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NC State’s Kevin Concepcion Earns ACC Rookie of the Year & Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors

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NC State True Freshman Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion has been named the ACC Rookie of the Year and the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Concepcion is the 10th NC State player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining RB Ted Brown, RB Joe McIntosh, DT Ray Agnew, S Jesse Campbell, RB Ray Robinson, WR Koren Robinson, QB Philip Rivers, RB T.A. McClendon, QB Russell Wilson.

Concepcion put together a freshman season for the record books. The wideout worked his way into the ACC Freshman record books, currently ranking second in touchdown receptions (10), fourth in receptions (64), and 10th in receiving yards (767). The freshman sensation also broke NC State’s freshman records for receptions and receiving touchdowns and is eyeing down the yardage record of 853 held by Kelvin Harmon.
 
Not only did Concepcion shine among ACC players, but the Charlotte, North Carolina, native leads all FBS freshman receivers in both receptions and receiving yards. Concepcion is the first true freshman in NC State history to post two 100-plus yard receiving games in a season and have at least eight touchdown receptions in a season.
 
Concepcion has been named a semifinalist for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award, presented annually to the outstanding freshman player in college football.
 
This season, Concepcion was named the ACC Rookie of the Week four times and the Receiver of the Week once. (TheACC)
Rookie of the Year
Kevin “KC” Concepcion – NC State (44)
Rueben Bain, Jr. – Miami (12)
Eric Singleton, Jr. – Georgia Tech (4)
Anthony Colandrea – Virginia (2)
Khalil Barnes – Clemson (2)

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Kevin “KC” Concepcion – NC State (54)
Eric Singleton, Jr. – Georgia Tech (5)
Anthony Colandrea – Virginia (4)
Francis Mauigoa – Miami (1)

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Rueben Bain, Jr. – Miami (31)
Khalil Barnes – Clemson (14)
T.J. Parker – Clemson (8)
Samuel Okunlola – Pitt (4)
Kam Robinson – Virginia (4)
Conrad Hussey – Florida State (3)

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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Freshman, my ass. This guy is a leader. Well done young man. Thanks

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WATCH: RB Jordan Waters Impresses in NC State Spring Game

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Former Duke Running Back Jordan Waters (6’0″/215) will be NC State’s RB1 in 2024, and he gave the Wolfpack fans a good taste of what he will bring to the table this past Saturday in the 2024 Spring Game.

Waters rushed the ball 7 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

Check out all 7 of his carries in the video below.

Last year NC State started the season with Jordan Houston as their starting Running Back, but he opted to redshirt after 3 games, in order to enter the Transfer Portal. Michael Allen was the next man up, and he decided to sit out the regular season finale against UNC, and also entered the Transfer Portal. Delbert Mimms III and Kendrick Raphael also both started games for NC State last season, with Mimms III also transferring. That’s 4 starting Running Backs in one season.

The Wolfpack were looking for stability in the Running Back room, and they have found that in Jordan Waters.

Waters rushed for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for the Blue Devils, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. In his career, he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry in 50 games at Duke. Waters earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors last season.

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NC State Defensive Tackle Nick Campbell to Enter the Transfer Portal

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NC State Redshirt Sophomore Nick Campbell (6’4″/300) will enter the Transfer Portal when it opens back up on April 16th.

Campbell was a 3-Star prospect out of the state of Florida in the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #45 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

In 2022, Campbell played 9 snaps against UCONN, redshirting the season. Last year, the only game he saw action is was against VMI.

The Wolfpack already needed to add depth at Nose Tackle. With the exodus of Campbell, it almost seems like a necessity for NC State to go find one in the Portal when it opens back up, with Brandon Cleveland and DJ Jackson being the lone rangers remaining.

Campbell has three years of eligibility remaining.

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WATCH: Pack Insider’s 2024 NC State Spring Game Highlight Reel

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NC State’s 2024 Football Spring Game was this past Saturday. Check out Pack Insider’s Highlight Reel of the game!





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NC State’s Dennis Parker Jr. is Cleared for the Final Four

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NC State Freshman Guard/Forward Dennis Parker Junior has been cleared to play, and will be suiting up for the Wolfpack against Purdue tomorrow night.

Parker Jr. hasn’t played since March 4th, when he played 3 minutes against Duke. As a result of having mono, the True Freshman has missed the past 10 games.

Early in the season, Parker Jr. was a prominent feature in the Wolfpack’s game plan. He even started in 12 games (basically December-January).

As the season progressed, Parker Jr.’s role progressively diminished. After playing 10+ minutes in 19 of the first 20 games, he only played in 10+ minutes in 1 of the last 9 games he played in.

One of the strengths of NC State’s run in the postseason has been a more solidified rotation, which has built consistency. As a result, I’m not so sure that receiving clearance to play will equal playing time for Parker Jr. tomorrow night.

With that being said, having the ability to throw Parker Jr. on the court in the contest gives the Wolfpack another depth piece in a game that could see (hopefully not) NC State flirt with foul trouble.

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