Tuesday Miscellaneous

If you haven’t already, check out Monday’s Miscellaneous.

Rashard Smith’s emergence (Fayetteville Observer):

Rashard Smith arrived at North Carolina State as a cornerback, fought back from a knee injury that cost him more than a year and then converted to receiver only to earn a reserve role.

Now, he’s poised for much more in the Wolfpack’s new offense under first-year coach Dave Doeren.

“I took it as, there’s an opportunity to show other people what I can do,” Smith said of the coaching change. “It’s a chance for myself to make the coaches believe in me, so I had to buy into the system early so we could build a successful offense.”

Under Tom O’Brien last season, Smith managed 19 catches and played fewer than 30 snaps in 10 of 13 games while also handling punt return duties.

But the 5-foot-11 senior from Dublin, Ga., had a big performance in the Wolfpack’s spring game, which was the team’s first chance to run Doeren’s no-huddle scheme under game situations. And Doeren, who left Northern Illinois to take over here, is expecting a lot from Smith.

“He’s a playmaker and he’s hungry and he’s got a chip on his shoulder,” Doeren said. “Those things usually equal what you want: production. I haven’t seen anything that we’ve asked him to do that he hasn’t been able to do yet – knock on wood. I hope he keeps going that way.

“I like the guy, man. I wish I had a lot more guys that understood how important it is to practice and play the way he does with the energy he has every day.”

Talking about some questions surrounding Gottfried’s third season ( Greensboro News & Record):

Mark Gottfried knows that all 14 of his players — 10 scholarship, four non-scholarship — for next year’s Wolfpack are on campus and ready to start supervised summer workouts.

Beyond that, he doesn’t know much about a strikingly different N.C. State team from the one that bowed out to Temple in the second round of the NCAA tournament to end a disappointing 2012-13 campaign.

“There are a ton of questions about our team,” Gottfried said at his summer press conference Tuesday. “It’s kind of a blank slate. We’re not real sure who can do what yet.

“It’s going to be hard. But it’ll be fun.”

You know what’s really fun? Winning.

State launches a College of Sciences(Triangle Business Journal):

Replacing the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) with a more comprehensive program offering, the College of Sciences will house six departments, 4,000 students and 575 existing faculty members, staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Dr. Dan Solomon, former dean of PAMS, takes the helm of the new College of Sciences as the school’s inaugural dean.

“The convergence of the sciences is the key to addressing many of the world’s greatest problems in health, energy production and environmental sustainability,” said Solomon in a statement. “These problems are incredibly complex, but by working together across disciplines we improve our ability to solve them.”

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25 Responses to Tuesday Miscellaneous

  1. PoppaJohn 07/02/2013 at 3:21 PM #

    My favorites from the Gott piece:

    “Gottfried said he’d like to see the entire team put an increased emphasis on defense, after last year’s 24-11 squad suffered from inconsistency guarding people.

    And, despite the wholesale change in personnel, Gottfried expects his Wolfpack to be the same up-tempo, high-scoring team of the first two years under him.

    If everything comes together, Gottfried believes N.C. State can be a tournament team again.”

    Defense? – Check
    Offense? – Check
    Tourney? – Check

    Hope he’s right.

  2. PackerInRussia 07/02/2013 at 3:30 PM #

    I hope someone can replicate Howell’s 20 rebounds/game too (or better yet, that someone doesn’t have to).

  3. packalum44 07/02/2013 at 4:43 PM #

    Why didn’t FSU get as much flack for their poor defense last year?

    I wonder if Coach Leonnard didn’t have the ideal PERSONNEL to have a strong defensive team…..hmmmmm…big thoughts my brain hurts…..

  4. john of sparta 07/02/2013 at 6:27 PM #

    our Drought is over.

  5. lawful 07/02/2013 at 8:30 PM #

    Yes, in fact, I’ve heard that we’re now 9″ above normal.

  6. PackFamily 07/02/2013 at 8:32 PM #

    I am worried that a hyper focus on defense takes away from our strength on offense. Sometimes shifting away from what you’re good at to fix what you’re not good at leaves you sucking at both

  7. john of sparta 07/02/2013 at 8:59 PM #

    lawful…that’s what she said.

  8. Primewolf 07/02/2013 at 9:17 PM #

    Gott needs to show he can coach.

    It won’t take but a few games to see what he can do. Will he pick his nose or really cooach this year??

    I don’t think there are any primadonna’s left on this team, so no excuses, COACH.

  9. primacyone 07/02/2013 at 10:06 PM #

    Tyler Lewis? Check!

    I’ve got this feeling…..TL and TJ….

  10. wolffpride 07/02/2013 at 11:26 PM #

    Two players that will make us work: Tyler Lewis and TJ Warren. Warren has bulked up to 245, all muscle from what I understand. If he can guard the perimeter still then I think he can handle a PF and the boards and be a real asset on Defense. I have a feeling that he will rise up to the occasion of being the go to guy, star player. I don’t see him checking in and out of games like Calvin did, doesn’t seem like his character. He could play his way into a lottery pick, COULD.

    Tyler Lewis is a true leader and he “gets it.” Watch Miami and Duke games from last year, yeah, he gets it. I love Lorenzo, but he was not half the point guard Lewis is. If he can elevate his outside shooting, then he will provide scoring and distribution. I really believe he is a 35% 3 point shooter, I know what he did at Oak Hill and the end of last year.

    These two are enough to make the right players work as a team. Do we have the right players? We will see.

  11. Greywolf 07/03/2013 at 6:54 AM #

    Very interesting! Not one singe comment on Rashard Smith but we have skipped ahead to basketball with numerous speculations about the coming season.

    This same article that was run on July 1 in the FO was run on June 27 in the Charlotte Observer and was posted in the Forum on June 29 by Wufpacker and so far has a grand total of 1 additional comment and that by yours truly, Greywolf.

    So what’s the deal? Have we all taken to heart BJD’s suffocating comments that this coming football season is a throw away for Doeren and with all the hot recruits we should just wait for 2014 or 2015?

    I’m about to give up on SFN as a source for conversation about State football. Really. Has this become an NCSU basketball site?

  12. TLeo 07/03/2013 at 8:00 AM #

    I do not expect this football season to be a total failure. I like what I see from this staff and the players seem to be catching their enthusiasm.

  13. BJD95 07/03/2013 at 8:19 AM #

    Dude…my message is to preach patience and let DD build his program, his way. That’s positive, in my book.

    I look forward to watching every game to see how that building process proceeds. But wins this year are gravy, and I’m trying to cut off the predictable howling about rebuilding aches and pains before they start.

    If any program ever needed a fresh start and a total reboot – it’s NC State basketball. So we are getting it, and that’s not a bad thing. We should have at least 8 legitimate D-1 players, and the overall talent level isbstill strong. It’s just not experienced.

    That makes for a middle of the pack expectation, not “no expectations.” You can hit the reset button in hoops much easier than football. Thank goodness for that.

  14. wolffpride 07/03/2013 at 8:33 AM #

    I will talk State football all day long! We got a month until fall camp starts, so stoked!!! I am very excited for this season, no one expects anything from us and that’s what makes us dangerous. I am usually on here defending our talent level and subsequently TOBs recruiting efforts (though this is not my direct intention) and this year we can turn some heads.

    I am happy for Rashard. He kind of got the shaft from the previous staff. The injury thing happens but he recovered and they never made the space for him. The kid has talent and he wants to play. He wants the rock, give it to him!

  15. BJD95 07/03/2013 at 10:22 AM #

    An alternate way of looking at things – our roster set up for “peak” years in 2011 and 2012. Needless to say…the peaks were underwhelming. Thus, TOB was shown the door. Made no sense to let him coach a rebuilding year and suffer another bad recruiting cycle.

    DD is a fresh face, and can thus recruit during a recruiting cycle. And he’s done a great job of that so far.

    I have also heard that DD is clearing house of sorts…and making sure the program is built and foundation laid HIS way. As he should. Goes back to the “breaking eggs to make an omelette” analogy.

  16. 44rules 07/03/2013 at 11:30 AM #

    Well Grey, I am more a basketball than football fan, but I’m stoked about DD’s refreshing attitude and recruiting prowess.

    As far as Gottfried showing he can coach, I liked this comment from the story: “I want to be a better coach this year than I was last year.”

  17. JeremyH 07/03/2013 at 11:31 AM #

    Don’t forget, Lewis is a McDonald’s all american. Which means he ate 100 big macs to get here. That’s not easy.

  18. BJD95 07/03/2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Good coaches have bad seasons. And some coaches can and do learn from setbacks and mistakes.

  19. travelwolf 07/03/2013 at 12:39 PM #

    If you’ve got players who have to concentrate on losing weight, then either their workout regimen isn’t tough enough or they aren’t following it. No way should a college basketball player have to be on a diet!

    Vandenburg won’t be any better than last year… I’m sure of that.

  20. BJD95 07/03/2013 at 6:39 PM #

    I’m not happy about Anya being overweight. We are relying on him to contribute.

    Vany is neither surprising or of concern.

  21. wolffpride 07/03/2013 at 6:55 PM #

    It is crazy to think that Berg got to 286! I knew the new staff wanted to bulk him up from 230 when they came in but he must have got carried away with it. I believe he played at around 250 last year, was still same old Berg. Hope he cuts it and has some good Senior year moments.

    Anya has always worried me with his weight control. He had shown the will to cut and the lack of discipline to keep it off. At least he has been through the cycle, it gets easier, he is young. Having a training staff on you should help also. I think the kid can be a real stud on D. Oh yeah, he boards too…the only statistic that really carries over from highschool…

  22. Greywolf 07/03/2013 at 6:55 PM #

    “Dude…my message is to preach patience and let DD build his program, his way. That’s positive, in my book.”

    BJD… having read your posts over the years I suspect that if we sat down and had this conversation we would be closer to agreement than not. If I understand you correctly you are arguing against getting all excited and expecting 9 or 10 wins this first or second year and then being upset or dissatisfied if a worst case scenario comes about.

    Where I’m coming from is simply this: if we can avoid the serious injury bug, catch a few breaks such as
    Copeland being declared eligible this year, the QB transfer from Arkansas being all we expect him to be, one or 2 freshmen have good years and perhaps another JUCO transfer such as Tennessee’s Chaperelle Patterson who scorched us for a couple of TDs last year… if we can catch a few of those kinds of breaks we can have a very enjoyable season.

    I guess you could say that I’m not quite ready to mail the season in and “wait ’til next year.” I’ve read comments here that Doeren has conceded the season until Bissette is eligible in 2014. If he said anything even close to that, I would say that is standard ‘coach speak’ poor mouthing to keep the competition off guard. I can’t believe as competitive as he is, he would just write off this season.

    I’m not an ‘offense’ kind of guy. I believe in building solid defenses. Jimmy V was fond of saying “keep yourself in position to win.” Good defense does just that.

    Now do we have a good defense? Only time will tell. I am an optimist. I guess you could say that if I had a room full of horseshit, I be looking for a pony in there somewhere. I look at our line backers and here’s what see amongst that horseshit: MJ Sallahuden (sp) has at this time beaten out Caldwell, Peek and Drew Davis. In light of that, he must have “some” talent. Green is back and we have Noel and #39 at the other outside backer, so while our LBs were a weak spot last year, they aren’t *automatically* a weak link this year.

    Our corners are solid — Johnson and Burris — while our safeties are unknown quantities. Here the injury factor will be important. Can Jarvis Byrd have an injury free SR year? Hakim, penciled in at the other safety, is an athlete as evidenced by his vertical leap. Will this translate to success on the field? Who knows but I ain’t ready to sell him short until he proves he can’t cut it. Safety is one of those positions where we could use a freshman to step up. Josh Jones and Tocho are the most likely candidates. One at Safety and one at a corner would be sweet.

    Our DT’s are set and solid. Mike Rose could be a sleeper at DE. The boy has speed and mobility.

    None of this is expectation. I don’t expect but I am optimistic. I firmly believe our DC to put the best athletes he has in places they can succeed. I expect the schemes to be sound. I do expect our boys to play with enthusiasm.

    We may not win but 3 games this year but let’s be straight here. Doeren did a hell of a lot better with far fewer “stars” at NIU. I for optimism with no expectation. That concept is difficult to pull off, but that’s my intention.

    So BJD, I agree with your no expectations stand, I’m just optimistic about our chances. As I see it Doeren has a “Get out of Jail free” card his first 2 years.

  23. wolffpride 07/04/2013 at 6:17 PM #

    I am on par with Greywolf in that I have high hopes for this season, with no expectations. I am optimistic about our defense as well. Outside of safety, I think we are pretty set for a solid unit. Can’t wait to see what Salahuddin is capable of and the rest of the linebacker corp. our D line should be dominant. We are deep and talented at Tackle. The staff is a little concerned with the DE’s but I think West, Cato Bishop and Norman will step up. Rose is def a sleeper. Whatever happened with Kendarious Whitehead? Is he still on the team?

    Lets make it to a bowl game this year! High hopes brothers, high hopes.

  24. Greywolf 07/05/2013 at 5:28 AM #

    @wolffpride : Our optimism comes from looking at what we do have, not at what we don’t have. You win with the ones you’ve got, not the ones you ain’t got. Good coaches find ways to win with the ones they got.

    What we got at safety right now is Jarvis Byrd, who was a starter at corner as a freshman. The boy has speed and is a hitter. Sounds like correction for the team speed issue. Hakim Jones also has what it takes physically. I’m counting on his being coached up.

  25. wolffpride 07/05/2013 at 7:34 PM #


    You are right, it’s about what we do have, not what we don’t. Believe me I preach exactly this, what seems like everyday, on this board. Byrd is a talented player…I hope he stays healthy and gets a 6th year granted and finishes out his career strong. I have no reservations about him as a starting safety. Hakim Jones appears to be a hell of an athlete from what I’m hearing. We should have some good speed on D this year. Can’t wait to see what Huxtable and company can do with it.

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