Frisman Jackson & Eddie Faulkner added to Doeren’s staff [Mon Update]

We ended this key blog entry from earlier this morning with the following comment:

We’ve heard rumors that, because of his comfort on the defensive side of the ball, that Doeren’s next moves will probably be to shore up more of the offensive coaching staff. So, we’ll keep our eyes and ears out for more.

We had no idea just how quickly more information was going to come our way. It was announced within the last hour that Coach Doeren has named the next wide receivers coach of the Wolfpack.

NC State head football coach Dave Doeren has announced that former NFL wide receiver Frisman Jackson has joined his staff and will coach that position for the Wolfpack. Jackson spent last season on Doeren’s staff at Northern Illinois.

“Fris Jackson played in the NFL and had a great career,” said Doeren. “He comes from the inner city of Chicago and understands how to relate to guys from that environment and help them mature through the process. He’s been very good helping our young men who had issues off the field to grow up and mature. I think he can also help our guys understand the reality of how hard it is and what it takes to be an NFL football player.”

In 2012, Jackson coached wide receiver Martel Moore, who earned first-team All-MAC honors. Jackson ranked 23rd nationally with his 1,054 receiving yards and seventh in the nation with 12 touchdown receptions. Receivers Tommylee Lewis and Perez Ashford also had their best seasons as Husky players in 2012. Northern Illinois will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1.

The Chicago native caught 40 passes for 490 yards while playing wide receiver and on special teams for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-2006. He coached wideouts at Akron from 2010-11 and at his alma mater, Western Illinois, from 2008-09. During his time at Western, Leatherneck receiver Lito Senatus finished in the top 30 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in receptions and in the top 40 in receiving yards.

Jackson began his collegiate career as a quarterback at Northern Illinois from 1997-99 before transferring to WIU, where he played quarterback and wide receiver in 2000 and 2001.

At WIU, he set the school records for catches (14) and receiving yards (286) in a game versus Indiana State on Nov. 17, 2001. He ranks fourth on the WIU single-season list for yards with 1,041 and is 10th in single season catches with 55.

“My family and I are both excited and thankful to Coach Doeren for the opportunity to join the Wolfpack family,” said Jackson. “NC State is a very special place and I will work tirelessly to help continue building on its rich football tradition.”

Jackson earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Western Illinois. He and his wife Lindsey have an young daughter.

“I am excited to welcome Fris and his wife Lindsay and daughter Anya to the Wolfpack family,” Doeren added.

You can watch the following video to see Coach Jackson mic’d up.


NC State announced on Monday morning that the newly established trail from Wisconsin to Raleigh is becoming even more well traveled as Eddie Faulkner will join Coach Doeren’s staff to coach tight ends, fullbacks and special teams.

The following is from the University’s release.

NC State head football coach Dave Doeren has announced that Eddie Faulkner has joined his staff. Faulkner, who spent last season at Wisconsin, will coach the tight ends and fullbacks and serve as special teams coordinator.

“Coach Faulkner was on my first staff at Northern Illinois and he’s coached special teams, running backs, tight ends and fullbacks,” said Doeren. “He’s a very detailed, ultra-organized, connected recruiter who also has great passion and pride for special teams performance.

“Eddie has coached on back-to-back conference championship staffs – 2011 in the MAC and 2012 in the Big Ten with Wisconsin – and has been on championship ball clubs as a player, an assistant coach and coordinator. He also has experience as a tailback in the Big Ten on a Rose Bowl team. I look forward to working with him again.”

Faulkner coached tight ends last season for the Badgers, helping junior Jacob Pedersen win all-Big Ten honors and the league’s Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award. Pedersen was the team’s second leading receiver and his 14 career TD receptions are tied for 11th all time at UW.

Faulkner, a Muncie, Ind., native, spent the 2011 campaign on Doeren’s staff at Northern Illinois as running backs coach and special teams coordinator. That season, the Huskies posted an 11-3 record, won the MAC championship and earned a victory in the Bowl.

At NIU, Faulkner mentored All-MAC tailback Jasmin Hopkins, who rushed for 956 yards and 15 touchdowns on 187 carries (5.1 avg.). NIU boasted the nation’s No. 12 rushing attack with an average of 234.1 yards per game.

While also overseeing NIU’s special teams, Faulkner’s punt coverage unit ranked second nationally, yielding just one yard per return. Husky placekicker Mathew Sims was a first-team All-MAC performer while compiling a school-record 124 points (20-28 field goals, 64-66 PATs).

Prior to his stint at NIU, Faulkner spent eight seasons at Ball State (2003-10). Initially joining the BSU staff as a graduate assistant in 2003, he was elevated to running backs and special teams coach before serving as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator his final two years. He served as Ball State’s interim head coach at the end of the 2010 season before his departure to NIU.

During his Ball State tenure, the Cardinals captured two MAC West Division championships and advanced to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. The 2008 squad went undefeated during the regular season as tailback MiQuale Lewis rushed for a Ball State record 1,736 yards.

Faulkner was a member of two Big Ten championship teams as a running back at Wisconsin from 1996-2000, rushing for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. He posted three 100-yard rushing games, including 119 yards in a win over No. 14 Iowa in 1997 as a redshirt freshman.

After earning his B.A. from Wisconsin in 2000, Faulkner signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 before going on to a pro career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He earned his master’s from Ball State in 2004.

“I am very grateful to Coach Doeren for giving me the opportunity to reunite with him and become a part of the Wolfpack family,” said Faulkner. “I look forward to working with him, the staff and our student-athletes at NC State.”

Faulkner and his wife, Anissa, have two children.

“We are happy that Eddie, his wife Anissa, his son Edgar and daughter Madison are joining us at NC State,” said Doeren. “We welcome them to the Wolfpack family.”

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14 Responses to Frisman Jackson & Eddie Faulkner added to Doeren’s staff [Mon Update]

  1. mak4dpak 12/16/2012 at 3:34 PM #

    Sounds like Doeran’s getting a good staff of coaches together and we can expect some excitement on both sides of the ball. Too bad we have to wait, but then we now have some basketball to look forward to.

  2. vtpackfan 12/16/2012 at 3:46 PM #

    Canda and Huxley are both proven to before then capable Coprdinators. Having them in place in Mid-December is a good sign that DD is off to a great start.

    Canada probably worked there is no Canada to Jackson prior to coming up this year so we’ll see how they mesh. Sounds like he could be given some Recruiting spots that require a guy who understands the hurdles off making the jump from Urban, over crowded schools , to the opportunity that so few get in having a high quality education paid for ( doesn’t hurt that he made it and played in the league).

    My guess would be Balt/DC, Philly (where they have some surprisingly good skill guys), or Miami Dade,. Glad to see the hire, hope Walers well, I just felt the one year and so many drop by receivers were troublesome.

    Still crossing my fingers on Bridges-just seems to fit the style DD has shown a preference for, but I imagine its better to take it slow and get it right for the Offensive Line Coach.

  3. logarithm 12/17/2012 at 8:00 AM #

    Just teach them not to drop the ball.

  4. GAWolf 12/17/2012 at 11:51 AM #

    Apparently AD at Wisconsin, Barry Alvarez, is not happy that “someone” gave Wisnconsin coaches ultimatums and drop-dead dates by which time an answer to our coaching position offers must be given. I guess Alvarez is trying to hold as many coaches there to fill the gap is possible. While one cannot blame him for doing what is essentially his job as AD, it’s a story line that we should continue to watch.

    I for one believe such ultimatums are necessary as we build a staff. We need to know answers so we can move on to making offers to others.

    Hopefully whatever issues Alvarez has with the process are not personal.

  5. old13 12/17/2012 at 12:35 PM #

    Two things come to mind, GAWolf, when I read your post:

    1. The drop-dead dates may be DD’s idea. But I would bet that DY at least had some input about it, if not actually requiring it. She showed in landing DD that she knows the coaching search playing field and wants to start the new staff functioning together ASAP.

    2. BA is showing much incompetence in all of this IMO. To expect assistants from the previous staff to hang around and see if the new coach wants them is pretty short-sighted if not down right dumb. Smells of a Foulupish move IMO.

  6. slushy1975 12/17/2012 at 1:21 PM #

    The Pack’s doing what it needs and what it should be doing to get the staff in place ahead of signing day.

    For the Badgers, it would be irritating to have such a distraction (coaches taking jobs) while you’re trying to prep for the Rose Bowl.

    I wouldn’t think Alvarez believes the asst. coaches should await their new coach but that the jobs available should be held until after the Rose Bowl (in his team’s interest).

    It’s just business at this point.

  7. triadwolf 12/17/2012 at 1:38 PM #

    It’s amazing that NC State hasn’t had the same problems with the current staff…

    Has anyone from TOB’s staff accepted or even been offered a job that we know of (other than who DD is retaining)?

  8. OG - RedTerrors 12/17/2012 at 1:49 PM #


    That’s a VERY telling observation….a sad indicator of where we were. Also, if I’m not mistaken, the guys DD has retained are the newer additions to the previous staff.

  9. triadwolf 12/17/2012 at 5:09 PM #

    I was kinda tongue-in-cheek with that post, but it really does show what other coaches/AD’s think of our staff if none are offered jobs with BCS schools.

    Perhaps they are so loyal to TOB that they are following him right into retirement.

  10. ADVENTUROO 12/17/2012 at 5:51 PM #

    New S&C Coach. Arkansas since 2008. REALLY GOOD LOOKING RESUME.

    This is EXACTLY what one would expect from a guy that has the football moxie and the managerial skills that Coach Doeren has.

  11. tjfoose1 12/17/2012 at 10:04 PM #

    If Barry keeps it up, we might just have a coaching staff swap. They’ll be no one left to take the UW jobs other than Bible and crew.

  12. JSRy2k 12/17/2012 at 10:46 PM #

    I’d be pissed too if I were preparing to coach my team in the Rose Bowl and was losing key staff.

    That said, isn’t Canada going to coach Wiscy’s offense in the Pasadena before coming to Raleigh?

  13. SuperStuff 12/18/2012 at 5:44 AM #

    Barry Alverez still has to be banging his head against the wall after hearing Bret Bielema was leaving for Arkansas.

  14. haze 12/18/2012 at 10:31 AM #

    BA cannot possibly expect his assistants to reject good offers without any UW guarantees. Likewise, were he in DD’s place, he’d have been in every bit the same hurry to get his staff together. As noted, it’s all business at this point.

    This said, the combination of Bielema’s departure & DD’s acceptance of the State offer has really put a hurting on Alvarez. In effect, the UW staff is being picked over by 2 guys with new gigs vs. just 1, which means that time of the essence for anyone that wants these guys. His only defense is (or would have been) to name a new coach from the same staff very quickly. He hasn’t, so he’s screwed.

    TOB’s staff is in a completely different situation as TOB did not take a new HC position and no other recent State or TOB coaching alums are building new, full staffs. This mainly means that there is less competition/time pressure for anyone to come after TOB’s guys. I am surprised that we’ve heard nothing about Tenuta but expect it won’t be long.

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