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Duke’s Riley Leonard is Day-to-Day Heading into NC State Game

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Duke Starting Quarterback Riley Leonard suffered a high ankle sprain against Notre Dame on September 30th. When the injury took place, any watcher could have easily wondered if Riley would see the field again in 2023. After all the time ticked off of the clock, Leonard was using crutches to make his way off the field. Apparently it looked way worse than it actually is. Duke Head Football Coach Mike Elko said that at this point, Leonard is “day-to-day” heading into this weekends matchup against NC State.

Here’s what he had to say:

On an injury update just to stop you guys from asking. You know Riley’s dealing with an ankle. He’s day-to-day and he’s recovering. He’s making really, really strong progress. He was out moving around and throwing the ball this morning. We’ll see what happens this weekend. I do think the outlook for him is really positive for the rest of the season. So, we’ll see when we can get him back. We’ll just list him as day-to-day for now.

Yeah, last week was recovery and getting him into a position where he could be weight-bearing, which he is now. So now he’s able to kind of move around and start the process of getting back into a position where we feel comfortable that he can go out there and play the game the way he’s capable of playing.

I don’t think it matters. Obviously, Riley is such a huge competitor and when he’s ready to go, he’s going to go. I think the one thing is that he’s extremely competitive in every aspect of his life. So, he’s attacking this rehab, about six to seven hours a day. I think he’s on a mission to get back and not miss any games. That’s kind of his thought process. So again, we’ll see whether that’s a reality or not, but when he’s ready to go, he’ll be our quarterback.

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It would be quite the feat for Leonard to play on Saturday, and I can’t imagine a scenario when he is out there playing at 100%. Through 5 games, Leonard is averaging 182.4 yards passing per game, completing 62.7 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 3 touchdowns and 1 interception, with a Passing Efficiency Rating of 129.8. You could make the argument that Leonard has been more dangerous with his legs through 5 games, rushing for 326 yards (6.9 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns.

The Wolfpack will have to wait and see, preparing to face either Leonard or Redshirt Freshman Henry Belin IV.

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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Vegas is Higher on NC State Heading Into 2024 Than They Were Heading Into Last Year

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The bookmakers in Las Vegas have released their odds for total regular season wins for the 2024 College Football season, and NC State is sitting at 8.5. For perspective, entering the 2023 season, the number was 6.5, and the Wolfpack went on to win 9.

Here’s a look at Vegas’ opinion of the rest of the ACC heading into 2024:

FSU – 9.5
Clemson – 9.5
Miami – 9.5
NC State – 8.5
Louisville – 8.5
UNC – 8.5
SMU – 7.5
Virginia Tech – 7.5
Duke – 6.5
California – 6.5
Syracuse – 6.5
Pitt – 5.5
Georgia Tech – 5.5
Boston College – 4.5
Virginia – 4.5
Wake Forest – 4.5
Stanford – 3.5

(FanDuel)

What are your thoughts? Are you taking the Over or the Under on NC State? Or what are your thoughts on any of the other teams?

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ESPN Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN recently released their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25, and they ranked NC State 18th.

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Texas
5. Notre Dame
6. Ole Miss
7. Mizzou
8. Penn State
9. Alabama
10. Utah
11. Arizona
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Oklahoma
15. Florida State
16. Tennessee
17. Oklahoma State
18. NC State
19. Clemson
20. Kansas State
21. Louisville
22. Kansas
23. Kentucky
24. Miami
25. Texas A&M

ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

15. FSU
18. NC State
19. Clemson
21. Louisville
24. Miami

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

18. NC State Wolfpack

Previous ranking: 20

2023 record: 9-4, 6-2 ACC

Winter update: The Wolfpack should be much more explosive on offense after adding former Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall and some nice playmakers around him. McCall passed for more than 10,000 yards with 106 total touchdowns with the Chanticleers. The Wolfpack also added Jordan Waters, who was Duke’s leading rusher with 819 yards and 12 scores in 2023. Eight new receivers are coming in, including Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest). Tight end Justin Joly was very productive at UConn. Safety Donovan Kaufman (Auburn) and cornerbacks Tamarcus Cooley (Maryland) and Devon Marshall (Villanova) might help fill some holes in the secondary. (ESPN)

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247Sports Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25

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247Sports has released their updated 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25, after signing day and coaching changes, and they included NC State at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

12. Miami

15. Clemson

18. FSU

20. Louisville

21. NC State

23. Virginia Tech

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ON3 Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Pre-Spring Top-25

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Jesse Simonton of ON3 released his College Football 2024 Way-Too-Early Pre-Spring Top-25, and NC State sits at #22.

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ACC Teams in the Top-25

16. FSU
17. Clemson
18. Miami
21. Louisville
22. NC State
25. SMU

 

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