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NC State’s Kelvin Harmon Snubbed as a Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

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The Biletnikoff Award Seminfinalists were announced today, and NC State Junior Kelvin Harmon wasn’t deemed one of the top-11 receivers in college football regardless of position.

Really?

Harmon is averaging more receiving yards per game than 8 of the 11 semifinalists. He has more receptions than 5 of them.

You can’t tell me there are 11 better receivers than Harmon.

This is a sick joke.

Harmon, go out there, and let that chip on your shoulder get exponentially bigger, and ball out the next 4 games.

Heresy.

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NC State Has National Award Winners in Back-to-Back Years for 1st Time Ever

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NC State Redshirt Graduate Senior Center Garrett Bradbury won the Rimington Trophy last week, becoming only the 4th NC State player to win a National Award.

2018: C Garrett Bradbury, Rimington Trophy (Best Center)
2017: DE Bradley Chubb, Nagurski (Best Defensive Player) & Hendricks Awards (Best Defensive End)
1996: PK Marc Primanti, Groza Award (Best Kicker)
1979: C Jim Ritcher, Outland Trophy (Best Interior Offensive/Defensive Lineman)

After Center Jim Ritcher won the Outland Trophy in 1979, seventeen years passed before Place Kicker Marc Primanti took home the Groza Award. It would be 21 more years before the next Wolfpack player brought home some hardware. Last Season Bradley Chubb matched the total amount of National Awards won by NC State players in school history all by himself, taking home the Hendricks and Nagurski trophies.

It took 17 years for NC State to win their 1st two National Awards. The Wolfpack has brought home three in the past 2 seasons.

It’s worth noting that neither Bradbury or Chubb won their awards playing the position they were playing when they arrived in Raleigh, but I’ll write more on that later.

These awards are huge for the individual players, bring the team national recognition, and help in recruiting.

Here’s to hoping the past two years are the beginning of a new trend.

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VIDEO: ACC Digital Network’s Official Ryan Finley Highlights

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The ACC Digital Network released NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley’s Official Highlight Reel.

Finley Facts from the Video
2-Time All-ACC
64.7% career completion percentage. Best in NC State history
10,366 career passing yards. 2nd in school history
60 career touchdown passes. 4th in school history
5 career rushing touchdowns

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Kelvin Harmon’s Legacy at NC State

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Unfortunately, the days of watching Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon in an NC State uniform have come to an end. Harmon announced on Monday that he would not be returning for his Senior season in Raleigh, would be declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, and wouldn’t be playing in the Wolfpack’s Gator Bowl matchup against #19 Texas A&M on December 31st.

To be honest, there’s nothing shocking about this news. In a quick survey of three prominent mock drafts right now, he was a Top-10 pick in one, a later 1st rounder in another, and an early 2nd round pick in the other.

Even though Harmon only played 3 seasons at NC State, he’s one of best to ever play the wide receiver position in school history. The question is…how high do you rank him?

He finished his career ranked with the 4th most receptions, 3rd most receiving yards, and the 7th most touchdown receptions.

Career Receptions Leaders
1. Jaylen Samuels, 2014-2017 – 202
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 200
3. Torry Holt, 1995-98 – 191
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 177
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 – 147

Career Receiving Yards Leaders
1. Torry Holt, 1995-98 – 3,379
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 3,119
3. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 2,665
4. Owen Spencer, 2007-10 – 2,441
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 – 2,351

Career Touchdown Receptions
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. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 16

100-Yard Games
1. Jerricho Cotchery, 2000-03 – 15
2. Torry Holt, 1995-98 – 14
2. Koren Robinson, 1999-00 – 14
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 12
5. Eddie Goines, 1991-94 8

Harmon is the only player on the above lists that only played 3 seasons at NC State. To be clear, of Harmon would have returned for his Senior season, he would have shattered Torry Holt’s are we receiving yards record and Jaylen Samuels’ career receptions record.

If you were to judge these players by what their average season production was, he would top all of them in receiving yards and receptions per season.

Average Receiving Yards Per Season

Kelvin Harmon – 888 yards
Torry Holt – 845 yards

(Koren Robinson would take the cake for the highest average per season (957), but since he only played 2 seasons, he isn’t on the above list.)

Average Receptions Per Season

Kelvin Harmon – 59
Jaylen Samuels – 50.5

(Koren Robinson averaged 55 receptions per season at NC State.)

100-yard games per season

Koren Robinson – 7
Kelvin Harmon – 4

Harmon’s Junior campaign was one of the best single-seasons in school history, ranking 4th in receptions (81) and 4th in receiving yards.

Most Receptions in a Season
1. Jakobi Meyers, 2018 – 89
2. Torry Holt, 1998 – 88
3. Jerricho Cotchery, 2003 – 86
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2018 – 81
5. Jaylen Samuels, 2017 – 76
6. Kelvin Harmon, 2017 – 69
6. Tramain Hall, 2003 – 69

Most Receiving Yards in a Season

1. Torry Holt, 1998 – 1,604
2. Jerricho Cotchery, 2003 – 1,369
3. Jerricho Cotchery, 2002 – 1,192
4. Kelvin Harmon, 2016-18 – 1,186
4. Torry Holt, 1997 – 1,099
5. Koren Robinson, 2000 – 1,061
6. Jakobi Meyers, 2018 – 1,024
7. Kelvin Harmon, 2017 – 1,017

If you break it down by season, Harmon was one of the best to play the position as a Freshman, Sophomore and Junior. His 462 receiving yards as a Freshman ranks 3rd in school history for a frosh. His 69 receptions as a Sophomore are tied for the most ever, and his 1,017 receiving yards rank second. Harmon’s 81 receptions is the 2nd most by a Junior (behind teammate Jakobi Meyers), and his 1,186 rank 2nd as well.

As you can below, NC State has had a legacy of 1st Team All-ACC, but it had been 14 years since Jerricho Cotchery made the team in 2003. That’s the longest drought in school history.

NC State 1st Team All-ACC Wide Receivers

2018 – Kelvin Harmon
2018 – Jakobi Meyers
2003 – Jerricho Cotchery
2002 – Jerricho Cotchery
1999 – Koren Robinson
1998 – Torry Holt
1997 – Torry Holt
1994 – Eddie Goines
1993 – Eddie Goines
1991 – Charles Davenport
1988 – Nasrallah Worthen
1986 – Nasrallah Worthen
1975 – Don Buckey
1972 – Pat Kenney
1967 – Harry Martell
1966 – Gary Rowe

Harmon is one of the Top-4 wide receivers in NC State history. That’s not even debatable in my mind.

Personally, I think Holt is still the G.O.A.T. Even though Harmon averaged more receiving yards and receptions per season, Holt dominated him in touchdowns (31). Also, Harmon never had a season like Holt’s Senior season (1,604 receiving yards & 16 touchdowns.

If you’re looking at accolades, Holt was a consensus 1st Team All-American in 1998 and Robinson was a 2nd Team All-American 2000 (I know all of the All-American Teams haven’t been announced for 2018). Cotchery was a 2-time 1st Team All-ACC honoree (as was Holt).

With all that being said, I reserve the top spot for Holt, but a legitimate conversation can be had for Harmon to be #2, 3, or #4.

Wolfpack fans, consider yourself privileged. You had the chance to watch one of the greatest of all-time in school history the past three years in Kelvin Harmon.

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NC State’s Tyler Jones Accepts Invitation to Play in East-West Shrine Game

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Redshirt Senior Left Tackle Tyler Jones has accepted an invitation to play in the 2019 East-West Shrine Game.

Last year Left Guard Tony Adams and Defensive End Kentavius Street represented the Wolfpack in the East-West Game.

Jones was named the official All-ACC 1st Team, the AP All-ACC 1st Team, and the ProFootballFocus All-ACC 2nd Team. He also earned 1st Team honors from the ACSMA as a Junior.

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