Entering the 2022 season, it is assumed that Quarterback Devin Leary’s two primary Wide Receiver targets will be Thayer Thomas (R-SR) and Devin Carter (R-JR). The two of them combined for 82 receptions, 1,152 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2021.
The question has been who would be the wideout to be the #3?
Would it be Sophomore Porter Rooks (23 receptions/298 yards)? Junior Keyon Lesane (8 receptions/66 yards)? Sophomore Anthony Smith (4 receptions/97 yards/1 TD)? Redshirt Freshman Julian Gray (3 receptions/18 yards?
While all 4 of these guys have the potential to break out in 2022, Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren gave a hint today after practice that Maryland Graduate Transfer Darryl Jones might just be the guy.
When asked if there was one player on the team who has really stood out through one week of practice, Doreen’s answer was Darryl Jones.
“Darryl Jones would be one just because he was out most of the spring with a hamstring. Being able to watch him now for seven practices and see his growth, he’s what we thought he was going to be, but we didn’t know because he was hurt all spring. His name comes to mind, for sure.” (Link)
Jones is a former consensus 4-star recruit out of Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Experience is what the fellas behind Thomas and Carter lack, but Jones has it in spades, playing in 28 games over the past 4 seasons at Maryland. Last season Jones had 23 receptions for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Terrapins.
Jones saved his best for last, reeling in 4 receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown in Maryland’s 54-10 victory over Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Thayer Thomas has primarily worked out of the slot throughout his career, but has been working outside some through the Spring and Fall camp, in case someone else didn’t rise up on the outside. Standing at 6’3”, Jones might just be the man for the job, standing on the opposite side of the field from Carter, freeing up Thomas to do what he does best.
Maryland's offense with the response.
A 70 yard touchdown pass on the first play of the drive from Taulia Tagovailoa to Darryl Jones puts Maryland up 14-3. pic.twitter.com/9jNdi4SxkY
— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) December 29, 2021
A few clips from the coaches tape I see of NC State's newest transfer receiver, Darryl Jones. pic.twitter.com/dLJL0wLA8n
— Phillip Danford (@PDanford21) January 8, 2022
NC State will Host FSU at Either 7:30 or 8pm on 10/8
The time for NC State’s matchup against Florida State on October 8th will officially be the Wolfpack’s 4th consecutive game under the lights. The game will either be at 7:30pm on ABC in the primetime slot, or at 8pm on ACC Network.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) September 26, 2022
This game could be the Wolfpack’s 2nd Top-25 matchup in a row after facing #5 Clemson this weekend. The Seminoles enter Week 5 ranked 23rd, and will host #22 Wake Forest this Saturday.
NC State has won 2 straight against FSU, and 4 of the last 5.
NC State Center Grant Gibson Named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week After UCONN
NC State Graduate Center Grant Gibson was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against UCONN this past Saturday.
POSITIVE VIBES ONLY for this one!
Congrats, @BigGrant73_ – ACC Player of the Week
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) September 26, 2022
CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Grant Gibson, NC State, C, Charlotte, N.C.
Graded out at an eye-opening 97 percent for his work in the 12th-ranked Wolfpack’s 41-10 win over UConn • Helped clear the way for 492 yards of total offense while playing 61 snaps • Tallied three pancake blocks. (TheACC)
Gibson, a graduate student from Charlotte, has started his past 40 games in an NC State uniform dating back to the 2019 season. He has played 50 or more snaps in all four of the Pack’s wins this season, recording 61 snaps and three pancake blocks in Saturday’s home triumph.
The Wolfpack churned out 169 rushing yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry against the Huskies. Gibson’s efforts on the offensive line also helped NC State log 29 first downs and 492 total yards of offense. (GoPack)
It’s Official…NC State Will Host Marshall in 2023 After Cincinnati Cancelled
It was reported back on September 11th that NC State would host Marshall next season, after a void was created when Cincinnati backed out of a contract for a home-and home with NC State on September 6th.
What was reported is now official.
— Marshall Football (@HerdFB) September 26, 2022
The release by Marshall explains how the money is being settled with the Cincy exodus.
The Thundering Herd will receive $1 million to come play in Raleigh, but Cincinnati will fork out $850,000 of that due to cancelling their game with the Wolfpack. NC State will only have to pony up $150,000.
Next years matchup against Marshall will mark the 6th time the two teams have met, with NC State winning all 5 of the prior games.
The Wolfpack’s 4 non-conference opponent games in 2023 will be:
9/2 – Marshall
9/16 – VMI
9/23 – @ UCONN
TBA – Notre Dame
NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Clemson with Notes
NC State’s Football team has released their Depth Chart for this Saturday’s game vs. Clemson on the road at 7:30pm.
There have been a few significant changes on this weeks Depth Chart:
- Graduate Timothy McKay has moved into the starting spot at Right Tackle. Graduate Bryson Speas has been listed as the starter on the first 4 Depth Charts, but McKay actually ended up starting the game against UCONN.
- This isn’t a shocking move. Even though Speas has started 3 games out of 4, McKay has played 72 more snaps on the year. Also, According to PFF grades, McKay’s grade on the season is 74.6 on the year, compared to Speas’ 73.2.
- Interestingly, McKay is stronger in run block (82.2/69.1), and Speas is stronger in pass block (83.8/70.1). McKay is the Wolfpack’s highest graded run blocker.
- Also, it’s worth noting, while McKay is listed as the starter, there is an “or” in between their names.
- Things have been shaken up in regards to Senior Tyler Baker-Williams at Nickel.
- Sophomore Joshua Pierre-Louis has been listed as the backup in the first 4 depth chart’s, but he isn’t anywhere to be found on this weeks depth chart.
- Junior Jakeen Harris, who has been listed as Senior Tanner Ingle’s backup at Free Safety all year, is listed as Baker-Williams backup at Nickel now.
- He is still also listed as the backup for Ingle at Free Safety.
- Sophomore Devan Boykin is listed as the third Nickel, with an “or” in between his name and Harris.
- Boykin is still listed as Graduate Cyrus Fagan’s backup at Strong Safety, which is where he’s been listed all year.