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One publication thinks NC State Football will be ranked #6 overall in 2022

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It’s way too early to start throwing out Top 25 predictions for the 2022 football season, isn’t it?

Might be, but that’s not stopping @BigGameBoomer from making their picks.

Big Game Boomer is a podcast that has been growing pretty fast over the past few years and one we listen to now and again. They are College Football fanatics who have done a pretty good job surveying the field and discussing teams all over the nation. Now, I wouldn’t take this to the bank, but the reason we’re posting it is that even outside groups are noticing what NC State is doing.

In this projection, NC State would be favorites to win the ACC (see that Clemson is ranked 17th). That’s not crazy, but ranked #6 nationally? Isn’t that a bit too optimistic?

Well, let’s see what others think…

NCAA.com has NC State ranked #15 in their projections.

247 Sports has NC State ranked #15 as well.

But hey, maybe Big Game Boomer isn’t too far off. ESPN even has us ranked #8 in theirs.

So there you have it. The consensus is that NC State is a Top 20 team. The only difference is that some think this is a Top 10 program and some think it’s just outside that realm.

And is it really “Too Early” to make these picks? Every single one of these projections note that it is, however, what really is going to change? All the recruits are locked in. The rosters won’t change that much. Maybe an injury here and there in the spring could adjust some stuff, but it looks to us like there isn’t a doubt that the Wolfpack are going to in the national picture. At least to start the season.

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Hoosierwolf
Hoosierwolf
6 months ago

I don’t think it’s that crazy to have us ranked 6th. We know how to win now, and we have the right coaching staff. We can reasonable be top 15 or better every year.

Dof87
Dof87
6 months ago

Hold on there pardner.

Plenty to be excidted about but I’d rather start with reasonable expectations then exceed next season than be an offseason darling like UNC.

Can’t hurt recruiting though.

Last edited 6 months ago by Dof87

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Check Out Adidas’ Ultraboost 1.0 NC State Colorways!

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Adidas has revealed their Ultraboost 1.0 NC State Colorways today!

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With early access, it looks like they will be available on August 29th.

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NC State Ranked 13th in 2022 AP Preseason Poll

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The 2022 AP Preseason Poll is out, and NC State ranks 13th headed into a season where the expectations are extremely high for the Wolfpack. This marks the first time the Wolfpack have been ranked in the AP Preseason Poll since 2003, and ties the highest preseason ranking in school history (1975).

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Notes Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. NC State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

The AP voter and the Coaches were in one accord, with the Wolfpack ranked 13th in the 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll.

This marks only the 7th time NC State has started the season in the AP Preseason Poll. Sadly, the last 4 times the Wolfpack were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll, they finished the season unranked.

2022: (Final: ?)
2003: 16th (Final: NR)
1993: 25th (Final: NR)
1989: 24th (Final: NR)
1975: 13th (Final: NR)
1974: 18th (Final: 11th)
1973: 17th (Final: 16th)

The Wolfpack have finished the season ranked in the AP Poll 14 times:

2022: 13th
2017: 23rd
2010: 25th
2002: 12th
1994: 17th
1992: 17th
1991: 24th
1978: 18th
1974: 11th
1973: 16th
1972: 17th
1957: 15th
1947: 17th
1946: 18th

NC State spent 10 weeks in the AP Poll in 2021, which marks the most weeks the Wolfpack have been in the AP Poll in a single year since the 2002 season (16 weeks).

The Wolfpack finished the season ranked for the final 7 polls, now making it 8 straight with the Preseason Poll released, marking the longest streak since 2002, when NC State was ranked in 12 straight.

The highest the Wolfpack have ever been ranked in the AP Poll was 3rd in 1967, when NC State was 8-0 in Week 8.

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NC State 2022 Record Watch: Defense

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As we quickly approach the 2022 college football season, here’s a look at a few Wolfpack players that have the potential to move the ranks of the NC State record book, if they produce like they have in past seasons.

Junior Linebacker Drake Thomas currently has 11.5 career sacks. If he were to match last years total of 6, Thomas would finish the season with 17.5 sack, which would rank 9th all-time at NC State

1. Bradley Chubb 26
2. Mario Williams 25.5
3. Tyler Lawrence 24
4. Art Norman 23.5
5. Carl Reeves 22.5
6. Manny Lawson, 21
6. Mike Jones 21
8. Willie Young 20.5
9. Ray Agnew – 17
9. George Anderson – 17

Thomas also primed to finish in the top-10 in career tackles for loss. Currently, Thomas has 27 career tackles for loss. In 2021, he picked up 13.5 tackles for loss, making up almost half his career total. If Thomas were to match last years total of 13.5, he would finish with 40.5 career tackles for loss, which would rank 7th all-time. Super Senior Isaiah Moore has 28.5 tackles for loss, and he was on pace for 10 prior to injury in 2021. If he were to match that pace in 2022, Moore would finish with 38.5, which would rank 9th all-time.

Linebacker Isaiah Moore and Safety Tanner Ingle are taking full advantage of the extra year of eligibility that was granted to players due to Covid-19, playing their 5th year on the college football field this year.

Moore currently has 259 career tackles. Prior to injury in 2021, Moore was on pace to have 86 tackles in 2021. If he were to match that pace in 2022, he would finish this season with 345 career tackles, placing him in 9th place in school history.

Ingle currently has 228 career tackles, tallying 82 in 2021. If Ingle were to increase that number by 5 in 2022, he would finished tied for the 15th most tackles in NC State history.

Career Tackles

As a disclaimer, none of the people above had the opportunity to play 5 years of college football on the field. If Moore and Ingle move into the record books at seasons end, there will be an asterisk beside their names.

 

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Savion Jackson Needs to Prove He Deserves the #9

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Back in June, it was announced that Junior Defensive End Savion Jackson was being honored with the #9 jersey, replacing the #90 he wore his first three seasons in Raleigh.

The #9 isn’t a number anyone just gets to select as their number of choice. It is a number at NC State that the coach honors a player with. It is a number at NC State that carries a legacy.

The #9 was worn by consensus All-American Defensive Ends Mario Williams and Bradley Chubb after him.

When Chubb was honored with the privilege of wearing the heralded #9 jersey that Mario Williams wore, he had just come off a Sophomore campaign in which he 10.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.

Before wearing the #9 in a game, Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren required that Chubb call Williams to discuss with him what it meant to wear the #9 at NC State.

Whether it was being honored by his coach, the conversation with Mario, or some sort of magic with the #9, Chubb broke out as a Junior, tallying 21 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a Junior. He followed that up with 23 more tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a Senior, earning consensus All-American honors, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award, as well as the Nagurski Trophy as a Senior.

Jackson had asked to wear the coveted #9 earlier in his career at NC State, but Doeren informed him that he wasn’t ready. With that being said, Doeren believes that he is now, but he did require Jackson to call Chubb before putting the jersey on.

Last time Doeren put the #9 on a player, he put it on Chubb, and his instincts proved to be brilliant.

Are Doeren’s instincts going to strike gold two times in a row?

Only time will tell. Jackson was a much more highly sought after prospect out of high school than Chubb. Coming out of Clayton High School right down the road, Jackson was a 4-star recruit, ranked by ESPN as the #50 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class.

With that being said, Jackson hasn’t put up numbers anywhere close to what Chubb did his Sophomore season. In 2021, Jackson had 1.5 tackles for loss and 0 sacks in 9 games. Those numbers don’t scream potential legacy.

To be fair, Jackson is playing in a 3-3-5 defensive scheme, which isn’t one where the Defensive End is as likely to end up in the backfield. In a 3-3-5, the defensive line more often that not sets up the linebackers to pad the stat sheet. Chubb on the other hand played in a 4-3 scheme, setting him up to be the primary pass rusher in the Wolfpack defense.

I’m a believer in Dave Doeren and his staff’s ability to develop talent. I’m also a believer in Director of Strength and Conditioning Dantonio Burnette’s ability to transform a player’s body. Jackson has putt on 25 pounds since arriving at NC State.

There are many things interesting about the Wolfpack heading into the 2022 season, but whether or not Jackson lives up to the number on his jersey is one of the most interesting in my book.

Jackson needs to produce on the field what Doeren has seen in him to deserve the #9.

 

 

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