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Will NC State vs. Clemson be ESPN’s College GameDay feature? Or is a conspiracy theory in the works?



#19 NC State heads south next weekend to face off against the #4 ranked Clemson Tigers.

With NC State and Clemson both one of the 11 teams that remain undefeated a lot of people are wondering if this game warrants being ESPN’s College GameDay feature next weekend. (a Clemson site) recently published an article on that very topic.

There are basically three choices for the popular show in Week 8: NC State at Clemson; Colorado at Washington; and Mississippi State at LSU.

All three of those games are battles of top-25 teams and I’d imagine that all three get some play from the show that weekend.

If the game was in a prime-time slot, I would say that it would be a guarantee that ESPN College GameDay will be coming to Clemson.(RTR)

Looking at the week’s schedule, I believe those are definitely the 3 most marquee matchups, but I’d bet, based on fanbase size and TV markets, that it’s really down to NC State vs. Clemson and Mississippi State vs LSU.

Now, Mississippi State has a bye this weekend, so nothing is going to change with them before the LSU game. LSU, however, takes on #2 Georgia this weekend.

If LSU wins, then you can go ahead and guarantee that GameDay will be in Baton Rouge on October 20th. But if they lose, is ESPN really going to promote a 1-2 team vs. a team that’s 2-2 in the SEC?  By doing that they’d be passing up a battle of undefeateds for first place in the ACC.

Rubbing the Rock doesn’t think it matters either way. They believe that no matter what happens this week, the SEC will end up getting College GameDay.

Right now, if you had to ask me where the show was going, I would probably say LSU. I understand that the ACC is down this year and I think ESPN wants to not only push the narrative that the conference is weak, but also that the SEC is great. It’s all about pushing a narrative and that may be the case going forward (RTR).

Is that a conspiracy theory I smell? Is ESPN really trying to push the ‘ACC is weak’ narrative? I’m not going to hate on that theory because money makes people companies do some crazy things and the SEC is the top dog when it comes to college football revenue. However, I’m not just going to buy it. I need a little time to research just how much money difference we might be talking about.

In the meantime, I guess if things play out the way the Clemson guys predict, it may just add a little fuel to that fire.

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Incoming NC State Players Get Their Jersey #’s, & Current Players Switch it Up



With the 2019 NC State Football Spring roster released, the jersey numbers of the incoming Freshman have been revealed.

It’s worth noting that both incoming Quarterback’s chose noteworthy numbers. Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Bailey Hockman is wearing Russell Wilson’s honored #16 jersey, and Freshman Ty Evans chose Ryan Finley’s #15.

  • LB Drake Thomas took NIC Stephen Morrison’s #13.
  • NIC Jalen Frazier took CB Teshaun Smith’s #20.
  • S Khalid Martin took CB Taiyon Palmer’s #25.
  • CB Shyheim Battle took CB Vernon Grier’s #27.
  • DT Joshua Harris took DE Joe Babros’ #44.
  • OL Zovon Lindsay took LS Tyler Griffith’s #57.
  • DT CJ Clark took DE Davontae McRae’s #58.
  • OL Timothy McKay took C Garrett Bradbury’s #65.
  • WR Keyon Lesane took WR Devin Carter’s #85.
  • WR Chris Toudle took WR Emeka Emezie’s #86.
  • DE Savion Jackson took P AJ Cole’s #90.

Incoming players received their first ever jersey numbers as NC State players, but quite a few of the players already on the team decided to do a switcheroo.

  • RS SO TE Adam Boselli took over RB Marcellus Spell’s #46. Boselli was #88.
  • RS SO RB Dalton Counts took over TE Matthew Alderfer’s #35. Counts was #33.
  • RS FR CB Malik Dunlap switched from #19 to #24.
  • JR WR Emeka Emezie took over WR Kelvin Harmon’s #3. Emezie was #86.
  • RS SO OG Grant Gibson switched from #73 to #50.
  • SO S De’Von Graves took over S Dexter Wright’s #14. Graves was #6.
  • RS FR LB Calvin Hart took over CB Chris Ingram’s #15. Hart was #30.
  • JR CB Chris Ingram took over NIC Freddie Phillips #7. Ingram was #15.
  • RS FR P Mackenzie Morgan is #36 now. Morgan was #98.
  • RS FR CB Taiyon Palmer took over CB De’Von Graves #6. Palmer was #25.
  • SO RB Ricky Person took over WR Maurice Trowell’s #8. Person was #20.
  • SO CB Teshaun Smith switched from #20 to #8.
  • RS SO OL Kennan Solomon took over OL Terronne Prescod’s #70. Solomon was #94.
  • RS FR TE Camden switched from #93 to #45.


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A Few Players Have Switched Positions in the NC State Secondary



With Spring Football right around the corner, a few players have switched positions in the NC State Secondary.


Redshirt Freshman Malik Dunlap switched over from Safety to Cornerback during last season, and is still listed as a Corner on the Spring roster.

The Wolfpack have 7 scholarship Cornerbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster


Sophomore Tanner Ingle has been moved from Nickel to Safety. Ingle played in all 13 games last season as a Nickelback as a True Freshman. He started the first 7 games, before losing his job to Stephen Griffin. He ranked 6th on the team in tackles with 44.

Sophomore De’Von Graves has been moved from Cornerback to Safety. He saw action in 5 games at Corner (33 snaps) last year, and three other games strictly on special teams as a True Freshman.

NC State has 6 scholarship safeties on the 2019 Spring Roster.


Sophomore Tyler-Baker Williams has been moved from Safety to Nickelback. Baker-Williams saw action in 8 games last year as a True Freshman, taking snaps at Safety in 3 of them (18 snaps).

NC State has 3 scholarship Nickelbacks on the 2019 Spring Roster.

Keep in mind, incoming Freshman Jakeen Harris and Cecil Powell will get mixed into the Secondary this summer when they arrive.

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Defensive End Joe Babros Transferring from NC State



NC State Defensive End Joe Babros has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal, and is no longer on the Wolfpack’s roster.

Babros was a Junior College transfer from Saddleback College, committing to NC State on October 6th, 2017.

He chose NC State over offers from Iowa State, Colorado State, Nevada and others.

ESPN ranked Babros as the #48 overall player in the JUCO ranks, and the #5 Defensive End.

Babros only saw action in the East Carolina game this year, and didn’t record any stats. As a result, this past season will count as a redshirt season wherever he lands.

With the exodus of Babros, NC State has 8 scholarship defensive ends on the roster.

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6 NC State Players Invited to 2019 NFL Combine



The invitations for the 2019 NFL Combine are officially out, and 6 NC State Football players were invited.

The Wolfpack are tied for the 6th most players invited to the Combine.

Honestly, I’m dumbfounded that Terronne Prescod didn’t receive an invite. He had the second highest grade of any offensive guard in the nation according to ProFootballFocus this year.

NC State sent 7 players to the 2018 NFL Combine last season.

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