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 GoDaddy.com 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.”