On Saturday, the NC State Wolfpack put together a dominating performance resulting in a 47-28 win over the Seminoles of Florida State. And when you spend the entire day with a comfortable lead over your opponent, you get a chance to play some guys who haven’t seen as much action. That was the case for the Pack this weekend so several new names appear in the Week 10 report.
Ryan Finley had a great day under center. He completed 78% of his passes and threw for 3 TDs. Then Woody Cornwell, the redshirt senior, got to play the first snaps of his Wolfpack career in front of a Homecoming crowd and seal a win over Florida State on national TV. That’s pretty dang cool.
Reggie Gallaspy and Ricky Person traded roles this week with Gallaspy having more big runs and Person scoring the short yardage TDs. This resulted in Person getting his first career TDs for the Pack and Gallaspy’s TD per game streak coming to an end.
Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers continue alternating weeks as the top receiver for the team with Meyers having over 100 yards receiving this past weekend. Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, Kelvin Harmon will walk with the seniors on Thursday for Senior Night. Even before this announcement, I don’t think it would surprise anyone if he were to go pro after this season. Congrats to Devin Carter on his first snaps in an NC State uniform.
Autenrieth continues to lead the way for the RBs and Angeline continues coming up with catches at crucial times for NC State.
The offensive line mostly saw its regular rotation. It was good to have Justin Witt back after he missed most of the last two games. Grant Gibson got his first non-special teams snaps as a member of the OL. Emanuel McGirt also got some non-special teams action. It was the first non-special teams snaps for the former 4-star recruit since Sept. 2016.
With Big E out with an injury, Darian Roseboro shifted over to DT start in his place and Deonte Holden got his first career start at the open DE spot. Holden ended up logging 66 snaps which was, by far, the most snaps on the defensive line and a career high for him. And in case you hadn’t heard, this comes right after receiving news that he has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. Xavier Lyas had a memorable debut in a Wolfpack uniform logging 2 sacks. Kennan Solomon, the JUCO transfer, also made his Wolfpack debut on special teams.
Pratt and Moore tied for the team lead in tackles for the day. Everyone in the two-deep at LB got to play double-digit snaps.
With Ingle getting picked on constantly in coverage the past two weeks, Stephen Griffin got his first start for the Wolfpack. He responded by tying Pratt and Moore for the team lead in tackles. Freddie Phillips got his first snaps at nickel since the Marshall game.
Dexter Wright led the safeties with 5 tackles and 2 pass breakups on the day. Isaiah Stallings saw his first action at safety since the Marshall game.
Nick McCloud missed his second game in a row with an injury. In his place, true freshman Teshaun Smith led the CBs in snaps played. He must have had a decent game because I didn’t really notice him. The same can’t be said for Chris Ingram who had a rough day trying to defend Tamorrion Terry (5 rec, 142 yds, 2 TDs).
Chris Dunn went 4-4 on FGs with a long of 38 yards and 5-5 on XPs on Saturday. This earned him ACC Specialist of the Week. A few interesting notes from the press release:
- Field goal total was the highest for a Wolfpack player since Nikolas Sade also had four against North Carolina in 2013
- Dunn now ranks third in the ACC in scoring with 9.0 ppg
- With 14 made field goals for the season, Dunn has crushed Sade’s previous school rookie record of 11 set in 2011
This week, Ricky Person officially burned his redshirt. It’s interesting that De’Von Graves is now at the max games allowed for a redshirt when he has only played three total snaps at CB and the rest of his action has been on special teams. Hopefully, he doesn’t burn a redshirt to be a special teams player. NC State now has five games left (including the bowl game they are now eligible for) and with the Pack heavily favored to win the rest of their regular season matchups, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more new players get their first career snaps in the coming weeks.