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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

NC State senior WR Jumichael Ramos will miss the 2016 season after undergoing knee surgery.

Ramos will take a redshirt this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound wideout underwent the surgery earlier this month. "If J-Mike had tried to play, he would have had to deal with nagging injury all season and not be able to play to the level that he is capable of playing," said HC Dave Doeren. "I'm happy that he will be able to enjoy a senior season [in 2017] at top form." Last season, Ramos caught 34 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns. With his sidelining, the Wolfpack's top returning receiver is now senior Bra'lon Cherry, who accumulated a modest 288 receiving yards in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:13 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo says "will continue to move [NC State junior H-Back Jaylen Samuels] around to create mismatches."

They better, because Samuels is quite good at that, having graded positively as both a receiver and as a runner the past two years. Samuels led the Wolfpack with 65 receptions for 597 yards last year. He chipped in 368 yards on the ground. Did we mention he scored 16 offensive touchdowns en route to first-team All-ACC honors? Pro Football Focus says he's as the No. 68 player in all of college football. "Whether you call him a tight end, slot receiver, h-back or running back, Samuels is a versatile playmaker for the NC State offense," Palazzolo wrote. The team MVP last year, Samuels already ranks 15th in school history with 18 career touchdowns.
Jul 10 - 2:59 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Antoine Thompson said that UCF and Pitt are the leaders for his commitment.

Miami, Florida State and Tennessee are also floating on Thompson's radar, but Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy notes that the 6-foot-1, 173-pounder is "hard to project because his recruitment may change quickly this fall." ESPN calls Thompson "[v]ery savvy and creative" in his ability to create separation. Their main question comes with the receiver's speed, something he admitted might not be up to par. "I’ve had the offer from Miami," he said, "but I went down there last week to camp and run my 40. I ran, like, a 4.6."
Source: Rivals
Jun 26 - 1:55 PM

North Carolina State sophomore RB Nyheim Hines finished fifth in the ACC's 100-meter-dash finals.

Hines was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished No. 20 in the nation. As a frosh last fall, Hines burst onto the scene as a rotational running back, wide receiver and full-time kick returner. He earned honorable mention All-ACC honors as a specialist by posting a 26.3 yard kick return average, good for No. 5 in the conference. Hines finished with 225 rushing yards in limited action along with 20 catches for 256 yards as a receiver. The four-star recruit will have a bigger role this fall.
Source: ACC
Jun 13 - 7:37 PM

Per ESPN's Matt Fortuna, North Carolina State freshman QB Jakobi Meyers "made a strong push this spring" for the starting gig.

HC Dave Doeren insists Jalan McClendon -- the assumed starter since Jacoby Brissett’s graduation -- has not yet won the job. Indeed, Doeren says summer camp will begin with a two-man race for the right to start on Week 1. McClendon has the edge based on experience, but Wolfpack will consider all options under new coordinator Eli Drinkwitz.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 6:38 PM

South Alabama graduate C Joe Scelfo transferred to North Carolina State.

Scelfo brings the Wolfpack a center who was on the All-Sun Belt first-team last season. He's eligible to play immediately and is likely the frontrunner to replace center Quinton Schooley.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:59 PM


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