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NC State’s Payton Wilson is 1 of 15 Semifinalists for the Comeback Player of the Year Award

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NC State Redshirt Junior Linebacker Payton Wilson is 1 of 15 semifinalists for the Comeback Player of the Year in College Football.

In 2021, Wilson suffered a season ending shoulder injury in the 2nd game of the season against Mississippi State. Wilson entered the season coming off of a year in 2020 where he earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, leading the ACC tackles, becoming the first NC State player to do so since 2020.

Entering 2021, Wilson was on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, Bukus Award and Nagurski Trophy.

After a devastating injury at the beginning of 2021, Wilson bounced back this year, averaging  7.2 tackles per game (2nd on the team) and collected 9.5 tackles for loss (2nd on the team).

Here’s a list of the 15 Comeback Player of the Year Semifinalists.

CONFERENCE
PLAYER
SCHOOL
POSITION
ACC
Payton Wilson
NC State
LB
BIG 12
Adrian Martinez
Kansas State
QB
BIG 12
Dillon Gabriel
Oklahoma
QB
BIG 12
Trace Ford
Oklahoma State
DE
BIG TEN
Mohamed Ibrahim
Minnesota
RB
BIG TEN
Ronnie Bell
Michigan
WR
CONFERENCE USA
Chase Cunningham
Middle Tennessee
QB
CONFERENCE USA
Jyaire Shorter
North Texas
WR
INDEPENDENT
Marist Liufau
Notre Dame
LB
MID-AMERICAN
Kyle Pugh
Northern Illinois
LB
PAC 12
Justin Flowe
Oregon
LB
PAC 12
Laitu Latu
UCLA
LB
PAC 12
Michael Penix Jr
Washington
QB
SEC
Ventrell Miller
Florida
LB
SEC
Ray Davis
Vanderbilt
RB

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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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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