NC State’s Dave Doeren

Last year at this time, NC State was preparing for the season with the full knowledge that Ryan Finley was entrenched as the starting quarterback and had an experienced receiving corps with which to work. The expectations were that the Wolfpack would employ a pass-heavy attack and lean on Finley for points and leadership. Those expectations were met in a 9-win campaign and a trip to the Gator Bowl. Finley, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, led his team to a 5-0 start and finished with over 3,900 yards passing. Finley left as NC State’s no. 2 all-time passer, trailing only Philip Rivers. This season offers a different outlook for head coach Dave Doeren, however. Doeren would not name a starter at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, but did express confidence that he has signal callers ready to run his offense.

It’s likely the 2019 version of the Wolfpack will be a more balanced attack after losing not only Finley, but two 1,000-yard wide receivers off last year’s squad. The biggest game on their schedule is on Nov. 9th, hosting Clemson. NC State will be a significant underdog to the Tigers, but they get the defending champions at Carter-Finley Stadium, where the Pack is 11-2 over the last two seasons.

During his press conference, Doeren also addressed the introduction of alcohol sales at the stadium.


2018 NC State at a glance (compiled by Menachem Miller)

NC State Wolfpack                   9-4                       5-3               Lost Gator Bowl to Texas A&M

Dave Doeren 7th season        43-34                  20-28

  2018 ACC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 33.8 3 31
Rushing Yards per game 143.1 12 100
Passing yards per game 313.2 1 8
Total yards per game 456.2 3 25
Points allowed per game 24.9 4 45
Rushing yards allowed per game 131.5 2 28
Passing yards allowed per game 261.1 11 108
Total yards allowed per game 392.6 6 66

The Wolfpack return 12 starters, 4 on offense, 7 on defense, and the Kicker.

Statistical Leaders Returning

WR Games Yards TD REC
Emeka Emezie 12 616 5 53
  Tackles TFL INT Sacks
James Smith-Williams 36 9.0 0 6.0
Larell Murchison 32 8.0 1 4.0
Isaiah Moore 69 7.5 0 2.5
Nick McCloud 51 0 2 0
Jarius Morehead 81 0 3 0

Returning Starters Offense                                          

WR Emeka Emezie

TE Dylan Autenrieth

RG Joshua Fedd-Jackson

RT Justin Witt

Returning Starters Defense

DE James Smith-Williams

DT Larrell Murchison

LB Isaiah Moore

CB Chris Ingram

CB Nick McCloud

CB/S Stephen Griffin

S Jarius Morehead

Special Teams

K Christopher Dunn

Key Losses

QB Ryan Finley

RB Reggie Gallaspy 2nd

WR Kelvin Harmon

WR Jakobi Meyers

LT Tyler Jones

LG Terronone Prescod

DE Darian Roseboro

DT Eurndraus Bryant

LB Germaine Pratt

S Dexter Wright

P A.J. Cole