- That wasn’t very fair, but yeah.
- We’ll be home Saturday night at like 1. Then we have to leave on Wednesday to play a game.
- I think it’s something that the league should look into, for both teams that have to play a Thursday short week game to never have to play a night game on the Saturday prior.
- From a player safety standpoint, I think that would be a wise discussion.
- We’ll have to adjust. It will be very difficult to practice with pads on that week, maybe one day.
- Our guys have a lot of academic obligations too on Monday and Tuesday.
- When you wake up on Sunday, it’s already game week Wednesday. It’s crazy. It’s a short turnaround.”
NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media today for his weekly press conference before the Wolfpack’s game against Louisville on Saturday. You can watch it here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.
- I’d like to start off just thanking our fans and students for the atmosphere and the crowd that we had in the game Saturday night, particularly in the first half.
- I know right now that it’s tough as a fan base as we are suffering through some difficult things, but I also know that we’ve built a heck of a program here and these kids are working really hard, and the staff is working really hard.
- Being young and facing the injuries has created a reality of adversity that we’re in.
- I really believe that adversity shows you your true self.
- I think for us, it’s an opportunity to be the best leaders that we can be.
- I was raised by a great family and had a terrific grandfather who used to say ‘tough times never last, but tough people do.’
- I look forward to continuing to persist and fight and help these guys get better.
- Excited to get back on the grass with these guys.
- They were really good in our meetings yesterday.
- It really comes down to us not beating us.
- As good as Clemson is, we obviously gave them a lot of opportunities with the turnovers we had in the first half.
- It’s about ending every drive with the football, and handing the ball to the referee at the end of every play.
- If we end each drive with a kick, whether it be a punt, a field goal or an extra point, that’s got to be what we do to win football games.
- Defensively, we’ve got to get much better in our tackling fundamentals.
- Last two weeks that has not been where we need it to be.
- Need consistency in technique, which allows you to be consistent in your fundamental execution of your plays.
- For us, it’s just about helping who’s in the lineup to execute as good as they can, and giving those opportunities to them.
- We’ve got to practice really, really fast.
- The hard thing for us right now is our scout team.
- When you’re taking guys from the scout team to play on the upper fields, your scout team doesn’t give you the best look all the time.
- I have a lot of respect for Scott Satterfield.
- He’s doing a great job.
- Good team speed.
- He inherited a team that had some really good skill players, and those guys make plays for them.
- Three receivers averaging over 17 yards per catch.
- I think Seth Dawkins, Chatarius Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick are all very good players.
- They do a good job with them on their play action schemes and their jet schemes, getting the ball to them where they can make plays.
- On defense, they’ve struggled in some games and in other games they’ve been very productive.
- They are a disruption-based defense.
- They bring a lot of pressure.
- They give you a lot of looks, a lot of different coverage.
- Young tailback that’s very dynamic.
- Play hard on both lines of scrimmage.
- Had some turnover issues early in their season, but have gotten that together.
- They’ve been relatively healthy as a football team.
- Quarterback is playing really well.
- 62 percent.
- Very good athlete.
- Only three interceptions and 10 touchdowns.
What’s Gone Well…
- We’re punting and kicking the ball well.
- We’re covering kicks better than we have.
- Coach Goebbel has done a really good job with our coverage units.
- Isaiah Moore will be back this week.
- Drake Thomas is fine.
- C.J. Hart is fine.
- It sounds like Payton Wilson is going to be good.
- Still waiting to find out on Louis Acceus.
- Haven’t heard yet on his status.
Most injuries have been in games…
- Tyrone Riley’s wasn’t. He got his foot stepped on in a drill.
- Two or three practice injuries, but about 90 percent of them have been on game day which is really weird.
- A lot of times, because they’re playing so fast, you don’t have that.
- Most of the injuries that I’ve dealt with over the last 6 years have been training camp, where you’re having back to back-to-back-to-back kind of work.
- They just don’t have the recovery aspect like they normally do during the season.
Louisville’s run game…
- The stretch, or wide zone, is the staple.
- They’re doing a lot more of a quarterback run game, because their QB is a good athlete.
- He’s their third-leading rusher.
- About 75 percent of that run game is stretch.
Picking up blitzes vs. Clemson…
- It could be better. There were times where we won, and there were times where we didn’t win.
- When you get into a game like that where you’re down as fast as we were, they’re just going to tee off at that point and put you in some tough situations protection wise.
- There were a lot of different things being thrown at two true freshman.
- I thought Dylan McMahon and Icky Ekwonu played really well as freshmen in that game.
Xavier Lyas Transferring…
- He came in and saw me on Sunday.
- I wish him luck.
- I’d rather talk about the guys that are here.
- Somebody put a great screenshot out today though that their girlfriend was in the portal. I thought that was pretty funny.
- It’s life. Some of these kids don’t play as much as they want, and that’s how it goes.
- As far as our depth, we’ll be fine. We’ve got enough defensive ends. We’ll be good.
3 players hurt on 1 play against Clemson…
- I just looked up to the sky and said ‘come on’ on that one.
Him remaining positive…
- I believe in karma.
- I think that if I bring negativity into that building, then that building has a negative feel.
- My job is to create an environment where people want to be great. I’ve got to be positive to make that happen.
- I’ve also got to be truthful.
- I’ve got to tell them the facts, but I think that if you’re a positive person, you have a positive outlook and you try to find solutions instead of problems, then better things happen.
- That’s the approach that I’m taking with our guys.
- There’s a lot of days where I’m picking people up, because not everybody sees things like that.
On playing on Thursday after Saturday night primetime…
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.