According to Zach Barnett of FootballScoop, former Texas Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck is expected to be named the new Offensive Coordinator at NC State.
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) December 31, 2019
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.
NC State’s Highest & Lowest Graded Defensive Players vs. Louisville
Here’s a look at which NC State Defensive players graded out the best and worst according to ProFootballFocus against Louisville last Friday night.
LB Devon Betty – 76.8
FS Rakeim Ashford – 75.1
NT CJ Clark – 74.1
LB Payton Wilson – 71.5
LB Caden Fordham – 68.1
DE Travali Price – 52.3
CB Shyheim Battle – 53.7
CB Rente Hinton – 56.2
DE Red Hibbler – 60.5
DE Savion Jackson – 62.0
Season Top 5
DE Davin Vann – 78.6
Nickel Robert Kennedy III – 76.5
LB Payton Wilson – 76.5
NT Brandon Cleveland – 74.5
SS Bishop Fitzgerald – 72.4
Season Bottom 5
CB Brandon Cisse – 33.0
CB Rente Hinton – 52.5
DE Noah Potter – 53.5
DE Travali Price – 54.2
NT CJ Clark – 60.6
NC State is Appealing Targeting Call on Safety Sean Brown
With a couple of minutes left in the 3rd Quarter, NC State Free Safety Sean Brown was hit with an absurd targeting call. After reviewing the hit, the call was confirmed to be targeting, and Brown was ejected for the remainder of the game, and will miss the beginning of the Marshall game this Saturday.
I’m all for penalizing intentionally dangerous tackles, where the intent is blatantly to harm. That is not what happened in this instance. Brown’s tackle was textbook. For starters, the receiver squats. Secondly, Brown drives his face into the chest of the receiver. The helmet in no way makes initial contact with the opposing players helmet.
Here’s the “targeting” call in question. Watch it in slow motion. Hit pause and zoom in.
Sean Brown disqualified for this hit.
— NMD Grant (@NMDgrant) September 30, 2023
Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren shared at his weekly press conference yesterday that NC State is appealing the targeting call on Brown.
“Yes. We’ve submitted the paperwork through the league office. They turn it in and then eventually we’ll find out can he play in the first half or not. Right now we don’t have an answer.”
If the targeting call is upheld, then Brown will have to miss the first half this Saturday against the Thundering Herd. If it is overturned, he will be free to play.
Prior to the targeting call, Brown was having a career day. He had 8 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble.
NC State’s Highest & Lowest Graded Offensive Players vs. Louisville
Here’s a look at which NC State Offensive players graded out the best and worst according to ProFootballFocus against Louisville this past Friday night.
WR Terrell Timmons – 72.5 – Career High
TE Trent Pennix – 68.0
WR Porter Rooks – 64.2
RT Timothy McKay – 63.8
RB Delbert Mimms III – 61.9
RG Derrick Eason – 36.1 – Career Low
QB Brennan Armstrong – 50.0
LG Lyndon Cooper – 52.3
WR Julian Gray – 52.3
WR Kevin Concepcion – 52.8
Season Top 5
LT Anthony Belton – 75.2
RB Kendrick Raphael – 74.5
RB Delbert Mimms III – 72.4
WR Porter Rooks – 68.5
WR DJ Collins – 68.9
Season Bottom 5
TE Christopher Toudle – 45.5
RB Demarcus Jones II – 52.8
WR Keyon Lesane – 53.5
WR Terrell Timmons – 56.1
RG Derrick Eason – 57.6
MJ Morris’ 2022 Highlight Reel
Yesterday Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren announced that Sophomore MJ Morris would be starting at Quarterback, rather than Brennan Armstrong. To get yourself ready to watch Morris behind center on Saturday against Marshall, check out our 2022 MJ Morris Highlight Reel above.