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NC State Football Preview 2014 (By Brett Friedlander-Star News)

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Coach: Dave Doeren (2nd season)

2013 record: (3-9, 0-8 AAC)

Postseason: Did Not Qualify

Returning starters (Offense 7, Defense 7, Specialists 2): Shadrach Thornton, 6-1, 207, Jr., RB; Tyler Purvis, 6-2, 226, Sr., FB; David J. Grinnage, 6-5, 273, Soph, TE; Tyson Chandler, 6-7, 354, Sr., OT; Joe Thuney, 6-5, 285, OG, Jr.; Alex Barr, 6-7, 322, Jr., OG; Quinton Schooley, 6-4, 301, Jr., C; Art Norman, 6-0, 252, Sr., DE; Thomas Teal, 6-1, 308, Sr., DT; Monty Nelson, 6-2, 313, Soph., DT; Brandon Pittman, 6-2, 218, Sr., LB; Juston Burris, 6-1, 207, Jr., CB; Jack Tocho, 6-1, 196, Soph., CB; Hakim Jones, 6-2, 198, Sr., S; Niklas Sade, 6-3, 199, Sr., PK; Wil Baumann, 6-6, 197, Sr. P.

Others to watch: Jacoby Brissett, 6-4, 236, Jr., QB; Tony Creecy, 5-11, 215. Sr. RB.; Matt Dayes, 5-9, 202, Soph., RB; Bryan Underwood, 5-9, 179, Sr., WR; Marquez Valdez-Scantling, 6-3, 203, Soph., WR; Johnathan Alston, 6-0, 206, Soph., WR; Bo Hines, 6-1, 190, Fr., WR; Soph.; Bra’Lon Cherry, 5-11, 187, Soph., WR; Rob Crisp, 6-7, 285, Sr., OT; Tony Adams, 6-2, 301, Fr., OG; T.Y. McGill,6-1, 289, Sr., DT; B.J. Hill, 6-4, 300, Fr., DT; Mike Rose, 6-3, 271, Jr., DE; Kentavius Street, 6-2, 287, Fr., DE; Pharoah McKever, 6-6, 256, R-Fr., DE; Rodman Noel, 6-4, 223, Sr., LB; Jerod Fernandez, 6-0, 224, R-Fr, LB; Airius Moore, 6-0, 220, Fr., LB; Josh Jones, 6-2, 212, R-Fr., S; Jarvis Byrd, 5-10, 190, R-Sr., S; Tim Buckley, 6-0, 197, Jr., S.

Starters lost: Brandon Mitchell, QB; Quintin Payton,WR; Rashard Smith, WR; Duran Christophe, OG; Darryl Cato-Bishop, DE; Robert Caldwell, LB; D.J. Green, LB; Dontae Johnson, CB.

Preseason prediction: 5th, Atlantic Division

Outlook: Sometimes you have to tear the old building down before constructing a new one on the same site. In essence, that’s what N.C. State did last year in its first season under coach Dave Doeren.

Granted, the demolition was a lot more extensive than anyone expected, resulting in the Wolfpack’s first winless ACC season since 1959. The resulting silver lining is an almost complete roster turnover that will allow Doeren and his staff to get more of their own players onto the field now that the rebuilding process has begun..

A full 70 percent of this year’s team are freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores, many of which are already either starting or on the preseason two-deep. But while immediate contributors such as WR Bo Hines, OT Tony Adams, DE Kentavius Street and LB Jerod Fernandez provide hope for the future, it’s another more experienced newcomer that will have the biggest impact on whatever improvement State makes in 2014.

Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett has been the heir apparent to the Wolfpack’s tradition of top QBs since the day he arrived on campus. The junior gave a glimpse of his ability by throwing for 365 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s Kay Yow Spring Game. Now that he’s finally eligible after sitting out his transfer season, Brissett can’t help but improve a passing game that accounted for 15 interceptions and only 14 TDs a season ago.

Brissett’s receiving corps will be young, but there’s some proven talent there in senior Bryan Underwood and a group of promising sophomores – led by Marquez Valdez-Scantling. The RB position is solid with three experienced runners, especially if junior Shadrach Thornton can stay out of trouble and in the lineup. Up front, Brissett will also benefit from the return of oft-injured tackle Rob Crisp along with four other veteran starters.

Defensively, the Wolfpack has a chance to be solid up front with Street joining holdover DTs Thomas Teal and T.Y. McGill and DEs Art Norman and Mike Rose. Although the LB corps took a hit with a season-ending injury to promising M.J. Salahuddin, the secondary has a chance to be improved with youngsters such as CB Jack Tocho and S Hakim Jones benefiting from the experience they got last season.

For the fourth straight year, State’s special teams are in capable hands with Wilmington’s Wil Baumann doing the punting and Niklas Sade handling the placekicking chores.

Quotable quote: “We won three games, so we have no choice but to go up. We have a great quarterback in Jacoby Brissett. Not to take anything away from the last two quarterbacks, but Jacoby Brissett is a really good quarterback and also a really good leader.” Senior running back Tony Creecy.

That having been said, the depth of last season’s struggles makes it possible for State to take a noticeable step forward in 2014. Although Doeren’s rebuilding process is still only in the early stages, six wins and a return to bowl eligibility are not unreasonable goals if all goes well.


nc state athletics dedicates new indoor practice facility

NC State Athletics Dedicates New Indoor Practice Facility

School announces building to be named for alums Close and King


Raleigh, N.C. — A ceremony to dedicate the Wolfpack’s new state-of-the-art indoor practice facility was held on the construction site adjacent to Carter-Finley Stadium today.  The facility will benefit football, track and field, and other field sports, and is scheduled for completion next spring.


The ceremony featured remarks from Chancellor Randy Woodson, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow, head football coach Dave Doeren and Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club, Bobby Purcell.


It was announced that the facility will be named the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility in honor of NC State alums Derick S. Close (’82) and James S. King (’62), who donated the lead gifts for the project.  Close and King currently serve on the Wolfpack Club Board of Directors, while King is a past president of that board.  Close previously served as chairman of the Goal Line Drive Campaign that raised funds for the Murphy Center and the South End Zone project.  King served on the Construction Oversight Committee that help facilitate the construction of the Murphy Center, Vaughn Towers and the North End Zone addition.


“Derick Close and Jim King have been great leaders and contributors to NC State Athletics for decades,” said Purcell.  “Their generosity has provided scholarship opportunities for countless student-athletes and now their generosity is helping make this new Indoor Practice Facility a reality.”


Those individuals, along with the 2014 football team’s 27-member Leadership Council, participated in the ceremonial “official dig.”


The privately-funded $17.2 million facility will boast a full, 120-yard football field with a roof height sufficient for kicking game and suspended goal posts.  There will be additional training and conditioning space beyond both end zones and four sprint lanes down the full length of the field. 


Other features include an in-ground and above-ground pads for long jump, triple jump, high jump and other track events, end zone and 50-yardline viewing platforms, clerestory windows and glass roll-up doors to allow natural daylight, a complete sound system, and support areas for equipment, strength and conditioning and sports medicine.

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2014 acc football kickoff

The 2014 ACC Football Kickoff was held today at Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC. Welcome to the ACC Louisville and returning National Champs Florida State !! Check out these pics from The Sports Blast on radio row and follow Brett Friedlander on Twitter @StarNewsACC and BigHal on Twitter @BigHalNunn

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Wolfpack Senior Kicking Duo Named to Watch Lists for National Awards

Sade earns mention on Groza List, Baumann candidate for Ray Guy Award

NC State’s senior duo of kickers has been named to the preseason watch lists for national awards.  Niklas Sade has been named to the list for the 2014 Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s top placekicker for the past 22 years, while Baumann has been named to the list for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the top collegiate punter.

Sade, who has started all 38 games of his career, holds the NC State record for extra points with 121 – the 16th-best mark in ACC history.  He ranks fourth in school history in career field goals made with 43 and in PAT percentage with a .975 mark.

The Wake Forest native was a semifinalist for the Groza Award last season after posting the second-highest field goal total in school history with 19.  He improved his field goal percentage from .565 (13-23) in 2012 to .826 (19-23) in 2013.  Sade was the recipient of the team’s Governor’s Award, which is given to the Most Valuable Player.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

Baumann, who has played in all 38 games of his career, and started 37 at punter (he was injured for one game and could not punt) ranks third in NC State history in career punts (206) and career punting yardage (8,144).

The Wilmington native posted the 10th-best punting average in school history last season with a 42.2 yards per punt mark.

The Augusta Sports Council presents the Ray Guy Award, given to the collegiate punter of the year at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN in Orlando, FL.

The Ray Guy Award was created in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners.


2 us opens in the books

The back-to-back US Opens at Pinehurst Resort were completely and totally a success. We saw back in April Alex Podlogar and his folks at the famed course make a huge impact on the entire Sandhills region and for that matter, the state of North Carolina. There were so many people involved and so many volunteers, it’s hard to imagine the amount of hours it took to get these events underway and completed. Hats off to all those who had a part. Congratulations to Martin Kaymer who just smoked everyone else and to Michelle Wie for capturing her first US Open Championship. Coming soon photo’s from the US Opens and to keep you satisfied, here is the link from Pinehurst Resort of the Top 10 (well 11) best Moments.

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acc has 42 players chosen in 2014 nfl draft


(to see list of players, scroll to bottom)

Greensboro, N.C—The  Atlantic Coast Conference had a total of 42 players  selected in the 2014 National Football League Draft , including 27 drafted on Saturday at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 42 players were the second-highest in ACC history, bettered only by the total of 51 in 2006, when the Conference set a record for a 12-team league.

The 42 players were also the second-highest total of any conference in this year’s NFL Draft, bettered only by the SEC’s 48. The Pac 12 was third with 34 followed by the Big 10 (29) and the Big 12 (16) and Mountain West (16).

The ACC had more players chosen on Saturday afternoon than any other conference.

Florida State led all ACC schools with seven players chosen as each of the conference’s 14 teams had at least one player taken in this year’s draft. FSU has now had 18 players drafted in the National Football League over the past two years.

Clemson and North Carolina each had five players selected while Boston College had four. Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech all had three players chosen followed by Syracuse with two while Duke, NC state, Wake Forest and Maryland had one player chosen apiece.

Since the 2005 season the ACC has now had 353 players chosen in the NFL Draft, including 56 first-round picks.

All 31 ACC players drafted last year in the 2013 NFL Draft are still in the NFL, while 60 of the 62 players drafted in the past two seasons are still in the NFL (.967).  Of the 97 ACC players drafted in the past three NFL Drafts, 87, or 89.7 percent are still in the NFL, 78.3 percent are still with the teams that drafted them.

The ACC, which had five starting quarterbacks in the NFL last year and saw three others start games during the season, saw three more of its quarterbacks drafted including Virginia tech Logan Thomas (4th round, 120), Pitt’s Tom Savage (4th round, 135) and Clemson’s Tahj Boyd (7th round, 213).

The league had five first-round picks selected on Thursday; 10 players chosen on the second and third rounds on Friday and an impressive total of 27 players chosen today in rounds fourth through seven.

Miami, Florida State and Virginia all saw their consecutive draft strings contine.

Miami has had a player selected in every NFL Draft since 1974, or 41 consecutive years. Virginia and Florida State have each had a player chosen each year since 1983, or a total of 32 straight years.

The ACC began the draft in a strong fashion with four players selected among the first 14 players chosen.

Complete ACC NFL Selections


Rd           No.         Name, School                                                    Pos.                       Team

1              4              Sammy Watkins, Clemson                            WR                         Buffalo Bills

1              10           Eric Ebron, North Carolina                            TE                           Detroit Lions

1              13           Aaron Donald, Pitt                                           DT                          St. Louis Rams

1              14           Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech                               CB                           Chicago Bears

1              28           Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State                     WR                         Carolina Panthers

2             41          Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State                 CB                        St. Louis Rams

2             48          Timmy Jernigan, Florida State                  DT                        Baltimore Ravens

2             50          Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech            DE                        San Diego Chargers

3             66          Morgan Moses, Virginia                            T                           Washington Redskins

3             74          Jay Bromley, Syracuse                               DT                        N.Y. Giants

3             79          Terrence Brooks, Florida State                 S                           Baltimore Ravens

3             80          Dexter McDougle, Maryland                     CB                        N.Y. Jets

3             84          Kareem Martin, North Carolina                DE                        Arizona Cardinals

3             93          Brandon Linder, Miami                             G                          Jacksonville Jaguars

3             100        Brandon Thomas, Clemson                      T                           San Francisco 49ers

4             102        Bashaud Breeland, Clemson                     CB                        Washington Redskins

4             103        Devonta Freeman, Florida State               RB                        Atlanta Falcons

4             105        Bryan Stork, Florida State                         C                          N.E. Patriots

4             109        Ross Cockrell, Duke                                   CB                        Buffalo Bills

4             111        Russell Bodine, North Carolina                C                          Cincinnati Bengals

4             113        Andre Williams, Boston College               RB                        N.Y. Giants

4             118        Martavis Bryant, Clemson                        WR                       Pittsburgh Steelers

4             120        Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech                    QB                        Arizona Cardinals

4             128        Tre’ Boston, North Carolina                     S                           Carolina Panthers

4             129        Dontae Johnson, NC State                        CB                        San Francisco 49ers

4             132        Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College           LB                         Seattle Seahawks

4             134        Brent Urban, Virginia                                DT                        Baltimore Ravens

4             135        Tom Savage, Pitt                                        QB                        Houston Texans

5             144        Telvin Smith, Florida State                        OLB                      Jacksonville Jaguars

5             146        Devin Street, Pitt                                       WR                       Dallas Cowboys

5             168        Marquis Spruill, Syracuse                          LB                         Atlanta Falcons

6             182        Antone Exum, Virginia Tech                     CB                        Minnesota Vikings

6             191        Pat O’Donnell, Miami                                P                           Chicago Bears

6             205        Luke Bowanko, Virginia                             C                          Jacksonville Jaguars

6             206        Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech                   CB                        N.E. Patriots

6             213        Tahj Boyd, Clemson                                  QB                        N.Y. Jets

7             218        Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest           WR                       Baltimore Ravens

7             223        Brandon Watts, Georgia Tech                  OLB                      Minnesota Vikings

7             225        Jabari Price, North Carolina                      CB                        Minnesota Vikings

7             229        Nate Freese, Boston College                     PK                         Detroit Lions

7             237        Seantrell Henderson, Miami                     T                           Buffalo   Bills

7             243        Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College                 DT                        San Francisco 49ers


qualifying begins for us open at 111 sites across country



The 2014 US Open Championship officially begins tomorrow with 18 hole play at 111 courses across the country from May 2 to 19. Sectional Qualifying, conducted over 36 hole, will be held at two International Sites in England and Japan on May 26 and 10 US sites on Monday June 2. Here are the local NC sites:

Monday, May 5 – Greensboro, Greensboro C.C. (Farms Course)

Friday, May 9 – Wallace, River Landing (River Course)

Monday, May 12 – Pinehurst, Pinewild CC (Magnolia Course)

Thursday, May 15 – Chapel Hill, Governors Club


Listen to the Sports Blast, Mondays 4-6 p.m. AM1490 WAZZ Fayetteville, NC as we track local qualifiers and key players all the way to the US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS at PINEHURST !!

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