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UPDATE: Malik Cunningham will not Play for Louisville Today
UPDATE: Malik Cunningham will not play in today’s game.
Louisville senior QB Malik Cunningham won't play today vs. NC State, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Cunningham suffered a right shoulder injury last week at Clemson. Brock Domann will make 2nd career start for UL
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 19, 2022
NC State doesn’t know if they will have to defend Senior Louisville Quarterback Malik Cunningham today.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Cunningham. He injured his non-throwing hand against James Madison two weeks ago, and then injured his right shoulder trying to score at the end of the 1st half against Clemson, and didn’t return.
Here’s what Cardinals’ Head Coach Scott Satterfield had to say about the status of Cunningham this week at his weekly press conference:
“Malik is day-to-day. He went out the last play before halftime and kind of landed on his shoulder, kind of dinged that whole area around there. I don’t know the specifics of the injury but really just kind of bruising around the shoulder. He’s going to be day-to-day, he’s been over here all day Sunday, Monday, and today just working and trying to get better, trying to get out there. As we go throughout the week, we’ll have a better idea of where he’s at, but today I’d list him as day-to-day.”
“Yeah, it’s a little limiting for him as far as there’s a little discomfort there, but he can certainly go out and play and not really affect how you’re going to play the game. He still ran around, still tried to make plays. I think, in the game, he was 10-13 throwing against a really good defense. Clemson is one of the top defenses in the country, and their defensive line and linebackers are very talented. For him to go out there and play the way he did, I thought he played well. It’s just a really good defense. Now, with the right shoulder, which is his throwing arm, he’s going to have to get that healthy so he can throw. Again, we’ll see how quickly that can heal up and if he’s available or not for Saturday.” (Link)
Here's what Scott Satterfield had to say about Malik Cunningham who's listed day to day with a right shoulder injury. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/Du1CKxWPfP
— Kent Spencer (@WHAS11Kent) November 15, 2022
If Cunningham can’t play, Junior Brock Domann will be the Quarterback for Louisville. Last week, in the 2nd half, Domann was 13 of 23 for 175 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
Here’s what Satterfield had to say about Domann at the presser:
“I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, he’s got a lot of confidence. He’s got a lot of confidence in his ability. When he goes out and he makes plays, it just increases that. I thought he did a lot of really nice things the other night against Clemson. Again, they are a really good defense and he had guys breathing down his neck there and he’s still standing in there making those throws. I think that gives him the confidence to know when he has a plan of knowing how to attack this defense with this particular play then he’s really, really good. That’s one of the things he told me after the game, he said he feels really good when he understands the play and he has a good plan for it. So, for us as coaches, we have to put together a plan for him that he feels really good about and confident to make those plays. The more he plays, the better he feels. You mentioned that he’s played a lot over the last several games and gone out and made a lot of great plays for us. He’s becoming more and more confident with the offense having gone through the spring, the summer, and then as he’s gone out and played some games. We have confidence in him, and I think the receivers do too. They know if they get open, he’s going to throw them the ball where they have a great chance to make the play. I think we saw that in the second half last week, (Tyler Hudson) made some great catches on the outside, but Brock gave him a chance. He threw it in a place where he had the opportunity to catch it. That’s what we want from our quarterback position, give them a chance to make plays. A guy like (Hudson) is going to come down with it and make those plays. Another great example is what he did in the game when we threw a touchdown to (Hudson), and they knock that off the books. He hits Braden (Smith) wide open and it kind of gets lost in the lights and he didn’t catch it. He still stood in there and threw a touchdown pass right after that. I’m really pleased with the way he’s been playing. We have to do a great job as coaches to find ways for him to be able to move the ball if he is going to be playing.” (Link)
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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.
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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.
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NC State’s Football Game against USF Gets Moved From 2024 to 2029.
NC State was scheduled to play USF on the road in 2024, but that game has been moved back to 2029.
USF has moved a few dates with ACC opponents.
The biggest move is Miami at USF, which will be played earlier than expected as the date shifts from 2027 to 2024. pic.twitter.com/LtkTBd21n2
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) February 14, 2023
As a result, NC State is now on the lookout to fill 2 spots for non-conference opponents in 2024. The only two non-conference games locked in at this point for 2024 is Western Carolina and Louisiana Tech at home.
It has been rumored that NC State could open the 2024 season playing Tennessee in Charlotte, but it hasn’t been confirmed.
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NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!
NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.
- NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
- NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
- NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
- NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
- In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
- The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville