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NC State junior QB Ryan Finley completed 24-of-28 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 49-22 win over Old Dominion.

Finley wouldn't throw his first touchdown pass until there was 3:12 remaining in the first half. He hooked up with do-everything TE Jaylen Samuels for the 19-yard score on that one. Sufficiently warmed up, the 6-foot-4, 199-pound junior would fire off two more scoring passes in the second half. This was his first three-touchdown game of the season.
Sep 17 - 9:58 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries in Saturday's 33-30 loss to ECU.

Dayes posted a 7.4 average, but his game was a story of two halves. Rather, a story of frustration interrupted by one explosive play. The Pirates bottled him up in the first half, but Dayes ripped off a 54-yard scamper after halftime. The Wolfpack's coaching staff may kick themselves tonight for not getting more touches to stars Dayes and Jaylen Samuels and explosive OW Nyheim Hines.
Sep 10 - 3:42 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley has been named the starter for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Finley and Jalen McClendon both saw action against William & Mary on Saturday, but it was Finley who ultimately received the bulk of the work. The 6-foot-4, 199-pound Boise State transfer product completed 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Wolfpack are in the process of installing a high-tempo attack under new OC Eli Drinkwitz and they showed a marked uptick in speed of action on Thursday. Last season, NC State averaged 73 plays. In their season-opener, they executed 87 of them. They will try to keep ironing out their offensive blitz against East Carolina on Saturday.
Sep 6 - 3:33 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in the school's 48-14 win over William & Mary.

Dayes' touchdown runs were short, from five and four yards out. He did produce a 30 yard carry on an outside run with very good blocking in front of him. NC State's season starts soft, with ECU, Old Dominion and Wake Forest next, but then comes Notre Dame, Clemson and Louisville in three straight games. Enjoy that, Wolfpack.
Sep 2 - 9:46 AM

North Carolina State junior H-Back Jaylen Samuels scored three touchdowns in Thursday's 48-14 triumph over William & Mary.

He was up to his old tricks, lining up around formations and doing damage as a runner and as a receiver. Samuels converted five carries into 24 yards and two touchdowns. He also grabbed five passes for 66 yards and another score. Samuels is a unique weapon.
Sep 1 - 10:52 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley started Thursday against William & Mary.

Finley went 9-for-9 for 91 yards in the first quarter. Redshirt sophomore QB Jalen McClendon will also receive snaps.
Sep 1 - 8:09 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren said that the team would play both junior QB Ryan Finley and redshirt sophomore QB Jalen McClendon in the season-opener against William & Mary.

Nice work by McClendon to hang on here, as Finley's offseason transfer to NC State from the fertile wilds of the Boise Valley caused most to simply assume that the former Bronco would ascend to a starting role without much issue (particularly given that he is being reunited with former BSU OC Eli Drinkwitz). The Wolfpack have the luxury of experimenting early until they find the right fit, with the first three games on their schedule coming against William & Mary, East Carolina and Old Dominion before they enter ACC conference play.
Aug 26 - 3:02 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Finley went down with a broken ankle against Idaho State midway through September of 2015. He transferred over to NC State earlier this offseason and will now be eligible to play through 2018 should he choose to utilize all three of the remaining years of eligibility left to his name. Finley and Jalen McClendon remain locked in a heated quarterback competition to start the coming season as August begins to wind to a close. Expect clarity on that situation soon enough.
Aug 24 - 12:45 PM

North Carolina State HC Dave Doeren called junior QB Ryan Finley "like an extension of [OC Eli] Drinkwitz."

No surprise there. Finley worked with Drinkwitz when the latter was offensive coordinator at Boise State. "A lot of players have commented on that, how [Finley] goes in there and talks to them: 'Here's what this signal is, hey, here's what we want to do here, here's my read, here's what I'm going to do' so they understand," Doeren said, "and I think there's a comfort in that." While the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Finley -- who infamously lost his starting job to Brett Rypien after suffering a broken ankle against Idaho State in Week 3 of the 2015 campaign-- might know the system better than most on the Wolfpack, he remains embroiled in a quarterback competition with Jalan McClendon as fall camp gets underway.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 3:12 PM

North Carolina State sophomore RB Nyheim Hines has been practicing at wide receiver and may play there more often in new coordinator Eli Drinkwitz’s offense.

Perhaps in preparation, Hines dropped 10 pounds, down to 190. "I cut off some unneeded water weight and fat," Hines said. Last year, Hines rushed for 243 yards and a touchdown and had 20 catches for 256 yards with another score. He also had a 26.3-yard kick return average. Oh, and Hines also earned All-American honors during the track season. "His role figures to expand on offense in his second college season," noted the Raleigh News & Observer.
Aug 6 - 5:02 PM

North Carolina State sophomore RB Nyheim Hines was called "a playmaker" by an opposing ACC coach.

"The guy I like who everybody was recruiting was Nyheim Hines," he said. "He did a little bit of everything for them on offense and returned kicks." As a true freshman last year, Hines contributed immediately as a rotational running back, wide receiver and full-time kick returner. The four-star recruit earned honorable mention All-ACC honors as a specialist by posting a 26.3 yard kick return average and finished with 225 rushing yards along with 20 catches for 256 yards.
Aug 3 - 5:01 PM

NC State head coach Dave Doeren says he wants to get junior H-Back Jaylen Samuels "around 10" touches per game.

"I don't know what the magic number is, but you know, you'd like to say around 10," said Doeren. "Get him the ball 10 times a game because he has a way of making plays, man." Last year, the versatile Samuels collected 56 rushes for 368 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 65 catches for 597 yards and seven scores. He scored a touchdown every 7.6 times he touched the ball. "Last year I was doing so much stuff," he said, "like every position almost." The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder ranks No. 15 in school history with 18 career touchdowns.
Source: USA Today
Jul 25 - 6:27 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren sees junior DE Bradley Chubb as a potential difference-maker in the pass-rush for 2016.

"We've not had a pass rusher that forced teams to adjust protections," Doeren said, "but Chubb can be that guy." Last season, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder recorded 69 tackles (12 for loss), 5.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles. Those 69 tackles were good for second-most on the Wolfpack. ESPN's David Hale relays that Doeren's statement has been backed by several other ACC coaches -- these aren't just Wolfpack-colored glasses.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 3:43 PM

NC State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Antoine Thompson.

Rob Cassidy of Rivals noted in late June that Thompson's commitment was "hard to project." He wasn't joking. At the time, the 6-foot-1, 173-pounder counted UCF and Pitt as the leading contenders, with Miami, FSU and Tennessee also receiving consideration. And then he committed to none of them. A mid-June unofficial visit helped to sway him over to the Wolfpack. "I was surprised from the very start. I didn’t think the campus and the experience would be what it was when I actually got to experience it," Thompson said. He ranks as Rivals' No. 40 receiver for the 2017 cycle. While he isn't a burner -- he ran the 40-yard dash in the vicinity of 4.60 seconds during a Miami camp earlier this offseason -- the wideout brings a level of smarts and creativity to his routes.
Source: Rivals
Jul 24 - 2:15 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes says his foot injury is 100 percent healed and he is ready for the 2016 season.

Dayes injury was initially described as a toe injury, and it sidelined him for the final month-plus of the season. Dayes provided a huge spark for the offense last season, amassing 865 yards and 12 touchdowns while on the field for 67 percent of the Wolfpack's snaps. If this is true and Dayes is fully healthy, he could be one of the impact players in the ACC this season.
Jul 22 - 12:02 PM


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