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Sophomore Fullback Jaylen Samuels told the media after the first game against Troy that his goal for 2015 was to score two touchdowns every game.

“I just wanted to start off fast.  My goal for this year is to score at least two touchdowns each game,” said Samuels. “I just wanted to come out and execute the plays that Coach Canada called.  Whenever the ball comes to me, I just have to make a play.”

I’ll be honest.  I thought JaySam was living in a dream world.  Welp, through four games Samuels’ words have looked prophetic, scoring eight touchdowns (5 rushing & 3 receiving). Saying that he is dangerous with the ball in his hands would be an understatement. He averages 8.6 yards every time the ball ends up in his hands.

When you go back and watch the tape more closely, you realize that Samuels has given NC State more than 8 touchdowns. He scored 2 touchdowns against South Alabama, but his blocking also paved the way for two of Matt Dayes’ touchdowns.

The opening play of the above highlight reel is Matt Dayes’ 77-yard touchdown run.  It was Jaylen Samuels block on the outside that Dayes ran around to get a clear sideline to run down.  At the 0:45 second mark on the video, it was Samuels again who was the lead blocker paving the way for Dayes to run the ball into the end zone from 8 yards out.

Last season Samuels averaged 11.4 yards every time he touched the ball, but he only touched the ball 21 times total.  One of the reasons he is touching the ball more this year (32 touches) is because he has become a more complete football player, focusing primarily on his blocking this offseason.

“Everyone that knows his history knows that when you put the ball in his hands, he’s been a very special player his entire career, both here and in high school,” said NC State Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada. “Becoming a complete football player is something he set out to do this Fall.  He and Coach Faulkner have done a great job at that.”

If you watch both of the previously cited touchdown runs, you will see Samuels enthusiastically celebrating as he watches his teammate run off into the distance.  It’s one thing to celebrate your own touchdown.  It’s an entirely different thing to get just as jazzed paving the way for your teammate to score.

“Jaylen has done that well, but I think all of our kids are doing that.  We are playing very unselfish football,” said Canada. “Some days we run it, some days we pass it.  Some days you may get a whole a lot of balls, and some days you may not.  I think all of our guys are doing a great job with that.”

A more complete Jaylen Samuels has led to him seeing much more time on the field in 2015, and anytime he is on the field the Wolfpack offense is much more dangerous.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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