NC State Football
Payton Wilson & MJ Morris Speak With Media After NC State’s Loss to BC: BULLETED
Redshirt Junior Linebacker Payton Wilson and Freshman Quarterback MJ Morris met with the media after #16 NC State’s loss to Boston College tonight. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.
- It’s pretty disappointing. It’s pretty tough.
- I think a lot of us were really excited to leave Carter-Finley with a win.
- It’s just tough that we couldn’t get it done.
- I hurt for everyone, but at the end of the day we still have two more games to go out and give it our all in.
- I think it’s just a big deal for the young guys to understand that college football is hard.
- It’s hard to win whether you’re playing the best team in the nation or a team that’s not supposed to be one of the best.
- Everyone has talent. Everyone makes plays. If you don’t show up, you’ll go out there and get your tail whooped like we just did.
- Personally, it’s a bad call [pass interference on Drake Thomas at the end of the game].
- It’s a tight game. Drake is just going for the ball, and they end up hitting.
- I told Drake in the locker room ‘don’t think twice about it. It’s a bad call and you made a hell of a play. The ref just decided to do what he did.’
- That next play where they scored, it’s tough.
- We all worked really hard to get to where we’re at, and to not walk out of Carter-Finley with a win is disheartening.
- They [BC] were disciplined. They were playing hard.
- I feel like we didn’t play to our full ability.
- We slowed down a lot.
- In the 1st half we were playing really fast, and we just slowed down a little bit.
- They got some momentum and ran away with it.
- I just told them that I love every single one of them. All those seniors that this was their last time playing here, I know they’re feeling awful about it. I feel awful, too.
- I know I have 4 more years until I have that moment.
- I don’t know what they’re feeling right now, but I know they do feel bad.
- I just told them to keep their heads up. We’ve still got 2 more games to go out in the right mindset.
- Every game is not going to be a W.
- It’s just not realistic. Every team is not perfect. We’re going to have those losses.
- It’s how we respond in the next game. We’ve just got to go out swinging.
- Every play we’ve got to have that mindset that we’re the best team on the field.
- I am disappointed, but just trust in the Lord and know that every single thing is not going to go our way every time. We’ve got to respond.
- I wasn’t playing my best game.
- I feel like I did play hard and with a lot of heart.
- There were some mistakes that I made that I wish I wouldn’t have made.
- Like I said, everybody is not perfect. Everybody is going to make those mistakes, it’s just how you go from now on.
- I’ve had a loss before. It’s like I said, it’s how you respond for the next one.
- We’re just going to watch the film tomorrow and learn from it and fix those mistakes and get better.
- As long as we learn from it, it’s a win.
- I’ve just got to keep staying humble, keep my head down and keep working.
- I’ve still got 4 more years to show everybody who I am. I’m going to keep my head down and keep working.
NC State Football
Dave & Sara Doeren Donate $1.25 million to Establish New Program at NC State
A generous gift from Dave and Sara Doeren will establish a new initiative at NC State to support students with executive functioning challenges and those who are neurodivergent.
Their $1.25 million commitment is among the largest made by a college football coach to his NCAA-member institution. Dave Doeren has been NC State’s head coach since the 2013 season.
“As a public, land-grant institution, NC State is committed to enrolling and empowering a wide range of students,” Chancellor Randy Woodson said. “We are honored to collaborate with the Doerens to provide additional support for talented students, so they can think and do to their full potential. This gift truly reinforces our core values of community and inclusion.
“Philanthropy helps our university innovate and achieve an even higher level of greatness. We thank the Doerens for being leaders for the entire Wolfpack and for establishing this meaningful family legacy.”
The new program being launched through the Doeren Family Fund will be called OnePack Empowered and will benefit NC State students who face challenges with executive function skills critical to academic success, such as organization, planning, setting priorities, task completion and decision making. Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are just two of the diagnoses that could be linked to challenges in this realm, but students with these challenges also might have no formal diagnosis.
With a focus on one-on-one mentoring, individual support plans, career readiness and additional specialized assistance, the program is being designed to bolster academic and personal success and ensure students can complete their degrees.
The Doerens’ commitment will pilot the program for five years, serving up to 50 students at a time. They hope to inspire other donors to join them in contributing to OnePack Empowered as a sustainable source of support and guidance for an expanding number of participants over the next several years.
“This is about leveling the playing field so students can chase their dreams,” Dave Doeren said. “It’s about hope and creating a safe place for this population of students to go and get their needs met. We are hopeful that idea resonates with a lot of alumni and other people connected to NC State.
“It’s something the school needs and the students need, and God’s given us the ability to help,” he added.
NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) will oversee OnePackEmpowered and staff are preparing for a spring 2024 launch. Doneka Scott, vice chancellor and dean of DASA, expressed gratitude to the Doerens for recognizing a gap and stepping up to bridge it.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our institution and especially for our students who will benefit from this wraparound program,” Scott said. “The first goals in our university and DASA strategic plans are centered on students and ensuring their success. We are so grateful to the Doerens for their vision of investing in this underserved student population.
“We know this added support will change lives.”
Boo Corrigan, NC State’s director of athletics, also praised the Doerens for setting an example of giving back.
“Dave and Sara’s generosity, commitment and vision for this program will benefit so many students for years to come. I’m excited to see the impact of OnePack Empowered and I am so proud that he is the leader of our football program,” Corrigan said.
The gift represents a next step in the Doerens’ longtime, passionate advocacy and support for people with disabilities. That passion has been near and dear to their hearts, dating back two decades to their own son Jacob’s diagnosis placing him on the autism spectrum as a preschooler.
At the time, Doeren served on the football coaching staff at the University of Kansas. Jacob, the oldest of the family’s three boys, seemed to demonstrate a few developmental delays.
“We spent three or four hours watching behind one-way glass while doctors ran all of these tests,” Doeren said. “Afterward, they told us that we needed to be prepared for our son to never live outside our home or to never have a job. I was so angry. I told the doctor, ‘You have no idea what my son is capable of. How dare you limit him?’
“Since then we’ve been on a journey where we’ve gotten to meet some incredible people, but also some incredibly limiting people, situations and labels.”
As challenging as navigating grades K-12 can be for a family with a child who has disabilities, academic, social and employment opportunities can become even more limited by the time that child graduates from high school.
The Doerens have been vital advocates behind the launch of 321 Coffee, started by two Park Scholars and staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for efforts like hiring employees with special needs in the Murphy Center’s dining operation. The NC State football team regularly interacts with and supports groups such as GiGi’s Playhouse, which provides programming and support for people with Down syndrome.
Most of the Doerens’ personal philanthropy also has been centered on efforts to enhance opportunities for youth with special needs, such as gifts toward inclusive middle-school athletics programming.
After graduating from high school in Wake County, Jacob attended Louisburg College. The Learning Partners program there helped him navigate note-taking, time management, study skills and the like. He graduated with a 3.75 grade-point average and solid preparation to apply successfully to Appalachian State.
“The kindest people there at Louisburg just poured into our son,” Doeren said.
At Appalachian, where he’s currently a junior studying sustainable energy and technology, Jacob has benefited from a similar program called As-U-R. Weekly sessions with a mentor have proven vital to managing class assignments, advocating for himself with professors or asking for a few accommodations when needed.
The Doerens initiated conversations several months ago with Woodson and others at the university about how they could support something similar here.
“Jacob is doing so well,” Sara Doeren said. “We just want other students to have the same opportunities. It made sense to help make that happen at NC State.”
“At some point, I definitely thought, ‘It’s too bad the school I work at, with so many alumni, in the capital city of North Carolina and so many young people who could benefit in Wake County alone, doesn’t have something like this,'” Dave Doeren said. “Why wouldn’t we be at the forefront? I was very thankful Chancellor Woodson understood the need and opportunity at NC State.”
Kesha Reed, associate vice chancellor and associate dean in DASA, is excited about OnePack Empowered. Reed brings expertise in underserved student populations and disability support programming. “There is a definite need for this,” she said.
The application process is being developed. Admission to OnePack Empowered will be individualized, inclusive and open, Reed said, with students not required to have a formal diagnosis registered through the university’s Disability Resource Office. However, for context, she said that of the 1,845 students currently registered with the office, 57% could potentially have challenges with executive functioning.
“We’re not talking about students being admitted [NC State] through a special process,” Doeren said. “We’re talking about students who have been accepted to the university, who are very academically capable but might benefit from something as simple as a mentor to walk consistently alongside them. This is a special group of people who too often get labeled and limited. Instead of avenues for success they get roadblocks.
“I’d like to open people’s eyes to the fact that with just a little extra support, a lot of kids can be wildly successful.”
Much of the new funding for OnePack Empowered will go toward adding dedicated staff and training them. Reed said the program will be able to utilize and leverage an existing structure within DASA that includes the Academic Success Center, Disability Resource Office, Advising and Exploratory Studies as well as take advantage of embedded resources such as counselors, tutors and academic and career advisors.
OnePack Empowered will be housed under the umbrella of the Career Development Center, and its career-preparation emphasis will be fairly unique.
A cornerstone will be carefully trained student mentors who will be paired with participants as role models and links to resources. Parent engagement will be incorporated into the program as a vital element as well.
“We’re looking at holistic support that’s really helping students build that self-confidence that they can be partners in working toward their success,” Reed said. “We’re guiding them in that process. We want to build a community that students want to be part of, where they can be excited and engaged.”
Reed and other staff members are in the midst of hiring a program manager to direct OnePack Empowered and to plan for additional staffing. They have developed a framework that includes four learning outcomes for students:
- Identify, prioritize and use campus resources that support their NC State success.
- Develop a success plan to accomplish their academic and career goals.
- Evaluate successful and challenging experiences to guide decision-making.
- Develop a sense of community within the OnePack Empowered cohort.
In addition to the program at Appalachian State that focuses on students with executive functioning challenges, Reed said there are two other UNC System institutions providing individualized support for students with specific disabilities: STEPP at East Carolina University and The Learning Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, both of which focus on ADHD and other specific disabilities.
“One of the things that college is supposed to do is prepare you to succeed in the real world,” Doeren said. “We’re failing a lot of kids in our country. The biggest leading factor is people not believing in themselves or having someone else to believe in them. That’s what OnePack Empowered is about: caring about this part of our community.”
NC State Football
NC State to Play Tennessee in 2024 in Charlotte
It’s finally official. NC State and Tennessee will play one another in football at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on September 7th, 2024, in the Duke’s Mayo Classic. The Wolfpack are also scheduled to play Louisiana Tech and Western Carolina in non-conference play in 2024.
Pack vs. Vols, 2024
🔗 https://t.co/a3uLh6ulPQ#1Pack1Goal pic.twitter.com/CC8sh0MYEO
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) March 21, 2023
“We are excited to participate in the 2024 Duke’s Mayo Classic. This is an incredible opportunity for our football program to face a great SEC opponent in our home state. The Charlotte Sports Foundation does a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to an electric atmosphere at Bank of America Stadium,” said Director of Athletics, Boo Corrigan. (GoPack)
NC State has played Tennessee 3 times, winning the first game of the series back in 1893.
NC State Football
ICYMI: NC State Gives Dave Doeren a 1-Year Contract Extension
In case you missed it, last week NC State gave head football coach Dave Doeren a 1-year contract extension, locking him in for 5 more years, which is through the 2027 football season. The contract is for an additional year, without a raise in pay, which is $5 million annually.
“We are very proud of the standard and culture that Dave has established for our football program,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “We look forward to seeing him build on the progress we have enjoyed on and off the field under his leadership.”
“I’m very grateful to Chancellor Woodson and Boo Corrigan for their commitment to our program and for all of the support they’ve given me personally,” said Doeren. “This is home and I’m excited about the future of Wolfpack football.”
To see the type of impact Doeren has had during his tenure at NC State, click here.
NC State Football
NC State Football Ranked 46th in Preseason 2023 SP+ Rankings
ESPN’s Bill Connelly has release the 2023 Preseason College Football SP+ Rankings, and NC State is ranked 46th nationally, and 7th in the ACC.
ACC Teams in the Preseason SP+ Rankings
46. NC State
52. Wake Forest
69. Virginia Tech
70. Georgia Tech
72. Boston College
NC State’s Offense is ranked 67th, and the Defense is ranked 22nd.
Guess we are back to ‘just beat Carolina’ and we’ll leave the season with some grace.
If MJ is out QB of the future, which I believe is the case and I’m still excited about, the lessons learned in this game should pay off down the road. BC has a pretty good secondary, unlike Wake and VT which we could easily exploit.
Louisville will bring the heat and MJ better be ready for that challenge in a hostile place. UNC’s defense isn’t very good, so maybe that matchup isn’t too bad for us.