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A Few Thoughts from the Box Score: NC State 45 VMI 7

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Below are a few thoughts from the Box Score of NC State’s 45-7 win over VMI.

  • Starting Center Dylan McMahon left the game with a lower body injury, and Lyndon Cooper, who has been playing Guard for the Wolfpack moved over and handled the snapping duties.
  • Cornerback Aydan White wasn’t dressed for the game. Neither was backup Strong Safety Rakeim Ashford.
    • True Freshman was listed as White’s backup, but Terrente Hinton slid over and took the start.
  • The 498 yards of Total Offense are the most since the Wolfpack put 492 yards on UCONN last year on September 24th.
  • NC State rushed for 234 yards today against VMI. The Wolfpack haver rushed for 200+ in 2 of their first three games to start the 2023 season. NC State only rushed for 200+ yards in 2 games last season.
    • The 234 rushing yards against VMI was the most by the Wolfpack since they rushed for 294 yards against South Florida to start the 2021 season.
  • True Freshman Kendrick Raphael led the Wolfpack with 85 rushing yards, on a team high 16 snaps.
  • Redshirt Junior Running Back Delbert Mimms enters the game against VMI with 2 career touchdowns. He matched that total today with 2 rushing touchdowns.
    • Mimms is now tied with Quarterback Brennan Armstrong for the most rushing touchdowns (3) for NC State in 2023 through 3 games.
  • True Freshman Kevin Concepcion led NC State in receptions (7) and targets (7), and through three games he leads the Wolfpack in both categories, with 16 and 23 respectively.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Julian Gray had himself a day. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown (and had another one called back because of a holding call). Gray also led NC State in receiving yards with 80.
    • Through three games, Gray is averaging 33.3 yards per kickoff return (7 total).
  • The return game was strong for the Wolfpack when you throw in the fact that Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit averaged 22.7 yards per punt return, on three returns.
  • Nickel Robert Kennedy III was the name to remember from the Wolfpack defense, returning an interception for a touchdown. He also had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
  • For the third time this year, Payton Wilson led NC State in tackles, collecting 9 against VMI.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Football has Proven the Preseason Rankings Wrong More Than Almost Any Other Team Since 2010

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According to College Football Report, NC State is tied for the 2nd Most Ranked Finishes after beginning the season Unranked in the Preseason AP Poll since 2010.

CFB Teams With The Most Ranked Finishes After Being Unranked Preseason (Since 2010)

Northwestern – 5
NC State – 4
Oklahoma State – 4
Michigan State – 4
Mississippi State – 4
Baylor – 4
TCU – 3
Texas A&M – 3
Utah – 3
Boise State – 3
Memphis – 3
UCF – 3
Cincinnati – 3
Houston – 3

An interesting tidbit regarding this stat: NC State has finished the season ranked in the Final AP Top-25 4 times since 2010. On all 4 occasions, the Wolfpack was unranked to start the season.

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NC State Football is Tied for the 14th Most Finishes in the CFP Top-25

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According to College Football Report, NC State is tied for 14th most Top-25 finishes in the Final College Football Playoff Rankings with 5.

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NC State has finished in the Top-25 of the CFP Poll the past 4 years consecutively, as well as 2017.

2023: 18th
2022: 23rd
2021: 18th
2020: 23rd
2017: 24th

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CBS Sports Predicts Each ACC Football Teams Final Record for 2024

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Grant Hughes over at CBS Sports released his predictions for the Final Records of each ACC team for the 2024 Football season.

The Wolfpack are predicted to go 10-2, with a 7-1 record in the ACC.

What are your thoughts on Hughes’ predictions?

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Phil Steele Includes 2 NC State Players on His 2024 Preseason All-American Teams

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Phil Steele has released his 2024 Preseason All-ACC Teams, and 9 NC State players were represented. He also released his 2024 Preseason All-American Teams, and two Wolfpack players were honored: Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion & Senior Cornerback Aydan White.

Concepcion was named to the 3rd Team. He is coming off one of the best Freshman seasons in school history. Concepcion was named ACC Rookie of the Year, and earned Freshman All-American status from numerous publications. He finished the year with 71 receptions for 839 and 10 Touchdowns. The 71 receptions & 10 Touchdowns were new Freshman records at NC State, and the receiving yards rank 2nd. Overall, regardless of class, the 71 receptions rank 6th in school history in a single season, and the 10 TD’s rank 5th.

White was named to the 4th team. He hasn’t given up a touchdown in coverage over the past two seasons. Last season, White earned 3rd Team All-ACC status, and ranked 5th in the conference in passes defended. In 2022, White was 1st Team All-ACC, ranking 2nd in the ACC in interceptions (4).

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