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Best in the state? Wake has filled a void left by Mack Brown

N.C. State plays its first game under Dave Doeren against a Big Four opponent on Saturday at Wake Forest.

Coupled with ECU's win over UNC last Saturday, it inspired an idea for the "state championship."

Former UNC coach Mack Brown made a big deal about winning the state title (there's still a plaque in the Kenan Football Center to commemorate the accomplishment). He should have made a big deal the way he blitzed through Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State in the mid-1990s.

Pack QB Mitchell closer to return

N.C. State quarterback Brandon Mitchell is a step closer to getting back on the football field.

Mitchell, who broke a bone in his left foot in the season-opener and has missed the past three games, is out of the walking boot and off crutches, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said Monday.

Mitchell won't play against Wake Forest on Saturday but there's a chance he could be back as soon as N.C. State's game with Syracuse on Oct. 12, according to Doeren.

Pack routs Central Michigan, 48-14

RALEIGH — N.C. State went into Saturday's game with Central Michigan with two goals: build off of a competitive loss to Clemson and avoid an upset scare like it had against Richmond.

Done and done.

The Wolfpack (3-1) got a touchdown from both its defense and special teams and a balanced offensive effort to throttle Central Michigan 48-14 on Saturday.

Doeren challenges State fans to get back in their seats

Dave Doeren wants N.C. State fans to spend less time in the parking lot and more time in Carter-Finley Stadium.

The new coach challenged the fan base on Monday to get back in their seats for the start of the second half, instead of spending more time tailgating at the break.

Indoor practice facility in the works for Wolfpack

N.C. State is planning the stages of building an indoor practice facility near Carter-Finley Stadium, Wolfpack AD Debbie Yow said Tuesday.

Yow is hopeful the $14 million facility will be ready for spring practice in 2015. Virginia and Florida State opened new indoor practice facilities this year. Closer to home, N.C. State is the only ACC team in the Triangle without a place to move inside when it rains or gets excessively hot.

"We do need one," Yow said. "Duke has an indoor facility and Carolina has one."

Pack loses fullback to knee injury

Fullback Logan Winkles will miss the season after suffering a major knee injury in practice on Thursday, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said after Friday's practice.

Winkles, a fourth-year junior, started five games last season and caught 10 passes for 90 yards with a pair of touchdowns. It's the second knee injury Winkles has suffered in college.

Shirreffs fits the QB profile

Dave Doeren's not trying to put pressure on freshman quarterback Bryant Shirreffs by comparing him to Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, but the two do have similarities.

Both Shirreffs and Lynch were rated as two-star prospects by Rivals.com and neither Shirreffs nor Lynch had a lot of major Division I options out of high school.

Healthy Crisp plus for Pack

Rob Crisp broke his tailbone in N.C. State's first game of the 2012 season.

That wasn't even the most painful part of the left tackle's junior season. He missed five games after the initial injury and then labored through the final seven games despite the pain.

"I never got back to 100 percent the rest of the season," said Crisp, the Wolfpack's top offensive lineman.

Library argument led to N.C. State running back's arrest

The legal trouble for N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton occurred at the campus library, according to court documents obtained Monday.

Thornton, the Wolfpack's leading rusher a year ago, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female on June 6 after he got into an argument with his then girlfriend at D.H. Hill Library the previous day.

Wolfpack running back faces legal trouble in Wake County

Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton has a Wake County court date on Aug. 22 for a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female.

Thornton, the team's leading rusher a year ago, has participated in N.C. State's first two practices and was at the team's "Meet the Pack" Day on Sunday. Thornton, 20, was originally charged in Wake County on June 6.

N.C. State coach Dave Doeren issued a statement on Sunday and said Thornton had been suspended after the arrest but has worked his way back onto the team.

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