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USC LB & 4-Star Prospect Levi Jones Transfers to NC State

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USC Linebacker, and former 4-star prospect Levi Jones, has officially transferred to NC State.

This was already reported earlier in one of our Football Recruiting Updates, but it is official now, with Jones appearing on the roster over at GoPack.com.

Jones was one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class. He was a consensus 4-star prospect, and the #65 overall prospect nationally according to ESPN. Rivals ranked him as the #10 player in the state of Texas, which is saying a lot.

Jones was named a 1st Team All-American by USAToday, MaxPreps and Under Armour.

Ultimately, Jones chose USC over FSU.

Jones recorded 15 tackles as a True Freshman, playing in 10 games.

This year, Jones was the 2nd highest graded Linebacker on USC’s roster through the first 8 games in a reserve role, picking up 13 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 3 pass deflections.

After the 8th game, Jones was dismissed from the team after being arrested on July 8th for public intoxication.

I’m assuming he will redshirt next season, and have two years of eligibility at NC State.

Jones has two brothers that are currently wide receivers in the NFL: Cayleb Jones (Vikings) and Zay Jones (Bills). His Father Robert Jones played linebacker at ECU, when Dave Huxtable was the Linebackers and Special Teams coach in Greenville. He went on to play in the NFL, and won a Super Bowl.

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Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU

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Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.

Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.

Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.

Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.

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NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees

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Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.

Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.

“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”

“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)

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2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5

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After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.

Welp.

Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.

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According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.

Boston College: -1
Clemson: -0.5
Duke: +2.5
FSU: +1.5
Georgia Tech: –
Louisville: +0.5
Miami: +3
NC State: +0.5
UNC: +2.5
Pitt: -0.5
Syracuse: +0.5
Virginia: -2.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1

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NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue

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FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.

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1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)

The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.

Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)

Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.

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