Since 2009, State and Duke have only met three times on the gridiron.
And that’s both sad and ridiculous.
We fully understand that’s what happens with a conference realignment. You begin a weird cycle of playing folks in the Coastal every four-five years. But why for State and Duke? The schools are less than 25 miles apart and have played over 80 times, dating back to September of 1924 (smoked them 14-0 too).
David Cutcliffe will, most likely, be the greatest Duke football coach ever, yet he showed up to Carter-Finley twice. How is that possible?
From Doeren’s past interview with the Fayetteville Observer;
“It’s pretty crazy to think that you could come to N.C. State and never played Duke your entire career. That’s happened for multiple players. I don’t know if they’ll ever change our scheduling model, but I’ll definitely be someone pounding on the table for them to do that.’’
Would much rather remove State’s sub-division game each and every year, for a non-conference meeting of the two. Charleston Southern in 2022? Nope, bring in Duke. VMI in 2023? Absolutely not, we’re going to Durham. Now does this leave State more vulnerable for a loss? Sure. But what do we have to gain from an unranked, joke of a sud-division team anyway? Let’s bump our resume up a little and act like we want to be a true contender in college football.
Furthermore, the Triangle schools need some kind of “Commander-in-Chief-esche” trophy. But that’s a conversation for another day.
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.