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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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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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