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NC State’s Torry Holt Named to 2019 NFF College Football Hall of Fame Class

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.– The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that former NC State wide receiver Torry Holt has been named to the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class. Holt joins 12 other first-team All-America players and two standout coaches who were selected from a national ballot of 76 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 100 players and 32 coaches from the divisional ranks.

The announcement of the 2019 Class was made today live on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” in Santa Clara, California, the site of the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship.

Holt and the rest of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown and his accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Holt, the sixth Wolfpack player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, rewrote the NC State and ACC record books during his career with the Wolfpack, which spanned from 1995-98. A consensus first-team All-American in 1998, he was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and the only receiver in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting that year.

The 1998 ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, Holt remains NC State’s all-time leader in career (3,379), single-season (1,604 in 1998) and single-game (255 vs. Baylor, 1998) receiving yards. He held the Wolfpack record for single-season receptions (88 in 1998) until Jakobi Meyers broke the mark this past season and his 15 catches against Wake Forest in 1998 is still tied for the top mark in school history.

A two-time first-team All-ACC selection at wide receiver, Holt also earned first team all-conference laurels as a punt returner in 1998 and led the Wolfpack to a berth in the MicronPC Bowl.

A two-year team captain, Holt owns other Wolfpack records, including single-season all-purpose yards (1,979 in 1998) and career (31), single-season (16 in 1997) and single-game (five vs. Florida State, 1997) touchdown receptions. The Gibsonville native’s career receiving yards were a then-ACC record (now rank sixth), and he still holds conference marks for single-season receiving yards, single-season receiving yards per game (145.8) and single-game touchdown receptions. A member of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame, Holt’s No. 81 jersey was retired following his career and the team named its Offensive MVP award in his honor. He was named an ACC Football Legend in 2012.

The St. Louis Rams selected Holt with the sixth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, and he played for the franchise from 1999-2008 before a final season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection led the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV following his rookie season. A member of the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s, Holt retired from the league with the 10th most receiving yards in history.

Holt remains busy with Holt Brothers Inc., which he founded with his brother, Terrence, who also played at NC State. Their companies include Holt Brothers Construction, where he serves as vice president, Holt Brothers Football Camps and the Holt Brothers Foundation. Torry serves as president of the foundation, which supports programs for children who have a parent with cancer.

The other members of this year’s Hall of Fame Class are: Terrell Buckley (DB, Florida State, 1989-91), Rickey Dixon (DB, Oklahoma, 1984-87), London Fletcher (LB, John Carroll, 1995-97), Jacob Grey, DL, Texas A&M, 1977-79), Raghib Ismail (Notre Dame, KR/WR, 1988-90), Darren McFadden (RB, Arkansas, 2005-07), Jake Plummer (QB, Arizona St., 1993-96), Joe Thomas (OL, Wisconsin, 2003-06), Lorenzo White (RB, Michigan St., 1984-87), Patrick Willis (LB, Ole Miss, 2003-06), Vince Young (QB, Texas, 2003-05) and coaches Dennis Erickson and Joe Taylor.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT TORRY HOLT

“Torry’s athletic abilities have been well-documented, but the thing I really remember most about him was the kind of person he was. Even though he lost his mother to cancer during his college career, you would’ve never known from his attitude or demeanor that he was going through a tragedy. He still came to work every day with a smile on his face. Many times, players with that much athleticism don’t feel like they need to work, but despite his tremendous ability, Torry worked as hard as any player I’ve ever been around.”

Mike O’Cain, NC State Head Coach (1993-99)

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“We’re so proud of Torry Holt and his accomplishments. He has always been a great representative of NC State University and I have enjoyed getting to know him over the past six years. His success in college, in the NFL and in the business world make him a worthy Hall of Fame member. “

Dave Doeren, NC State Head Coach

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“Very seldom do you come across such a gifted athlete with standout, God-given ability who also has the work ethic to match. Torry’s diligence and drive to prepare were like nothing I’ve ever seen and for all the big plays he made and records he set, what was most impressive was seeing him push himself far beyond his limits. A great player he was, but it was his phenomenal work ethic that I will remember most.”

Morocco Brown, Director of College Scouting for the Indianapolis Colts/NC State LB, 1994-97

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“This is an incredible and deserving honor for Torry, I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of him. His impact at NC State was historic and this is a reflection of his remarkable career. His character, continued success and commitment to our community make him a worthy member of the College Football Hall of Fame.”

Deborah A. Yow, NC State Director of Athletics

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NC STATE ANNOUNCES 2020 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS

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RALEIGH, NC — An Olympic gold medalist, a No. 1 NFL Draft pick and four of the top performers in the first 50 years of the Atlantic Coast Conference highlight the 2020 class of the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with a barrier-breaking athlete who changed the course of competition for both his school and conference.

The six-member class is the sixth overall since the establishment of the Hall of Fame in 2012 and will be inducted at a gala in Reynolds Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

“The 2020 Hall of Fame class is made up of remarkable athletes who not only made significant contributions to their sports, but also had a historical impact on our campus and in the community,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “We look forward to celebrating and honoring their achievements at the induction gala next year.”

Irwin Holmes was a varsity tennis player during his college days under head coach John Kenfield Jr., but that’s not what made him special. As one of the school’s first four African American undergraduate students in the fall of 1956, the native of Durham, North Carolina, helped fully integrate the institution.

In 1957, he and Manuel Crockett became the first black athletes to participate in an ACC-sponsored event during a freshman indoor track meet against North Carolina. Holmes later joined the tennis team as a three-year varsity player. In 1960, he became the first African American captain of a varsity sport at an ACC school and the school’s first black graduate, when he received his degree in electrical engineering. He retired after a long career at RCA, IBM and other pioneering electronics companies. NC State dedicated Holmes Hall, previously known as the University College Commons, in his honor during Homecoming 2018.


Mario Williams, the first player in ACC history to be selected as the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, was a dominating force for Chuck Amato’s Wolfpack defense from 2003-05. He set school records for single-game, single-season and career sacks and tackles for loss and is still the school leader in three of those categories. A two-time All-ACC performer, Freshman All-American and then first-team All-American, the Richlands, North Carolina native, was a key reason the Wolfpack led the nation in total defense in 2004. 

After being drafted by the Houston Texans, Williams went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro while playing for the Texans, Bills and Dolphins. He set a Buffalo Bills franchise record with 4.5 sacks in a game. In his eight-year NFL career, he recorded 97.5 sacks.

One of the most decorated players in the history of NC State men’s soccer, Henry Gutierrez led the Wolfpack to the Final Four and the ACC Tournament title in 1990, while being named tournament MVP. The three-time All-American still ranks fifth in school history in points (114), seventh in goals (41) and fourth in assists (32). He was named to the ACC’s 50thanniversary team.

The Hoboken, New Jersey native, who grew up in Miami, was twice named ACC Player of the Year – one of only five players in conference history to win the honor multiple times.

He earned one cap as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, but played 87 games with the MLS Miami Fusion. He currently lives in the Triangle and is a coach for the North Carolina FC Academy.

Considered the nation’s top defender during her collegiate career, Thori Staples Bryan led the Wolfpack to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 19 wins. The only four-time All-ACC performer in program history, she was named Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year in 1992, and the North Carolina Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. 

A member of the ACC 50thAnniversary Team, Staples played for the U.S. National Team from 1992-99, for the 1995 FIFA World Cup team, and was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.  She played for WUSA’s San Jose CyberRays from 2001-04 and helped her team win the league title in 2001. Following her successful playing career, she now operates the Thori Bryan Soccer Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 

John Sadri’s collegiate career may be best remembered for a single match, but his career performance is one of the best in the history of the NC State men’s tennis program. A two-time ITA All-American (1977, ’78), Sadri won two ACC singles titles and two ACC doubles titles – all at No. 1 in the lineup. He still owns the top singles and doubles winning percentages in school history (.860 and .849 respectively) and led the Wolfpack to the 1978 ACC team title. 

But it was a match he lost that remains legendary in college tennis. At the 1978 NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia, Sadri competed against a freshman from Stanford named John McEnroe in what is still considered one of the top amateur matches ever played. Only one point separated the two players after five sets (144-143). 

Sadri reached as high as No. 14 in the world professional tennis rankings in 1980 and went on to win two professional singles and two professional doubles titles. He was the runner-up in singles at the 1979 Australian Open and finished second twice in doubles at that event. He was also named to the ACC’s 50thAnniversary Team. A retired teaching professional, Sadri lives in his hometown of Charlotte.

David Fox is among the most prolific performers in the storied history of NC State Swimming.  He won championships at every level during his career, as a seven-time ACC champion, an NCAA champion and an Olympic gold medalist. The three-time All America selection (1990, ’91, ’93) was named ACC Swimmer of the Year in 1993 after winning the national title in the 50 freestyle and was twice named ACC meet MVP (1991, ’93).

Another member of the ACC’s 50thAnniversary team, Fox won gold at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the 4×100 freestyle relay team. He held the NC State record in the 100 freestyle for 19 years before it was broken in 2012. . A member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (2016), Fox resides in Atlanta where he works as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.

Tickets for the 2020 Hall of Fame event will go on sale at a later date. Stay tuned to GoPack.comfor more information.


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Sporting News 2019 Bowl Projection for NC State

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Sporting News released their early 2019 College Football Bowl Projections this morning, and they project that NC State will play Purdue in the Quick Lane Bowl.

The Quick Lane Bowl began in 2014, and is played at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions. It annually features a matchup between a Big Ten team against an ACC or Mid-American Conference team.

Sporting News ACC Bowl Projections

  • Quick Lane Bowl – NC State vs. Purdue
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Boston College vs. Arizona State
  • Walk-On’s Independence Bowl – Wake Forest vs. South Carolina
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State
  • Military Bowl Presented by Northrup Grumman – UNC vs. Army
  • Camping World Bowl – Pittsburgh vs. Oklahoma State
  • Belk Bowl – Florida State vs. Ole Miss
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl – Miami vs. Washington State
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Virginia vs. Kentucky
  • Capital One Orange Bowl – Syracuse vs. Florida
  • PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) – Clemson vs. Texas (SN)

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Athlon Names 8 NC State Players to Preseason 2019 All-ACC Football Teams

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Athlon released their early 2019 Preseason All-ACC Football teams today, and 8 NC State players were included.

  • 2nd Team – Safety – Jarius Morehead
  • 2nd Team – Place Kicker – Chris Dunn
  • 3rd Team – Offensive Line – Joshua Fedd-Jackson
  • 3rd Team – Defensive Line – James Smith-Williams
  • 4th Team – Running Back – Ricky Person
  • 4th Team – Wide Receiver – Emeka Emezie
  • 4th Team – Offensive Line – Justin Witt
  • 4th Team – Defensive Line – Alim McNeil

Team Totals

Clemson – 14

Syracuse – 11

Miami – 9

Virginia – 9

Virginia Tech – 9

NC State – 8

Florida State – 8

Wake Forest – 7

Boston College – 6

Louisville – 6

UNC – 6

Pitt – 6

Duke – 5

Georgia Tech – 4

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NC State Football: Early Season Game Times Announced

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The ACC announced the early season football game times today. Here’s a run down of NC State’s.

  • Game 1: August 31st: East Carolina: Noon (ACC Network)
  • Game 2: September 7th: Western Carolina: 12:30pm (RSN)
  • Game 6: October 10th (Thursday): Syracuse: 8pm (ESPN)
  • Game 11: November 21st (Thursday): @ Georgia Tech: 8pm (ESPN)

Five of NC State’s last seven home games have kicked off at 1pm or before, and their 1st two games once again in 2018 follow suit.

Honestly, I was hoping the existence of the ACC Network would eliminate some of the ridiculousness, but if Week 1 is any indication, I guess not.

Also, the Wolfpack were hoping to get their matchup against Western Carolina on a Friday night game on ACC Extra, but nothing doing.

With that being said, two Thursday night games on ESPN is dope.

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