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NC State’s Christopher Dunn is a CONSENSUS 1st Team All-American



It’s official.

NC State Place Kicker Christopher Dunn is a CONSENSUS 1st Team All-American.

In order to earn the title Consensus 1st Team All-American, you have to earn 1st Team honors from 3 out of 5 of the following All-American Teams: American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Walter Camp Football Foundation.

If you earn 1st Team honors by all 5, you are dubbed a UNANIMOUS 1st Team All-American.

Dunn missed unanimous honors by 1. He earned 1st team honors from the AFCA, AP, FWAA, and the WCFF. The Sporting News dubbed him 2nd Team All-American.

Dunn connected on 24 of his 25 field goal attempts in 2022. His total field goals (24), and his field goal percentage (96%) both ranked 2nd in the FBS. His 96% accuracy was the best percentage by kickers with 20+ field goal attempts. 17 of his field goals were from 30+ yards, which was the 2nd most in the FBS. This season, Dunn became the ACC’s career leader in field goals and total points.

Christopher Dunn is only the 10th player in school history to earn heralded status of Consensus 1st Team All-American.

DT Dennis Byrd – 1966
OG Bill Yoest – 1973
RB Ted Brown – 1978
C Jim Ritcher – 1978 & 1979
PK Marc Primanti – 1996
WR Torry Holt – 1998
DE Bradley Chubb – 2017
C Garrett Bradbury – 2018
OT Ikem Ekwonu – 2021
PK Christopher Dunn – 2022

It’s worth noting that 4 of the 10 Consensus All-Americans in NC State history have come under the tenure of head coach Dave Doeren.

Congrats Chris! You deserve all the shine coming your way! We look forward to seeing you kick on Sundays.

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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Dave Doeren Led the Hurricanes to a Game 1 Victory Over Devils



NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a Game 1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the 2nd Round of the playoffs. Doeren was ferocious in sounding the siren.

The Canes demolished the Devils 5-1 last night. Go Canes!

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Which NC State Players Signed with NFL Teams as Undrafted Free Agents?



Chandler Zavala was the only player from NC State that was drafted this past weekend in the 2023 NFL Draft. So which Wolfpack players signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents?

NC State has quite a few players playing in the NFL that went undrafted: Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill, Running Back Zonovan Knight, and Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers.

The Chargers organization must have liked what was going on in Raleigh, signing 3 Wolfpack players as undrafted free agents.

The Bolts signed Safety Tanner Ingle.

Also heading to Los Angeles is Defensive Back Tyler Baker-Williams.

Los Angeles might have found their kicker of the future in Christopher Dunn.

Linebacker Isaiah Moore has signed with the reigning Super Bowl Champs in Kansas City.

Moore is joining former Wolfpacker Joe Thuney in KC.

Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Thomas is joining former Wolfpacker Garrett Bradbury in Minnesota.

Thayer’s brother, Linebacker Drake Thomas signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Thomas joins former Wolfpacker’s Jakobi Meyers (WR) and A.J. Cole (P).

Cornerback Derrek Pitts has signed with Tampa Bay.

Defensive Tackle Cory Durden has signed with the Detroit Lions.

Durden joins former Wolfpacker Alim McNeil, who also plays Defensive Tackle.

Finally, Punter Shane McDonough is a rookie mini-camp invitee.


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Chandler Zavala was NC State’s Lone Draft Pick in 2023



Surprisingly, NC State only had one player taken in the 2023 NFL Draft. Unsurprisingly, Offensive Lineman Chandler Zavala was that singular player.

The Carolina Panthers drafted Zavala in the 4th round with the 114th overall pick.

This marks the second year in a row that the Panthers have selected an offensive linemen from NC State, drafting Ikem Ekwonu with the 6th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Zavala and Ekwonu played beside one another in Raleigh on the left side, and there’s a chance that they will eventually do the same thing on Sunday’s for Carolina.

Zavala is coming off of a season where he earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, and didn’t give up a single sack.

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NC State’s Demie Sumo-Karngbaye Enters Transfer Portal



NC State Running Back Demie Sumo-Karngbaye has officially entered the Transfer Portal. As a Redshirt Freshman this past season, he rushed for 305 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. Sumo-Karngbaye also had 12 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Demie was electric to start the season, but battled injuries all season long. In conference play, he was limited, only rushing the ball 16 times for 53 yards (3.3 yards per carry) with 0 touchdowns.

There’s no denying that the Wolfpack Running Back room is crowded. From the beginning of the season, Sumo-Karngbaye shared carries with Jordan Houston, who is once again returning this season. After Sumo-Karngbaye continued to miss action due to injuries, True Freshman Michael Allen stepped in and proved to be more than ready for the spotlight, averaging 5.1 yards per carry (53 carries), with most of those carries coming against ACC opponents. Not to mention the fact that True Freshman Kendrick Raphael will look to make an instant impact this Fall.

With all of this being said, I don’t get this move. At the end of the day, every young man has to make the decision they think is best, but Sumo-Karngbaye had every reason to to expect significant playing time in 2023, as long as he could prove to stay healthy.

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