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NC State unveils ‘Coaches Corner’ Statues at Reynolds

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About dang time! NC State fans have long awaited a time when their rich history could be put on display. The investment in the renovation of Reynolds Coliseum has made that possible. We wrote earlier about some of funky, silly items in the new Reynolds museum, but now they’re unveiling the good stuff.

Massive bronze statues of the stacked line-up of historic Wolfpack coaches were showcased this past weekend as past players and big names in the Wolfpack community showed up to the ceremony. Among those who have been eternalized in bronze are Everette Case, Norm Sloan, Kay Yow and of course Jim Valvano.

Check out some pics of the event and make sure you get up there to check it out in person Nov 4th for the first NC State Women’s game.

Check out the slideshow of images by NC State University.

 

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David Thompson is one of only 9 players in history to win Naismith Award and make Hall of Fame

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Did you know that Packinsider.com has a whole section dedicated to the history of NC State athletics? If you haven’t checked it out, go ahead and do that when you get some free time we like to think it’s pretty interesting stuff.

Over the next few months, we are going to be hitting you with nuggets of NC State history that you may not know about.  Here is one that we just came across…

Did you know that NC State’s David Thompson is one of only 9 Naismith Award winners to make the Basketball Hall of Fame?

That list is like the who’s who of basketball greats.

David Thompson was awarded the Naismith at the end of his 1974-75 season with NC State. He helped lead the Wolfpack to their first national championship in 1974. Thompson was known as “Skywalker” for his incredible vertical leap. Thompson was the first overall draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks in 1975 but elected to play for the Denver Nuggets in the ABA. He continued to play with the Nuggets after the ABA-NBA merger before being traded to the Seattle Supersonics. Thompson was twice named to the All-NBA team and was selected to four All-Star games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. (NCAA)

But just think about that. Of all the college basketball greats who won the ‘player of the year’ award, only 9 of those guys went on to make the Hall of Fame. It goes to show you that NCAA basketball and NBA basketball are really two different games, and if you’re great at one level, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be great at the other. Congrats to DT for being one of the few that was.

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ANALYSIS: NC State’s Greatest Running Backs of All-Time

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With the 2018 football season right around the corner, it’s time for me to help you catch up on your NC State history before the Wolfpack hits the field. In this piece I will be breaking down the best running backs in school history. Future breakdowns by position will be coming in the near future.

Wide Receivers

The below rankings are my own. In looking at all of the data supplied below (collegiate achievements only), these were my conclusions.

1) Ted Brown – 1975-78 – It’s stressful creating Top-5 lists, but it’s a relief when the #1 spot is a no-brainer. Ted Brown is the best running back in NC State history. It’s not even close. He graduated in 1978 as the all-time rusher in ACC history, and he still sits on the throne. He was the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns in conference history until 2005. Brown is the only player ever in the ACC to earn 1st Team All-Conference 4 times. He is the career leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and total touchdowns at NC State.

2) Dick Christy – 1955-57 – In 1957, Christy was the ACC Player of the Year (1 of 2 running backs in school history to do so), and earned 1st Team All-American (1 of 2 running backs in school history to do so)  and 1st Team All-ACC Honors. He also earned 2nd Team All-ACC in 1955. Christy scored all 29 of NC State’s points in the last game of the 1957 season against South Carolina, defeating the Gamecokcs to earn the first ACC Championship in school history. He left NC State holding 14 NC State records and 4 ACC records.

3) Willie Burden – 1971-73 – Burden won the ACC Player of the Year award in 1973 (1 of 2 running backs in school history to do so) after a monster season. He became the first running back in NC State history to rush for over 1,000 yards, leading the ACC in rushing (1,014) in 1973. Burden is one of only five players in NC State history to lead the ACC in rushing in a single season.  What makes this feat more impressive is that he did this while sharing the backfield with the “Stallions”, which consisted of fullback Stan Fritts, and running backs Roland Hooks and Charley Young. For context, Fritts and Hooks both almost rushed for 700 yards in 1973.  Burden was nearly impossible to bring down in ’73, averaging 6.8 yards per carry (2nd highest season average in NC State history). NC State won the ACC Championship in 1973, and Burden was a huge reason why. Burden was a 1st Team All-ACC selection in 1972 & 73.

4) Joe McIntosh – 1981-84 – McIntosh ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in career rushing yards (3,642). He’s the only other player besides Ted Brown to rush for over 1,000 twice (1981 – 1,190 & 1983 – 1,081). McIntosh earned 1st Team All-ACC honors twice, and was the ACC Freshman of the Year in 1981 after leading the ACC in rushing (1,190).

5) Stan Fritts 1972-74 – While not a halfback, Fritts was a fullback, and by definition, a fullback is a running back. Fritts always shared the backfield. In 1972 and 1973, he shared it with Willie Burden and Charley Young. In 1974, it was Roland Hooks. Despite that, Fritts ranks 8th all-time in career rushing yards (2,542), and 2nd all-time in career rushing touchdowns (41). Fritts had monster season in 1974, leading the ACC in rushing (1,169), and earning 2nd Team All-American honors (AP). He also earned 1st Team All-ACC honors in 1972 and 1974.

Honorable Mention

Matthew Dayes – 2013-16 – While Dayes never received the accolades he deserved, there is no denying his body of work. He ranks 4th all-time in career rushing yards (2,856). Dayes deserves to be in the conversation about the Top-5 running backs in NC State history, and one of the main reasons was his ability to get in the end zone. His 34 career rushing touchdowns and 40 total touchdowns both rank 3rd in school history. Dayes rushed for over 100 yards 13 times, which ranks 4th.

Anthony Barbour – 1988-92 – In 1992, Barbour rushed for 1,204 yards, which is the most rushing yards in a single season at NC State by anyone not named Ted Brown. Barbour is the only player in school history to average over 6 yards per carry in consecutive seasons (1991 – 6.2 & 1992 – 6.1), and his career average of 5.43 ranks 2nd in school history. He earned 1st Team All-ACC honors in 1992. In my opinion, Barbour is probably deserving of being ranked as 1 of the Top-5 running backs in NC State history. The only reason he isn’t is that he didn’t get the carries needed. He only played in 11 total games in his first two seasons. Barbour ranks 6th all-time in carer rushing yards, but only had 474 career rushing attempts. That’s 175 less than Ray Robinson who ranks 5th all-time in career rushing yards.

Tremayne Stephens – 1994-97 – In my opinion, Stephens is extremely underrated. Stephens ranks 3rd all-time in career rushing yards (3,553) and 5th in yards per carry (5.225). He led the ACC in rushing in 1997, racking up 1,142 yards (1 of only 5 players in school history to lead the ACC in rushing). Stephens earned 1st Team All-ACC honors in 1997 and 2nd Team in 1994.

NC State All-American Running Backs 

Ted Brown – Consensus 1st Team – 1978
Stan Fritts – 2nd Team (AP) – 1974
Dick Christy- 1st Team (AP & UPI)

All-ACC NC State Running Backs 

1st Team

Nyheim Hines – 2017
T.A. McLendon – 2002
Tremayne Stephens – 1997
Anthony Barbour – 1992
Joe McIntosh – 1981 & 1983
Ted Brown – 1975-78
Stan Fritts – 1972 & 1974
Willie Burden – 1972-73
Bobby Hall – 1968
Don DeArment – 1966
Shelby Mansfield – 1965
Dick Christy – 1957

2nd Team

Matthew Dayes – 2016
Tremayne Stephens – 1994
Joe Scarpati – 1962-63
Ron Podwika – 1959
Ken Trowbridge – 1958
Dick Hunter – 1957
Dick Christy – 1955

3rd Team

Gary Downs – 1993

NC State Running Backs who won ACC Player of the Year

Willie Burden – 1973
Dick Christy – 1957

NC State Running Backs who won ACC Freahman of the Year

T.A. McLendon – 2002
Ray Robinson – 1998
Joe McIntosh – 1981
Ted Brown – 1975

NC State’s All-Time Rushing Leaders

1. Ted Brown, 1975-78 – 860 carries – 4,602 yards
2. Joe McIntosh, 1981-84 – 729 carries – 3,642 yards
3. Tremayne Stephens, 1994-97 – 680 carries – 3,553 yards
4. Matthew Dayes, 2013-16 – 549 carries – 2,856 yards
5. Ray Robinson, 1998-01 – 649 carries – 2,781 yards
6. Anthony Barbour, 1989-92 – 474 carries – 2,575 yards
7. Shadrach Thornton, 2012-15 – 513 carries – 2,572 yards
8. Stan Fritts, 1972-74 – 534 carries – 2,542 yards
9. Andre Brown, 2005-08 – 523 carries – 2,539 yards
10. Willie Burden, 1971-73 – 491 carries – 2,529 yards

NC State’s All-Time Rushing Touchdown Leaders 

1) Ted Brown – 1975-78 – 49
2) Stan Fritts – 1972-74 – 41
3) Matthew Dayes – 2013-16 – 34
4) T.A. McLendon – 2002-04 – 33
5) Ray Robinson – 1998-01 – 30
6) Jaylen Samuels – 2014-17 – 28
7) Tremayne Stephens – 1994-97 – 23
7) Gary Downs – 1990-93 – 23
9) Willie Burden – 1971-73 – 22
9) Andre Brown – 2005-08 – 22

Most 100-yard Rushing Games in NC State History

1. Ted Brown, 1975-78 – 27
2. Joe McIntosh, 1981-84 – 20
3. Tremayne Stephens, 1994-97 – 19
4. Matthew Dayes, 2013-16 – 13
5. Willie Burden, 1971-73 – 12
6. Ray Robinson, 1998-01 – 10
6. T.A. McLendon, 2002-04 – 10
8. Stan Fritts – 1972-74 – 9
8. Shadrach Thornton – 2012-15 – 9

Highest Average Yards Per Carry in NC State History

1. Roland Hooks, 1972-74 – 251 carries – 1,368 yards – 5.45 average
2. Anthony Barbour, 1989-92 – 474 carries – 2,575 yards – 5.432 average
3. Nyheim Hines, 2014-17 – 258 carries – 1,400 yards – 5.426 average
4. Ted Brown, 1975-78 – 860 carries – 4,602 yards – 5.35 average
5. Charley Young, 1971-73 – 317 carries – 1,657 yards – 5.23 average
6. Tremayne Stephens, 1994-97 – 680 carries, 3,553 yards – 5.223 average
7. Dick Christy, 1955-57 – 348 carries – 1,817 yards – 5.221  average
8. Matthew Dayes, 2013-16 – 549 carries – 2,856 yards – 5.202 – average
9. Willie Burden, 1971-73 – 2,529 yards – 5.15 – average
10. Shadrach Thornton, 2012-15 – 513 carries – 2,572 yards – 5.01 average

Players at NC State who have led the ACC in Rushing

NC State Running Backs who have had their Jersey Retired/Honored

Dick Christy – #40
Ted Brown – #23
(both #’s have been retired)

NC State Running Backs who were 1st Round NFL Picks

Ted Brown – 1979 – #16

NC State Running Backs who went to the NFL Pro Bowl

Alex Webster – 1958, 1961

Former NC State Players with Most Rushing Yards & Rushing Touchdowns in NFL

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ANALYSIS: NC State’s Greatest Wide Receivers of All-Time

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With the 2018 football season right around the corner, it’s time for me to help you catch up on your NC State history before the Wolfpack hits the field. In this piece I will be breaking down the best wide receivers in school history. Future breakdowns by position will be coming in the near future.

The below rankings are my own. In looking at all of the data supplied below (collegiate achievements only), these were my conclusions.

  1. Torry Holt – There is no debate. Holt is the best wide receiver in NC State history. He is the only player at the position to be a Consensus 1st-Team All-American. The only player at his position to win the ACC Player of the Year. The only player at his position to have his jersey retired. Holt is the career leader in receiving yards and touchdown receptions, and ranks 3rd in career receptions. He also made the 1st Team All-ACC twice.
  2. Jerricho Cotchery – Like Holt, Cotchery made the 1st Team All-ACC twice. He ranks 2nd all-time in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. In fact, he had been the career leader in receptions for the past 14 seasons, until Jaylen Samuels finished his career with one more reception this past season.
  3. Koren Robinson – Robinson doesn’t rank in the Top-5 in NC State history in receiving yards, receptions, or touchdown receptions, but I can’t deny him a spot in a list of the Top-5 wide receivers in school history. The only reason he isn’t near or at the top of each of those statistical categories is due to the fact he only played two seasons. He is the only wide receiver in Wolfpack history to win the ACC Freshman of the Year award. He holds the school record for the most 100-yard games in a single season (9), and is tied for 2nd most 100-yard games in a career (14). As a Sophomore, Robinson was 1st Team All-ACC, and earned 2nd and 3rd Team All-American honors. He holds the record for the most receiving yards in school history as a Freshman (854) and as a Sophomore (1,061).
  4. Eddie Goines – Only one NC State wide receiver was named to 3 All-ACC Teams: Eddie Goines (1st Team 1993-93 & 2nd Team 1992). He ranks 4th all-time in receptions, 4th in yards, and 5th in touchdown receptions.
  5. Nasrallah Worthen – While he only ranks in the Top-5 in receiving yards, I think Worthen belongs in this spot because he is the only NC State receiver to earn All-American honors in two separate seasons: 3rd Team in 1986 and 2nd Team in 1988. He was also 1st Team All-ACC in both of those seasons as well. Worthen ranks 5th in receiving yards, 7th in receptions, and 9th in touchdown receptions.

Honorable Mentions

Jaylen Samuels – There is no denying the fact that Jay Sam is one of the Top-5 greatest receivers in NC State history. He’s the all-time leader in receptions, and ranks 4th all-time in touchdown receptions. The question boils down to whether or not Samuels was a “wide receiver” or not. At the NFL Combine, he was put in the group with the tight ends, but was Samuels really a “tight end?” Well, he earned All-ACC honors as a tight end in 2015 (1st) and 2016 (3rd). Samuels also earned 3rd Team AP All-American honors as a tight end this past season. He also ranks 6th all-time in school history in rushing touchdowns, but was he really a “running back?” Last season, Samuels was 1st Team All-ACC at the “all-purpose” position, which is about the best way to define him. With all that being said, he took more snaps as a slot receiver in 2017 than anywhere else, so if you want to consider him one of the greatest “wide receivers” of all-time at NC State, you’d be within your right.

Don Buckey – Buckey played in a rush heavy Lou Holtz offense, but that didn’t stop him from leaving NC State as the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. He and his twin brother quarterback, Dave Buckey, were completely in sync. Besides Torry Holt, Buckey is the only other wide receiver to earn 1st team All-American honors.

Haywood Jeffires – Erik Kramer loved throwing the ball to Jeffires, but he also loved throwing the rock to Nasrallah Worthen and Phil Brothers. With that being said, Jeffires unbelievable talent didn’t go unrecognized, being taken in the 1st round with the 20th overall pick in 1987. He went on to earn 3 All-Pro selections and 3 Pro-Bowl selections.

Mike Quick – Quick was one of the best receivers ever at NC State, but unfortunately he was in a Wolfpack offensive scheme that didn’t sling the pigskin around too much. During Quick’s era, if the ball was thrown, it was his to catch. Quick ranks 6th all-time in receiving yards at NC State. In his Sophomore campaign, Quick helped lead NC State to their last ACC Championship in 1979. Like Jeffiries, he didn’t get the accolades, but the NFL loved his tape. He was drafted in the 1st round with the 20th overall pick, and went on 5 Pro Bowls and 4 All-Pro selections.

NC State Wide Receivers who made an All-ACC Team

1st Team
Jerricho Cotchery – 2002-03
Koren Robinson – 2000
Torry Holt – 1997-98
Eddie Goines – 1993-94
Charles Davenport – 1999
Nasrallah Worthen – 1986 & 88
Don Buckey – 1975
Pat Kenney – 1972
Harry Martell – 1967
Gary Rowe – 1966

2nd Team
Kelvin Harmon – 2017
Owen Spencer  – 2010
Eddie Goines – 1992
Mike Kavulic  – 1989

NC State Wide Receivers who won ACC Offensive Player of the Year

Torry Holt – 1998

NC State Wide Receivers who won ACC Freshman of the Year

Koren Robinson – 1999

NC State Wide Receivers who won ACC Player of the Year

Torry Holt – 1998

NC State Wide Receivers who earned All-American Honors

Koren Robinson – 2000 – 2nd Team (Football News) & 3rd Team (AP)
Torry Holt – 1998 – Consensus 1st Team ( Associated Press, The Sporting News, AFCA, Football Writers, Football News)
Nasrallah Worthen – 1986 – 3rd Team (Football News); 1988 – 2nd Team (Sporting News)
Don Buckey – 1975 – 1st Team (Football Writers)

NC State Wide Receivers who have had their Jersey Retired

Torry Holt

NC State’s Career Reception Leaders 

1. Jaylen Samuels – 2014-17 – 201
2. Jerricho Cothcery – 2000-03 – 200
3. Torry Holt – 1995-98 – 191
4. Eddie Goines – 1991-94 – 147
5. Bryan Peterson – 1999-02 – 139
6. Jarvis Williams – 2007-10 – 133
7. Nasrallah Worthen – 1984-88 – 131
8. Owen Spencer – 2007-10 – 126
8. George Bryan – 2008-11 – 126
10.. Tramain Hall – 2002-05 – 121

NC State’s Career Receiving Yards Leaders

1. Torry Holt – 1995-98 – 3,379
2. Jerricho Cotchery – 2000-03 – 3,119
3. Owen Spencer – 2007-10 – 2,441
4. Eddie Goines – 1991-94 – 2,351
5. Nasrallah Worthen – 1984-88 – 2,247
6. Mike Quick – 1978-81 – 1,934
7. T .J . Williams – 2002-05 – 1,916
8. Koren Robinson – 1999-00 – 1,914
9. Chris Coleman – 1996-99 – 1,909
10. Bryan Peterson – 1999-02 – 1,894

NC State’s Career Touchdown Receptions Leaders
1. Torry Holt – 1995-98 – 31
2. Jerricho Cotchery – 2000-03 – 21
3. Jarvis Williams – 2007-10 – 20
4. Jaylen Samuels – 2014-17 – 19
5. Eddie Goines – 1991-94 – 17
5. George Bryan – 2008-11 – 17
7. Owen Spencer – 2007-10 – 15
7. Koren Robinson – 1999-00 – 15
9. Nasrallah Worthen – 1984-88 – 14
9. Haywood Jeffires – 1983-86 – 14

NC State Wide Receivers: NFL 1st Round Picks
#6 – Torry Holt – 1999
#9 – Koren Robinson – 2001
#20 – Haywood Jeffires – 1987
#20 – Mike Quick – 1982

NC State Wide Receivers: Pro Bowl Selections
Torry Holt – 7
Mike Quick – 5
Haywood Jeffires – 3

NC State Wide Receivers: All-Pro Selections 
Mike Quick – 4
Haywood Jeffires – 3
Torry Holt – 1

NC State Wide Receivers: NFL Receiving Yards
1) Torry Holt – 13,382
2) Jerricho Cothcery – 6,623
3) Mike Quick – 6,464
4) Haywood Jeffires – 6,634
5) Koren Robinson – 4,344

NC State Wide Receivers: NFL Receptions
1) Torry Holt – 920
2) Haywood Jeffires – 535
3) Jerricho Cotchery – 524
4) Mike Quick – 363
5) Ted Brown – 339

NC State Wide Receivers: NFL Touchdowns
1) Torry Holt – 71
2) Mike Quick – 64
3) Haywood Jeffires – 51
4) Jerricho Cotchery – 34
5) Alex Webster (RB) – 16

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GoPack Lists Top Games in Carter-Finley History

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With the 50th anniversary of Carter Finley being celebrated this Saturday at home against Notre Dame, GoPack.com has completed its list of the top games in Carter-Finley’s history. The article is broken up in 5 parts based on years. Be sure to check the links below to relive some of your favorite memories from Carter-Finley (each game has a pretty decent write-up.)

Part 1: 1966-75
NC State 42, Virginia 21, Oct. 29, 1966
NC State 13, North Carolina 7, Sept. 16, 1967
NC State 12, Penn State 7, Nov. 9, 1974
NC State 8, Florida 7, Sept. 20, 1975

Part 2: 1975-86
NC State 27, Indiana 0, Oct. 4, 1975
NC State 24, Maryland 20, Oct. 1, 1977
Penn State 9, NC State 6, Nov. 10, 1979
NC State 28, Duke 7, Nov. 17, 1979
NC State 27, Clemson 3, Oct. 25, 1986

Part 3: 1986-97
NC State 23, South Carolina 22, Nov. 1, 1986
NC State 43, Duke 43, Sept. 1988
NC State 28, Georgia Tech 21, Oct. 5, 1991
State 24, Duke 23, Nov. 15, 1994
NC State 37, East Carolina 24, Nov. 22, 1997

Part 4: 1998-2003
NC State 24, Florida State 7, Sept. 12, 1998
NC State 38, Syracuse 17, Oct. 1, 1998
NC State 30, Georgia Tech 23 (OT), Sept. 21, 2000
NC State 17, Florida State 7, Nov. 23, 2002
NC State 51, Virginia 37, Nov. 1, 2003

Part 5: 2004-Present
NC State 30, East Carolina 24 (OT), Sept. 20, 2008
NC State 28, Florida State 24, 17, Oct. 28, 2010
NC State 37, Clemson 13, Nov. 19, 2011
NC State 56, Maryland 41, Nov. 26, 2011
NC State 17, Florida State 16, Oct. 6, 2012

Pack fans, which games do you think is the greatest game to every go down in Carter-Finley?

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