A Couple of Football Notes

h/t to Pack Pride

With NC State’s fall camp going on, there are some stories and tidbits that come out. My favorite on this year so far is the awarding of scholarships to Ben Grazen and Graven Locklear.

Always love seeing this videos…even better when it is the Wolfpack doing it!

Also, I saw a really good article on ESPN discussing the backfield that the Wolfpack has.

At last month’s ACC kickoff event, a group of reporters pestered Jacoby Brissett about the talent in NC State’s backfield. This alone is something of a surprise.

Mention elite position groups around the ACC, and the Wolfpack’s running backs aren’t the first that come to mind. Brissett didn’t back down though.

“I’m looking around the country,” he said, “and I’m trying to find anyone better.”

Perhaps Brissett is a bit biased, but he has some numbers on his side.

Backfield Stable:
Thornton
Dayes
Brissett
Samuels
Frasier
Gallaspy
Hines (moved to slot)

Pretty stacked.

One last note. Even though Fox Sports columnists Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman both think NC State is a darkhorse pick (good stuff on their Audible podcast), they both have State finishing up 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Feldman in particular really likes Brissett.

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  • #87947

    ruffles31
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    With NC State’s fall camp going on, there are some stories and tidbits that come out. My favorite on this year so far is the awarding of scholarships
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    #87952

    BJD95
    Keymaster

    I still maintain I see some Andrew Luck in Jacoby’s game (at his best). He just needs more consistency and reps. An NFL team who drafts him in the 3rd round and develops him for two seasons will have a very nice surprise on their hands, methinks…

    #87958

    WolfInVolCountry
    Participant

    Dayum if those running back boys don’t have a “Beast Mode” look to them. I bet they like Skittles!

    #87961

    redisgood
    Participant

    Yep, I’m definitely excited about the running backs. Speed guys, power guys, and lots of them. They should be able to both keep defenses guessing and wear them down. Obviously that will help Brissett do his thing. And our tight ends are none too shabby either. If the defense plays reasonably well, this could be a special season.

    #87962

    Gowolves
    Participant

    I am really excited about our secondary. Seems like we have a group that has a lot of experince and size. I just belive the defense is going to surprise some people. Maybe not some Pack fans. The defense is young in spots but have seen a lot of reps early on.

    #87963

    redisgood
    Participant

    Damn! I’m so pumped I want to go over there and start tailgating this afternoon. But I guess that would break the 5 hour policy by about 500 hours.

    #87997

    Wolfanatic
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    #88001

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    First I’d heard of this. Seems….odd?

    N.C. State gives Russell Wilson’s No. 16 to QB as part of ‘Legends’ program

    But former quarterback Russell Wilson, who has helped the Seahawks to a pair of Super Bowls, will be the first player commemorated by the school in the form of a patch worn on a current player’s jersey. That player will be freshman quarterback Jakobi Meyers, who will don Wilson’s former No. 16 this season.

    #88003

    PackerInRussia
    Participant

    ^ I kind of like the idea of it – reminds you that you’re playing for something bigger; just another form of motivation. But, are they just doing one a year? Russ does seem an odd first choice unless it all has to work out – same number as someone already on a “legends” list who is playing the same position as you – and this just happened to work out like that. Or maybe they want to make sure he stays firmly in the Wolfpack camp/remind people that he’s from the Wolfpack camp.

    #88008

    TheCOWDOG
    Moderator

    Two words so far: Nyheim Hines.

    Can I say a few more? …Good.

    That little sh#t is going to light CF up.

    #88009

    Pack78
    Participant

    ^Ryan Switzer will be wearing Nyheim Hines PJ’s…

    #88023

    Gowolves
    Participant

    It’s awful quite around here. Do we need more cowbell? Are we all just being a bit shy? Do we want to talk a little sh*t out our ass?

    Let’s be reasonable…hmmm I say we have two backs rush for a thousand. Does that sound crazy? I just don’t know. I bet if you think hard enough you could convince yourself that it’s not out of this realm. I know we have a very good QB but it’s possible.

    Before anyone says we have too many in the backfield and the carries will be spilt. I gotcha but I would argue that they can find two great ball carriers that have better skills as compliments than by themselves. Not saying the the back behind Thornton won’t become the man latter n his college career. Assumptions taken. Find that back that compliments Thornton. That’s the key. Not to mention health. See what I did there?

    #88024

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    I doubt we’ll even have one guy break the 1000 yd mark, but we don’t need them to. The guys in the stable are more than capable of getting the team job done, no doubt.

    But the guys who will determine how well that job gets done won’t be the ones getting the touches. Still lotsa ???’s on the OL, but I’m hopeful that Richardson’s development (as described to me…I haven’t seen any first hand stuff) indicates a possible glimmer of hope that things will gel in the direction we would like.

    Jacoby is still gonna Jacoby either way, but if opposing D’s have to play honest due to an honest to goodness ground game, then he’ll Jacoby even better than last year.

    Guarded optimism at its finest…no talking shit. At least not yet. 😉

    #88025

    TheCOWDOG
    Moderator

    Stealth, Gowolves…stealth.

    What if I said this team is really, really good?

    #88026

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    What if I said this team is really, really good?

    Dunno ’bout Gowolves, but I know I’d be infinitely happy to hear that exit your pie hole. 😀

    #88027

    Gowolves
    Participant

    Second that.

    #88028

    Since74
    Participant

    “infinitely happy to hear that exit your pie hole.”

    Awesome.
    I love reading you guys. If for nothing other than sheer eloquence.
    Hope you don’t mind if I incorporate that phrase into several of my everyday dialogues.
    I’ll be sure to give credit if anyone appreciates it or feels that I’ve gone overboard using that as a response to everything they say.

    Oh and btw, saw a great vid of a day in the life of Nyheim Hines on YouTube. Sorry I stink with the links.
    Comes across intelligent and likeable. Think he’s gonna be a great fit.

    #88029

    Gowolves
    Participant

    I think we are seeing something bigger. What I mean by that is Doreen. I think he is going to be a special coach. I hope we have the Benjamin’s to keep him. They can run the ball and I believe their run defense can be good to very good. That’s a recipe for success. Jacoby needs to let the game come to him. He knows what that feels like. That’s important. He had that trait the last 5/6 games of the season.

    #88030

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    “infinitely happy to hear that exit your pie hole.”

    Hope you don’t mind if I incorporate that phrase into several of my everyday dialogues.
    I’ll be sure to give credit if anyone appreciates it or feels that I’ve gone overboard using that as a response to everything they say.

    Knock yourself out.
    Pie hole is definitely an underutilized circumlocution IMHO.

    #88097

    Gowolves
    Participant

    Well, there goes that small chance right out the window,

    Thornton suspended first two games for violation of team rules. Personally I would have given him the boot. Disappointed that DD did not do that. This kid has had too many chances. Don’t care how small it could have been. This is the third time if I am not mistaken. Doesn’t get it and never will. I think I will be in the minority with that opinion.

    #88098

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    Am hearing that Thornton has been suspended for first two games. No details yet, but if true, this piece in G’boro N&R yesterday is somewhat ironic.

    Shadrach Thornton: Lessons learned, goals ahead

    #88099

    redisgood
    Participant

    Shad better hope he doesn’t get Wally Pipped by Reggie Gallaspy.

    #88102

    TheCOWDOG
    Moderator

    Motorcycle ticket issues.

    #88103

    redisgood
    Participant

    I’m hearing a 2nd failed drug test. Bad intel?

    Never mind. I’ll answer my own question. If it was a 2nd failed drug test, surely he’d be gone.

    And obviously your sources are much more solid.

    #88104

    Radman
    Participant

    Three strikes and …

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