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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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NC State is a 1-Point Underdog vs. Georgia Tech

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When the Vegas betting lines opened for the matchup between NC State and Georgia Tech this Thursday night, it opened dead even…as a Pick ‘Em. Since then, the line has shifted in the Yellow Jackets favor, now sitting as 1-point favorites at home.

The Total is sitting at 48.5.

Both teams are 2-7-1 against the spread in 2019.

Dating back to 2005, Georgia Tech has been the favorite in their last 5 matchups against the Wolfpack.

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  • North Carolina State are 1-7 Against The Spread in their last 8 games.
  • North Carolina State are 1-5 Straight Up in their last 6 games.
  • North Carolina State are 3-11 Straight Up in their last 14 games against Georgia Tech.
  • North Carolina State are 1-6 Against The Spread in their last 7 games on the road.
  • North Carolina State are 2-4 Straight Up in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech.
  • North Carolina State are 1-5 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of North Carolina State’s last 15 games played in November.

Georgia Tech 

  • Georgia Tech are 2-10-1 Against The Spread in their last 13 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 6 games.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 5 games against North Carolina State.
  • Georgia Tech are 0-5 Against The Spread in their last 5 games at home.
  • Georgia Tech are 4-2 Straight Up in their last 6 games when playing at home against North Carolina State.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-4 Straight Up in their last 5 games this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-4 Against The Spread in their last 5 games played in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 9 games played on a Thursday. (OddShark)

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NC State’s Deonte Holden to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End Deonte Holden will be playing in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl.

Holden was awarded a 6th year of eligibility last year, giving him the opportunity to play one more year in 2019.

In 9 games this year, Holden has 8 tackles (2 tackles for loss), 1.5 sacks and 1 QB Hurry.

Two years ago, NC State Cornerback Mike Stevens played in the Collegiate Bowl.

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NC State’s James Smith-Williams Accepts Invitation to Play in East-West Shrine Bowl

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NC State Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Last year, the Wolfpack had two players play in the East-West game: Punter A.J. Cole and Offensive Tackle Tyler Jones. The year before that, Defensive End Kentavius Street and Offensive Guard Tony Adams played in the annual showcase.

Smith-Williams has been dinged up all year, but has 20 tackles (1 for loss), 1 sack and 7 QB Hurries in 7 games in 2019. He was 3rd on The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman’s Preseason list of the Top Freaks in College Football.

No player on this entire list has had the type of transformation that Smith-Williams has had. He arrived five years ago weighing a spindly 196 pounds. Now he’s a hulking 265. He benches 420, doing 27 reps at 225. He squats 620 and cleans 374. Smith-Williams vertical jumps 40 inches and has clocked a 4.43 in his pro agility time. Earlier this week, he ran an electronically timed 40 at 4.58. The hand time was 4.52. (Athletic)

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Louisville 34 NC State 20: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State’s Football team fell to 4-6 tonight, losing to Atlantic Division foe Louisville 34-20 in Carter-Finley Stadium. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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