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NC State Senior running back Shadrach Thornton was 93 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing last season.  There are only 7 Wolfpack running backs in school history that crossed that barrier, and becoming the 8th isn’t an option for Thornton.  It has to happen.

“My expectation is nothing less than 1,000 yards.  Bottom line…I’ve got to get it.  I’ve had three years, and have come closer and closer,” said Thornton.  “This year is the year that I get it.  It’s one of the biggest goals that I have to obtain.  If I can do that, I know that I will help bring positive production to this offense.”

Thornton goes into his final season with 2,369 career rushing yards, which ranks 9th in NC State history.  He also ranks 12th in rushing touchdowns (16) and 8th in 100-yard rushing games (8).  If Shad simply duplicated his numbers from last year, he would finish in the Top 5 in NC State history in all three categories.

Last season Thornton averaged 12.6 carries a game.  He was the primary ball carrier, but the rest of his teammates averaged a combined 27 carries per game.  This season Thornton will once again split carries with Junior Matt Dayes, Senior quarterback Jacoby Brissett, and any of the athletic receivers that will get the ball handed to them in Jet packages.  Sophomore Dawka Nichols also returns, and he could be joined by true freshman Reggie Gallaspy and Johnny Frasier if the coaching staff chooses not to redshirt them.

Thornton’s goal of 1,000 yards seems doable, but due to the amount that the ball is distributed to other players, he will have to take advantage of every opportunity that he gets.

“You have to make the most of your carries.  Every play you have to try to score,” said Thornton. “Taking that mentality in, there ain’t no telling what could happen.”

One of the ways that a running back can increase his amount of carries is to prove that he is reliable on third down.  Last season Thornton converted 14 of his 17 3rd down opportunities, which was the best percentage of any running back in the nation.

“Third down means the world to me.  It gives our offense another opportunity to stay on the field.  I know if we can be efficient on third downs, it can put us in better positions to make plays.  The quarterback can take shots if your opponent knows that you’re not afraid to run it on third down.”

Whether it’s on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th down, Shadrach Thornton wants the ball in his hand.  He’s going to run like every carry is his last, and hopefully become the first NC State 1,000 yard rusher since T.A. McClendon did it in 2002.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Football is 1 of the Top-25 Most Winningest Power Conference Teams in the CFP Era

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NC State’s Football team has been one of the Top-25 most winningest Power Conference teams in the College Football Playoff Era (2014-23), ranking 21st with 78 wins in that timespan.

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The Wolfpack’s 78 wins are the 3rd most in the ACC in the CFP Era.

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NC State is 1 of 3 Schools to Ever Go to a Bowl, the Men’s & Women’s Final Four and the College World Series in 1 Year

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NC State is truly having one of the most special years in the history of College Athletics.

In the 2023-24 Athletic Year…

NC State’s Football team went to a Bowl Game.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Women’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Baseball team has advanced to the College World Series.

NC State is 1 of 3 schools to ever check off all of those boxes in an Athletic Year. They join Texas (2003) and Louisville (2013).

Let’s compare the three special years for each school.

Louisville (2012-13)

The Cardinals defeated Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals won the Men’s Basketball National Championship, but has since been vacated.
The Cardinals lost in the Women’s National Championship game against UCONN.
The Cardinals went 0-2 in the College World Series.

Texas (2002-03)

The Longhorns defeated LSU 35-20 in the Cotton Bowl
The Longhorns lost 84-95 to Syracuse in the Men’s Final Four.
The Longhorns 69-71 to UCONN in the Women’s Final Four.
The Longhorns went 1-2 in the College World Series.

NC State (2023-24)

The Wolfpack lost 19-28 to Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
The Wolfpack lost 50-63 to Purdue in the Men’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack lost 59-78 to South Carolina in the Women’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack ________ in the College World Series.

 

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According to ESPN’s FPI, NC State has the 20th Easiest P4 Schedule Heading into the 2024 College Football Season

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According to ESPN’s FPI Rankings, NC State’s Football squad has the 20th easiest schedule out of all Power 4 teams.

1. Syracuse
2. Virginia Tech
3. Rutgers
4. Kansas
5. UNC
6. SMU
7. Utah
8. K-State
9. Texas Tech
10. Pitt
11. UCF
12. Oklahoma State
13. Duke
14. Cincinnati
15. Arizona
16. Iowa State
17. Baylor
18. Wake Forest
19. Notre Dame
20. NC State
21. Miami
22. BYU
23. Arizona State
24. TCU
25. Colorado

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