McClendon and Meyers Lead NC State's Red Team to 47-0 Spring Game Win
RALEIGH, N.C. (GoPack.com) - On a cold, windy day at Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State fans came out and got their first glimpse of new offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz's offense in the annual Kay Yow Spring Game. The first-team offense did not disappoint, leading the Red team to a 47-0 win.
The Red team represented the starters on both offense and defense throughout the game. The first-team unit combined for 444 yards of offense, while the defense starters held the White squad to -2 yards of offense on the day.
Replacing two-year starter at QB Jacoby Brissett, the Red team QBs on the day were redshirt-sophomore Jalan McClendon and redshirt-freshman Jakobi Meyers. McClendon played the first and third quarters completing 13-of-18 passes for 120 yards and a score, while Meyers played the second and fourth quarters and was 12-of-20 for 117 yards and a score.
Nyheim Hines was the leading rusher with nine carries for 72 yards and a score, while redshirt-freshman Johnny Frasier had 17 rushes for 66 yards and a pair of touchdown.
"I think when we started the spring they were thinking a lot but now that we're towards the end they're playing, and now it's just building on that," said head coach Dave Doreen. "We have to have the chemistry that's one, and there's a ton of growth that can occur over the summer now that we'll be allowed to coach the guys twice a week.
"We're going to take advantage of that and I know the players will to. We'll have 29 opportunities during fall camp and we need to be a lot cleaner from a penalty standpoint. All of the guys that were injured today and didn't get to play we need to get them back and get that rhythm back with them."
McClendon took the reigns of the first team offense to open the game, and drove the Red team 70 yards in nine plays resulting in the first score of the day - a three-yard McClendon to Maurice Trowell TD throw. During the opening drive, McClendon was a perfect 5-of-5 for 59 yards.
In the first quarter, McClendon was 7-of-10 for 87 yards with a TD toss in leading the Red team to a 14-0 lead. The Red offense ran 26 plays for 184 yards in the quarter, highlighted by a 42-yard Nyheim Hines rush and a 34-yard McClendon to Bra'Lon Cherry throw.
"The offensive coordinator is coordinating new plays and everyone is getting acclimated, but so far I think we are getting used to each other and that's the biggest thing," said McClendon. "I think we've accomplished that and believe that we'll be ready once we get to the fall.
"I think I did a pretty good job of commanding the offense and just being a leader on and off the field. I ran the plays and did what the coaches asked of me and that's all they can ask for."
The Red team continued its march down the field in the second quarter, and jumped out to a 37-0 lead at the half. Meyers played the second quarter as the QB for the Red, going 7-of-13 for 61 yards in the quarter.
Meyers led three scoring drives in the first half, all rushing scores, including a pair by redshirt-freshman Johnny Frasier. In the opening half, the Red team ran 56 plays for 340 yards - 192 rush, 148 pass. By contrast, the Red defense was equally impressive, holding the White team to -13 yards of offense, including 10 rushes for -34 yards and causing three turnovers in the first two quarters.
The second half was played with a running clock, with no additional scoring in the third quarter. The final points of the afternoon came on a 42-yard Conner Haskins field goal, and a 15-yard Meyers to Clark Eyers pass in the fourth quarter.