second of the clock and that’s what it took.
- Showed a lot of stamina at the end…getting that sack.
- The defensive staff really put together a great game plan. The kids executed it well.
- Some good things going in the run game.
- Able to complete some passes and score enough points to win. At the end of the day, that’s what counts. That’s what matters.
- Like to thank our fans. Awesome tonight.
- Really, really fun having them like that. Helps our guys.
- Felt it with the pre-snap penalties they were getting and their inability to change some things they wanted to do.
- We just have to get a few boys back from injury and keep moving forward.
Defense last year vs. this year…
- When hiring the safeties coach this offseason (hired Tony Gibson), needed to be able to slow people down that we can’t stop in our other defense (4-2-5): Clemson and Syracuse.
- Been able to stop the run against anybody, but those offensive systems make it hard in a 4-down unless you have 2 NFL cornerbacks who can lock up.
- In the 3-3-5, been able to handle the tempo of 4-wide, spread offenses
- Been able to roll coverages and blitz more.
- There are things we’d like to do better.
- Still giving up some things
- Pass Interference calls, but it got tough when we lost Chris Ingram.
- Basically down to our third, fourth, and fifth corner. That makes it harder.
- Did some good things.
- Made some great passes. Directed things well. Took care of the football for the most part.
- He’ll learn a lot from this game.
- Has to learn what to do when things aren’t there.
- Took some sacks. Didn’t get rid of the ball. Trying to do too much.
Syracuse has a good defensive line. Made it tough too because he didn’t really have the time to go through progressions, but he battled.
- Awesome for a kid from New York to be able to play like that against Syracuse.
- Been very steady this year.
- Very athletic guy.
- Almost every game he’s been 1st or 2nd in tackles on defense with the linebacker core.
- Happy he’s continued to improve. Last year he didn’t really play a lot.
- Playing fast, he’s playing hard.
- Taking advantage of his blitz opportunities.
Lack of TD’s in the Red Zone…
- We’re just not able to run the football down there and it forces you to throw.
- Have to be better throwing the ball in the red zone.
- Harder when you get more and more guys in the box obviously in the run game.
- Last year with Ryan, Kelvin and Jakobi, we could take advantage of people who wanted to stop the run.
- We have to get there. It’s an area to improve.
- We had 8 sacks tonight?
- That’s awesome.
- It’s just amazing we aren’t getting takeaways hitting the quarterback as much as we are.
- Have to figure that piece out, but the pressure on the quarterback has been consistent.
- There’s a good rotation in there too.
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.