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NC State Finds Next Place Kicker in Western Kentucky Transfer Brayden Narveson

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NC State has found their replacement for Christopher Dunn at Place Kicker. Not that Dunn can be replaced, but someone has to step into the role, and it will be Western Kentucky Graduate Transfer Brayden Narveson.

Narveson spent the first two years of his career at Iowa State, before transferring to Western Kentucky. In 2020, he went 13 of 14, with his 93% field goal percentage ranking 3rd in the FBS. As a Redshirt Sophomore, he was a Lou Groza Award Semifinalist. In 2020, he earned All-Conference USA 2nd Team honors, and was a 3rd Team All-American according to PFF.

In 2021, Narveson earned 2nd Team All-Conference USA honors, connecting on 23 of 29 field goal attempts.

This year, Narveson was 15 of 21 on field goal attempts.

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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Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Good thing! Hope the new OC makes him less critical than Dunn was

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NC State’s Kevin Concepcion Ranks 57th in CBS Sports’ Preseason Top-100 College Football Players

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CBS Sports released their Preseason Top 100 College Football players heading into the 2024 season, and NC State Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion was ranked #57.

57. NC State WR Kevin Concepcion

The rising sophomore is an all-around talent who can beat you in a bunch of ways, but mainly as a receiver. Concepcion rushed for over 300 yards at 7.8 per carry and caught 71 balls and 10 touchdowns for the season. The true freshman lit up the ACC and did most of his damage on the intermediate part of the field but has the speed to make the explosive catches as well. In his second year of college football, I’m positioning Concepcion as a top-10 receiver in the country. (CBS)

ACC Players in the Top-100

24. Clemson LB Barrett Carter

30. Miami QB Cameron Ward

33. Miami DL Rueben Bain Jr.

35. FSU Edge Patrick Payton

57. NC State WR Kevin Concepcion

59. UNC Edge Kaimon Rucker

62. Miami WR Xavier Restrepo

63. Stanford WR Elic Ayomanor

63. UNC RB Omarion Hampton

70. Louisville Edge Tyler Baron

78. Clemson DL TJ Parker

82. Louisville Edge Ashton Gillotte

88. SMU Edge Elijah Roberts

98. Miami OT Francis Mauigoa

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WATCH: Kendrick Raphael was the #2 NC State RB in the Spring Game

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It’s clear that Jordan Waters is NC State’s starting Running Back heading into the 2024 season, but who will be #2 on the Depth Chart? In the Spring Game, Sophomore Kendrick Raphael functioned in that role. I don’t think that’s a guarantee that he will be the #2 Running Back when the Fall rolls around. Redshirt Sophomore Hollywood Smothers might have something to say about that, but nonetheless, Raphael went out their 2nd, and made the most of his opportunities.

With that being said, it’s worth noting Raphael rushed the ball 3 times for times for 39 yards and a touchdown, and also caught one pass.

Check out his tape from the Spring Game.





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Transfer Portal Rundown: Who Transferred Out and Who Transferred In?

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NC State Wide Receiver Julian Gray is Entering the Transfer Portal

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NC State Wide Receiver Julian Gray announced today that he will be entering the Transfer Portal.

This past season, Gray had career highs in receptions (16) and receiving yards (170). He ranked 4th on the team in receptions, and 7th on the team in receiving yards.

Gray has served as NC State’s primary Kickoff Returner the past two seasons, averaging 24.9 yards per return. This past year, he averaged 26.0 yards per carry, which ranked 3rd in the ACC, and 11th nationally. It stands as the 5th best single-season average in school history.

Back in 2021, ON3 ranked Gray as a 4-star prospect, the #197 overall player nationally, and the #13 player in the state of North Carolina.

For the past two seasons, Gray has carried a lot of preseason hype that hasn’t ultimately materialized in the season. I’m not saying that’s Gray’s fault, or his role in the offensive scheme. It is what it is, but with the influx of talented Wide Receivers that the Wolfpack brought in through the Portal and the High School ranks, it seems like Gray if he was looking for an increased role in 2024, it probably wasn’t going to be in Raleigh.

Gray has 2 more years of eligibility remaining.

 

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