If you’re not aware, Nebraska fired their Head Football Coach Scott Frost yesterday. Not surprisingly, NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren’s name has been floated out there as a possible replacement for Nebraska.
Names for Nebraska: Matt Campbell, Mark Stoops, Dave Aranda, Bill O’Brien, Lance Leipold, Jim Leonard, PJ Fleck, Chris Klieman, Dave Doeren, Sam Pittman, Alex Grinch, Matt Entz, Bret Bielema, Jamey Chadwell and Troy Calhoun.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 11, 2022
Another name to consider at Nebraska is N.C. State's Dave Doeren. He signed an extension in February that came with a lessened buyout ($6M is he leaves after 2022).
This is his best team in Raleigh and obviously most advantageous crack at ACC title.
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) September 12, 2022
When asked about his name being thrown into lists of possible coaches to fill the Nebraska vacancy at his weekly press conference today, he had this to say:
“Dude, it’s Week 3 of the season, man. I’m so fired up to coach my team this week. I’m so excited to about playing at home and coaching the Wolfpack. It’s not the first time that names have been on lists and it is what it is when you talk about that. I can’t wait to get ready for this game. It’s a big one for us and a big season and a great group of guys, so that’s where my heart is.” (GoPack)
Doeren signed a contract extension in February that would have him be the Wolfpack Head Coach through the 2026 season, paying him $5 million a season. His salary prior to the new contract paid him $3.5 million annually.
The current Wolfpack Head Coach is familiar to the Midwest region of the United States. Doeren grew up outside of Kansas City, played football at Drake College in Iowa, where he was an Assistant Coach for three seasons. He also served as a coach at Kansas for three seasons, Wisconsin for five, and was the head coach at Northern Illinois for two. I cite all of this to say that Doeren has tremendous ties to the Midwest, where Nebraska football is a staple.
Doeren cited that “it’s not the first time names have been on lists,” logically the mind goes back to when Doeren was a serious candidate for the Tennessee job in 2018, and his interest was genuine.
If Doeren were to take another job elsewhere prior to the end of his contract, the buyout would be half of his annual salary, multiplied by the remaining years on the contract. So if Doeren were to leave after the 2022 season, the buyout would be $7.5 million.
Kansas State Rolls Out Hype Video of Their Freshman Quarterback
When Kansas State lost their Offensive Coordinator Collin Klein to Texas A&M, the fear of Wildcat fans was that Freshman Quarterback Avery Johnson would follow. After 4-year starter Will Howard announced he would be entering the Transfer Portal, holding onto Johnson, who was a 4-star consensus prospect in high school, was a desperate need for K-State.
Kansas State rolled out a hype video of Johnson, revealing that he was changing his number from 5 to 2, which has been his number his entire life prior to college, establishing the fact that Johnson wasn’t going anywhere.
— K-State Football (@KStateFB) December 7, 2023
Johnson played in 7 games this season, completing 25 of 35 passes for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also rushed the ball for 225 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Out of high school, ESPN ranked Johnson as the #77 overall player nationally, the #3 dual threat Quarterback, and the #1 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranked him as the #1 dual threat Quarterback.
NC State LB Payton Wilson Wins the Bednarik Award!
NC State’s Payton Wilson won the Butkus Award earlier this week, naming him the best Linebacker in college football. Tonight he won the Bednarik Award, which has been given out annually to the best defensive player in college football since 1995.
Wilson beat out Alabama Linebacker Dallas Turner and UCLA’s Defensive End Laiatu Latu.
Prior to this week, no NC State Linebacker had ever won the Butkus Award. Prior to tonight, no NC State defensive player had ever won the Bednarik Award.
Below is a list of the former Bednarik Award winners.
In one week, Wilson has done what no other Linebacker of defensive player at NC State has ever done.
Go ahead and retire the #11 already!
Wake Forest Transfer WR Welsey Grimes Commits to NC State!
NC State just picked up their first transfer of the 2024 class, and it’s a big one. Former Wake Forest Wide Receiver Wesley Grimes (6’2″/187) just committed to run with the Wolfpack.
As a Sophomore this season, Grimes caught 20 passes for 339 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games. As a True Freshman last year, he played in his 6 games, collecting 4 receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.
In all reality, Grimes is coming home. He was a 4-Star prospect out of Millbrook High School here in Raleigh. ON3, 247Sports and Rivals all ranked Grimes as a Top-250 prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #36 overall player nationally, the #4 Wide Receiver, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
From a recruiting rankings standpoint, Grimes instantly becomes the highest ranked player on NC State’s roster. Since he played as a True Freshman, Grimes has 3 seasons to play 2 years of eligibility.
Back in 2021, Grimes chose the Demon Deacons over NC State, Tennessee, Duke and Louisville. On December 8th, 2023, Grimes decided to come back home and run with the Pack.
Kansas State will be Without Their Offensive Coordinator & Starting Quarterback Against NC State
Kansas State will be without their Offensive Coordinator and starting Quarterback when they face NC State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl on December 28th.
New Texas A&M head coach Mike Elko, who just left the same position at Duke, paid big bucks to hire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Collin Klein as his OC, who had been serving in the position at Kansas State for the past 2 seasons. For the past 7 seasons, Klein has served as the Wildcats Quarterbacks Coach.
This season, Kansas State ranks 23rd in Total Offense (446.1) and 14th in Rushing Offense (199.7).
As Quarterbacks Coach, he helped develop four-year starter Will Howard, who announced he would be entering the Transfer Portal on November 27th. This season, Howard earned 2nd Team All-Big 12 honors. In 12 games, he threw for 2,643 yards and 24 touchdowns (10 interceptions). Howard also rushed for 351 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Howard will be replaced by Freshman Avery Johnson. There was speculation that Johnson might follow Klein to Texas A&M, but he will be starting for the Wildcats in Orlando against the Wolfpack.