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NC State vs. UNC Kickoff Time set for 7pm

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NC State will close out their regular season with a game against archival UNC on ACC Network, with a 7pm kickoff time.

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This is wild.

Last season 7 out of NC State’s 12 games were Noon kickoffs.

This year, 7 out of NC State’s 12 games will be night kickoffs.

The Wolfpack are 8-10 in games between 7-8pm under Dave Doeren. Ten of those 18 games have been at home, going 4-6 in those games.

NC State will close out the season with 4 consecutive games between 7-8pm.

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Former NC State All-American Vaughan Johnson Passes Away at 57

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Vaughan Johnson, one of the best players to ever play the Linebacker position at NC State, sadly passed away on Thursday at the age of 57.

Johnson is 1 of 24 Wolfpack players in school history to earn 1st Team All-American honors (1983).

The native of Morehead City, North Carolina, played in Raleigh from 1980-83, starting his final two years, leading NC State in tackles as a Junior (167) and as a Senior (144).

The 6’3″, 230 pound linebacker was a scary sight for offensive players.

Johnson’s 384 career tackles rank 6th all-time in school history, and his 167 tackles in 1982 are tied for the 4th most in a single-season.

He went on to be one of the best NFL players in NC State history, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 4 consecutive seasons from 1989-92 with the New Orleans Saints. Johnson earned 2nd Team All-Pro honors in 1989.

Vaughan’s 669 career tackles in the NFL rank 4th by a former Wolfpacker.

He was inducted to the Saints Hall of Fame in 2000.

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NC State Football Finishes Ranked 78th in Final 2019 PFF Rankings

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ProFootballFocus has released their final team rankings for the 2019 football season, and NC State ended the year ranked 78th.

NC State finished ranked 2nd to last in the ACC according to ProFootballFocus’ rankings.

ACC Teams in Final 2019 PFF Rankings 

1) Clemson
28) Virginia
30) Virginia Tech
31) Pittsburgh
39) Florida State
42) Wake Forest
43) Miami
46) UNC
47) Boston College
53) Louisville
55) Syracuse
63) Duke
78) NC State
100) Georgia Tech

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QB Matt McKay Transfers from NC State to Montana State

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Matt McKay began the 2019 football season as the starting Quarterback at NC State, before losing his job after starting the first 5 games. In 2020, McKay will be a quarterback at Montana State.

After announcing that he would be transferring from NC State on December 1st, McKay announced via Twitter yesterday that he was transferring to Montana State.

In 2019, McKay completed 57.3% of his passes for 910 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He also had 4 rushing touchdowns.

McKay was originally a 4-star prospect in NC State’s 2017 recruiting class, playing his High School ball here in Raleigh at Wakefield.

Since Montana State is an FCS program, McKay will not have to sit out a year, and will be able to play immediately, with 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Montana State (10-3) finished the this year ranked 5th nationally in the FCS, losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

Honestly, Montana State seems like a strange choice for McKay, with starting quarterback Tucker Rovig returning next season as a Redshirt Junior. In 2019, Rovig threw for 1,705 yards and 13 touchdowns (4 interceptions) for a Passing Efficiency Rating of 136.8.

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Thunder Dan Ranks 26th Nationally in Strength Coach Pay

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USAToday has released their research of the salaries of the head coaches and assistant coaches in college football for the 2019 season, but they also did the same this year for Strength and Conditioning Coaches. NC State’s S&C  Coach “Thunder” Dantonio Burnette ranks 26th nationally, with a salary of $324,700.

ACC Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the Top-30

4) Joey Batson – Clemson
25) Brian Hess – UNC
26) Dantonio Burnette – NC State

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