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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

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


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