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NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media to discuss NC State’s season opener against ECU.

Doeren talks about team expectations and what he’s seen in training camp, why the two-deep depth chart is being delayed, and what the takeaways are from the 2016 loss to ECU.

He also gets into his thoughts on ECU QB Holton Ahlers, and how his RB and WR depth is going to look.

You can watch the presser above, or check out a bulleted rundown below:

  • NC State coaching staff has 310 years experience.
  • “It’s about winning today over and over and over and over so that we can play well in the moment of truth. That’s what Saturdays are about.”
  • Been able to pay in hot weather and play in the rain in training camp, which will be good prep for what we might see in the opener.
  • Healthiest one of his teams has ever been coming out of training camp at NC State
  • Has a lot or respect for ECU Head Coach Mike Houston. It’s more of his roster than it has ever been.
  • Bringing back a lot of veteran players. They play hard and execute systems well. Play the whole game…with comeback games and games in overtime. They don’t quit, and he respects that.
  • Holton Ahlers has played a lot of football, and he’s known him since he was in high school. Big strong kid that can run around. Super smart.
  • Top receiver C.J. Johnson was Ahlers teammate in high school.
  • Tight End Ryan Jones, who transferred in from Oklahoma, was a kid he recruited out of Mallard Creek.
  • ECU’s tailback is a really, really good football player.
  • Their defense brings a lot or pressure and a lot of stunts, and changes packages quite a bit. Plays hard with good speed. Their strength is getting the ball back, with 21 takeaways last year.
  • This is a good football team. They were a bowl-eligible team last year, and they’re better than they were last year because of who they brought back.
  • Knows their fans will be loud. Will be great to be involved in an atmosphere like that. Team needs to go on the road and play in front of a fanbase like that. Will come home for 3 weeks after this game, and then go to Clemson. Excited to have this challenge in the season opener.
    • “I know this is a tough place. Trust me. Our team knows as well. It’s been a lot of conversation about who we’re playing and where we’re playing.”
  • Dowdy-Ficklen isn’t a stadium NC State has played well in. We’re 1-4 (I think it’s 1-3) in Greenville. Last time he was there (2016), NC State had 13 penalties and lost in a one-possession game.
  • NC State’s offense returns 4 starters on the O-Line: Chandler Zavala, Grant Gibson, Dylan McMahon and Bryson Speas. Then there are guys like Tim McKay and Derrick Eason who have played a lot.
    • They are excited about Anthony Belton at Left Tackle.
    • Seen a lot good things about Lyndon Cooper at Center.
    • Anthony Carter is at Guard and Patrick Matan is at Tackle.
  • At Running Back, he’s excited to see Jordan Houston, Demie Sumo, Demarcus Jones and Delbert Mimms.
  • At Tight End, Trent Pennix and Chris Toudle are healthy and feeling good.
    • Kam Walker has really improved.
    • Two redshirt Tight Ends, Ced and Fred Seabrough have added depth to the position.
    • Excited about depth at the position.
  • At Wide Receiver, Thayer Thomas probably had the best training camp he’s had. Outstanding.
    • Obviously mentioned, that they have Devin Carter.
    • Up and coming guys like Daryl Jones, from Maryland.
    • Keyon Lesane has had a great camp.
    • Julian Gray has had a very productive camp.
    • Jalen Coit shined in 2nd scrimmage.
    • Anthony Smith had a great Spring.
    • Thayer Thomas is better because of Porter Rooks and Jalen Coit.
    • Feel like the WR room has guys who can rotate.
    • Jasiah Provillon has done some things here ion the last 3 or 4 practices.
    • Increased our depth of playmakers.
    • Leaned on Emeka Emezie in the past, so the question is how are they going to create production? It’s going to come in a lot of guys hands. We’re going to see if one guy outperforms others as games start, and he will get more time.
  • On the D-Line they have Savion Jackson, Cory Durden, Davin Vann, Josh Harris and C.J. Clark. Those 5 have played a lot.
    • Travali Price and Claude Larkins are two younger guys who are rotating in now.
  • At Linebacker, Payton Wilson, Isaiah Moore and Drake Thomas look really good and healthy.
    • Seen improvement of Jaylon Scott, Jayland Parker and Caden Fordham rotating behind them.
  • Have competitive depth in the secondary, and will be able to rotate some.
    • Tanner Ingle and Jakeen Harris with Cyrus Fagan and Devan Boykin at Safety.
    • Tyler Baker-Williams and Josh Pierre-Louis are at Nickel and Dime.
    • At Cornerback they have Shyheim Battle, Aydan White, Derrek Pitts and Teshaun Smith.
    • “We’ll see how this plays out. There’s going to be a lot of guys, particularly early, getting some rotational time. As you guys know, as the season goes on we’re going to need them all. I think it’s important early to give a lot of guys opportunities.”
  • At specialist we have place kicker Chris Dunn and Long Snapper Joe Shimko. Then there’s transfer punter Shane McDonough, who has had a great camp. Collin Smith is the kickoff guy.
    • Thayer Thomas and Julian Gray are the returners.
  • Didn’t release depth chart today, because ECU isn’t releasing theirs until tomorrow.
  • This isn’t the same team that lost in Greenville in 2016. That was a really young team. All the guys that ended up in the NFL were Sophomores then. Lot of immature mistakes. We’ve talked about all of them.
  • Holton Ahler’s is a mobile QB that is tough and can run. 230 lb guy. Also has the drop-back pass game. 4.0 GPA kid from a football family.
    • He chose to stay home and be a part of their family’s legacy at ECU…nothing but respect for him for that.
    • he sees the field and has a good arm.
  • If NC State can stay healthy, they should have really good competitive depth. This is what he’s been hoping for. A good starting group with a group of guys trying to beat them out and are good enough to do so. They can go in and produce and help them win, not just get reps.
  • As a coach, he tries to get better every year. In most cases, he thinks he has. The down year they had a few years back, he owns as much of that as anybody in the building. He didn’t do a good enough job having a young team ready to play and deal with injuries, and he’s learned from that.
  • Through 12 years, the biggest thing he can say, is that he looks at failure as an opportunity to grow.


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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack



RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Football

NC State Football is 1 of the Top-25 Most Winningest Power Conference Teams in the CFP Era



NC State’s Football team has been one of the Top-25 most winningest Power Conference teams in the College Football Playoff Era (2014-23), ranking 21st with 78 wins in that timespan.


The Wolfpack’s 78 wins are the 3rd most in the ACC in the CFP Era.

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NC State Baseball

NC State is 1 of 3 Schools to Ever Go to a Bowl, the Men’s & Women’s Final Four and the College World Series in 1 Year



NC State is truly having one of the most special years in the history of College Athletics.

In the 2023-24 Athletic Year…

NC State’s Football team went to a Bowl Game.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Women’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Baseball team has advanced to the College World Series.

NC State is 1 of 3 schools to ever check off all of those boxes in an Athletic Year. They join Texas (2003) and Louisville (2013).

Let’s compare the three special years for each school.

Louisville (2012-13)

The Cardinals defeated Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals won the Men’s Basketball National Championship, but has since been vacated.
The Cardinals lost in the Women’s National Championship game against UCONN.
The Cardinals went 0-2 in the College World Series.

Texas (2002-03)

The Longhorns defeated LSU 35-20 in the Cotton Bowl
The Longhorns lost 84-95 to Syracuse in the Men’s Final Four.
The Longhorns 69-71 to UCONN in the Women’s Final Four.
The Longhorns went 1-2 in the College World Series.

NC State (2023-24)

The Wolfpack lost 19-28 to Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
The Wolfpack lost 50-63 to Purdue in the Men’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack lost 59-78 to South Carolina in the Women’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack ________ in the College World Series.


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According to ESPN’s FPI, NC State has the 20th Easiest P4 Schedule Heading into the 2024 College Football Season



According to ESPN’s FPI Rankings, NC State’s Football squad has the 20th easiest schedule out of all Power 4 teams.

1. Syracuse
2. Virginia Tech
3. Rutgers
4. Kansas
5. UNC
6. SMU
7. Utah
8. K-State
9. Texas Tech
10. Pitt
11. UCF
12. Oklahoma State
13. Duke
14. Cincinnati
15. Arizona
16. Iowa State
17. Baylor
18. Wake Forest
19. Notre Dame
20. NC State
21. Miami
22. BYU
23. Arizona State
24. TCU
25. Colorado

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