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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Meets with Media for the Last Time Before WFU (BULLETED)



NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media after practice today for the last time before the Wolfpack play Wake Forest on Saturday up in Winston Salem. You can watch the video above, and check out a bulleted breakdown below.

WFU as a rival…

  • Definitely see it as an in-state rivalry game.
  • Longest standing in-state rival from a consecutive game standpoint.
  • With our football team, and even in the UNC week, we just have to be the best us.
  • From being here, the build-up to certain games hasn’t been good for us as opposed to the focus to play well.
  • Respect them a lot.
  • We want to be undefeated in the state, and that’s something we still control right now.
    • This is the next step to doing that, and we have to play a really good football team.

Opening up the Playbook for Devin Leary…

  • I think opening up the playbook is the wrong thing to do.
    • Have to execute the playbook.
    • Whatever the plays are, whether we have 50 or 100 in the game plan, we have to execute.
    • Have to catch passes, protect our quarterback, see the run lanes, finish blocks.
  • Devin is excited and has done a good job. Excited for him.
  • I think he’s got a good look to him…but adding plays to a guy going into his first start?
    • That doesn’t make sense. It’s about executing plays.

Moving Freshman Cecil Powell back to Defensive Back…

  • Remarkably not difficult for him.
  • Played both ways in high school, so he’s used to being on both sides.
  • Was recruited by other schools as a wideout, so he has that skillset, and it’s out of necessity for us with four corners out.
  • To have the ability to have even a two-deep at this point is pretty crazy.
    • The fact that we have De’Von Graves, Malik Dunlap, Kishawn Miller and Cecil Powell, we still have 4 guys we feel really good about.

Freshman Defensive Tackle Joshua Harris vs. BC…

  • Joshua has done a good job.
  • Was in a position when he got here where he needed to lose weight.
    • He’s dropped 25 pounds.
    • Still needs to get lighter.
    • Conditioning will always be a factor when you’re at a place where you want to be in the 320’s probably with him.
  • Played well with his hands
  • Better each week since he got back from injury
  • Very valuable for him to be out there.
  • Eats up a lot of space
    • Can take on double teams, and can knock the pocket back.
  • It’s about him being able to sustain it now with his conditioning.

Expectations for Rush Defense…

  • So many things we have to do better than we did at Boston College.
  • Starts with your leverage, guys being gap sound, and tackling.
  • All of those things matter, and the games we’ve done that well, we’ve played really, really good football.
  • Wake Forest does a nice job where a lot of plays are runs with passes, the RPO game, so you’re defending both a majority of the time.

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NC State DE Xavier Lyas Enters Transfer Portal



NC State Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal.

Lyas has flashed his potential all season long, collecting 4.0 sacks (4.5 tackles for loss) on the year, but that has all come in very limited playing time. The most snaps he has played in a game is 19 against Wake Forest.

There is a lot of depth at the Defensive End position, and there aren’t as many snaps to go around with the Pack primarily running a 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Also, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Jeffrey Gunter, who is a transfer from Coastal Carolina who is sitting out this season, meaning that he won’t likely be guaranteed snaps next season.

Lyas was listed as James Smith-Williams backup against Clemson, but he likely missed the contest due to transferring, and not injury.

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Mr. and Mrs. Wuf Wore BLACK for the RED OUT, Which was Fitting



It was supposed to be a RED OUT in Carter-Finley Stadium tonight for the Wolfpack’s Homecoming game versus Clemson.

Maybe in the most ironic moment of the night, Mr. and Mrs. Wuf were on the field dancing with the Dance Team in all black.

That was fitting.

NC State was a lifeless team tonight, suffering a 55-10 beat down at the hands of Clemson.

The Wolfpack entered the game with an injury epidemic.

The following players have been lost for the year.

Redshirt Junior Right Tackle Justin Witt
Junior Cornerback Chris Ingram
Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver C.J. Riley
Redshirt Junior Tight End Dylan Autenrieth (Captain)
Graduate Redshirt Senior Left Tackle Tyrone Riley
Redshirt Freshman Cornerback Taiyon Palmer
Sophomore Cornerback Teshaun Smith

Tonight, the Wolfpack were without starting Linebackers Louis Acceus (Junior) and Isaiah Moore (Redshirt Sophomore) due to injury. Reserves Free Safety Isaiah Stallings (Redshirt Junior) and Defensive End Xavier Lyas (Redshirt Sophomore) both were unable to go tonight.

Starting Offensive Lineman Joe Sculthorpe was suspended for the contest.

Things didn’t end there.

Starting Redshirt Freshman Cornerback De’Von Graves left the game and didn’t return.

Starting Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson left the game with a sprained shoulder, and didn’t return.

On the play Wilson was hurt, this was literally the scene on the field.

Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams and Sophomore Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil would eventually get up and return to the game.

Freshman Linebacker Drake Thomas was injured at the end of the game.

Sophomore Running Back Ricky Person warmed up, but didn’t play.

Freshman Running Back Zonovan Knight may have rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, but he wasn’t 100%, and was dinged up on a short run.

Redshirt Freshman Linebacker C.J. Hart was injured during the game, but was able to return.

Honestly, I’m probably missing some injuries…

Mr. and Mrs. Wuf wearing all BLACK was completely appropriate.



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Clemson 55 NC State 10: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game



Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game from NC State’s 55-10 loss to Clemons tonight.

This is better to watch if you’re a Clemson fan.

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Clemson 55 NC State 10: BOX SCORE



NC State was trampled by #5 Clemson 55-10 tonight. The Box Score is below.

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