South Carolina Quarterback Jake Bentley announced yesterday that he would be transferring from South Carolina.
— Jake Bentley (@JakeBentley19) December 2, 2019
Bentley got his career started as a True Freshman, and played extremely well against NC State as a Sophomore, when the Gamecocks beat the Wolfpack 35-28. In that game in 2017, Bentley was 17 of 29 for 215 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 interception).
In the first game of this year, Bentley suffered a season ending foot injury. Since he has yet to use a redshirt year, Bentley is able to be a Graduate Transfer, playing somewhere immediately in 2020.
Ironically, NC State’s current Quarterbacks Coach Kurt Roper served in that position in South Carolina for Bentley’s first two seasons, including the defeat of the Wolfpack.
NC State just wrapped up a 4-8 season, and one of the biggest flaws of this years squad was poor play at the Quarterback position. Matt McKay started the year, and has since transferred. Bailey Hockman had his chance, and was benched. Devin Leary was given the reins, but by no means showed that he was a guarantee to turning the ship around in 2020, and the ship has to be turned in a quick manner.
Could NC State be where Bentley lands?
247Sports lists the Wolfpack as 1 of 6 schools that could snag Bentley.
Why NC State? The Wolfpack were one of several region programs to offer Bentley and have battled through a myriad of quarterback issues this season. Head coach Dave Doeren faces a pivotal 2020 campaign after a disastrous eight-loss finish and Bentley would provide immediate stability under center — even if he was a one-year band-aid at the position. Close to home, immediate starter status and a chance to be the face of a program in the ACC are the draws to NC State. Bentley would get a chance to play Clemson again, too. The Wolfpack travel to Death Valley next fall, in addition to hosting Mississippi State. (247)
For perspective of what the Wolfpack could possibly gain in Bentley, his Passing Efficiency Rating was 146.3 as a Junior. Ryan Finley only had one season at NC State with a better rating (148.0 – 2018). Jacoby Brissett’s Passing Efficiency Rating never crept over 140 in his two seasons in Raleigh.
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.