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VIDEO: Payton Wilson’s Trust in God Propelled Him Through Recovery

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Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson came to NC State as the highest ranked member of the 2018 recruiting class. Wilson is one of the highest ranked commits in Wolfpack history, ranked 39th nationally according to 247Sports.

Unfortunately, Wilson re-injured his knee last summer, and had to have a second surgery, missing all of last season. Wilson had every reason to complain over the past two years, but his trust in God throughout the process was unwavering.

Wilson’s video interview from Media Day this past Sunday is ABOVE, and a bulleted breakdown of what he had to say is BELOW.

  • I’ve always played on both sides of the ball, but am looking forward to perfecting my craft at one position. Linebacker is where my heart is.
  • When Coach Huxtable came to my wrestling matches in high school, it showed he cared about more than the number on the back of my jersey.
  • Really excited and humbled to be back.
  • I guess you could say my luck was pretty bad, but God has a plan for all of us. When I got hurt the second time, I was like, there’s only one thing to do: get back and trust God. Live my life the way He wanted me to. At first I was mad, like ‘Why Me?’, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was taking everything for granted. Football could be gone like that, you know.

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QB Matt McKay Transfers from NC State to Montana State

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Matt McKay began the 2019 football season as the starting Quarterback at NC State, before losing his job after starting the first 5 games. In 2020, McKay will be a quarterback at Montana State.

After announcing that he would be transferring from NC State on December 1st, McKay announced via Twitter yesterday that he was transferring to Montana State.

In 2019, McKay completed 57.3% of his passes for 910 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. He also had 4 rushing touchdowns.

McKay was originally a 4-star prospect in NC State’s 2017 recruiting class, playing his High School ball here in Raleigh at Wakefield.

Since Montana State is an FCS program, McKay will not have to sit out a year, and will be able to play immediately, with 2 years of eligibility remaining.

Montana State (10-3) finished the this year ranked 5th nationally in the FCS, losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

Honestly, Montana State seems like a strange choice for McKay, with starting quarterback Tucker Rovig returning next season as a Redshirt Junior. In 2019, Rovig threw for 1,705 yards and 13 touchdowns (4 interceptions) for a Passing Efficiency Rating of 136.8.

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Thunder Dan Ranks 26th Nationally in Strength Coach Pay

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USAToday has released their research of the salaries of the head coaches and assistant coaches in college football for the 2019 season, but they also did the same this year for Strength and Conditioning Coaches. NC State’s S&C  Coach “Thunder” Dantonio Burnette ranks 26th nationally, with a salary of $324,700.

ACC Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the Top-30

4) Joey Batson – Clemson
25) Brian Hess – UNC
26) Dantonio Burnette – NC State

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NC State Football Ranks 33rd in Assistant Coach Pay

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USAToday has released their annual deep dive into the pay of College Football coaches, and NC State’s Assistant Coaching Staff ranked 33rd nationally in pay in 2019.

The coach that received the biggest check this season, Defensive Coordinator Dave Huxtable, is no longer with the program.

Top-6 ACC Schools in Assistant Coach Pay

2) Clemson
17) Florida St.
30) UNC
32) Louisville
33) NC State
37) Virginia Tech

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Former NC State Defensive End Xavier Lyas Transfers to Northern Arizona

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Back on November 10th, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas decided to transfer from NC State, after not seeing the playing time he hoped for.

Today he announced that he’s decided to transfer to Northern Arizona.

Since Northern Arizona is an FCS school, Lyas will be able to play immediately next year, not having to sit out a season.

Lyas had 4.0 sacks (4.5 tackles for loss) in 8 games in very limited playing time. The most snaps he played in a single game was 19 against Wake Forest.

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