Some highs and lows from around NC State Athletics, let’s take a look.
The State Women’s squad won their sixth straight ACC Championship Friday in South Bend. State runners finished, 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8 to pull out an enormous win. With scores tallies based on finishes (think golf) State scored 20, with second place UNC finishing at 87. A SIXTY-SEVEN POINT GAP. Sophomore Kelsey Chmiel was crowned ACC Champ, finishing seconds before her freshman running mate, Katelyn Tuohy. The 27th ACC Championship is the second most by any program at any school, and first for women’s programs.
The men’s team finished 6th, lead by a 17th overall finish by senior Gavin Gaynor.
Regionals are in two weeks in Louisville, Kentucky.
Wolfpack used a three touchdown fourth quarter to pull away from Louisville for the 28-13 win. Emezie, Pennix, Carter and Riley all had receiving touchdowns. Full highlights can be found here.
Volleyball split their weekend, beating Clemson 3-1 befor falling to #14 Georgia Tech 1-3. Their upcoming schedule includes two home games this weekend against Louisville and Notre Dame. State, sitting at 7-5 in the ACC, will look to breakthrough into the top-6.
Women’s soccer lost to Pitt 2-0 on Thursday. For ACC Soccer Championships, only the top-6 schools advance. State will have to hope for an invite to NCAA tourney to keep their season alive. Even with an RPI of 34, strong strength of schedule and big time wins, they find themselves on the bubble.
On Senior Night, State men’s team beat Boston College in double OT, 1-0. State had four times the shots on goal before they were finally able to celebrate Luke Hille’s winner, his sixth of the season.They’ll open as the 12th seed for the ACC Tourney, against #5 Notre Dame.
The men’s team finished 4th out of 10 in Wilmington. Maximilian Steinlechner had an outstanding weekend, finishing third overall at -8.
The women’s squad finished 10th of 18 at the Landfall Traditional. Inja Fric lead the Wolfpack with a -3, tied for fourth overall.
NC State Falls Out of the Top-10 After Losses to UNC & Duke
After losing to rivals UNC and Duke last week, the NC State Women’s Basketball team fell out of the Top-10 in the Week 17 AP Poll, landing at #12. NC State started the 2023-24 season unranked, but jumped to #14 in the first Poll after the Preseason Poll. The Wolfpack have been ranked in the Top-10 since November 20th, which equals 14 straight polls.
ACC Teams in the Top-25
5. Virginia Tech
12. NC State
17. Notre Dame
The Wolfpack will host #19 Syracuse on Thursday night at 7pm.
NC State’s Week 1 Depth Chart Against UCONN (with Notes)
NC State will kick off their 2023 Football season next Thursday night against UCONN at 7:30pm. The Wolfpack released their Depth Chart for the game today.
- Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Carter Jr. is listed as the starting Left Guard. If Redshirt Sophomore Lyndon Cooper wasn’t missing the first game due to injury, I wonder if Carter would be starting. Doeren did praise Carter in his press conference today. Also, he stated that Cooper should be back for the Notre Dame game.
- Noticeably, Graduate Transfer Offensive Lineman Dawson Jaramillo is also missing from the Depth Chart. Unfortunately, Jaramillo has suffered an injury, and will miss the entirety of the 2023 season. This is a huge blow for Jaramillo, and a huge blow for the depth of the Wolfpack Offensive Line. Jaramillo was a Swiss Army knife, having the ability to play in numerous positions.
- Very often, Doeren has stated that the “Or” in between two names means that the coaching staff sees both players as starters. There is an “Or” in between Chris Toudle and Trent Pennix at Tight End, with the former being listed first. Maybe it doesn’t matter whose name is listed first, but I’m shocked Pennix’s name wasn’t the one at the top.
- I’m not shocked that Julian Gray and Keyon Lesane are listed as the starters at the X and Y Wide Receiver positions. They both have had a lot of buzz surrounding them in Fall Camp, and Lesane was named a captain. Obviously, with Gray’s speed, Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae is going to want to find a way to get the ball in his hands. With that being said, and this is no disrespect to the two of them, but both of them are 5’11”, which isn’t exactly the way you would sculpt your prototypical outside receivers. I expect Terrell Timmons and Bradley Rozner to both be heavily in rotation at the X and Y, to give the outside receivers a good dose of speed as well as height.
- True Freshman Running Back Kendrick Raphael might be buried at the bottom of the Depth Chart at his position, but I bet he sees a carry before Mimms or Jones. Doeren mentioned that we would see Raphael against UCONN, but didn’t mention Jones or Mimms. Anae likes to run 2 Running Back sets, with one of them almost functioning like a Full Back. As a result, I’m not shocked to see Jones and Mimms where they are in the Depth Chart.
- Props to True Freshman Kevin Concepcion for earning the starting job at the Inside Wide Receiver position. Get ready to hear his name a lot this year. KC is backed up by Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit, who Doeren spoke highly of today.
- Junior Porter Rooks is no longer sitting behind Thayer Thomas on the Depth Chart. Doeren said that Rooks has had a great camp. The former 4-Star prospect has an opportunity to show that those stars meant something by his name. With that being said, he will be pushed by True Freshman Javonte “Juice” Vereen, who even has national media buzzing about him heading into the season.
- Three True Freshman are on the Offensive Depth Chart: Left Guard Kamen Smith, IWR Kevin Concepcion and FLEXY Juice Vereen.
- True Freshman Kamal Bonner is 2nd on the Depth Chart at the Will Linebacker spot, backing up Payton Wilson. What’s noteworthy, is that he’s ahead of former 4-Star prospect Jordan Poole in the Depth Chart. Bonner must have made a heck of a first impression.
- As expected, ODU Graduate Transfer Robert Kennedy is starting at Nickel.
- True Freshman Brandon Cisse is backing up Aydan White at Right Corner, and Doeren said we should expect him to contribute.
- Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit will be filling in the shoes of Thayer Thomas at Punt Returner.
Elliot Avent is interviewed on MLB Network about rule changes and Wolfpack Alums
Elliot Avent gave a great interview on MLB Network.
— #Pack9 ⚾️ (@NCStateBaseball) March 10, 2023
Avent talks about the rules changes in baseball and doesn’t seem too pleaseed about them, while also breaking some news that they might be naming the hitting facility after Trea Turner and the Pitching lab after Carlos Rodon.
Give it a watch.
Mady Traore Will No Longer Enroll at NC State
This unfortunately seemed inevitable.
According to 247Sports’ Travis Branham, 3-Star Mady Traore is no longer planning on enrolling at NC State.
NEWS: Three-star NC State commit Mady Traore will no longer enroll at NC State, sources tells @247Sports.
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) December 15, 2022
Traore was a member of the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class, but wasn’t able to enroll in the Fall because of Visa issues and the English Competency Test.
Back on November 29th, I posted the following article, saying that Traore was set to join the team for the 2nd semester. Traore himself told me when I posted it, that he was expecting to join the team in December.
I received the intel 2 weeks prior to posting, and prior to things beginning to brew between NC State and Isaiah Miranda. In hindsight, I wish I would have posted it when I got the intel (haha).
Obviously, that didn’t happen, and isn’t happening.
When I posted the article, things were in flux, because there was one scholarship available. If Miranda came, he was going to get the scholarship, and the staff was hoping Traore would be willing to wait and enroll in April. If Miranda didn’t come, then the expectation was for Traore to join the team in December, in the way that Miranda just did.
I still believe my source’s info was solid, and there are always a lot of moving pieces in play that can change scenarios quickly.
From what I hear, the staff was genuinely hopeful they could add Miranda in December, and Traore in April, but it didn’t work out that way, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
We wish you the best Mady! You’ve got a special future in basketball.