Think that’s a silly question? It’s ODU, as in Old Dominion University. No one really should be scared of them, right? We did slaughter them last season 38-14 at their place, right?
I understand. ODU isn’t a game that many people are really nervous about, but it also isn’t one that anyone should take lightly. The reason I say that is Ray Lawry.
Lawry is a junior running back for ODU who is on fire to start the season. He’s already put together a bunch of highlight reel runs and two games with pretty gaudy numbers. He went for 172 yards and two TDs on 14 carries and two catches in their drubbing of Hampton, then turned around and put up 119 yards and a TD on 15 carries versus App State.
The kid is fast, lighting quick and has already broken off some massive runs. It was only two years ago in his second career game for the Monarchs that Lawry ripped the Pack for 74 yards and 3 TDs. Last year was more of the same, while he only had 15 yards on the ground he picked up 71 yards and a TD in the air.
It’s not just us trying to warn you about this guy, just today Deadspin put up this article about why Ray Lawry is a good enough reason to tune into ODU this season, accompanied by this highlight reel.
We fully believe the Pack should win this one with ease, but we also think they need to focus hard on keeping Lawry bottled up.
PFF Ranks NC State’s Kevin Concepcion as the #11 Returning Wide Receiver in 2024
NC State Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion made quite the impression this past season as a Freshman, and the hype is carrying over into his Sophomore season. ProFootballFocus revealed their Top-10 College Football Wide Receivers heading into the 2024 season, and Concepcion earned the 11th spot as their Honorable Mention.
- Luther Burden III – Missouri
- Tetairoa McMillan – Arizona
- Emeka Egbuka – Ohio State
- Tez Johnson – Oregon
- Xavier Restrepo – Miami
- Tre Harris – Ole Miss
- Elic Ayomanor – Stanford
- Brennan Presley – Oklahoma State
- Evan Stewart – Oregon
- Ricky White – UNLV
HONORABLE MENTION: KEVIN CONCEPCION, NC STATE WOLFPACK
While he entered Raleigh as just a three-star recruit, Concepcion was the most productive true freshmen receiver in America this past season. He led them all in receiving yards (845), yards after the catch (527) and receiving yards after contact (226). His 10 receiving touchdowns were also four more than any other FBS true freshman. Concepcion’s a speedy receiver who placed in the 92nd percentile of FBS receivers with an 85.7% open-target rate. (PFF)
WATCH: PackInsider’s Davin Vann 2023 Highlight Reel
Davin Vann deciding to return to NC State for his final year of eligibility was some of the best news the Wolfpack football program received this offseason.
Prior to the 2023 season, Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren honored Vann with the #1 jersey, which is given to the player that leads the team in work ethic, training and leadership. Vann was also named a captain this year.
This past season, Vann’s PFF grade of 76.5 was the third highest on the team behind Payton Wilson and Robert Kennedy III. He recorded 42 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as a Junior.
Check out PackInsider’s 2023 Highlight Reel of Davin Vann ABOVE.
NC State Players Can Opt to Be in EA Sports’ College Football 2025 Today
As someone who grew up playing EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game, call me ecstatic that it will be returning this summer as EA Sports College Football 25.
The reason the game is making a comeback is because of the new landscape of NIL.
As of today, NC State football players, as well as players from all 134 FBS schools, will have the opportunity to opt in to being in the game.
Every player that opts in will be paid $600 and will receive a free copy of the game. Players will remain in the game for the entirety of their collegiate career, and will be paid annually, unless they choose to opt out.
Players will also have the chance to make additional NIL money. According to ESPN, there will be:
There will also be more than 100 additional NIL opportunities for athletes to work with EA Sports. These could include social media posts, on-campus promotions, advertisements or even being the game’s cover athlete. (ESPN)
Who do you think will be the highest graded players on NC State’s roster?
WATCH: PackInsider’s Kevin Concepcion Freshman Highlight Reel
Kevin Concepcion had one of the best seasons by a Freshman in the history of the NC State football program. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors. Concepcion finished his first collegiate season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Concepcion broke NC State’s Freshman records for receptions and touchdown receptions.
Check out PackInsider’s Highlight Reel of Kevin Concepcion’s Freshman season ABOVE.