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This is a breakdown of how many plays each NC State player played against Troy by position.  Also, in parentheses is the percentage of possible plays that they played.



Jacoby Brissett – 71 (85%)
Jalan McClendon – 15 (15%)


Matt Dayes – 53 (63%)
Reggie Gallaspy – 18 (21%)
Dawka Nichols – 12 (14%)


Note: Junior Jumichael Ramos proved that he truly did earn the #1 wide receiver spot as the X receiver, playing more snaps than any other receiver.  The biggest surprise for me here is that Junior Bra’Lon Cherry only played 17 snaps.

Jumichael Ramos – 44 (52%)
Jonathan Alston – 32 (38%)
Maurice Trowell – 32 (38%)
Nyheim Hines – 19 (23%)
Bra’Lon Cherry – 17 (20%)
Josh Sessoms – 9 (11%)
Maurice Morgan – 8 (10%)
Gavin Locklear – 7 (8%)
Ben Grazen – 5 (6%)
Stephen Morrison – 3 (4%)


Note: It’s impressive that Redshirt Freshman Will Richardson and Sophomore Tony Adams led the way with the most snaps on the offensive line.

OG – Tony Adams – 79 (94%)
OT – Will Richardson – 79 (94%)
OT – Joe Thuney – 70 (83%)
C – Quinton Schooley – 69 (82%)
OG – Alex Barr – 69 (82%)
OG – Bryce Kennedy – 17 (20%)
OT – Tyler Jones – 15 (18%)
C – John Tu’uta – 7 (8%)
OG – Garrett Bradbury – 7 (8%)
OT – Peter Daniel – 5 (6%)
OG – Terronne Prescod – 5 (6%)

Tight End/Fullback

Note: Sophomore Jaylen Samuels was the only Fullback to take a snap, if you want to call him that.  He also had the second most snaps of any Wolfpack player at a skill position behind Junior Matt Dayes.  It is worth noting that the second and third string Tight Ends, Sophomore Cole Cook and Graduate Benson Browne, had significantly more carries than starter Junior David Grinnage.

FB/TE – Jaylen Samuels – 45 (54%)
TE – Cole Cook – 45 (45%)
TE – Benson Browne – 37 (44%)
TE – David Grinnage – 18 (21%)
TE – Micah Till – 13 (15%)
TE – Clark Eyers – 5 (6%)


Defensive Line

Note: Senior Mike Rose led the pack of defensive linemen in snaps played.  True Freshman James Smith-Williams, had roughly the same amount of snaps as the rest of the starters.  Also, the competition between starter Sophomore Kentavius Street and backup Sophomore Justin Jones was very tight, with Street only playing 4 more snaps.

DE – Mike Rose – 31 (67%)
DE – Bradley Chubb – 25 (54%)
DT – Kentavius Street – 22 (48%)
DE – James Smith-Williams – 22 (48%)
DT – B.J. Hill – 21 (44%)
DT – Justin Jones – 18 (39%)
DE – Darian Roseboro – 15 (33%)
DT – Eurndraus Bryant – 12 (26%)
DT – Monty Nelson – 10 (22%)
DT – Coult Culler – 7 (15%)


Jerod Fernandez – 32 (70%)
Airius Moore – 32 (70%)
M.J. Salahuddin – 9 (20%)
Riley Nicholson – 7 (15%)
Ernie Robinson – 6 (13%)
Ford Howell – 5 (11%)

Defensive Backs

Note: Junior Nickelback Dravious Wright led the secondary in snaps, and also played more than any other Wolfpack defender.  Sophomore Mike Stevens had more snaps than starter Junior Jack Tocho, but that was due to Tocho leaving the game early with a knee injury.  Stevens made good use of his extra playing time, picking off one ball, and deflecting another.

NIK – Dravious Wright – 42 (91%)
S – Josh Jones – 38 (85%)
CB – Juston Burris – 36 (78%)
S – Hakim Jones – 33 (72%)
CB – Mike Stevens – 20 (43%)
CB – Jack Tocho – 18 (39%)
CB – Niles Clark – 17 (37%)
S – Germaine Pratt – 12 (26%)
S – Shawn Boone – 11 (24%)
NIK – Freddie Phillips – 4

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Legend QB Roman Gabriel Passes Away at the Age of 83



NC State legend Quarterback Roman Gabriel has passed away at the age of 83.

Gabriel’s Accolades

  • 2 time ACC Player of the Year (1960 & 1961)
  • 2 time 1st Team All-American (1960 & 1961)
  • 2 time 1st Team All-ACC (1960 & 1961)
  • 1st ACC QB to throw for 1,000 yards in a season
  • Left NC State with 22 school records and 9 ACC records
  • #1 pick in the AFL and #2 pick in the NFL
  • 16-year NFL career with the Rams & Eagles
  • 4 time Pro Bowler
  • NFL MVP in 1969
  • Led the NFL in Passing Yards in 1973
  • Led the NFL in Touchdown Passes in 1969 & 1973
  • Inaugural member of the NC State Hall of Fame
  • Ranks 1st all-time in Rams history in Touchdown Passes & 3rd in Passing Yards
  • First player to have their jersey number retired at NC State, on January 20, 1962.

Praying for the Gabriel family!

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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24



After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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WATCH: Hollywood Smothers Leads NC State in Rushing at the Spring Game



Redshirt Freshman Hollywood Smothers seemingly was the 3rd string Running Back in NC State’s 2024 Spring Game a few weeks back, but at the end of the game, he had more rushing yards than any other back.

Smothers rushed the ball 8 times for 75 yards. He possesses explosive speed, as well as excellent vision.

Check out Pack Insider’s Tape of Smothers from the Spring Game.

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NC State Offers FCS Interior Offensive Lineman D’Angalo Titialii



NC State offered Interior Offensive Lineman D’Angalo Titialii (6’2″/320) today. After entering the Portal, the Wolfpack were the first to offer him.

Titialii spent his first three seasons at Portland State, which competes in the FCS. This year, he was the starting Center for the Vikings, and the year before he was their starting Left Guard. Over three seasons, Titialii started in 28 of the 32 games he played in.

Titialii is an intriguing prospect, considering he can play numerous positions on the Offensive Line.

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