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That was an Offensive Nightmare…This Offense is a Nightmare

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NC State’s offensive performance against Louisville tonight was a nightmare.

The Wolfpack had 13 drives, and 6 of them were 3-and-outs. They averaged 15 yards per drive.

Brennan Armstrong completed 13 of his 25 passes for 112 yards. He had 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and a lost fumble. His passing efficiency rating was 73.6, which is his lowest rating in his collegiate career as a starting quarterback.

The Offensive Line was a mess. There was nowhere for running backs to run, and Armstrong was continually under fire. Wide Receivers weren’t creating enough separation. Brennan Armstrong looked like he didn’t belong on a college football field. The offensive play calling was predictable and painful to watch.

What makes tonight’s performance concerning is the fact that they weren’t facing a lockdown Louisville defense. The Cardinal’s defense is average at best. They gave up 28 points and 427 yards of offense to Boston College. They gave up 34 points and 488 yards of offense to Georgia Tech.

Let’s be honest, tonights performance simply brought to light just how bad the Wolfpack offense has been through 4 games.

Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae was supposed to be an offensive genie. As it currently stands, he’s not making any wishes come true.

Here’s the truth. This is the worst NC State’s offense has looked under Dave Doeren.

The Wolfpack is averaging 345.2 yards of total offense through 5 games. That’s the lowest mark through the first 5 games since Doeren took the job in 2013. Yes, that includes the 2013 season and the 2019 season.

Armstrong’s passing efficiency rating through 5 games is 112.54. I know it’s not fair, because there are more games to play, and he can improve that number, but here’s how bad that number is. Pete Thomas and Brandon Mitchell both posted better passing efficiency rating numbers in 2013 in Doeren’s first year when NC State went 3-9.

Unless personnel changes are made on offense, and unless Anae goes back to the drawing board, this isn’t going to be an NC State team that even makes a bowl game.

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Inhoc...
Inhoc...
2 months ago

That’s a very honest/objective take. Beyond awful. And in last week’s press confrence DD had the audacity to say “you should be happy we’re 3-1”; totally dismissing these concerns. I wish I knew how many games I’ve seen the Pack start games going 3 and out due to incredibly conservative play calling. I do not know if this is a DD issue (he meddles to much in the offensive game plan) or a Tim Beck/Anae plus QB thing. Armstrong/Anae have been good elsewhere…and Leary seems to be doing well this year at UK, when he was struggling last year. Why… Read more »

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Gump9011
Gump9011
2 months ago

MJ Morris please. Armstrong is getting worse – decision making and inaccurate throws are so painful to watch.

DFMo
DFMo
2 months ago
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Brennan has made some good, on the mark throws this year but he’s also been inaccurate and missed a good number that THIS team cannot afford. Even the radio guys seemed flabbergasted after the series where he threw 2 deep balls out of bounds and not catchable. Johnny commented that “you have to give your guys a chance to make a play.”

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NC State LB Payton Wilson Wins the Bednarik Award!

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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!

 

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Wake Forest Transfer WR Welsey Grimes Commits to NC State!

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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.

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Kansas State will be Without Their Offensive Coordinator & Starting Quarterback Against NC State

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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.

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NC State’s Kevin Concepcion Earns Freshman All-American Status from The Athletic

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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)

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