NC State: Countdown to Kickoff 2013



At 41 years of age, the Wolfpack's Dave Doeren is the youngest head coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference … Doeren's total of 23 wins as head coach at Northern Illinois in 2011 and 2012 tied for second-most nationally behind the 25 games won by Alabama's Nick Saban … Doeren's Northern Illinois squad rushed for 3,335 yards in 2012, while Wolfpack first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada oversaw a Wisconsin ground attack that amassed 3,309 yards a season ago … Each member of the 2013 Wolfpack coaching staff hails from one of those two programs with the exception of running backs coach Des Kitchings, who was a member of NC State's staff in 2012 … NC State's season opener vs. Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31 will be the first of eight home games for the Wolfpack, which will play a total of 10 games in the state of North Carolina this season … The Wolfpack's four-game road slate includes short trips to in-state conference rivals Wake Forest and Duke, as well as ACC games at Florida State and Boston College.

Numbers & Notes

.852 - The winning percentage for new NC State head coach Dave Doeren in his two seasons as head coach at Northern Illinois. Doeren guided NIU to a 23-4 record, including 12-1 and a berth in the Discover Orange Bowl last fall. Among FBS coaches, only Alabama’s Nick Saban has won more games since the beginning of the 2011 season.

 7 - Former NC State consensus All-America Ted Brown, still the all-time leading rusher in ACC history, will become the 7th former NC State player or coach to be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame this December at the organization’s annual banquet at the Waldord-Astoria Hotel in New York City on Dec. 10.

10 - NC State junior WR Bryan Underwood led the Wolfpack in touchdown pass receptions last fall, making 10 TD catches among his 44 overall grabs.

17.0 - The total number of QB sacks for NC State defensive ends Art Norman (5.5) and Darryl Cato-Bishop (6.5) and DT T.Y. McGill(5.0). All three defenders return to lead the Wolfpack this fall.

73 - WR Rashard Smith returned one of his 34 punts returns 73 yards for a touchdown against The Citadel. Smith, a senior from Dublin, Ga., averaged 9.3 yards a return, had more punt returns than any other ACC player in 2012. Smith score was one of four non-offensive TDs for the Pack in 2012.

2012 In Review
In Tom O’Brien’s final season as head coach of the Wolfpack, NC State posted a 7-6 record, finishing 4-4 in the ACC, good enough for third-place in the Atlantic Division...That included a 17-16 win over then 3rd-ranked Florida State as the Pack earned its third straight bowl trip and fourth in the last five years... O’Brien was relieved of his duties as head coach at season’s end and on December 1, NC State hired Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren as its 34th head football coach...  Doeren comes to Raleigh with a sparkling 23-4 record in two years as head coach at NIU, which included a 12-1 record last year and the school’s first BCS berth in the Discover Orange Bowl...QB Michael Glennon became the first quarterback in Wolfpack history to throw for 30 or more TD passes in back-to-back years and his passing yardage total of 4,031 yards was the fourth-best figure in ACC history...Glennon led the ACC in passing yardage, averaging 310.1 yards a game becoming only the 8th player in league history to average 300 or more passing yards in a season...S Earl Wolff, who had 119 tackles, was named first-team All-ACC while CB David Amerson, who tied for the ACC league lead with 5 interceptions and finished with 18 for his career, and  G R.J. Mattes were second-team All-ACC honorees...Glennon, C Camden Wentz, DE Daryl Cato-Bishop and S Brandan Bishop received Honorable Mention All-ACC honors.

Who’s Gone
Besides changing its entire coaching staff, the Wolfpack loses 12 starters: six on each on offense and defense. Offensively, besides losing Glennon, who threw for 7,131 yards in little more than two seasons, State will be without Wentz, Gs Mattes and Zach Allen, TE Mario Carter and big-play WR Tobais Palmer...Defensively, State loses five of its top six tacklers from a year ago in Wolff (119), Bishop (103), LB Rickey Dowdy (88), LB Sterling Lucas (81) and Amerson (61).

2013 Preview
With its new coordinators, Matt Canada on offense and Dave Huxtable on defense, in place, the Wolfpack made progress in the spring ...Prime chore on offense was rebuilding a line that is missing three starters and finding a QB to replace Glennon... Ts Rob Crisp and Tyson Chandler, Gs Duran Christophe and Alex Barr and C Joe Thuney ended spring as the first five upfront, with Gs Cole Blankenship and Cam Fordham, T Andy Jomantas and C Jon Tu’uta in reserve...The QB competition will continue in to the fall with Colorado State transfer QB Pete Thomas and sophomore Manny Stocker competing for Glennon’s old job with Arkansas transfer Brandon Mitchell...Two running backs return with significant experience in sophomore Shadrach Thornton, who led the Wolfpack with 694 yards and 3 TDs, as well as true freshman junior Tony Creecy, who had 476 yards and 5 TDs...A trio of veteran receivers in senior WR Quinton Payton (51 catches, 15.6 avg.), junior WR Bryan Underwood, 44 catches, 10 TDs), and senior WR Rashard Smith (19 catches, 5 TDs) lead sophomores Charlie Hegedus and Maurice Morgan and true freshman  Bra’Lon Cherry for starting honors...PK Niklas Sade, who made 13 of 23 FGs,  and P Wil Baumann (38.9) also return....Defensively, the Wolfpack should be solid upfront with starting DT T.Y. McGill, NT Thomas Teal and DEs Art Norman and Darryl Cato-Bishop all back, though sophomore DE Mike Rose is listed as co-starter with Cato-Bishop as is senior DE Forrest West with Norman after spring  ...Junior SLB Rodman Noel is the only returning starter at linebacker, but senior D.J. Green ended spring ahead of him at SLB after missing all of last year...Sophomore MLB M.J. Salahuddin and junior WLB Brandon Pittman impressed enough in the spring and to head into fall as the other starters with senior Zach Gentry and redshirt freshman Drew Davis in the hunt for playing time...Rebuilding the Wolfpack secondary was also a major spring chore...Senior Dontae Johnson is the only returning starter, and he and sophomore Juston Burris ended the spring as starters at cornerback ahead of redshirt freshmen Niles Clark and Marchez Coates... Fifth-year senior Jarvis Byrd returns to lend experience at free safety, while sophomore Hakim Jones heads into fall camp as the starter at strong safety with sophomores Josh Stanley and Tim Buckley competing for playing time.