NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren met with the media for his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack defeated #17 UNC in Chapel Hill today in 2OT. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.
- What a game. Heck of a win. Super proud of our players and staff. It was awesome. What a football game.
- Coach Brown and his team battled back.
- The Quarterback for them is a really good football player.
- Our guys are just resilient. They’ve got a lot of grit and heart. They just find a way to win. That’s what we did.
- I’m thankful to be with these guys. It’s been a hard month.
- I can’t even put into words for you guys how hard this month has been for me.
- It’s a great way to finish the season. I’m very thankful. Give God the glory.
- I can’t wait to enjoy a Saturday of college football with no stress, just relaxing with my family. It’s a hell of a win.
- I don’t think people understand what Derrek Pitts had to do today [moved from Corner to Nickel].
- They casted him up. He’s got a bad wrist sprain and played.
- Jalen Frazier has been a 3rd-string and 4th-string guy all year, and he came in and gave us valuable minutes.
- Derrek Pitts. They did a great job on Josh Downs. We all know how good of a player he is. To keep him from scoring, they did a really good job at the nickel position.
- We missed Tyler Baker-Williams. We missed Jakeen Harris and Devan Boykin. All three nickels were out.
- So, it was pretty impressive that Derrek could go in there and have the recall he did.
- He was the nickel for Tony [Gibson] back at West Virginia back in the day.
- I gave everybody a game ball, but if not he would have been one of the guys that got singled out today.
- We needed Devin [Carter].
- He’s a guy who can make contact catches, and they’ve got big corners.
- He came up with a big play for us there to get the lead.
- He had a lot of contact catches that we needed to make.
- Obviously we had another one there at the end and didn’t.
- It’s good to have Devin back. We were hoping that we had Trent Pennix, too, but it just didn’t last.
- I think it’s a great lesson for people out there that you don’t give up, you keep working.
- Ben [Finley] could have easily been one of these Quarterbacks who jumped in the portal when he didn’t get what he thought he was going to get.
- Instead he was a great teammate. He went down and serviced the defense.
- I bet that the 10 weeks down there made him the player that you’re looking at right now.
- Going against that defense day-in-and-day-out has helped him see the game a little bit slower.
- Our defense does a lot and presents a lot of things, and he has to see that every day as the scout team quarterback.
- I’m super proud of him. I can’t say enough about him stepping in and taking care of the football and doing a lot of good things for us.
His brother was undefeated here. That’s cool to keep the tradition going for the Finleys. I can’t say enough about Ben and his performance today.
- I think we had 8 starters out at one point last week.
- The week before I felt like the game was taken from us more than we lost it, to be honest. So, I don’t know that it reshapes anything.
- I think it just proves the staying power that our guys have and the resiliency, grit, toughness, love.
- I told them all week that nobody is going to care about anything other than this win when we win this game. This will make a lot of things feel better.
- It’s a 365-day you-know-what sandwich that the other school gets to eat.
- We didn’t want to eat it. We wanted to have that. We wanted to finish with that pride.
- That’s what happens with rivalry games. One team gets to feel good for a year and the other team doesn’t. It’s a great job by our guys finishing.
- Yeah. ‘Light It Red’ [his t-shirt underneath his hoodie].
- That’s what we do when there’s a celebration.
- I actually wear this quite a bit underneath my top, and I just got excited.
- I wanted to go over there. I heard our fans cheering, which was awesome.
- Our parent section was great. I just wanted to go over there and thank them and get excited with them.
- I did talk about it. It’s not really a state championship because we didn’t get to play Duke.
- But we did beat all 3 teams in state: ECU, Wake Forest and UNC.
- It’s awesome to have that as part of the year, and obviously that helps in recruiting.
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
NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era
NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.
Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.
This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.
2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2
4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class
Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) January 17, 2023
On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.
Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.
He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.
Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.
NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener
It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) January 18, 2023
The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.
This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.
Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.
This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.
The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.