Strengths And Weaknesses
Dave Doeren was asked to list one thing he felt was a strength and another that was perhaps a concern as NC State inches closer to its season opener on September 1st versus William & Mary. The head coach, who enters the campaign 18-20 overall after three seasons in Raleigh, felt his defensive line, which returns everyone excluding Mike Rose, would be what stood out the most.
Which player starts at quarterback was what Doeren listed as his biggest area of concern. Jacoby Brissett was a third-round pick of the New England Patriots and the Wolfpack has what the head coach called an "open competition" to find his replacement.
"We felt great, coming out of the spring, with the progress we made," Doeren said. "Two guys that finished the spring for us, Jalan McClendon and Jakobi Meyers, were learning a new system and we want to see growth over the summer since they are not learning anymore. Bringing in a transfer, Ryan Finley from Boise State, that already knows (the offense), we feel like we have three really good options and we just want to see how it plays out."
When asked if he preferred to played one guy or was open to using multiple quarterbacks Doeren was cagey with his response.
"I am comfortable doing what I have to do to win," Doeren said. "We will see what it is."
A Welcoming Host
When it comes to his players, Doeren loves to welcome them to his house for a nice meal. At the Pigskin Preview, he boasted of his culinary skills but was unwilling to take credit for feeding the whole team at once.
"I have skills on the grill, I'm not going to lie," Doeren said. "When we have that many over we brought in Danny's Barbeque from Cary and they took care of the boys. He does a good job."
When host Mark Armstrong asked Doeren how much feeding a team would cost he deferred to his boss.
"Ask Debbie," he retorted. "I send it to her."
At Least It Is For Charity
When it comes to the five schools represented at the Pigskin Preview, NC State struggled in the race to see which team's autographed helmet fetched the highest bid via auction.
North Carolina Central paced the group with ease as the Eagles had their helmet go for 1,600 dollars. Duke finished in second at 1,100 while North Carolina and East Carolina's both went for a thousand each. NC State has its red helmet with a white block S sell for 900 dollars.
The winning bidder is familiar to Wolfpack Nation. Dewayne Washington, who played cornerback for NC State from 1990-1994 and is currently the head football coach at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, bought the helmet with all money being donated to charity.
Washington, a Durham-native who spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs is entering his second season at Heritage and has former NC State legend and Hall of Famer Torry Holt as his offensive coordinator.