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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Breaks Down Taking Bradley Chubb at #3

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Earlier this week ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr released his Mock Draft, and he took NC State #3 overall with the Indianapolis Colts.

Here he breaks down why:

“You could make the argument [Chubb] is the best player in the draft,” Kiper said. “He’s not that far off from being the No. 1 guy in the draft. He had two great years back-to-back. He’s got a great attitude, great approach. He’s not the elite talent that [2017 No. 1 overall draft pick] Myles Garrett is, but he’s more consistent and more on a daily basis gave you everything he had against the run and the pass. He chased down plays. He’s not Myles Garrett, but he’s close enough to say, ‘Hey, he could be the No. 1 player on anybody’s board.'”

“First of all, he has a real good takeoff,” Kiper said. “He has strong hands. He has really good feet technique — rip, swim move, everything with him. He chases. He goes through double-teams. He gets coverage sacks. He hustles; he never quits. He practices hard and sets the tone for the rest of the team. Great character.”(ESPN)

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NC State’s Zonovan Knight Named to 247Sports Preseason Freshman All-American Team

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NC State Running Back Zonovan Knight was named to 247Sports’ Preseason Freshman All-American Team yesterday.

RB – Zonovan Knight, NC State (No. 371, No. 27 RB)

Last fall, true freshman Ricky Person looked like the future of the Wolfpack rushing attack with 471 yards despite missing four games to injury. So it’s telling when there’s buzz that the best back on the roster is a new true freshman this fall. There’s even whispers that Knight may be one of the best players on the entire roster. (247)

Knight was one of only 2 running backs on the team.

Two other ACC Freshman made the team as well:

OL Jacob Monk – Duke
DL Jowon Briggs – Virginia

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NC State Adds Beer Sales to Carter-Finley Stadium, Procedures and Policies Announced

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NC State has formalized procedures and polices related to the addition of beer sales within public areas of Carter-Finley Stadium in advance of the Wolfpack’s season-opener on August 31.

The NC State University Board of Trustees approved the necessary revisions to the university’s alcohol policies on July 10, allowing for the sale of beer in Athletic venues. From that point, multiple NC State departments began the process of collaboratively determining logistics for sales at Carter-Finley Stadium with the priority of providing a safe, positive experience for all attendees.

“We have one of the great game day environments in college football, our fans fill the stands each year and this is another way to enhance the experience for a segment of our audience at Carter-Finley Stadium,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “That said, we want to make sure we do this responsibly, with fan safety and an enjoyable fan experience in mind. This is something that can continue to evolve but we have taken what we feel are the appropriate measures to implement this for the upcoming season.”

Key items on game day beer sales:

  • Beer will be sold at new stations in the four corners of Carter-Finley Stadium – separate from existing food and beverage concessions. These lines will be limited to beer, water, peanuts and one hard seltzer product. There will be between 40-50 points of sale on the concourse.
  • Following the lead of several professional and college venues and recommendations of industry professionals, NC State’s plan is to initially sell beer in cans and/or plastic bottles only – not on draft. Containers are easier to transport, stock and keep cold, and can be served to fans faster, reducing line wait times.
  • Fans will need to show legal identification proving they are 21 years of age or over each time they purchase a beer. Anyone appearing under the age of 30 will be subject to ID check and will be required to wear a wristband.
  • Per state law, customers will be sold one beer per person per ID per purchase.
  • Everyone serving beer in the stadium will be a certified and properly trained server.
  • Beer will not be sold to anyone appearing to be intoxicated.
  • Beer sales will begin when general stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff and stop at the end of the third quarter.
  • No beer container may be brought in or out of the stadium, including empty containers.
  • Officials will be added to monitor fan safety and behavior inside the stadium.
  • NC State is not planning to sell wine this season.

Beer selections and pricing will be communicated at a later time. The sale of beer at Carter-Finley Stadium does not impact the existing stadium re-entry policy (pass-outs), which remain in place.

Policies and procedures will be subject to change and modification as this process evolves. Plans for beer and wine sales at additional NC State venues continue to be evaluated.

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PFF Ranks NC State Football 22nd in 2019 Preseason Top-25

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ProFootballFocus released their 2019 Preseason Top-25 today, and they think a lot more of NC State than the AP voters. The Wolfpack didn’t receive a single vote in the Preseason AP Poll that was released today, but PFF ranks them 22nd.

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. LSU
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Michigan
  9. Florida
  10. Auburn
  11. Penn State
  12. Texas
  13. Iowa
  14. Texas A&M
  15. Washington
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Missouri
  18. Kentucky
  19. Stanford
  20. Utah
  21. Wisconsin
  22. NC State
  23. Syracuse
  24. Michigan State
  25. Miami
22. North Carolina State

The Wolfpack will be breaking in a new quarterback and offensive coordinator to start 2019. Although not set in stone, Matt McKay seems to be in the lead to start Week 1. Outside of some mop-up spots in 2018, little has been charted on McKay. Their schedule sets up relatively well with over seven wins in play if you are comfortable with the potential push.  (PFF)

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ECU’s Mike Houston Says Bet on ECU Against the Wolfpack in Week 1

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East Carolina’s new head coach Mike Houston is feeling all kinds of bold heading in to the season opener against NC State.

Last year, the Wolfpack molly whopped the Pirates 58-3 in the final game of the regular season.

Houston says don’t expect the same thing in Week 1 of 2019 under his tutelage.

Houston didn’t guarantee a victory, but said that ECU fans should bet on the Pirates to cover the spread.

The Wolfpack opened as 20.5-point favorites, but the spread currently sits at 17.5.

North Carolina State are 3-6 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

North Carolina State are 11-4 Straight Up in their last 15 games.

North Carolina State are 7-1 Straight Up in their last 8 games at home.

North Carolina State are 5-1 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played in August.

North Carolina State are 3-9 Against the Spread in their last 12 games played in Week 1.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of North Carolina State’s last 18 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 2-7 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

East Carolina are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.

East Carolina are 0-8 Straight Up in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games played in week 1.

East Carolina are 1-6 Straight Up in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 1-6 Against the Spread in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.

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