Tag:NC State
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 11:37 am
 

N.C. State LB Manning (knee) will miss 3 weeks

Posted by Chip Patterson

N.C. State's injury woes on defense just don't seem to end. It began in preseason with sophomore cornerback Jarvis Byrd suffering yet another season-ending knee injury - his second ACL tear in two seasons. Since then senior defensive linemen J.R. Sweezy and Jeff Rieskamp have suffered setbacks, and now the linebacking corps will be thinner as well.

CBSSports.com's Mike Potter is reporting that outside linebacker Terrell Manning will miss three weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his left knee. Manning is the third leading returning tackler from 2010, and along with junior Audie Cole is counted on as one of the unit's playmakers. Manning will be replaced by senior Dwayne Maddox, who played the second half against South Alabama.

The Wolfpack travel to face Cincinnati on national television Thursday night before hosting No. 25 Georgia Tech on Oct. 1. Manning could make his return Oct. 8 against Central Michigan or wait until after the bye week and return Oct. 22 against Virginia.

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Posted on: September 12, 2011 6:40 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 6:45 pm
 

NCSU halftime show to feature guest parachuter

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Saturday N.C. State gets a chance to bounce back from their early-season conference loss with a visit from South Alabama, in the midst of their first season as a FCS independent. The Wolfpack will be celebrating Military Appreciation Day at the game, with The Wounded Warriors from Fort Bragg and Camp LeJune on hand to be honored throughout the festivities. The halftime show will feature a tribute to military personnel, firefighters, and police, as well as a special entrance from the new N.C. State basketball coach.

Head coach Mark Gottfried will make a tandem parachute jump into Carter-Finley Stadium at halftime, taking the leap with a ROTC Ranger. Gottfried told ESPN.com the stunt is meant to first honor the military, but also to bring some attention to the basketball program.

In addition to being a bounce-back opportunity for football team, a promotional opportunity for the basketball team, the game also will hold special significance for South Alabama. The Jaguars' football program just began play in 2009, and are currently in the transition period to become an FBS program. Saturday's showdown will be the South Alabama's first game against an FBS opponent. Their 2009 schedule was mostly made up of junior colleges, with Division II and FCS opponents in 2010. At this point in the program's history, the Jaguars currently have not been defeated.
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:10 am
Edited on: September 11, 2011 1:23 am
 

What I learned from the ACC (Sept. 10)

Posted by Chip Patterson

1. Time to re-rank the ACC Atlantic. Two weeks into the season, and my projected order of finish for the division in the ACC Preview already looks way off. I'm trying to be careful not to jump to any conclusions, but I think it's safe to say my predictions (below) will not be very similar to the final standings.

1. Florida State
2. Clemson
3. NC State
3. Maryland
3. Boston College
6. Wake Forest

See what I mean? No chance. So based on what we've learned from the last two weeks, here is how I would re-rank them. Consider it a "power ranking" of sorts.

1. Florida State (2-0) - No real surprise or change here. Who we thought they were.

2. Maryland (1-0) - The Terps made our jaw drops twice on Labor Day. Once when they ran out of the tunnel in those uniforms, and again when they completed the 32-24 defeat of Miami.

3. Wake Forest (1-1) - Tanner Price has been one of the most impressive quarterbacks in the ACC so far this season, and if the Deacs can learn how to hold a lead they could end up giving a lot of teams trouble this year.

4. NC State (1-1) - Quarterback Mike Glennon put together a great second half on Saturday, helping the Wolfpack fight back from a 27-6 third quarter deficit and nearly steal a win from Wake Forest. 315 yards passing and three second half touchdowns will help the first-year starter build some confidence moving forward.

5. Clemson (2-0) - The Tigers have more talent on paper than many teams in the ACC, but they also have more talent than both of their opponents this season. Unfortunately things are still a work in progress for this young team, and their showing against Troy and Wofford have been less than impressive. Can be better, should be better, just not putting it together right now.

6. Boston College (0-2) - That defense can only do so much when the offense struggles like they have been this season. From Montel Harris to losing their top receiver for the season, injuries will unfortunately be the story of the 2011 Eagles.

2. North Carolina/Bryn Renner not so flawless anymore. I opened last week's What I Learned with a glowing review of North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner. Well the sophomore faced a new challenge on Saturday with the Rutgers defense, and his performance did not match his 22-for-23 debut. Renner did complete 20 of 26 passes for 273 yards, but half of those incompletions were once again thrown to the other team. But Renner's mistakes were hardly the only frustrations for interim head coach Everett Withers. The Tar Heels were penalized 9 times for 94 yards, and finished the game with five turnovers in their narrow 24-22 win over Rutgers. After looking so sharp a week ago, the Tar Heels will have some work to do this week before kicking off the conference schedule against Virginia in Chapel Hill next Saturday.

3. Virginia Tech's greatest opponent is Virginia Tech. The Hokies have one of the most favorable schedules in the ACC, and it has been a reason that many people have penciled them in to repeat as Coastal Division champs. Virginia Tech's mental mistakes and inability to get a passing game going nearly cost them a game on Saturday in their 17-10 victory over ECU. The Hokies were penalized 12 times and turned the ball over twice, while quarterback Logan Thomas completed only 8 of 20 passes for 91 yards and no touchdowns. The defense was doing their part, holding the high-powered ECU offense to just 112 total yards. But there were too many mistakes that almost cost the No. 11 Hokies an early loss that would have crushed their potential bowl resume.

4. Duke's "breakthrough" will not occur until they fix red zone woes. Preseason All-ACC kicker Will Snyderwine shocked us when he missed a 28-yard field goal against Richmond that could have won the game. But on Saturday the streak continued with two more field goal misses in Duke's 44-14 loss to Stanford. Those missed field goals complimented a turnover on downs from the Stanford 14 yard line to equal a day of red zone troubles for the Blue Devils. Sean Renfree, Conner Vernon, and the Blue Devils offense entered this season with a lot of hype, but the inability to finish will keep the Duke in the ACC cellar in 2011 unless something changes.

5. No more coach speak, let's talk Oklahoma. All through training camp and the first two weeks of the season, the media has been frowned upon when asking questions about the early-season showdown between Oklahoma and Florida State in Tallahassee. With the Seminoles' 62-10 win over Charleston Southern, "Oklahoma Week" has officially begun for the FSU fan base.

The defense looks as ready as they could be for the Sooners' potent offense, after only allowing one touchdown in eight quarters of play. On Saturday the Seminoles' defense did not even let the Buccaneers get a first down until the third quarter, and this week they will get Greg Reid and Telvin Smith back from one-game suspensions. Head coach Jimbo Fisher admitted the Seminoles "didn't play perfect," but he was able to use the big lead to get extra quality snaps for his offensive line and running backs as they work to advance a rushing game that hasn't hit 2010's production yet.
Posted on: September 7, 2011 11:10 am
 

Wake Forest QB Price (knee) expects to start

Posted by Chip Patterson

Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price expects to be the starting quarterback for the Demon Deacons' home opener against N.C. State on Saturday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Price told the paper on Tuesday he was "100 percent" after spraining his knee early in the fourth quarter against Syracuse on Thursday. The sophomore quarterback had thrived in the season opener, completing 18 of 31 passes for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns before getting his leg rolled over by a defensive lineman while attempting a pass. The Demon Deacons ran several different offensive schemes in Price's freshman campaign, but the pistol/spread Price orchestrated against the Orange defense was effective and looks like the best option for Wake's offense in 2011.

However, when backup quarterback Ted Stachitas entered the game, the offense sputtered. Stachitas' failed to pick up a first down on his first two drives, allowing the Orange to climb back into the game and force overtime. The contrast in offensive production revealed Price's importance to this year's Demon Deacons squad. It also could explain why head coach Jim Grobe opted to keep Price sidelined for the rest of the game to prevent further injury. The quarterback told reporters after the game that he had been cleared by doctors to check back in, but the coaches did not want to risk further injury.

The Demon Deacons have had their way with N.C. State in Winston-Salem, where the Wolfpack have not won since 2001. They'll kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m..
Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 10:17 pm
 

J.R. Sweezy out six weeks after foot surgery

Posted by Chip Patterson

NC State's front seven figures to be one of the strengths of the defensive unit this season, but they lost a key component losing J.R. Sweezy to a foot injury.

The school announced on Sunday that the senior defensive tackle underwent surgery to repair a foot fracture, and is expected to miss six weeks of action. Sweezy, a team captain and 2010 All-ACC Honorable Mention, is arguably one of the most important returning starters for the Wolfpack. His injury will hold him out of N.C. State's first four games, against Liberty, Wake Forest, South Alabama, and a Thursday night road game against Cincinnati.

Sweezy recorded 13 tackles for losses and six sacks in 2010, he will likely be replaced by junior Brian Slay or redshirt freshman Thomas Teal. Teal reportedly put together a strong spring, while Slay saw 12 games of action in 2010 and recorded 20 tackles. It will be an early test on N.C. State's depth on the line, but thankfully the schedule works out so Sweezy's absence shouldn't hurt the Wolfpack too much.
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 1:53 pm
 

PODCAST: ACC season preview

Posted by Chip Patterson

As part of our ACC Preview, Adam Aizer, J. Darin Darst, and I sat down to take a look at the season ahead in the league. The ACC is a league with a lot of individual talent, but few teams that really stand out on the national level. We discuss the possible shift of power from the Coastal Division to the Atlantic Division, as well as the chances of Florida State reclaiming the conference. I throw an obnoxious amount of support behind Miami as a sleeper, and we run through Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and make our pick for the ACC Championship Game.

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Seen/Heard at Camp: N.C. State

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from N.C. State.

- One of the most noteworthy changes from 2010 to 2011 for the Wolfpack is the absence of Russell Wilson and development of his successor, junior quarterback Mike Glennon. Glennon was a highly-touted prospect out of Virginia, and now will have a chance to live up to expectations as the new face of the offense. Head coach Tom O'Brien endorsed Glennon from the beginning of spring practice, and recently spoke about his development as they shape the offense around their new starter.

"The offense goes in in increments, and every day for about 10 days there's something new that goes in," O'Brien said. "Certainly for [Glennon], some of it is repetition from the last three years because there's the base of the offense that's going to be there regardless of who's the quarterback, the right guard."[Rapid Reports]

- Glennon's comfort with the system will be impacted greatly by the development of his wide receivers. Team captain and preseason All-ACC selection George Bryan is the most consistent receiver at tight end, but the Wolfpack will be missing three of their top four ball catchers from 2010. Senior wide receivers TJ Graham and Jay Smith each saw action last year, and will be counted on to lead the new group. According to offensive coordinator Dana Bible, the veterans have entered camp ready to go.

"We're a work in progress, but (the returnees) must have had a really good summer as far as training because they bring a lot of speed with them," Bible observed. "And they're anxious and ready to go. You're going to see it as I'm going to see it, as it develops."[Rapid Reports]

- Last season, the defense was quarterbacked by All-ACC linebacker Nate Irving, now with the Denver Broncos. Alongside Audie Cole and Terrell Manning, pressure from the starting linebackers helped the Wolfpack post 42 sacks in 2010 - good for second in the conference. This year Cole has moved into Irving's middle linebacker slot, and defensive coordinator Mike Archer is looking for some depth behind the two returnees.

"The biggest question there is going to be the (strong side). (Sophomore) D.J. (Green) has not played there. He's learning, but we've got to find a backup too," said Archer. "I don't know who the backup is. Based on three days of practice, I don't know if we have one."

Archer also explained that this year's unit will rely heavily on the defensive line to pressure the quarterback. With the linebackers helping out the secondary with some of the coverage responsibility.

"Don't get me wrong, we want to pressure and attack people. But there are going to be times, on third down in particular, where we want to get pressure with four downs, and be able to play max coverage and play five under, two deep. We've got to get better rushing with four, no matter who those guys are." [Rapid Reports]

For daily updates from N.C. State's training camp, be sure to follow CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Mike Potter. Also, bookmark the ACC Blog for news and analysis from across the conference.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Preseason Coaches Poll Reactions: ACC

Posted by Chip Patterson

The first official preseason poll was released on Thursday, with USA Today announcing the results of the Coaches Poll. The ACC, which has spent much of the offseason discussing ways to increase their national prominence, finds themselves with only two teams ranked in the top 25.

The teams come as no surprise, as the ACC preseason favorite Florida State starts the season ranked No. 5, while Virginia Tech-picked by the media to win the Coastal Division - is ranked No. 13.

#5 Florida State - Seeing the Seminoles in the top 5 seems appropriate. They had a strong finish to the 2010 season, falling 44-33 to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game then defeating South Carolina in the Chick Fil-A Bowl, and return 16 offensive and defensive starters. One of the new starters, junior quarterback EJ Manuel, was already selected to the preseason All-ACC team. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has embraced the expectations, and feels certain that his team is prepared to stay focus regardless of hype. Manuel himself claims that he doesn't even read articles and blogs about the team.

But as far as national dominance goes, the Seminoles' campaign hits a fork in the road on Sept. 17 when the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners visit Tallahassee for a spotlight showdown that will likely make or break either team's national title hopes. A loss puts them in the position of battling for an Orange Bowl berth, a win makes a trip to New Orleans seem like a legitimate possibility for Florida State fans.

#13 Virginia Tech - One year ago, the Hokies were ranked sixth in this same preseason poll. Then an exhausting 33-30 Labor Day loss to Boise State was piggy-backed by an upset loss to James Madison at home. Suddenly, the top-10 Virginia Tech team with title hopes was unranked and looking for answers. The season had changed tone in only a five-day period. But the Hokies bounced back winning 11 straight games and an ACC Championship before losing to Stanford in the Orange Bowl.

Frank Beamer returns 12 starters from last year's squad, and a more than favorable schedule makes an eighth straight 10+ win season seem like a possibility. New starting quarterback Logan Thomas has drawn praise for his development and athletic ability, but the Hokies still need to answer some questions offensively. Being ranked just behind South Carolina and ahead of Arkansas seems a little high for this unproven squad, but I would not have put them below No. 16 Ohio State or No. 17 Michigan State. Considering the talent returning and the coaching staff in place, the ranking seems not only appropriate - but a good guess at where they could end up at the end of the season.

Other Receiving Votes
No. 25 Penn State finished with 161 points in the poll, here is a breakdown of how the other vote-getting teams fared.

Miami, 49 points, No. 29 - The Hurricanes have been picked by the media to finish second in the Coastal Division behind the Hokies. With a new head coach and still no decision on a starting quarterback, it is easy to see why coaches are reserving their endorsements of "The U."

North Carolina, 14 points, No. 36 - Anytime you dismiss a head coach just eight days before players report for training camp, it is going to shake up confidence in the upcoming season. The Tar Heels have one of the best defensive lines in the ACC, but big question marks in the secondary and unproven sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner make another "7 or 8 win/just outside the Top 25"-type season seem likely in Chapel Hill.

Clemson, 7 points, No. 40 - The Tigers pulled in a Top-10 recruiting class this offseason, with many of the stars expected to see playing time almost immediately. New offensive coordinator is promising upwards of 70-80 plays a game for the Tigers' offense, which could make for either a dominating or painfully reckless experience for sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd.

North Carolina State, 4 points, No. 44 - For the first time since his arrival, Tom O'Brien has recruited every player on the N.C. State two-deep depth chart. He feels confident that last season's 9-win performance was a sign of the program turning a corner. A favorable schedule makes a return to the postseason seem likely for the Wolfpack, but letting all-conference quarterback Russell Wilson walk to the Badgers will not get you preseason votes from most coaches.

Georgia Tech, 1 point, No. 49 - Head coach Paul Johnson is not on the USA TODAY Board of Coaches, so I'm not sure who gave the Yellow Jackets the sole No. 25 vote. Georgia Tech lost 5 of their last 6 games in 2010, only defeating Duke 30-20. They've got talent, but not enough to deserve national ranking after last season's collapse.
 
 
 
 
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