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NC State senior RB Matt Dayes accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Dayes became the Wolfpack’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002 a couple weeks ago and will head to NCSU's bowl game with 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. The draft industry has taken a liking to the versatile back this year. NFL.com's Chad Reuter says Dayes "could be a solid mid-round selection," ESPN's Todd McShay thinks he "could be a Day 3 steal if he lands in the right system," and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Dayes "should end up being an excellent value pick."
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 30 - 12:43 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley was lifted in the fourth quarter of Friday's win over North Carolina due to a potential concussion.

Finley was taken to the locker room in the final quarter and given a vision test as part of the concussion protocol. He later returned to the sideline with his helmet, though he did not reenter the game. Jalan McClendon finished out the contest in his place. Prior to going out injured, Finley had completed 11-of-18 passes for 151 yards.
Nov 25 - 3:46 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Friday's 28-21 win over North Carolina.

With their one-score victory, the Wolfpack improved to 6-6 and are now eligible for a postseason bowl. Both of Dayes' touchdowns came in the first half, as he hit the end zone from one yard out with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter and came back around to score from 18 yards out with several minutes gone in the second quarter. Dayes wraps up his regular-season campaign having rushed for 1,119 yards (the best mark in his four-year NC State career) and 10 touchdowns.
Nov 25 - 3:42 PM

ESPN reports that "the belief in industry circles" is that NC State HC Dave Doeren will return if the Wolfpack become bowl eligible.

NC State just secured a pivotal win over Syracuse. To go bowling, the 5-5 Wolfpack must beat Miami at home or North Carolina on the road. Four of those five losses were by seven points or fewer.
Source: ESPN
Nov 12 - 9:25 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley went 20-of-29 for 340 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 35-20 victory over Syracuse.

The Orange were missing starting quarterback Eric Dungey and WR Steve Ishmael. For his part, Finley looked great, frequently looking to Kelvin Harmon (101 yards receiving and one touchdown) and Bra'Lon Cherry (seven receptions).
Nov 12 - 4:46 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-20 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

Dayes found paydirt from 7, 20, and 13 yards out. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack defense held the Orange to just 28 yards rushing. The Wolfpack (5-5) need to secure only one win between Miami and UNC to secure a post-season bowl berth.
Nov 12 - 4:41 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries in Saturday's 24-20 loss to Florida State.

Dayes couldn't find the end zone in this one and finished out averaging a modest 4.5 YPC. His long run went for 25 yards. Through nine games, the 5-foot-9, 203-pound senior has now rushed for 831 yard and four touchdowns. He has been as consistent as any back in the country, having surpassed 100 yards in six games.
Nov 5 - 11:58 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for 45 yards on 19 carries and caught five passes for 33 yards in the school's 21-14 loss to NC State.

Dayes is the school's most dynamic offensive player, so it makes sense he was limited to 34 yards in a loss to Louisville and just 78 yards in this contest. The Wolfpack would be wise to continue to manufacture touches for Dayes, but the blocking needs to be better.
Oct 29 - 4:36 PM

NC State junior QB Ryan Finley completed 23 of 41 attempts for 307 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 21-14 loss to Boston College.

Finley opened the game with a 79-yard touchdown pass, but he faltered for much of the game after that. The dagger was a game ending interception in the endzone with less than two minutes left. Finley lobbed it to his receiver, who was beaten to the catch point and made the easy catch. Finley has thrown two interceptions in each of the last three games.
Oct 29 - 4:28 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes "should end up being an excellent value pick," writes NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

"He's a bowling ball between the tackles and he's been effective in the passing game as well," he wrote. Dayes has been getting all sorts of love from the draft community over the past few weeks. NFL.com's Chad Reuter wrote that Dayes "could be a solid mid-round selection in the 2017 draft," ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Dayes "could be a Day 3 steal if he lands in the right system," and Jeremiah wrote that Dayes "should end up being an excellent value pick." Sounds like our sources are talking to the same source.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 26 - 5:45 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes rushed for just 13 yards on five carries and caught one pass for 21 yards in the school's 54-13 loss to Louisville.

Dayes is typically NC State's top playmaker, and his limited production is a microcosm of NC State's day. This was the only game of the season that Dayes did not reach over 100 total yards.
Oct 22 - 4:25 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes "could be a Day 3 steal if he lands in the right system," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His draft stock is on the rise," McShay declared. Following three consecutive 100-yards games, McShay isn't the only one who thinks so. "A team captain, Dayes plays with great vision and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry for his career," McShay wrote.
Source: ESPN
Oct 20 - 10:13 PM

NC State senior RB Matt Dayes "could be a solid mid-round selection in the 2017 draft," writes NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

"The 5-9, 203-pound back has a low center of gravity, which helps him churn through tackles," Reuter wrote. "Dayes has enough power to run over tacklers, and he has a nose for the end zone." Dayes rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries in Saturday's close loss to Clemson, "showing nice patience and cutting ability to take advantage of stretch plays," per the analyst.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 17 - 4:54 PM

NC State junior H-back Jaylen Samuels caught eight passes for 100 yards in the school's 24-17 loss to Clemson.

This was Samuels' first 100 yard receiving game of the season. In fact, he basically doubled his receiving output on the season. Samuels is a super intriguing player in terms of his pro projection.
Oct 15 - 4:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the "consensus" opinion in scouting circles is that NC State junior DE Bradley Chubb may have moved onto the Day 2 line.

Against lauded Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey on Saturday, Chubb dominated, finishing with five tackles, 3.5 TFL and three sacks. "It further confirmed to scouts that Brandon Chubb is the real deal," Pauline wrote. "Most impressive was the complete game Chubb showed, not only making plays behind the line of scrimmage but also holding his own in run defense." Chubb is the younger brother of Wake Forest's Brandon Chubb and the cousin of Georgia's Nick Chubb. "Despite being slightly out of position in the Wolfpacks 3-4 alignment Chubb has menaced opponents all season," Pauline wrote. "I graded him as a late round pick entering the year but consensus presently has the junior as a potential second day pick."


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