State of the Program – NC State Football

State of the Programs

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Record: 7-6 (3-5 ACC)

Head Coach: Dave Doeren

Passing Rushing Total Offense
Split G Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg
Offense 13 18.9 31.8 59.6 210.8 1.5 41.5 202.5 4.9 2.8 73.3 413.3 5.6
Defense 13 16.2 29.5 54.7 203.2 1.8 34.2 147.5 4.3 1.4 63.7 350.7 5.5
Difference +2.7 +2.3 +4.9 +7.6 -0.3 +7.3 +55.0 +0.6 +1.4 +9.6 +62.6 +0.1
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Generated 6/14/2016.

It looked like the NC State Wolfpack were off to a hot start last season, starting the season on a 4-0 streak before ACC play started and we were all brought back down to Earth a bit. Starting running back Shadrach Thornton was thrown off the team after an arrest involving a moped accident in September. Offensive linemen Will Richardson was arrested in November for a DWI charge and suspended from the team as well.

Things didn’t get better for the Wolfpack, as they dropped their first 2 ACC games to Louisville and Virginia Tech after their offense averaged 46.3 points per game in the first four weeks. The Wolfpack did manage to qualify for a bowl which makes 2 straight seasons of bowl eligibility so all is not lost for the Wolfpack. However, there are huge shoes to fill in replacing quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Key Players Returning

Offense: Matt Dayes | Running Back

Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2013 North Carolina State ACC FR RB 11 63 252 4.0 4 10 173 17.3 1
*2014 North Carolina State ACC SO RB 13 104 573 5.5 8 32 321 10.0 5
2015 North Carolina State ACC JR RB 8 134 865 6.5 12 24 172 7.2 0
Career North Carolina State 301 1690 5.6 24 66 666 10.1 6
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The Wolfpack lost running back Matt Dayes to a foot injury he suffered in Week 8 against Clemson. Before Dayes injury, he was well on his way to 1,000 rushing yards on the season. In just 8 games, Dayes rushed for 865 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. His best game came against Wake Forest where he rushed 16 times for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns before he was injured against Clemson the following week.

If Dayes can stay healthy for his senior season, the Wolfpack could see an improvement in their record. Not to mention, Dayes has an experienced line featuring 63  starts amongst them, the 57th highest ranked metric out of all the FBS programs. Dayes’ 6.5 yards per carry average is also something to look at as well, despite playing less games in 2015, Dayes still accumulated more yards, carries, and touchdowns. With a full season under his belt, he could be one of the ACC running backs to look out for this fall.

Defense: Bradley Chubb | Defensive Line

Tackles Def Int
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int
*2014 North Carolina State ACC FR DE 2 2 2 4 0.0 0.0 0
2015 North Carolina State ACC SO DE 13 27 39 66 10.5 5.0 1
Career North Carolina State 29 41 70 10.5 5.0 1
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Bradley Chubb, the cousin of Georgia running back Nick Chubb, had quite the breakout sophomore season. Chubb was second on the team in sacks with 5.0, was second on the team in total tackles with 66, and third on the team with 10.5 tackles for loss. Chubb was one of the driving forces on a very young Wolfpack defense. The Wolfpack only lost 3 seniors on defense this past season.


Key Newcomer

Ryan Finley | Quarterback

Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
*2014 Boise State MWC FR QB 4 12 27 44.4 161 6.0 5.8 2 1 111.6
2015 Boise State MWC SO QB 3 46 70 65.7 485 6.9 4.6 1 4 117.2
Career Boise State 58 97 59.8 646 6.7 5.0 3 5 115.6
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Ryan Finley has strengthened NC State’s offensive outlook, joining the Wolfpack this past Spring as a graduate transfer. Finley joins Wolfpack offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz and in the process makes a quarterback battle this fall inevitable.

Finley has 7 games of experience at Boise State to his credit, with 3 passing touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He saw the most usage last season in 2015 before breaking his ankle against Idaho St. on September 18, sidelining him for 8 weeks. Finley adds intrigue to an already competitive quarterback battle with redshirt sophomore Jalan McClendon and redshirt freshman Jakobi Meyers already on the roster.


Season Preview

Record: 6-6 (3-5 ACC)

It was just 2 seasons ago, NC State was 0-8 in the ACC and the laughing stock of the conference. With youth and experience on their side, the Wolfpack have come a long way under Dave Doeren. However, the Wolfpack’s 2016 schedule is no cake walk. They face Notre Dame on October 8 followed by Clemson on October 15 and Louisville on October 22, both games on the road.  They return home to face Boston College, followed by Florida State, Syracuse on the road, Miami, and UNC on the road. Have no fear, a bowl is in sight, that’s only if they can beat Syracuse and Boston College on the back end of their schedule.


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