According to sources, NC State defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen has accepted a position in the NFL. Nielsen will serve as defensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints.
Nielsen previously served as the Wolfpack's defensive line/run-game coordinator for the defense. He arrived in Raleigh with Dave Doeren in 2013 and coached the defensive line all four seasons.
A two-time Broyles Award candidate, given to the top assistant coach in college football, Nielsen played a major role in developing a defensive front that featured All-ACC standouts like Mike Rose and Bradley Chubb.
This year NC State's defensive line contributed to the Wolfpack yielding just 108.6 yards per game... eighth-best nationally. The Wolfpack also ranked No. 22 in sacks, totaling 2.85 per game.
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