Texas Tech Head Football Coach Joey McGuire spoke with the media at his weekly press conference earlier this week, and he had a lot to say about the Wolfpack, the Red Raiders opponent tomorrow night in Carter-Finley Stadium. You can watch the video above, but a breakdown of what McGuire had to say is below.
“This is a team that plays with incredible passion. They play really fast. It’s a veteran team.”
“He’s [Devin Leary] is a pro. He’s going to play in the NFL. He’s the real deal. He has a big arm. He can extend the play. He’s played a lot of snaps. When we were recruiting him [when McGuire was at Baylor], we thought he was legit, and he definitely is.
“They’ve got two really, really good running backs, 3 and 0 [Jordan Houston and Demie Sumo]. They’re physical. They finish runs. Zero [Sumo] gave them a Spark in their win against East Carolina. Going to be important how we tackle.”
“They’ve got a veteran offensive line. They bring 4 of their 5 back, and the one they didn’t bring back was a 1st round draft pick [Ikem Ekwonu].”
“Defensively, extremely aggressive. We have history with their Defensive Coordinator [Tony Gibson], who was at West Virginia. A lot of pressure. They are an odd stack team. He’s really one of the originators of that kind of defense. He does a great job with it.”
“It [the 3-3-5 defensive scheme] is going to close the middle of the field, taking a lot of it away from you. They are going to pressure you. They do such a great job showing you one thing, disguise it, and then bring pressure from everywhere.
“I think they return 10 starters on defense. The guys that really standout when you watch film are 32 and 1 [Drake Thomas and Isaiah Moore], and #10 [Tanner Ingle]…he’s one of the best players in the country. Hey plays that hybrid safety in that odd stack…man…he’s deep when the balls being thrown, but when the ball is run, he’s around the football. We’ve got to do a good job accounting for him.”
“Everything I hear from people that have played there is that it is an electric environment. It’s going to be a great road test. They’re a ranked team.”
“They kind of have a chip on their shoulder. Last year, what happened to them in the bowl game was ridiculous. That should not happen. That was bad on the other teams part that it even got to that. They had an opportunity to have a 10 win season, and that means a lot, that would mean a lot around here. Not only do they have a chip on their shoulder, but they have a lot of people back that have a chip on their shoulder.”
“He [Doeren] has a lot of leadership. He has a lot of NFL guys. There’s a lot of guys on that team that are going to be playing on Sundays.”
“I just think he’s done a good job. He’s established his culture. He’s got a good coaching staff. They have one of the longest home winning streaks.
“Excited for him [Malik Dunlap who transferred from NC State to Texas Tech]. He’s going to see a lot of his family. He’s excited. I was excited that he played the way he did Saturday, so he could carry some confidence into the game. It’s going to be a lot of fun for him.”
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.