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NC State’s James Smith-Williams Meets with the Media at 2019 ACC Kickoff

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NC State Graduate Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams represented the Wolfpack today at the 2019 ACC Kickoff (Media Day). Here’s the transcript of what he had to say:

Q. You were thinner in high school. What have you done to fill out so well?

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: He’s talking about maybe 60, 70 pounds ago. I was a 195-pound kid. I think buying into what the program is teaching us, the weight room and the nutrition plan with our staff, it’s helped
me grow a lot.

Q. Can you describe the competition, the push to get better, that goes on between you and Larrell Murchison.

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: I love him. He’s a great football player. He’s a great guy. We’ve grown very close. I would say that every day he does something new, I’ll do something new. We’re trying to copy each other or teach something that we learned. It’s helped us both grow.

Q. With so much experience and depth on the defensive line, how much confidence do you have coming into this season?

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: We have a lot of confidence. I think that comes from experience, but also comes from knowing the system, knowing who is around me, playing beside Larrell Murchison gives me a sense of confidence. We’re excited to play and we’re excited to get going.

Q. How would you describe, in your opinion, from your viewpoint, the Wolfpack, what Coach Doeren has done with this team, elevated this team and this program not just in the ACC?

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: Right. I think Coach Doeren has a standard, and that standard is raised every day. He set the bar high. He’s shown us also what it’s like to be a man, handle your business. I think that’s reflected on the field, as well.

Q. We had the commissioner in here earlier. A lot of talk about the ACC Network, ESPN, all that. Do the players talk about that? Is that on your radar in any way back in your apartment or anything?

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: We’re definitely intrigued by it. It’s cool to get more coverage, especially for the other sports that are outside of football, that they’re all getting covered, being played on TV as well. We’re definitely aware of it. At the end of the day we’re here to win games, you
know.

Q. For several years now you have been really good at stopping the run. Less good at stopping the pass. I believe last year was a little better than previous years. You would agree 11th is maybe a little higher in the league than you’d like to be. You returned three of your four top players from the secondary. Is this the year State gets better in the secondary

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: I think those guys have the experience and knowledge that we need to be the best possible defense on the field. I’m excited to play with them. I know they’re excited, too.

Q. What is it like to wear the No. 1?

JAMES SMITH-WILLIAMS: It’s a massive honor, if you look at the guys that came before me, Jaylen Samuels, Steph Louis, were all hard-working guys that were well respected in the program. I think that’s reflected in the No. 1. I’m excited to be wearing it.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you, James.

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VIDEO: NC State WR CJ Riley is Ready to Fill Big Shoes

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Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver C.J. Riley has some big shoes to fill in 2019, but after catching up with him at NC State’s 2019 Media Day, he believes he is more than up for the task.

  • We sat down with Coach McDonald, and our goal is to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year, with me, Emeka (Emezie) and Thayer (Thomas). We’re working to do better than they did last year (Two 1,000-yard receivers in Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers).
  • We just want to prove people wrong, and show them we can do things they didn’t think we could do.
  • I learned a lot from their (Harmon and Meyers) work ethic. How they carried themselves off the field. They came in every day like it was gameday. Staying after practice catching balls. Watching extra film.
  • Emeka and I have a goofy relationship. We love each other, and hate each other sometimes. We argue. We’re competitive. It’s the best of both worlds. We’re happy for each other when they succeed. It’s a great relationship.
  • I need to make more consistent plays down the field in 2019. Show that I can run past defenders and make the deep ball plays.
  • Freshman Keyon Lesane has done a great job thus far in camp. He has shown he can play on the field on Saturdays. He has a hot head, and won’t back down from anyone.
  • Redshirt Junior Eric Collins is showing up a lot more. Catching the ball and being a more consistent ball player.
  • Graduate Senior Tabari fits well. He’s played in the ACC before, and knows how it goes. Having his experience come into the room is going to be a big help.

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Carter-Finley Beer Selection Update

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Earlier this week it was made official. NC State will be selling beer in Carter-Finley Stadium this season.

According to CBSSports Senior NFL Writer, and Triangle Beer Aficionado, his sources tell him that Coors Light, New Belgium’s Old Tuffy, and Trophy’s Cloud Surfer IPA will be available for purchase.

According to his first report, Corona and White Claw were also going to be a part of the package, but that is up in the air at this point.

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NC State Lands 6 on ESPN’s All-Time All-ACC Football Teams

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Prior to the launch of the ACC Network last night, ESPN released their All-Time All-ACC Football teams, and NC State placed 2 players on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.

1st Team

Running Back – Ted Brown

Records are made to be broken, yet Brown still holds the ACC’s all-time career rushing yard record of 4,602, set between 1975 and ’78, a truly astounding accomplishment when you consider that every other major ACC offensive record has been reset since then. A 2013 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Brown was the first player in league history to earn first-team All-ACC distinction all four years and was a consensus All-American in 1978. His 27 100-yard games rank No. 1 in ACC history, and his 49 career rushing touchdowns rank No. 3. (ESPN)

Offensive Guard – Jim Ritcher

Ritcher was twice a consensus All-American at NC State and became the first center to win the Outland Trophy as the top interior linemen in college football in 1979, when the Wolfpack captured the ACC championship. He helped open many of the holes Ted Brown ran through on his way to an ACC-record 4,602 rushing yards. Ritcher, a College Football Hall of Fame selection, moved to center in the NFL, where he played 16 seasons. (ESPN)

2nd Team 

Wide Receiver – Torry Holt
Defensive End – Mario Williams

3rd Team 

Center – Garrett Bradbury
Defensive End – Bradley Chubb

You may have noticed that a very important name wasn’t listed above. That’s right, former Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t make any of the three All-ACC teams.

How?

Rivers still holds the record for the most passing yards in conference history (13,484), and ranks 2nd in passing yards per game (275.2) and career touchdown passes (95).

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5 NC State Seniors Named to Senior Bowl Watch List

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Five NC State Seniors were named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Preseason Watch List on Wednesday: Nickel Stephen Griffin, Cornerback Nick McCloud, Safety Jarius Morehead, Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison, and Defensive End James Smith-Williams.

The Wolfpack is tied for the 2nd most players on the Watch List in the ACC.

Syracuse – 6
NC State – 5
Miami – 5
Wake Forest – 5
Clemson – 4
Florida State – 4
North Carolina – 4
Virginia – 3
Virginia Tech – 1
Duke – 1
Georgia Tech – 1
Louisville – 1
Pittsburgh – 1

 

 

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