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.
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.