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NC State senior H-Back Jaylen Samuels accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Samuels (5'11/236) has been considered one of the more versatile players in college football, as he has the ability to play fullback, tight end, and has even been able to take some carries. He has one of the best catch-rates according to Pro Football Focus; so really the only question is what he'll be at the next level. He currently has anywhere from second-to-fourth round grades associated with him, so a strong Senior Bowl showing will go a long way towards him going closer to the former.
Dec 11 - 10:42 PM

An AFC scout compares NC State senior edge rusher Bradley Chubb to a "much more" explosive Derek Barnett.

"If you compare him to Derek Barnett, he has similar production but he is a much more explosive athlete," he said. "I think he is way ahead of (Boston College's Harold) Landry as a pro prospect." Chubb (6'4/275) is also bigger than Barnett (6'3/259). NFL.com's Lance Zierlein did not that Barnett has better hands than Chubb. "I'm undecided on where I project him, but he will be drafted earlier than where Barnett, the 14th overall pick in 2017, went," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 8 - 3:54 PM

NC State senior edge rusher Bradley Chubb was named winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award.

The Nagurski is handed out annually to the best defensive player in college football. Chubb achieved the honor on the strength of yet another statistically-brilliant campaign in which he registered 72 tackles (23.5 for loss), 10 sacks, nine quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Those 23.5 TFL led the FBS. He's currently undecided as to whether or not he will play in NC State's Sun Bowl showdown with Arizona State on Dec. 29. Chubb is a potential top-five pick for the spring draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 5:20 PM

North Carolina State DT B.J. Hill has accepted an invite to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Hill (6'4/315) was rated by many as a potential first-round pick, but that stock has slipped -- in large part because of the strong play of other defensive tackles. He's still a talented interior lineman who finished with three sacks and was Honorable Mention All-ACC this year.
Dec 4 - 9:37 PM

NC State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Payton Wilson.

Wilson (6'4/220) backed off his commitment to North Carolina in November, with the Wolfpack swooping in for the pledge soon thereafter. ESPN ranks him as the No. 97 overall prospect in the 2018 class and notes that the Hillsborough, North Carolina, native "[h]as the length to play on the line of scrimmage along with the range and versatility to play off the ball" and that "[h]is versatility creates a high upside." Wilson is expected to sign with NC State in December.
Source: Rivals
Dec 1 - 5:31 PM

NC State senior edge rusher Bradley Chubb said that he has not yet decided whether he will play in the team's bowl game.

Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey both drew a fair amount of flak for their decisions to sit out their respective bowl games last winter, but we would expect that a greater number of draft-eligible prospects are going to begin to take that route moving forward. Chubb (6'4/260) could be among them this year. The wrecking ball of a defensive lineman is in play for the first overall pick come the spring.
Dec 1 - 5:14 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman writes that NC State is "the clear leader" for uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Payton Wilson.

Wilson (6'4/220) had been committed to North Carolina up until late November, when he opted to reopen his recruitment. He's since visited NC State and will be taking officials to Clemson and Ohio State. Notre Dame is also in play for the linebacker. Wilson plans on making use of the early signing period (Dec. 20-22). He's a versatile, athletic linebacker who could find himself being used in a number of different capacities once he joins the collegiate ranks. Rivals ranks him as the No. 133 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Dec 1 - 2:58 PM

The Associated Press reports that NC State has signed HC Dave Doeren to a five-year contract set to run through the 2022 season.

Monetary figures for the deal have not surfaced as of yet. This new deal for Doeren was very much expected after he turned down overtures from Tennessee earlier on Thursday, with NC State reportedly bumping up their offer to keep him in town. Doeren has compiled a 33-30 record since being brought on as head coach by NC State prior to the start of the 2013 season. He helped lead the Wolfpack to a respectable 8-4 record for the current campaign, but has never won more than eight games during his time with the program.
Nov 30 - 3:45 PM

Yahoo Sport's Pete Thamel reports that NC State HC Dave Doeren has rebuffed interest from Tennessee and will remain with the Wolfpack.

The Volunteers' nightmare coaching search continues unabated. They have run into numerous dead ends since firing Butch Jones back on Nov. 12, with David Cutcliffe, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm and now Doeren -- who is expected to receive an extension at NC State -- all opting to pass on the open job in Knoxville. And the team's attempted hire of Ohio State DC Greg Schiano over the weekend resulted in massive internet and real-life protests which ultimately scuttled a deal that looked like it was in its final stages. It's unclear just what Tennessee's next move might be. They're beginning to exhaust the obvious options.
Nov 30 - 12:56 PM

Tennessee has offered NC State head coach Dave Doeren a contract, according to Jordan Dajani of WRAL.

The proposed deal offers a larger pool of money for assistant coaches as well. Apparently that note, plus a five year contract, we big sticking points for Doeren. We expect to see news drop today.
Nov 30 - 10:10 AM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Tennessee has turned its attention to NC State HC Dave Doeren after the Vols failed to reach terms with Purdue's Jeff Brohm.

Self-appointed mouthpiece of the Tennessee fan base Clay Travis reported on Wednesday afternoon that Vols AD John Currie made an offer to Brohm that was accepted. "Currie then asked the chancellor to approve the offer — buyout included — and chancellor said no," Travis continued. "So Currie went back to Brohm with lesser offer and Brohm said no. So here we are." Here we are indeed. The biggest fiasco of a coaching search we've ever witnessed may be on the precipice of ending, however. USA Today's Dan Wolken reported earlier on Wednesday that the relationship has soured between Doeren and NCSU AD Debbie Yow. If Doeren is looking for an escape door, he's found his match.
Nov 29 - 4:10 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that North Carolina State HC Dave Doeren and AD Debbie Yow have "engaged in a protracted and somewhat contentious standoff over his contract extension negotiations" over the past few days.

The report's most fascinating tidbit is that Doeren was close to accepting the head coaching position at Ole Miss last weekend before the deal fell apart after the Rebels won the Egg Bowl. Ole Miss instead elected to give interim HC Matt Luke the permanent job. Per Wolken, Doeren’s representatives "have tried to get him involved in the job openings at Mississippi State and Tennessee." The whole situation has apparently turned awkward. Doeren's contract at NCSU was automatically extended through the 2020 season because he reached eight wins this season (8-4). But now that he and the administration aren't seeing eye-to-eye, this could become an awkward marriage if Doeren doesn't accept another job. According to current reports, Doeren is heavily in play for Tennessee if Jeff Brohm doesn't take the job.
Source: USA Today
Nov 29 - 2:47 PM

NC State senior DT Justin Jones accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Jones (6'3/312) doesn't get the hype of some of the other Wolfpack defenders, but he's one of the space-eaters that allow players like Bradley Chubb to operate, and he was still able to pick up 8.5 tackles for loss, which ranked second on the team. He's the type of player whose stock can soar with a productive appearance in the game.
Nov 27 - 7:56 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren has received a one-year contract extension.

Doeren's one-year extension (plus a $100,000 raise) was triggered after NC State picked up their eighth win of the season via their defeat of North Carolina on Saturday. The Wolfpack wrapped up the regular season with an 8-4 record.
Nov 26 - 1:07 PM

NC State redshirt sophomore WR Jakobi Meyers caught seven passes for 101 yards in Saturday's 33-21 win over North Carolina.

Meyers (6'2/181) led the Wolfpack in receiving with his 101 yards. This was his third performance on the year over the century mark, helping to pad out a 56-651-4 receiving line for the campaign. NC State will now await its bowl assignment after wrapping up with a 8-4 record during the regular season.
Nov 25 - 8:22 PM


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