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Drake Thomas has Done What No Other Linebacker at NC State has Ever Done

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Linebacker Drake Thomas is technically a Junior, but he has played 4 seasons at NC State due to an extra Covid year. Thomas has at least one more game in a Wolfpack uniform, against whoever NC State draws in a Bowl Game. Technically, Thomas has one more year of college eligibility remaining, but the verdict is out on whether or not he will come back, or enter the NFL Draft (most likely). With that in mind, here’s where Drake ranks in the NC State record books at the end of regular season of his 4th season.

Thomas currently ranks 9th in NC State history in Sacks. What makes this so remarkable, is that Thomas is the ONLY Linebacker ranked in the Top-10.

NC State Career Sack Leaders

1. Bradley Chubb, 2014-17 – 26
2. Mario Williams, 2003-05 – 25.5
3. Tyler Lawrence, 1990-93 – 24
4. Art Norman, 2011-14 – 23.5
5. Carl Reeves, 1991-94 – 22.5
6. Manny Lawson, 2002-05 – 21
6. Mike Jones, 1987-90 – 21
8. Willie Young, 2005-2009 – 20.5
9. Drake Thomas, 2019-22 – 18
10. Ray Agnew, 1986-89 – 17
10. George Anderson, 1999-02 – 17

Thomas is currently tied with current teammate Isaiah Moore for 5th All-Time in Career Tackles for Loss, with 42. Thomas and Moore are the highest ranking Linebacker’s in Tackle’s for Loss in school history. What makes Thomas’ number so impressive, is he did it in 4 years on the field, compared to Moore’s 5.

NC State Career Tackle for Loss Leaders

1. Bradley Chubb, 2014-17 – 60
2. Mario Williams, 2003-05 – 55.5
3. Willie Young, 2005-09 – 45.5
4. Carl Reeves, 1991-94 – 45
5. Drake Thomas, 2019-22 – 42
5. Isaiah Moore, 2018-22 – 42
7. Manny Lawson, 2002-05 – 41
7. Dantonio Burnette, 1999-02 – 41
9. Stephen Tulloch, 2003-05 – 40
10. Nate Irving, 2006-10 – 39.5

Simply put, Thomas is one of the best Linebacker’s to ever play at NC State, and when it comes to Sacks and Tackles for Loss, he has done what no other Wolfpack Linebacker has ever done.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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The Nuge
The Nuge
2 months ago

At least for the 1st 2 years

The Nuge
The Nuge
2 months ago

Manny Lawson was a Linebacker at NC State

Thur
Thur
2 months ago

drake is a beast but Tyler Lawrence was a linebacker number 58 Ian’s number 3 in sacks

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NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!

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NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.

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  • NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
  • NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
  • NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
  • NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
  • In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
    • The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville

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NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era

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NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.

Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.

This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.

2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2

4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class

Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)

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Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU

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Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.

On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.

Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.

He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.

Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.

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NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener

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It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.

The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.

This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.

Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.

This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.

The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.

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