Herd’s Tyre Brady expects different look from Wolfpack
HUNTINGTON — The last time Marshall University wide receiver Tyre Brady saw N.C. State on the football field, he put on a show at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Last season, the Wolfpack went at Brady with one-on-one coverage and Brady made them pay dearly, catching six passes for 188 yards in the first half as the Thundering Herd jumped to a 20-10 lead before falling, 37-20. It was part of a record-setting performance for Brady, who finished with 11 catches for 248 yards and a touchdown. The 248 yards receiving broke an N.C. State opponent record at Carter-Finley Stadium and was also good enough the fourth-most receiving yards in a single game in Marshall history.
N.C. State (2-0) and Marshall (2-0) meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
When N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren started referencing last year’s matchup, Brady was his first topic.
“Offensively, they have a great receiver that we really struggled against a year ago, particularly in the first half,” Doeren said.
While others laud Brady’s performance from the 2017 matchup, Brady’s lasting memory is a realistic one he can’t get out of his head because the game went down in the record book as a loss for the Herd.
Marshall started that contest out quickly behind Brady’s early performance, but never could get out of its own way with penalties and turnovers killing drives as the Wolfpack reeled off 27 straight points to end the contest.
“It was on us,” Brady said. “We made a lot of mistakes that we felt cost us that game. It’s something that we’ve got to fix. We had a lot of young guys in a big-time atmosphere, but now they are prepared and ready with another year under their belt. And we’re in our home stadium, the Joan, so we’re excited about that.”
Brady said he expects Saturday’s matchup between the teams to be much different from last year’s affair.
The senior from Miami said there are many differences between N.C. State’s defense from last year, which played a major part in their 2017 scheme and what he anticipates seeing this weekend for Marshall red-shirt freshman quarterback Isaiah Green and the passing attack.
“My first catch went for a long gain and even after that, they were still singling me up,” Brady said. “They stayed in it and forced me to continue to make plays, so I did. They trusted their defensive line a lot and felt like they would get pressure and be able to man up on the outside. I expect to see them throw a lot of different coverages at me and Isaiah. If they do that, we have a lot of different guys who can make plays, so if they want to do that, we’ll be all right.”
Green had a front-row seat to Brady’s performance, seeing the different coverages and playing the game out in his head while watching quarterback Chase Litton lead the Herd offense.
“I just kept thinking, ‘Oh man, Chase, he’s one-on-one over here,’” Green said. “He had a big game and Chase kept feeding him. It was a great experience. They had a packed house and we went in there and could’ve won that game.”
Like Brady, Green said he doesn’t expect N.C. State to leave him in single coverage.
“I highly doubt that after someone has a game like that, they come out and do the same thing again,” Green said. “I expect them to double-cover him, just like what our first two (opponents) were doing. We just have to make adjustments and find ways to move the ball.”
Brady praised offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey, saying he does a great job of finding ways to get the ball distributed.
The senior also pointed out the target on the opposite side from him, junior Obi Obialo, who has proven that he can stretch the field and make plays in the passing game when left in one-on-one scenarios. Obialo is coming off a two-touchdown performance in the win over Eastern Kentucky.
“Obi does a great job getting open and he’s a big, physical receiver,” Brady said. “He’s going to go up and get the ball, so they have to pay a lot of attention to him, as well.”
Green said he has to make sure he gets the right read at the line of scrimmage and gets the team in the best possible scenario to move the offense down the field. If N.C. State loads the box, Green wants to get the ball to the receivers and allow them to make plays. If the Wolfpack decides to take away Brady with double coverage, Green has to take what the defense allows whether that’s a short pass or something in the run game.
Last week’s unexpected bye week because of Hurricane Florence allowed Green to get more time in video sessions watching the Wolfpack from the first two games, which could be of benefit as he takes the field Saturday.
Brady understands another 11-catch, 248-yard performance is not likely this week, but he said no matter the number of targets he’ll be ready when his number is called.
At the end of the day, the only number Brady is concerned with is “one.” As in, one win over the Wolfpack.