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Tony Gibson Has Crafted NC State’s Defense into a Top-25 Squad Year-After-Year

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When Tony Gibson arrived in Raleigh in 2019, he was a Co-Defensive Coordinator alongside Defensive Coordinator Dave Huxtable. He also coached the Safeties.

In December of 2019, following the conclusion of the season, Huxtable was fired, and Gibson was promoted to Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker’s Coach.

In 2019, NC State ranked 74th in Total Defense (400.3 yards per game), 103rd in Pass Defense (255.5), 51st in Run Defense (144.8) and 82nd in Scoring Defense (30.1).

For even more perspective, in 2018 the Wolfpack ranked 66th in Total Defense (392.6), and in 2017 they ranked 58th (384.2).

Once Gibson took over in 2020, he began the journey of turning the Wolfpack into one of the best defenses in college football.

In Gibson’s 1st season as Defensive Coordinator, the Wolfpack didn’t improve all that much, ranking 72nd in Total Defense (415.7), 76th in Pass Defense (241.1), 76th in Run Defense (174.6), and 63rd in Scoring Defense (29.2).

It was in Year 2 that Gibson’s impact was evident. NC State ranked 19th in Total Defense (331.7), 31st in Pass Defense (207.6), 22nd in Run Defense (124.1) and 14th in Scoring Defense (19.7).

Last year, the Wolfpack ranked 19th in Total Defense (326.9), 71st in Pass Defense (226.2), 11th in Run Defense (100.7) and 11th in Scoring Defense (19.2)

This season, NC State ranks 22nd in Total Defense (318), 49th in Pass Defense (215.5), 17th in Run Defense (102.5) and 30th in Scoring Defense (20.2).

After a bumpy start in Year 1, Gibson’s defense has ranked in the Top-25 in Total Defense and Run Defense in three consecutive seasons. They’ve ranked in the Top-25 in Scoring Defense in 2 of the last 3 seasons.

After last season, NC State gave Gibson a new three-year contract worth $1.3 million annually, making him the highest paid Defensive Coordinator in the ACC, and the 2nd highest paid Assistant Coach.

Every year, when Head Coaching jobs open up, Gibson’s name gets thrown around, and deservedly so. Gibson is essential to the success and consistency that is being built at NC State. He completely fits the type of culture that Dave Doeren is trying to build.

The Wolfpack can’t afford to lose Tony Gibson.

Sure, he was given a raise last year.

I say do it again.

Pay the man.

 

 

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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WATCH: RB Jordan Waters Impresses in NC State Spring Game

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Former Duke Running Back Jordan Waters (6’0″/215) will be NC State’s RB1 in 2024, and he gave the Wolfpack fans a good taste of what he will bring to the table this past Saturday in the 2024 Spring Game.

Waters rushed the ball 7 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

Check out all 7 of his carries in the video below.

Last year NC State started the season with Jordan Houston as their starting Running Back, but he opted to redshirt after 3 games, in order to enter the Transfer Portal. Michael Allen was the next man up, and he decided to sit out the regular season finale against UNC, and also entered the Transfer Portal. Delbert Mimms III and Kendrick Raphael also both started games for NC State last season, with Mimms III also transferring. That’s 4 starting Running Backs in one season.

The Wolfpack were looking for stability in the Running Back room, and they have found that in Jordan Waters.

Waters rushed for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for the Blue Devils, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. In his career, he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 50 games at Duke. Waters earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors last season.

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NC State Defensive Tackle Nick Campbell to Enter the Transfer Portal

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NC State Redshirt Sophomore Nick Campbell (6’4″/300) will enter the Transfer Portal when it opens back up on April 16th.

Campbell was a 3-Star prospect out of the state of Florida in the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #45 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

In 2022, Campbell played 9 snaps against UCONN, redshirting the season. Last year, the only game he saw action is was against VMI.

The Wolfpack already needed to add depth at Nose Tackle. With the exodus of Campbell, it almost seems like a necessity for NC State to go find one in the Portal when it opens back up, with Brandon Cleveland and DJ Jackson being the lone rangers remaining.

Campbell has three years of eligibility remaining.

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WATCH: Pack Insider’s 2024 NC State Spring Game Highlight Reel

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NC State’s 2024 Football Spring Game was this past Saturday. Check out Pack Insider’s Highlight Reel of the game!





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NC State’s Dennis Parker Jr. is Cleared for the Final Four

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NC State Freshman Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Junior has been cleared to play, and will be suiting up for the Wolfpack against Purdue tomorrow night.

Parker Jr. hasn’t played since March 4th, when he played 3 minutes against Duke. As a result of having mono, the True Freshman has missed the past 10 games.

Early in the season, Parker Jr. was a prominent feature in the Wolfpack’s game plan. He even started in 12 games (basically December-January).

As the season progressed, Parker Jr.’s role progressively diminished. After playing 10+ minutes in 19 of the first 20 games, he only played in 10+ minutes in 1 of the last 9 games he played in.

One of the strengths of NC State’s run in the postseason has been a more solidified rotation, which has built consistency. As a result, I’m not so sure that receiving clearance to play will equal playing time for Parker Jr. tomorrow night.

With that being said, having the ability to throw Parker Jr. on the court in the contest gives the Wolfpack another depth piece in a game that could see (hopefully not) NC State flirt with foul trouble.

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