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VIDEO: Dave Doeren Talks After Practice Before Clemson (Bulleted)

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Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media yesterday after practice prior to NC State’s homecoming matchup against Clemson in the Textile Bowl tomorrow night. You can watch the video above, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

Differences in Clemson’s Defense this year…

  • They’ve changed schematically.
    • Still play 4 down, but they’re doing a lot of 3 down stuff on regular downs.
    • Blitzing a ton, like Brett Venables always has.
  • A lot of experience there.
    • They lost their marquee Defensive Linemen, but they did rotate a lot of those guys last year.
    • Linebackers are really smart.
  • Really good perimeter skill.

Nick McCloud…

  • It’s been great having Nick McCloud back in action, and hopefully he’ll be able to play Saturday.
  • Just having his spark and his leadership has been great.

Younger team playing Clemson…

  • I just told them ‘you’ve got nothing to lose. Just go and play as fast and as hard as you can.’
  • We need to be a better football team than obviously we were the last time out.
  • Being able to come home for homecoming with the opportunity to play a great team, that’s what it’s all about.
    • These are the things that you play college football for.
    • Playing against a great opponent and having the opportunity to do something special.

Trevor Lawrence…

  • He’s a great player.
  • He’s running more.
    • A lot more aggressive as a runner. He’s always been a really athletic guy, but you can see that part of his game has changed in a positive way for them.
    • He’s put some weight on his frame.
  • Early in the season he threw some balls I’m sure he wishes he had back.
  • He has a great release, great timing with his receivers.
    • He gives them chances to make plays.
  • He’s very calm.

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NC State DE Xavier Lyas Enters Transfer Portal

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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

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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

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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

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

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