In case you missed it, college football games were shorter in Week 1. That’s because the good ol NCAA made a significant in the way the clock runs heading into the 2023 season.
So here’s the deal. No longer will the clock stop after a first down, giving a chance for the chains to move before starting the clock again. From now on, the clock will only stop after first downs within the final 2 minutes of each half.
Why did the NCAA make said changes? To speed the game up to maintain engagmenent and give less opportunities for players to get injured. For perspective, college football games were roughly 20 minutes longer than NFL games last season, playing on average 27 more snaps per contest.
NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren expressed his sadness towards the changes at his weekly press conference, after experiencing its impact first hand up in Connecticut last Thursday night.
“There’s 15 fewer plays per game, on average. Three possessions that you’re losing in a football game. It’s definitely noticeable. Our 1st quarter was over after 3 possessions total at UConn. They had a long drive where they ran the football. We did the same. I looked up and there was 2:30 left in the 1st quarter after the 1st touch for each team. We had 4 TV timeouts per quarter.
16 television timeouts in our game, but we’re going to be excited about that and take football out of the game. I think it’s sad. That’s what’s happened, but it’s the way it goes. People want a shorter game, but they want more commercials within the game.”
Doeren also explained how the rule change will change the way teams plan and the total amount of points up on the scoreboard at the end of the game.
“As a football team, now you have to understand…there are fewer possessions. Each possession is critical for both teams. Offense and the defense, both sides of your football team. You don’t have as many opportunities to score points that you did before. There’s less touches. It’s going equal less points in a lot of cases. Not all, but if you’re playing a pretty clean football game and you’re used to having 10-12 possessions per game, you’re probably looking at 8-10 now. It’ll take time to get used to, but it’s just the way things are.”
NC State LB Payton Wilson Wins the Bednarik Award!
NC State’s Payton Wilson won the Butkus Award earlier this week, naming him the best Linebacker in college football. Tonight he won the Bednarik Award, which has been given out annually to the best defensive player in college football since 1995.
Wilson beat out Alabama Linebacker Dallas Turner and UCLA’s Defensive End Laiatu Latu.
Prior to this week, no NC State Linebacker had ever won the Butkus Award. Prior to tonight, no NC State defensive player had ever won the Bednarik Award.
Below is a list of the former Bednarik Award winners.
In one week, Wilson has done what no other Linebacker of defensive player at NC State has ever done.
Go ahead and retire the #11 already!
Wake Forest Transfer WR Welsey Grimes Commits to NC State!
NC State just picked up their first transfer of the 2024 class, and it’s a big one. Former Wake Forest Wide Receiver Wesley Grimes (6’2″/187) just committed to run with the Wolfpack.
As a Sophomore this season, Grimes caught 20 passes for 339 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games. As a True Freshman last year, he played in his 6 games, collecting 4 receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.
In all reality, Grimes is coming home. He was a 4-Star prospect out of Millbrook High School here in Raleigh. ON3, 247Sports and Rivals all ranked Grimes as a Top-250 prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #36 overall player nationally, the #4 Wide Receiver, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
From a recruiting rankings standpoint, Grimes instantly becomes the highest ranked player on NC State’s roster. Since he played as a True Freshman, Grimes has 3 seasons to play 2 years of eligibility.
Back in 2021, Grimes chose the Demon Deacons over NC State, Tennessee, Duke and Louisville. On December 8th, 2023, Grimes decided to come back home and run with the Pack.
Kansas State will be Without Their Offensive Coordinator & Starting Quarterback Against NC State
Kansas State will be without their Offensive Coordinator and starting Quarterback when they face NC State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl on December 28th.
New Texas A&M head coach Mike Elko, who just left the same position at Duke, paid big bucks to hire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Collin Klein as his OC, who had been serving in the position at Kansas State for the past 2 seasons. For the past 7 seasons, Klein has served as the Wildcats Quarterbacks Coach.
This season, Kansas State ranks 23rd in Total Offense (446.1) and 14th in Rushing Offense (199.7).
As Quarterbacks Coach, he helped develop four-year starter Will Howard, who announced he would be entering the Transfer Portal on November 27th. This season, Howard earned 2nd Team All-Big 12 honors. In 12 games, he threw for 2,643 yards and 24 touchdowns (10 interceptions). Howard also rushed for 351 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Howard will be replaced by Freshman Avery Johnson. There was speculation that Johnson might follow Klein to Texas A&M, but he will be starting for the Wildcats in Orlando against the Wolfpack.
NC State’s Kevin Concepcion Earns Freshman All-American Status from The Athletic
NC State Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion has been named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic.
Here’s what they had to say about KC:
WR Kevin Concepcion, NC State: “KC” easily won ACC Rookie of the Year this season after catching 64 passes for 767 yards, rushing for 297 yards on 7.8 yards per carry and scoring 11 total touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound slot receiver from Charlotte was a three-star signee who proved he should start right away as a true freshman. Over his last seven games, Concepcion has averaged 117 total yards per game. (The Athletic)