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December 27, 2012
Snapshot of new NC State assistants
Now that new NC State head coach Dave Doeren has completed his staff of assistant coaches, The Wolfpacker takes a look at each of the Wolfpack's new mentors.
Offensive coordinator Matt Canada
- Served as Wisconsin offensive coordinator in 2012, where the Badgers ranked 12th in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (237.8). Running back Montee Ball won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top rusher after he recorded 1,730 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground.
- Coached under new NC State head coach Dave Doeren at NIU in 2011. The Huskies won the 2011 MAC Championship and finished among the top 12 in scoring offense, total offense and rushing offense. They were one of just five teams in the nation to average at least 230.0 yards rushing and passing in 2011.
History: Indiana student coach/graduate assistant (1992-95), Butler QB/WR coach (1996-97), Butler OC (1997-98), NIU RB coach (1998-01), NIU QB coach (2001-03), NIU OC (2003-04), Indiana QB coach (2004-05), Indiana passing game coordinator/QB coach (2005-07), Indiana OC (2007-10), NIU OC (2011), Wisconsin OC (2012).
Notable players coached: Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner (NIU), Wisconsin All-American RB Montee Ball, Indianapolis Colts QB Chandler Harnish (NIU), Indianapolis Colts OL Ryan Diem (NIU), Former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans WR Justin McCareins (NIU).
Defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable
-Spent 2012 as the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh, where the Panthers ranked in the nation's top 25 for total defense (16th, 325.8), scoring defense (21st, 19.7), rushing defense (24th, 129.1) and passing defense (25th, 196.8).
History: Iowa State graduate assistant (1982), Independence (Ks.) Community College defensive coordinator (1983-84), Western Kentucky LB Coach (1985-88), Western Kentucky DC (1989), East Carolina LB coach/special teams coordinator (1990-91), Georgia Tech LB Coach (1992-97), GT Special teams coordinator (1992-94), GT DC (1996-97), ECU LB coach (1998), ECU DL (1999), Oklahoma State special teams coordinator/LB coach (2000), North Carolina LB coach (2001-03), UNC special teams coordinator (2001), UNC DC (2002-03), Central Florida special teams coordinator/LB coach (2004-07), UCF DC (2008-10), Wisconsin LB coach (2011), Pittsburgh DC (2012).
Notable players coached: Wisconsin All-Big Ten LB selections Chris Borland and Mike Taylor, two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year DE Bruce Miller (UCF), All-ACC LB David Thornton (UNC), Five-time Pro Bowl LB Keith Brooking (GT), All-American and three-time Super Bowl champion Robert Jones (ECU).
Safeties/co-special teams coordinator Clayton White
-Spent the last two years at Connecticut mentoring running backs and coaching special teams. In 2011, running back Lyle McCombs earned Freshman All-American honors and was just the second freshman in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
-He is a nine-year veteran of collegiate coaching, and has experience on both sides of the ball.
-Played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants at linebacker and on special teams (2001-03).
- Played at NC State under Mike O'Cain and Chuck Amato from 1997-2000 — he served as a team captain as a senior. White lined up at safety as a freshman then started his final three seasons at linebacker.
- Was a star in the prep ranks for Triton High School in Erwin, N.C.
History: Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson High defensive backs coach (2003), Western Carolina DB coach/special teams assistant (2003-06), Stanford DB coach/special teams assistant (2007-09), Western Kentucky DB coach/co-special teams coordinator (2010), Connecticut RB coach/special teams coordinator (2011-12).
Notable players coached: Freshman All-American RB Lyle McCombs (UConn), Detroit Lions S Louis Delmas (WKU), Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB E.J. Biggers (WKU), Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (Stanford), Cleveland Browns CB Johnson Bademosi (Stanford), San Francisco 49ers S Michael Thomas (Stanford).
Tight ends/fullbacks/co-special teams coordinator Eddie Faulkner
- Former Wisconsin running back, four-year letterwinner. Helped the Badgers to a pair of Big Ten Championships and five bowl games.
- Free agent signee of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001, and he played professionally for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.
- Coached on Doeren's first staff at Northern Illinois that won the MAC, then coached at Big Ten champion Wisconsin in 2012.
- NIU boasted the nation's No. 12 rushing attack (234.1 ypg) in 2011.
History: Anderson RB coach/junior varsity OC (2002), Ball State graduate assistant (2003-04), Ball State RB coach/special teams coordinator (2005-08), Ball State RB coach/offensive coordinator (2009-10), Northern Illinois RB coach/special teams coordinator (2011), Wisconsin TE coach (2012).
Notable players coached: Ball State single-season rushing record holder MiQuale Lewis, NIU All-MAC RB Jasmin Hopkins, NIU All-MAC kicker Mathew Sims, Wisconsin All-Big Ten selection Jacob Pedersen.
Wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson
- Played in the NFL for four seasons, as a member of the Cleveland Browns from 2002-06. He caught 40 passes for 490 yards and a score, while he also returned eight kicks for 143 yards during his career.
- The Chicago native coached at Western Illinois, his alma mater, Akron and Northern Illinois.
- He played quarterback at NIU from 1997-99 before transferring to Western Illinois, where he played quarterback and wide receiver in 2000 and 2001.
History: Western Illinois WR coach (2008-09), Akron WR coach (2010-11), NIU WR coach (2012).
Notable players coached: NIU first-team All-MAC WR Martel Moore, who ranked 23rd nationally with 1,054 receiving yards and seventh with 12 touchdown catches.
Running backs coach Des Kitchings
- Spent 2012 as the NC State running backs and tight ends coach.
- Has experience as an offensive coordinator (Vanderbilt, 2010), running game coordinator (Vanderbilt, 2008-09; Air Force, 2011) and special teams coordinator (Furman, 2004-07; Vanderbilt, 2008-09).
- Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2000 NFL Draft following an All-American career at Furman as a standout receiver and return specialist.
- Spent four years on practice squads and NFL rosters.
- Air Force ranked third nationally in rushing (314.8 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (43) in his lone season at the school in 2011.
- Under Kitchings, true freshman running back Shadrach Thornton ranks fifth in the ACC with an average of 72.8 yards per game, and he paced the Wolfpack with 655 yards despite appearing in just nine games. Thornton rushed for 100 yards in four different games, which is tied for the fourth-best total for a rookie in school history.
History: Furman TE coach/special teams coordinator (2004-07), Vanderbilt RB coach/running game coordinator/special teams coordinator (2008-09), Vanderbilt offensive coordinator (2010), Air Force RB coach/running game coordinator (2011), NC State RB/TE coach (2012).
Notable players coached: NC State freshman RB Shadrach Thornton, Vanderbilt freshman All-American and SEC Freshman of the Year Warren Norman.
Cornerbacks coach Richard McNutt
- A former Ohio State cornerback who was a part of the 2002 National Championship team. He started the first six games of that 14-0 campaign before being sidelined by injury.
- He was one of the nation's top five cornerbacks coming out of Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill.
- Became a student coach for the Buckeyes before earning his undergraduate degree in 2004.
- Also has coaching experience with the Cleveland Browns, where he served as the safeties coach, assisted with all defensive backs and also was an assistant special teams coach. The Browns ranked second in the NFL with 23 interceptions that season (2008).
- NIU went from 89th in passing defense in 2011 to 41st in 2012 (217.7 ypg) under McNutt; they also improved from 43rd in interceptions to 23rd this past year (15).
History: Ohio State player coach (2003), Washington & Jefferson (Washington, Pa.) DB coach/junior varsity defensive coordinator (2004-05), Virginia Military Institute DB coach (2006), Toledo DB coach/special teams coordinator (2007), Cleveland Browns S coach/assisted with DBs and special teams (2008), Kent State DB coach (2009-10), NIU CB coach (2011).
Notable players coached: Carolina Panthers DB Chris Gamble (OSU), Pittsburgh Steelers SS Will Allen (OSU), Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Brandon McDonald (Browns), 7-year NFL safety Brodney Pool (Browns).
Recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen
- Was on Doeren's first staff at NIU as the defensive line coach, but served as the co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, in addition to mentoring the defensive line, in 2012.
- Former All-Pac 10 defensive lineman at USC. Was selected all-conference as a sophomore when Doeren was on the coaching staff.
- Signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and played one season in the Arena Football League.
- In three years as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss, he had a player lead the SEC in sacks twice. That was his first full-time coaching job.
History: Volunteer assistant at USC (2002), Idaho administrative assistant (2004), Mississippi DL coach (2005-07), Central Connecticut State defensive coordinator/DL and LB coach (2008-09), Tennessee-Martin DL coach, special teams coordinator (2010), NIU DL coach (2011), NIU Co-defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator/DL coach (2012).
Notable players coached: Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy (Ole Miss), Atlanta Falcons DT Peria Jerry (Ole Miss), Central Connecticut State 2008 league sack leader Ray Saunders, Central Connecticut State 2009 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year Lawton Arnold, NIU All-MAC selections Sean Progar and Ron Newcomb.
Offensive line coach Mike Uremovich
- A former collegiate head coach who spent last season as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Northern Illinois under Doeren.
- In his lone season at NIU, the Huskies finished ninth nationally in rushing offense (250.2 ypg) and 15th in total offense. The team also ranked ninth in the FBS for scoring (40.8 ppg), thanks to 44 rushing scores.
- He spent 2005-11 as the head coach at University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., where he led the NAIA program to its most successful season in history in 2011. The team won a school-record 10 games and defeated its first-ever FCS school, when they recorded a victory over Georgia State. The team also went to the playoffs for the first time in 24 years and won the first postseason game in school history.
- University of St. Francis went 27-19 in his last four seasons as the head coach. His overall record at the school was 33-45 after seven years in the program that he rebuilt from the ground up.
- Began his coaching career at McCutcheon High School in 1996 before moving on to the college ranks in 2000.
History: Benedictine WR coach/special teams coordinator (2000), Northern Illinois graduate assistant (2001-03), Waynesburg College offensive coordinator (2003-04), University of St. Francis head coach (2005-11), NIU RB coach/special teams coordinator (2012).
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