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NC State HC Dave Doeren said QB transfer Jacoby Brissett was the team's best leader last season, despite the fact he was not eligible to play.

Brissett transferred out of Florida as a junior after it became clear Jeff Driskel would be the current and future starter for the Gators. Brissett, now as a redshirt junior, will be the Wolfpack's starting quarterback this season.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

North Carolina State senior K Niklas Sade must take his game to another level in 2014 if he is to draw a draft selection, observes Derek Stephens of CBS Sports.

Sade was one of the most improved kickers in the nation last year, spiking his field goal percentage from .565 (13-23) in 2012 to .826 (19-23). That field goal total was the second highest in NCSU history. However, the 38-game starter must show additional improvement to hear his name called next spring. "Has a career long distance of 50 yards, and will need to demonstrate better leg strength in addition to continued accuracy as a senior if he's going to draw a draft selection next year," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 11:28 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes NC State redshirt senior T Rob Crisp could draw "significant draft consideration" if he's able to stay healthy.

Crisp has everything the NFL looks for, except for a clean bill of health. He's huge -- 6-foot-7, 300 pounds -- and athletic, and "has demonstrated quickness, strength and agility that NFL scouts look for," according to Stephens. Crisp missed five games in 2012 due to a lower back injury, and was knocked out for the year with a concussion in the second game of last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 10:42 PM

North Carolina State senior DT Thomas Teal "could draw mid-to-late round consideration if he can continue making plays behind the line of scrimmage," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The second-team preseason All-ACC Phil Steele selection logged 11 tackles for loss and three sacks as a junior. "Though he lacks elite burst off the snap, Teal routinely gets his hands inside his opponent and displays a strong punch and rip to disengage consistently," Stephens wrote. "Moving laterally, Teal isn't a quick-twitch athlete but he's flexible enough to stay balanced when changing direction and once he gets up to speed exhibits nice acceleration in a straight line. As a pass-rusher, Teal's best asset is the natural power he generates from his lower half, as he's routinely able to force blockers to backpedal, and utilizes those strong, active hands to disengage and close on the pocket." The analyst adds that Teal possesses the versatility to handle the outside in three-lineman sets, and the power to line up over center and handle two gaps.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 10:12 PM

NC State junior QB Jacoby Brissett was one of 76 players named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list.

You're well acquainted with the headliners of the list: Florida State QB Jameis Winston (Alabama's AJ McCarron upset the Heisman winner in Maxwell voting last year), Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, Georgia RB Todd Gurley and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon. Also on the list are two transfer QBs who have never taken a snap for their new teams: Brissett and Alabama's Jacob Coker. Brissett sat out last season after coming over from Florida. Brissett is a pro-style QB with a big arm who has impressed Wolfpack coaches in practice.
Source: NCFAA.org
Jul 7 - 2:58 PM

49ers selected North Carolina State CB Dontae Johnson with the No. 129 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Johnson (6-foot-2, 200) spent time at safety, slot, outside corner, and even linebacker during his college career, making 28 starts. He ran 4.45 at the Combine with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Johnson was exposed by quick-twitch receivers in the ACC, but boasts an intriguing size-athleticism combination and outstanding versatility. His college position coach, Dave Doeren, coached Aqib Talib at Kansas and likened Johnson's skill set to the Broncos' $57 million corner. Johnson is a sleeper to develop into a starting press corner or safety.
May 10 - 2:30 PM

ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reports that NC State DB Dontae Johnson had a pre-draft visit with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 6-foot 2, 200 pound Johnson is one of the bigger corners in this years draft and fits the mold of the kind of player Chip Kelly is looking for. With big corners being coveted by teams lately, Johnson is a CB prospect that can be had in the later rounds of the draft. It doesn't hurt, that Johnson also played safety in college, which could add some value to his plate with that kind of versatility.
Apr 28 - 2:57 PM

NC State DB Dontae Johnson reminds Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren of Broncos CB Aqib Talib.

Doeren coached Talib in college at Kansas. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson is physically similar to Talib (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), though he projects as a middle-round pick, while Talib went in the first. "I don't think there's ever been a moment in football's history where people wouldn't say they'd like to have big corners," Doeren said. "Just the fact that there were a couple that got famous this year probably helps them. But I know all defensive back coaches feel the same way. You're trying to stop tall receivers with short guys, and sometimes it's difficult. Having that additional length out there can help you make a few more plays." Johnson's 11.06 second 60-yard shuttle was the best amongst CBs in Indianapolis last month.
Mar 25 - 7:21 PM

North Carolina State DE Darryl Cato-Bishop could not lift at Monday's pro day due to a shoulder injury.

The non-serious ailment didn't prevent him from completing other drills. Cato-Bishop ran 4.97 and 4.94 second forties. He also had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-1 broad jump, a 4.69 second short shuttle, and a 7.48 second three-cone drill. NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Cato-Bishop will be a late-round (sixth or seventh round) draft choice.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 10:14 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt sees North Carolina State TE Asa Watson as a "likely" Day 3 pick.

The brother of New Orleans Saints TE Ben Watson ran forties of 4.71 and 4.65 seconds at his pro day on Monday. He added a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-9 broad jump, a 4.44 second short shuttle, a 7.05 second three-cone drill, and 26 lifts on the bench press. Watson is "a very good receiver," according to Brandt. "He has excellent hands and runs very good routes."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 10:02 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah considers NC State DB Dontae Johnson as a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

"Love the size/speed/versatility but I wish he was more instinctive and fluid," Jeremiah tweeted, adding he prefers Johnson at cornerback rather than safety since he is too late to read and react from the deeper parts of the field. "I'd use him as a press corner and let him mug guys at LOS." Johnson will likely be labeled with an "upside" tag, thanks to his 6'2/195 pound frame.
Mar 24 - 9:59 AM

NC State redshirt senior S Jarvis Byrd has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA due to a medical hardship.

Byrd suffered a torn ACL in mid-October and missed the rest of the season. It was his third career ACL tear; he also sat out the entire 2010-2011 campaigns with separate ACL injuries. Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren expects 51 freshmen on the 2014 roster, so Byrd's return is good news.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 5:03 PM

NC State redshirt senior QB Pete Thomas will transfer for his final season of collegiate football.

Thomas already transferred prior to the 2012 season from Colorado State and entered spring practice as the team's starting quarterback. He regained that job after an injury, but Thomas did not play well. He should be eligible to play immediately next season.
Feb 7 - 10:41 AM

NC State coaches have been impressed with sophomore QB Jacoby Brissett's "arm and demeanor," according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

Brissett was forced to redshirt the season following his transfer from Florida, but he should win the quarterback job heading into next season. The Wolfpack will not make a bowl this season and are currently 3-8 with Maryland left this weekend.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 09:56:00 AM

NC State senior T Rob Crisp has been ruled out for the season after missing the last five games with a concussion.

Head injuries range from weeks to months in terms of recovery, and it is impossible to question how long a player sits out before feeling comfortable. We haven't previously heard of Crisp having a history of such injuries, but the senior has a few back injuries to his name. He was considered by many to be NC State's top prospect this season, and Crisp does have the option to redshirt.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 02:00:00 PM


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