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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Clemson: BULLETTED

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Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media today for his weekly press conference before NC State’s Homecoming matchup vs. Clemson. You can watch the video here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

  • Looking forward to playing a home game.
    • It’s been a month
  • Excited for homecoming night.
  • Night game opportunity against a tremendous football team.
    • It’s what you play for, to play against such well-coached good team, and to do it at home in a night environment at the Carter.
    • It’s been awesome to have those types of games. Look forward to having one.
    • I know will have a tremendous crowd.
  • Excited just to get back on the grass with the guys.
  • As everyone knows we’re injured and we’re young.
  • Going through some challenges, but I love the challenge, and love when my back’s up against the wall.
  • Our guys aren’t going to flinch. They’re going to fight, and we’re going to fight as a program to get better.
    • That’s the biggest thing for us.
    • It’s not who we play. It’s what we do to get better every day. That’s what we have to focus on regardless of where we’re at with our injury report.
  • It’s really fundamentals. It’s executing 11 guys at the same time.
  • You turn on the film, there’s lots of plays where you’re 1 guy away.
    • It’s catching. It’s blocking. It’s finishing 1 more step on a block. Getting your hand inside vs. outside. How you leverage the football. How you tackle. Basic football fundamentals.

Clemson…

  • When you’re playing a team that’s done what Clemson’s done.
  • I can go through their statistics, but you all know where they’re at.
  • Really good job on both sides of football.
  • Well-coached…good players.
  • We just got to go out there and be the best that we can be with what we do.

Young Linebackers…

  • Early in the season, fatigue was an issue for Payton Wilson, but as the season’s gone on, his production has increased.
    • So he’s a guy that’s making a lot more plays than other guys, and his stamina has improved.
    • That’s allowed us to play him more.
  • Wilson and Drake Thomas, played their best game last week (Wake Forest). Both very active, physical, good spirit about them.
  • Also thought C.J. Hart did some good things when he had his opportunity.
  • The young linebacker corps has banked reps.
    • They have been able to play in every game.
    • You see growth when that happens.
    • That’s the value of that of staying healthy.

Devin Leary…

  • The thing you like, other than how well he can throw football, is just how competitive, how into it, how coachable, the conversations that you’re able to have with him.
  • The mistakes that he makes are going to happen. You don’t want them to happen, but this was his first start.
  • He made some really good throws.
    • He had a great corner ball throw to Cary Angeline on the sideline.
  • He missed an easy out route throw, which he’s thrown a million times in practice.
  • Just need to get him consistent.
  • They did a good job sitting on some routes, which probably made him a little bit nervous on some throws.
    • He’s just got to learn how to get through that.
  • I think that game is going to be a huge piece for him to grow from.
  • I just like how he comes to work every day. He’s not ever in a panic.
  • There’s a lot of things to be excited about.
    • Obviously, not excited that you throw a deep ball down the middle of the field with the post safety there.
    • Things that he can’t do.
    • The receivers got to try to break that up for him when that happens, but he’s going to grow a lot from that game.
  • He’s going to get another team that wants to blitz every snap this week. So another opportunity.

On if the plan is for Leary to start the rest of the year…

  • I can’t give you 100% on anything in life right now.
    • I would love to say that he’s going to grow and get better and better and better.
    • I think he’s worked himself into the place that he’s at for a reason, and he’s our starting quarterback right now and look forward to helping them continue to get better.

Optimism about the future…

  • We’re playing the 2nd most number of freshmen in the country.
    • Drake Thomas is getting better.
    • You’re seeing Peyton Wilson get better.
    • You’re seeing Josh Harris, Savion Jackson…you’re seeing Bam Knight.
    • I thought Jordan Houston ran as hard as he’s ran in that game that we just played.
    • That’s exciting.
  • It’s painful right now, because we’re not getting to enjoy the improvement, but it’s exciting.
  • I’ve been through this. We went through it here when Bradley Chubb and Jerod Fernandez and all those guys were freshmen.
    • It was painful. It was a pain. They all ended up being really good players for us because they went through it.
  • You don’t walk on hot coals and come out of it with nothing burned on your feet.
    • It’s going to hurt for a while, but I’m very optimistic. I’m going to remain that way.
  • We recruited 2 really good classes back-to-back that are being forced into not just playing time, but very important roles on our football team.
    • We have 4 seniors listed on the 2-deep on our entire roster, so they’re being asked to lead and play.
    • That’s unique, but it’s awesome for the future of our program.

Creating 0 turnovers in ACC play…

  • Thanks for bringing that up.
  • I wish I could tell you why.
  • When you watch the film, you’re seeing some really good hits.
    • Seeing guys put their face on the football.
    • You’re seeing guys punching, ripping at the football.
  • We had a couple balls batted in the air Saturday, that didn’t bounce to us.
  • We practice that skill set daily.
    • We work it…preach it…talk about it.
  • I don’t know what else to say other than it just hasn’t happened yet.
  • Some of it is we’re not making enough plays on the ball.
    • Not just picks, but PBUs. We need to have more of those as well.
    • It’ll come eventually. It’s how it works.

Similarities between this team and 2016, when almost beat Clemson…

  • That team was a lot different than this team.
  • We were playing with a bunch of Sophomores that were really good players.
    • Chubb and those guys.
  • We didn’t have 11 starters injured for the season that year.
    • We were able to get better and better, and finished winning three of four games that year.
  • I’ve had a different starting lineup for 8 straight weeks.
  • So it’s not even close to that type of team. It’s not.
  • The thing that’s similar is that we had a very talented young group of guys on that roster.

Did the running game improve against Wake…

  • In some ways it did.
  • It’s really hard when you’re down 21-0 to all of a sudden just run for 200 yards, but when we ran the ball we ran efficiently.
  • Were 4.5 yards a carry in the game.
  • There were some explosive runs, and I thought Jordan Houston did some really good things.
  • Bam Knight was only in there for 9 snaps, so he didn’t get a chance.
    • Houston and Trent Pennix both had some good runs in the game.

 

 

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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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