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NC State senior RB Shadrach Thornton has been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season.

Head coach Dave Doeren did not elaborate as to the exact circumstances that sparked the suspension, at least not beyond saying that it stemmed from a university issue that occurred six months ago. ESPN's Brett McMurphy has tweeted that the suspension came after a second failed drug test by the senior. This is his third infraction. A misdemeanor assault arrest forced a one-game suspension in 2013 and a marijuana possession charge led to an indefinite suspension in December of that same year, though he was reinstated after the charges were dropped. The 6-foot, 218-pound back led the Wolfpack with 907 yards rushing last season.
Aug 27 - 4:42 PM

538 of NC State redshirt senior QB Jacoby Brissett's 735 rushing yards were produced on scrambles.

That is 72 percent. The figure makes sense for multiple reasons. One, NC State does not call as many designed runs for their mobile quarterback as other schools. Two, NC State's offensive line allowed a large amount of pressure last season, forcing Brissett off his spot. In fact, the Wolfpack might actually be happy if Brissett's total rushing figure drops in 2015.
Aug 8 - 4:36 PM

NC State senior RB Shadrach Thornton could "possibly [work his way into] a third- or fourth-round draft slot," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Some scouts will probably view Thornton as too upright a runner to make it at the next level," Reuter wrote. "But I'd ask them to remember another 6-foot back with an upright style who has carved out a nice NFL career: James Starks of the Green Bay Packers." The 6-foot, 218-pounder posted 907 yards in 2014 (5.5 yards per carry) and runs a 4.59 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 11:58 PM

North Carolina State redshirt senior QB Jacoby Brissett has "the arm strength and athleticism for the next level," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"The senior has the arm strength and athleticism for the next level and I also like his patience in the pocket. Brissett is not a run first signal caller as he plays with a lot of passer intangibles. He needs to improve the details of the position as he’s a bit slow going to secondary targets and sprays throws on occasion but the tools are available for a big move up draft boards," Pauline wrote. The North Carolina State prospect passed for 2606 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions, with 529 yards rushing and 3 rushing scores in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett should put together another productive season in the Wolfpack's spread offense.
Aug 5 - 3:47 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks NC State junior TE David Grinnage as the No. 5 underclassmen tight end prospect in the country.

"At 6-5 and nearly 270 pounds, you could flip Grinnage around and have a defensive end prospect," Kiper wrote. "He really broke though as a weapon in ACC play last year and should be a focal point in 2015." Grinnage had career highs of 27 catches for 358 yards and five touchdowns -- all coming in his final five conference games -- last year. We'd expect him to set new career bests in catches and yards this fall.
Jul 20 - 7:25 PM

North Carolina State redshirt senior QB Jacoby Brissett is "inconsistent, but he has high upside, depending on how a questionable receiving corps develops," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Brissett flashed potential as starter [last year], even if results were mixed," Brown wrote. "N.C. State made nice strides in Dave Doeren's second season, and Brissett gives the Wolfpack a physical, mobile quarterback at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, one who can be an expert improviser. He's inconsistent, but he has high upside, depending on how a questionable receiving corps develops." The analyst pegs Brissett as the No. 18 signal-caller in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett passed for 2,606 yards (59.7 percent completions) with a 23/5 TD/INT rate last year. He added 529 yards rushing with three rushing scores.
Jul 8 - 2:10 PM

NC State redshirt senior DE Mike Rose "isn't a slam dunk draft pick and won't test overly well, but [he] does enough to make you take notice on tape," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He plays with a relentless motor to make plays all over the field, using his chase skills to make stops most defensive linemen aren't interested in making," Brugler wrote. "Rose lacks ideal height and length and doesn't have the dynamic lateral agility to deceive blockers off the edge, but he uses his forceful hands and upper body strength to bully anyone who gets in his way." The 6-foot-3, 276-pounder had 15 TFL, three forced fumbles, five sacks and 47 total tackles last year. "His best trait might be his backfield vision to keep his eyes glued on the ball to mirror at the line of scrimmage," Brugler wrote. "Rose has terrific football instincts to identify play design and sniff out screens, quickly recognizing what the offense wants to do."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 6:20 PM

NC State senior RB Shadrach Thornton "is a good-sized, tough runner with quick eyes to find running room and barrel forward into the teeth of a defense," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Thornton is the only returning NC State player who earned all-conference honors last season. He had a career-best 907 yards in 2014 (5.5 yards per carry) and added nine ground touchdowns. "He needs to improve his pad level and forward lean to better use his natural power, rarely picking up positive yards after initial contact," Brugler wrote. "Despite the quick feet to work around bodies, Thornton needs to play with more control and better delegate his steps to string moves together and set up defenders. He gives good effort in pass protection and tallied 15 catches in 2014 and with a few tweaks to his run style, Thornton could finish among the ACC's best rushers in 2015." The 6-foot, 218-pounders runs a 4.59 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 19 - 7:43 PM

North Carolina State redshirt senior QB Jacoby Brissett "has the physical skill-set needed for the NFL with a well-built frame and mobility to move the pocket and throw on the run," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has some Houdini to him with his scrambling to keep plays alive behind the line of scrimmage, also showing an astute field sense to know where the sticks are, lowering his pads to finish," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett struggles mightily with consistency (check his box scores sometime), but the talent has gotten him compared to Colin Kaepernick. "Brissett senses pressure well to step up in the pocket with vision to see the entire field, but he will get rattled when the walls start to close in, dropping his eye level too early," Brugler wrote. "He needs to improve his 59.7-percent completions and show more consistent fundamentals, but Brissett is a natural fit in the Wolfpack's spread offense, which helps showcase his natural gifts."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 19 - 5:11 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter compares North Carolina State redshirt senior QB Jacoby Brisset to Colin Kaepernick.

"Brissett's build, elusiveness in the open field and strong arm will intrigue teams looking for a playmaker with the ability to connect with receivers from the pocket," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Brissett was all over the place last season, going 4-for-18 for 35 yards against Clemson, but 32-for-48 for 359 yards and three scores against Florida State. "More performances like the one he had against a strong Seminoles defense will push him from a "project" to an elite prospect who could be picked even earlier than Kaepernick (second round, No. 36 overall in 2011)," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 10:15 PM

ESPN's David M. Hale believes that NC State redshirt senior QB Jacoby Brissett is a darkhorse candidate for ACC offensive player of the year.

"There are questions about his receiving corps, and he needs to cut down on his fumbles this year, but Brissett had NC State’s offense clicking for much of last year, and there’s no reason to think he won’t get even better in 2015," Hale wrote. Brissett was one of just three quarterbacks in the nation with at least 2,000 passing yards, 300 rushing yards, 20 passing TDs and five or less interceptions(Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley were the other two). The North Carolina State prospect passed for 2606 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions, with 529 yards rushing and 3 rushing scores in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 3:20 PM

North Carolina State OT Tyson Chandler was the "big winner" of the school's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Chandler measured in at a, um, svelte 6-foot-7 1/4, 330 pounds, having shed 28 pounds since the season. He boasts an NBA-like 88-inch wingspan, befitting of his Dallas Maverick namesake. Chandler hoisted 31 reps on the bench and added a 28-inch vertical jump, a 9-4 broad jump and a 40 time of 5.25 seconds. "He looked incredibly athletic during position drills for such a large lineman," wrote Pauline. "In fact, most said Chandler was the best offensive lineman in attendance and not Rob Crisp. Chandler was smooth and easily flipped his hips in drills. Scouts commended Chandler on his conditioning, and long-time Oakland Raiders scout and former lineman Mickey Marvin heaped praise on him." The analyst reported Chandler will work out for the New York Jets in a few weeks.
Mar 24 - 12:27 AM

North Carolina State senior DT Thomas Teal will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Teal's consistency vacillates, and he struggled in a few high-profile matchups, such as October's loss to Florida State, but there are aspects of his game that intrigue. Teal is a natural DT -- with the power to line up over center and control two gaps -- but has the versatility to kick outside in three-lineman sets. He ties up blockers and is good in run support, but may never contribute as a pass rusher. Teal "could draw mid-to-late round consideration," CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote over the summer.
Jan 7 - 8:14 PM

North Carolina State senior K Niklas Sade accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Sade this season broke the school’s all-time leading scorer that had stood since 1978. A ridiculously productive career ends with 332 points, 167 PATs and 55 field goals. Sade is very accurate, but will have to prove to scouts that he has the leg to kick 50-plus yard field goals to get drafted.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:53:00 PM

NC State redshirt junior QB Jacoby Brissett completed 15 of 26 attempts for 262 yards and one touchdown in the school's 34-27 win over UCF.

Brissett added another 31 rushing yards, and one 11 yard run showcased the quarterback's ability to manage the pocket and pick up yards with his feet. With that said, Brissett can definitely improve in terms of timing his targets to make the most of windows and placement to lead receivers to yards after the catch. Brissett does have another offseason before testing NFL waters after next season.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:16:00 AM


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