Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media for his postgame press conference after NC State defeated UCONN 41-10 tonight. You can watch it here, or check out what he had to say below.
- I’m proud of the guys. The core value was focus, and the guys were that.
- Came out excited to play…great start with a touchdown to Thayer to open the game.
- It’s good to see Devin get in a rhythm.
- We wanted to see guys make contact catches and it’s great to see Devin Carter play that way.
- The ball got spread around to numerous receivers and guys were catching the ball well.
- Great to have some guys score their 1st touchdowns: Porter Rooks and Keyon Lesane.
- Run game early was pretty good.
- When Demie went out we got some of the younger backs some good reps.
- Defensively we played well really until the end when we had a lot of the walk-on guys and freshman in the game getting reps.
- I was proud of them. There’s a lot of teams that don’t play the way they are supposed to in games like that. But we got better.
- Get ready to play 3 straight games against undefeated teams right now in Clemson, Florida State, and Syracuse.
- 2 of those are road games.
- We’re hitting on a lot of the cylinders that we wanted to. We’re in a good spot.
- There’s always things that can be better but all the things that I was disappointed about a week ago were corrected in this game.
- Demie [Sumo] is going to be fine.
- He was sore. We plan on him being back.
- If it was a different type of game we probably would have played him today.
- Jordan Houston will be good for next week.
- Tyler [Baker-Williams] is day-to-day and were hopeful to have him next week, but I just don’t know right now.
- Thought Michael Allen did some good things. You saw his speed…he can really run.
- Catches the ball well and caught some out of the backfield.
- It was good to get him out there and see how he would be under the lights.
- We’ve been practicing it [fake field goal] for 3 or 4 weeks.
- I thought it would be good to get on film for our opponents so we know we’re not just going to let people tee off.
- I thought Chris had a chance to get a 1st down on that play for it being 4th-and-4.
- Chris’ good. I don’t think he’s been tackled in a long time.
- It was good to get Collin Smith in there and get him an opportunity. Chris will be fine.
- I think it would be great if Gameday was there [at Clemson next Saturday].
- Obviously you have 2 undefeated teams.
- Clemson had a heck of a win today in double overtime. I watched that whole game. That was a heck of a football game.
- We’re going to play the longest home winning streak in the country down there. They’ve done a tremendous job. I’m looking forward to the week and everything that goes with it.
- It was awesome for Josh [Harris]. That was his 1st career sack.
- He was really excited afterwards. He’s still dancing in the locker room, I think.
- Davin Vann’s sack was a big play.
- It was too bad that we didn’t get the ball there, because it would’ve been a shutout probably if we had.
- I thought Clemson’s quarterback really played well today.
- That’s the best I’ve seen him play. He was accurate. His guys made plays for him. His O-line protected him. He wasn’t on the ground a lot.
- From an improvement standpoint from last year to this year, you can see that D.J. [Uiagelelei] is playing a lot better.
- Porter [Rooks] and Keyon [Lesane] have both played a lot here.
- For both of them to score tonight was great.
- They’re guys who just work hard and do the right thing.
- Both of them have worked through a rotation where they’re behind other players.
- Now they’re playing more and more. It was good for them to get rewarded and make the play.
It Looks Like NC State Center Dylan McMahon Will Not be Returning in ‘24
NC State redshirt Junior Center Dylan McMahon was honored on Senior night, but walking on Senior Night doesn’t guarantee that the player won’t return for another season if they are eligible. It has been unknown at this point if McMahon would return for a final season in Raleigh, or enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
It looks like McMahon will be heading to the NFL, after accepting the invitation to play in the 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl.
McMahon is a 4-year starter at NC State, starting in 43 of the 48 games he has played in. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks McMahon as the #9 Center in the 2024 NFL Draft.
McMahon was a 3-star prospect in NC State’s 2019 recruiting class out of Savannah, Georgia.
Breaking Down NC State’s Assistant Coach Salaries
USAToday runs a report every year on the salaries of Head Football Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Strength Coaches. Here’s a look at the salaries of NC State’s Assistant Coaching staff.
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Tony Gibson – $1.3 million
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – Robert Anae – $899,000
Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator – $548,473
Offensive Line – Garrett Tujague – $520,000
Defensive Line Charley Wiles – $490,023
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers – $482,966
Safeties – Joe Deforest – $430,459
Quarterbacks – Kurt Roper – $430,459
Cornerbacks – Brian Mitchell – $417,205
Nickels – Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay – $330,644
NC State ranks 4th in the ACC in total pay of Assistant Coaches. Tony Gibson is the 2nd highest paid assistant Coach in the ACC (28th overall), and the highest paid Defensive Coordinator. Robert Anae is the 4th highest paid Offensive Coordinator in the ACC, and the 7th highest paid Assistant.
With 9 wins, in accordance with Head Coach Dave Doeren’s contract, the salary pool for Assistant Coaches increases by $300,000. If the Pack wins a 10th game, that number becomes $400,000. (WRAL)
NC State Wants Pop Tarts
NC State wants Pop Tarts. Who doesn’t?
According to Brad Crawford of 247Sports, NC State has requested the Pop Tarts Bowl, which will be played on December 28th in Orlando, Florida.
You might be like, I’ve never heard of the Pop-Tarts bowl. That’s because this is the first rendition of the Pop Tarts Bowl, but it used to go by other names you might be familiar with: Cheez-It, Camping World, Russell Athletic, Champs Sports, Tangerine, Micron PC, Carquest, and Blockbuster (the last three were when the bowl was in Miami).
Below is an updated list of 15 bowl projections, with 12 of the 15 picking NC State to go to the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
(The three above the line have changed their projections since my last bowl projections post on 11/28.)
The Athletic – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
CBS Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Oklahoma State – January 1st – Tampa, FLA
College Football News – Pop Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
OddShark – Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl – NC State vs. Rutgers – December 28th – New York City, New York
Covers.com – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
USA Today – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
247Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Athlon – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Gator Bowl – NC State vs. Tennessee – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
Sporting News – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Fox Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Action Network – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
College Football Network – Sun Bowl – NC State vs. USC – December 29th, El Paso, TX
Betting Pros – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
NC State to Have an In-Home Visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer QB Grayson McCall
According to ON3, NC State is set to make an in-home visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer Quarterback Grayson McCall this weekend.
McCall was the Sun Belt Player of the year in 2000, 2021 and 2022. He didn’t play the final 5 games of the season due to injury this year, and prior to injury, the numbers weren’t on par with prior years. It was also his first year with Tim Beck as Coastal’s head coach.
After last season, McCall entered the Transfer Portal, and there was speculation that he would transfer to Auburn. In the end, McCall pulled his name out of the portal.
I was interested to see how the Wolfpack coaches would fill the QB void. Would you go get a 4 or 5 star Quarterback who has been stuck in a backup roll with numerous years of eligibility, or would they go get an elite graduate transfer with one year remaining?
McCall is one of the Top-7 Quarterbacks that have entered the Portal thus far.