I have a fever, and the only prescription is more Film Room!


The Film Room series is back! I’m sure you’re thrilled, as I got tons of imaginary requests in my inbox for another one of these messages.

Here is a highlight of a few areas that will benefit this week’s game at Mississippi State.

Let’s go … to the video tape!

  1. My specific fever requires a prescription not for a cowbell … but more wheeled roads. I must have more wheel routes !!

I have loved this piece for decades. Urban Meyer was setting people on fire with the Chris Leak / Tim Tebow era in Florida. There has been an overlap with Tim Beck with him at Ohio State for a while, which is why we can see similarities in the structure of the game. The offensive coordinators pick up flavors of pieces at every stop, and until Now, I loved the variety of Beck’s pieces.

When executed well, the wheel layout draws defense to one side while still allowing someone from the backfield to clear. In the early 2000s, I was destroying the store with this game (and the triple option) in NCAA Football.

This game set up the Wolfpack’s first touchdown of the night.

Can you follow all these arrows ??

Watch as Leary takes action, then the rest of the attack moves to the right, specifically drawing double coverage towards the lower receiver. This allows Ricky Person to beat a single blanket on the defender, expecting him to likely hang from the apartment.

Expect Ricky Person and Bam Knight to be featured more as receivers this year. If you’ve got quick guys, give them the dang ball.

2. Let Ickey cook

This guy is a gem. Dave Doeren loves to find these very energetic types of guys, and we love to watch them. Ikem Ekwonu is a fundamental member of the left side of the offensive line, and he loves to show it. My favorite is when he hits a future defender and then crushes them again just for good measure.


Ekwonu is so good that he can block you while throwing up his guts. Very impressive.

Ethan Hyman

Ekwonu was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. You can certainly tell that he forgot everything on the pitch:

3. Needs = affected, especially in the red zone.

Seems obvious, duh. But Miss State wasn’t great last year, but they’re not going to go away quietly. You need to score touchdowns and keep pressing without releasing your foot. Winning a 42-0 game last week is a good example of keeping pushing even with a comfortable lead. This type of well-executed blowout from a lower opponent is something I have been waiting for many years to see in week 1.

The previous offensive coordinators refused to throw the dang ball inside the red zone. Not Beck.

Thanks to Doeren for allowing the change in mindset. Today’s infractions push the ball onto the pitch. We used to poke fun at the Big 12 (what’s left of it, anyway), but that open-ended style of play permeates college football. You can’t settle for FG, you have to put the ball in the end zone.

He knows he will have to follow the air raid. He’s not yet fully operational, but these boys can still score quickly. Scoring 21 points in the 4th quarter of a comeback is not to be outdone. Yes, it was La Tech, but still shows potential. Speaking of air:

4. Continue to aerate

Simple game, GREAT protection, Carter on the way. Let me tear it up. Carter will improve with more reps to know where he is on the pitch. Keep your balance within limits and it’s a touchdown next time:

Yes, Leary made one of those passes for an interception. It’s going to happen, he hasn’t even played a full season as a starter yet. I like that they lifted the ball deep, showing him confidence.

5. Ummm, no more wild cats ??

I don’t know, let’s just keep that one in our pocket for now (please don’t try it against Clemson).

It was also funny how everyone first thinks of Alec when State is directing this play:

I will say this about this room. Leary sells it looking back at the snap, making the defense think it’s a flea flicker. After Person breaks free, he goes through four defenders for the score. And the rest of the team is doing a terrific job with the blocking down. Talking about that !

6. Downstream blockage!

First off, it was a 4th and 2 from their own 46-yard line, so kudos to Dave for sensing the opportunity to allow his players to cook. Bam Knight runs for free for a 46-yard touchdown due to his teammates’ commitment to block.

Like when you see a great boss kiss screen in a basketball that leads to a backdoor layup, these blocks are really pure.

Devin Carter could be NC State’s next big receiver, he’s ready to fill the shoes after Emeka Emezie visits Sunset after this year. But his commitment to the team and his membership in this bloc shows how much everyone is on board.

Now, let’s watch Ickey splash a dude, then look for a second victim to strike after the first one is fatal:

7. Keep on boning me

The takeaway bone has to come out as many times as it did last Saturday. It was fun. Two of the three interceptions were from an inexperienced QB, yes, but largely caused by good coverage and increased pocket pressure forcing him to make a bad decision on the move.

Drake Thomas, the time of bones
Ethan Hyman

More of this please:

Exhibit 1:

Exhibit 2:

Exhibit 3:

Tanner Ingle pinning the bullet to his helmet was very nice:

PS Everyone loves the state of Mississippi

Finally, let me say that typing the word Mississippi is pretty darn boring. I have to think of the elementary school jingle to literally remember it every time. That being said, I consider this weekend’s game to be a friendly match between two friends. Thanks to the Bulldogs and their fans for showing all their class and support for NC State when they were unceremoniously dumped via a drunken 2am text by the NCAA in favor of a brighter option for Vandy .

Logan Tanner showed love in-game for the title:

And their fans showed love in the stands:

It will be like a reunion of two old friends having a friendly scrum in the yard.

Both sides see the game as a way to deliver a quality potential win. The state of Mississippi is essentially the state of North Carolina from the SEC. The brighter, more prominent, and bluer state rival gets the majority of the publicity even when he’s completely average. I’d rather be the workaholic team that needs to earn every inch of respect, and the State of Mississippi knows all about it.

I don’t want Mississippi State to lose as much as I want NC State to win, if that makes sense.

They’ll welcome us into their home not so much with welcoming arms, but hitting shit with a bunch of cowbells.

At least the technical staff prepare the players:

Let’s Go Pack, hit the ball already!

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