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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

Boise State graduate QB Ryan Finley transferred to North Carolina State.

Finley is eligible to immediately compete for Jacoby Brissett's old spot as a grad transfer. As a bonus, he retains two years of eligibility. Finley is following new NC State QB coach and OC Eliah Drinkwitz, who held the same positions with the Broncos in 2015. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Finley was 46-of-70 with a 1/4 TD/INT rate before being Wally Pipp'd by Brett Rypien following a broken ankle.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 7:44 PM

Bill Parcells says NC State QB Jacoby Brissett is cut from the same mold as Patriot greats.

"He's a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That's the kind of guy he is. That's what New England is getting," Parcells said. "Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who've been successful -- he's very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys." Brissett played high school football near Parcells' home in Florida, so the legendary coach took him under his wing. "I have a very high regard for (Brissett)," Parcells said. "He's an awesome kid. He's very bright. He has zero personal issues. He's a very dedicated, committed guy and I think he's going to the absolute perfect place for him." Despite Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom having pegged Brissett as the class' most underrated QB prior to the Draft and despite Rotoworld's Josh Norris having been one of Brissett's earliest champions, the Rotoworld draft team as a whole was as surprised as anyone else that he ended up getting picked above Connor Cook.
May 5 - 2:58 PM

Packers signed North Carolina State TE David Grinnage.

Grinnage (6'5/248) was a surprise early entrant into the draft after a ho-hum college career, managing 67 catches for 798 yards (11.9 YPR) and nine touchdowns across three seasons. Grinnage is put together with long arms (34 1/2") and big hands (10 1/8"), but he was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, running 4.90 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-10 broad jump. Grinnage lacks point-of-attack ability to become an NFL blocking tight end and movement skills to become a legitimate receiving weapon. He's a long shot.
May 1 - 7:25 PM

Giants signed NC State DE Mike Rose.

Rose (6'3/261) was a 2 1/2-year starter for the Wolfpack, earning second-team All-ACC as a senior on the strength of 15 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Rose turned in a solid Pro Day, running 4.67 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 17 reps on the bench. Rose's game is short on quickness and burst, but he compensated with natural power and all-out hustle in college. He profiles as an early-career special teamer who could eventually make a run at sub-package snaps.
May 1 - 2:29 PM

Jets selected NC State CB Juston Burris with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Burris (6'0/212) spent his freshman year as a nickel corner before starting his final three seasons. While he managed only three career INTs, Burris held opponents to one touchdown pass and a stingy 34.1% completion rate on throws into his coverage as a senior. Burris further helped himself at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Burris is a big, physical corner with the necessary traits to function in zone or press coverage. He has a chance to develop into a steady No. 2 cornerback.
Apr 30 - 1:14 PM

Patriots selected NC State QB Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Brissett (6'4/231) spent two years at NC State after transferring from Florida, completing 458-of-765 passes (59.9%) with an underwhelming 6.89 YPA and 43:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He added nine touchdowns on scrambles. Brissett has a powerful arm and played in a pro-style college offense, but he has a tendency to drop his eyes too early in the down and is a scattershot passer, especially on downfield throws. A toolsy project with a lot to learn, Brissett has an outside chance to develop into a high-end backup or useful spot starter down the road. He could act as the Patriots' backup quarterback in the opening four games of the season.
Apr 29 - 11:05 PM

Patriots selected North Carolina State OG Joe Thuney with the No. 78 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Thuney (6'5/304) made 33 starts for the Wolfpack, seeing action at four positions on the line. He earned second-team All-ACC as a senior, allowing zero sacks on Jacoby Brissett's blind side. Thuney followed up with a strong Combine workout, running 4.95 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump and 28 reps on the bench. Too short armed (32 1/4") for a tackle, Thuney's best chance at an NFL starting job will be at guard or center. He's a high-floor prospect who should at least settle in as a reliable swing reserve.
Apr 29 - 10:28 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that NC State OL Joe Thuney "[became] a teacher's pet" through the draft process.

The scout sees Thuney bringing metaphorical apples to draft school "because he worked out awesome and is on the rise." That evaluator also sees a positional shift at the next level, saying, "He played left tackle this year, which he is not. He's either an athletic guard or a center." On the strength of his versatility, Pro Football Focus also adores teacher's pet Thuney.
Apr 29 - 3:01 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett is "better than Teddy Bridgewater."

"He has a chance to be a starter," said the scout. "I think he's better than Teddy Bridgewater. He's bigger, got a better arm and better pocket presence, and is a great kid. People will want to work with him. He's got this huge lower body. Guys just have a hard time bringing him down. He's not a speed guy but he's not a slug." Another scout threw out a Daunte Culpepper comp. "Strong arm with a compact motion," he said. "Just really inconsistent." Brissett has a lot of tools. Our concern is that he developed a few bad habits behind a poor offensive line. "He doesn't play fast," a third scout said. "He's methodical. I don't know if he can carry a team on his back."
Apr 21 - 6:29 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson hears that NC State OL Joe Thuney has had a private workout with the Texans.

Thuney was a three-year starter at NC State and earned all-conference academic honors for the 2015 campaign. Pro Football Focus loves his versatility, as he played tackle, guard and center during his time with the Wolfpack. As for what position he might play at the next level, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees him as a center. We like Thuney as a sleeper OL prospect for the draft in Chicago.
Apr 17 - 6:15 PM

Pro Football Focus believes NC State OL Joe Thuney is one of this class' most versatile linemen and also one of its best at the point of attack.

Thuney just about always completes his assignment in the running game and surrendered only seven pressures on 507 pass-blocking snaps in 2015. "While Thuney doesn’t fit the mold of a tackle, and the offensive line coaches we’ve talked to don’t think he has the length to play outside, he has shown that he can play there if necessary while likely providing strong play on the interior," Steve Palazzolo wrote. PFF believes Thuney is a huge OL sleeper, a sentiment we agree with.
Apr 15 - 5:04 PM

Boise State junior QB Ryan Finley will transfer.

Finley will wait until after he graduates in May, allowing him to play immediately wherever he winds up. Basically, he was Wally Pipp'd at BSU. The Broncos starter until suffering a broken ankle, Finley looked on as Brett Rypien ran away with the job in an impressive freshman showing. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder should have two seasons of eligibility left.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 6:43 PM


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