NC State is currently ranked 12th in the AP College Football Poll, becoming the 9th Wolfpack team to be ranked 12th or higher in a single season. It has been 20 years since an NC State football team has been ranked 12th or higher.
2022 – 1 week at #12.
2002 – 3 weeks at 12th or higher. 10th was the highest. 12th in Final Poll.
1992 – 1 week at #12. Finished 17th.
1991 – 2 weeks at 12th or higher. 11th was the highest. Finished 24th.
1989 – 1 week at #12.
1974 – 4 weeks at 12th or higher. 8th was the highest. Finished 11th.
1967 – 6 weeks at 12th or higher. 3rd was the highest. (From 1962-1967, the AP Poll only ranked the Top-10).
1957 – 4 weeks at 12th or higher. 10th was the highest. Finished 15th.
1946 – 1 week at 12th. Finished 18th.
After moving into the Top-12 in the AP Poll, NC State has a record of 3-4-1 the following week.
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NC State Football Players Can Earn a Minimum of $25k Through Pack of Wolves NIL Collective in 2023
On Monday, news broke that the Pack of Wolves NIL Collective is guaranteeing that NC State scholarship Football players will have the opportunity to make a minimum of $25k in 2023.
Pack of Wolves NIL Collective today announced a strategic move to ensure that N.C. State football student–athletes can remain competitive in the NIL landscape. The program, called “Leading the Pack,“ creates opportunities for these student–athletes to engage in NIL activities in the community this next calendar year, where they could earn a minimum of $25,000 based upon an individual analysis of the NIL value that each student–athlete brings.
“We sought to create an enhanced NIL organization with a high standard of trust and accountability that honors N.C. State’s excellence,“ said Charlie Stallings, chairman of the board for Pack of Wolves collective. “We have worked hard to pair businesses, brands, and local charities with N.C. State football student–athletes. This behind–the–scenes work has brought us to the point where we can make this significant commitment today. Football student–athletes will go out into the community monthly with the opportunity to earn $25,000 or more annually. These engagements can be charitable appearances working with youth in the community, partnering with the businesses or brands who have contributed, and more.“
“We are excited about the continued expansion of Name, Image, and Likeness opportunities available to N.C. State student–athletes,“ said Dave Doeren, N.C. State football coach. “We are particularly proud that they can use their platform to impact the greater North Carolina community and its philanthropic organizations.“
Several local charities have already signed on to participate, including Gigi’s Playhouse of Raleigh, N.C., the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, Dress for Success Triangle N.C., The Harrelson Center of Wilmington, N.C., SAFEchild, and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. (Link)
The ‘Leading the Pack’ program is similar to one at Texas Tech, where 100 team members were guaranteed $25k annually.
It is timely for this announcement to come out when it did, because on December 5th, the Transfer Portal officially opens.
NC State Ranked 25th in Week 14 College Football Playoff Top-25 Rankings
After defeating rival UNC 30-27 in double-overtime last Friday, NC State is back in the College Football Playoff Top-25 Rankings that were just released, landing at #25.
Week 14 CFP Top 25
5 Ohio St
8 Penn St
10 Kansas St
13 Florida St
15 Oregon St
19 S Carolina
24 Miss State
25 NC State
NC State Place Kicker Chris Dunn is a Finalist for the Lou Groza Award
NC State Place Kicker Chris Dunn is a Finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given out annually to the best place kicker in college football. The other two finalists are Joshua Karty of Stanford (first place kicker to not miss a field goal (18-18) in a season since 2013) and Jake Moody of Michigan (reigning Lou Groza Award winner).
Dunn, a graduate student from Lexington, North Carolina, capped a record-setting career with his finest single season, going 24-for-25 on field goals. Both the total field goals and the 96.0% rate rank second in FBS this season, while his accuracy was the best by kickers with at least 20 attempts. 17 of those kicks came from at least 30 yards out, also the second-most in the country. Already the NC State program leader in both field goals and scoring, this season he set the ACC career records in those categories. (LouGroza)
If Dunn were to win, he would become the 2nd player in NC State history to win the Lou Groza Award, joining Marc Primanti, who won it in 1996.
Earlier this week, Dunn was named 1st Team All-ACC.