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Payton Wilson is the AP ACC Player of the Year, NC State Lands 2 on All-ACC Teams

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The Associated Press just announced their 2023 All-ACC teams, and their end of the season awards. NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson won the Defensive Player of the Year award, and earned a spot on the All-ACC 1st Team. Wilson was the only unanimous selection on defense.

Wolfpack Freshman Kevin Concepcion earned a spot on the 2nd Team at the “All-Purpose” position.

* denotes unanimous selections:

First Team

Offense

*QB — Jordan Travis, Florida State, 6-1, 212, R-Sr., West Palm Beach, Florida
*RB — Omarion Hampton, North Carolina, 6-0, 220, So., Clayton, North Carolina
RB — Jawhar Jordan, Louisville, 5-10, 185, R-Jr., Long Island, New York
*WR — Malik Washington, Virginia, 5-8, 194, grad., Lawrenceville, Georgia
WR — Keon Coleman, Florida State, 6-4, 215, Jr., Opelousas, Louisiana
TE — Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina, 6-5, 235, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina
OT — Darius Washington, Florida State, 6-4, 306, R-Jr., Pensacola, Florida
OT — Graham Barton, Duke, 6-5, 314, Sr., Brentwood, Tennesse
OG — D’Mitri Emmanuel, Florida State, 6-2, 309, R-Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina
OG — Christian Mahogany, Boston College, 6-3, 322, grad., Elmwood Park, New Jersey
C — Bryan Hudson, Louisville, 6-5, 305, R-Sr., Georgetown, Kentucky
PK — Andres Borregales, Miami, 5-11, 170, Jr., Miami
All-purpose — Keon Coleman, Florida State, 6-4, 215, Jr., Opelousas, Louisiana

Defense
DE — Ashton Gillotte, Louisville, 6-3, 270, Jr., Boca Raton, Florida
DE — Antwaun Powell-Ryland, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 244, Jr., Portsmouth, Virginia
DT — Tyler Davis, Clemson, 6-2, 300, Sr., Apopka, Florida
DT — DeWayne Carter, Duke, 6-3, 305, R-Sr., Pickerington, Ohio
*LB — Payton Wilson, North Carolina State, 6-4, 238, grad., Hillsborough, North Carolina
LB — Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson, 6-0, 230, Jr., Hainesport, New Jersey
LB — Cedric Gray, North Carolina, 6-2, 235, Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina
CB — Elijah Jones, Boston College, 6-2, 184, grad., Harlem, New York
CB — Nate Wiggins, Clemson, 6-2, 185, Jr., Atlanta
S — Kamren Kinchens, Miami, 6-0, 205, Jr., Miami
S — Jonas Sanker, Virginia, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlottesville, Virginia
P — Porter Wilson, Duke, 6-5, 231, grad., Akron, Ohio

Second Team

Offense
QB — Drake Maye, North Carolina, 6-4, 230, So., Huntersville, North Carolina
RB — Trey Benson, Florida State, 6-1, 223, R-Jr., Greenville, Mississippi
RB — LeQuint Allen, Syracuse, 6-0, 195, So., Millville, New Jersey
WR — Xavier Restrepo, Miami, 5-10, 198, Jr., Coconut Creek, Florida
WR — Jamari Thrash, Louisville, 6-1, 185, R-Jr., LaGrange, Georgia
TE — Jaheim Bell, Florida State, 6-3, 239, R-Jr., Lake City, Florida
OT — Ozzy Trapilo, Boston College, 6-8, 313, R-Jr., Norwell, Massachusetts
OT — Jalen Rivers, Miami, 6-5, 325, R-So., Jacksonville, Florida
OG — Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest, 6-4, 311, R-Sr., Damascus, Maryland
OG — Jacob Monk, Duke, 6-3, 320, grad., Clayton, North Carolina
C — Matt Lee, Miami, 6-4, 295, R-Jr., Oviedo, Florida
PK — Noah Burnette, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Jr., Raleigh, North Carolina

All-purpose — Kevin “KC” Concepcion, North Carolina State, 5-11, 187, Fr., Charlotte, North Carolina

Defense
DE — Jared Verse, Florida State, 6-4, 260, R-Jr., Dayton, Ohio
DE — Kaimon Rucker, North Carolina, 6-1, 265, Sr., Hartwell, Georgia
DT — Braden Fiske, Florida State, 6-5, 297, R-Sr., Michigan City, Indiana
DT — Joshua Farmer, Florida State, 6-3, 311, R-So., Port St. Joe, Florida
LB — Kalen DeLoach, Florida State, 6-1, 212, R-Sr., Savannah, Georgia
LB — Marlowe Wax, Syracuse, 6-1, 230, Jr., Baltimore
LB — Francisco Mauigoa, Miami, 6-3, 230, Jr., Ili’ili, American Samoa
CB — M.J. Devonshire, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 190, R-Sr., Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
CB — Renardo Green, Florida State, 6-0, 186, R-Sr., Orlando, Florida
S — Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest, 5-11, 207, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina
S — Jaylon King, Georgia Tech, 6-1, 193, R-Sr., La Vergne, Tennessee
P — Alex Mastromanno, Florida State, 6-1, 235, R-Jr., Melbourne, Australia

Coach of the Year — Mike Norvell, Florida State

Offensive Player of the Year — Jordan Travis, Florida State

Defensive Player of the Year — Payton Wilson, N.C. State

Newcomer of the Year — Keon Coleman, Florida State

(AP)

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Matt Chazanow Joins NC State as New Voice of the Wolfpack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan and Learfield’s Wolfpack Sports Properties, have announced that Matt Chazanow has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Broadcasting and will serve as the play by play announcer for football and men’s basketball. The veteran broadcaster was chosen for the coveted role following a national search that included more than 150 applicants.

“I’m so excited to welcome Matt Chazanow as our new ‘Voice of the Wolfpack,’” said Corrigan. “Chaz understands that this role isn’t only about calling games, but about bringing special moments and memories to Wolfpack fans of all ages. While he is a very talented radio announcer, he will also be a great representative of our university, our brand, and our culture.

“I also want to thank Gary Hahn for his period of service to NC State. There are generations of NC State fans that have memories of Gary calling their favorite Wolfpack plays, and he will always be a part of Wolfpack Nation.”

Chazanow becomes just the fifth play by play announcer since the Wolfpack Sports Network was formed in 1961. He replaces Gary Hahn, who was behind the microphone for 34 years, and will also enjoy a variety of additional roles for NC State and Learfield in Raleigh.

Hailing from Westfield, N.J., Chazanow joins the Wolfpack after serving as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Learfield at Washington State since 2015.  During his tenure in Pullman, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for Cougar football, basketball and baseball, hosted and designed weekly hour-long coaches shows, and created and hosted videos and podcasts. He also coordinated efforts with sales staff and helped with donor relations.

“I am so thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Chazanow.  “The passion and power of the Pack is renowned in college athletics and to be entrusted to take the baton from Gary Hahn and tell the stories of NC State is truly humbling. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chazanow has also served as a national play by play voice for Westwood One Radio (since 2022) and Learfield (since 2008), covering football, men’s basketball, baseball and the NCAA Regional semifinals and finals for women’s basketball. Much of his national work has been covering ACC and SEC games.

No stranger to the state of North Carolina, Chazanow’s years of experience include seven years as Learfield’s Senior Network Manager based out of Winston-Salem. In that role, he managed the network broadcasts for eight schools (Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington State).

“An established voice in the broadcasting world, Chaz will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Wolfpack Sports Network,” said Kyle Winchester, General Manager of Wolfpack Sports Properties. “We’re delighted for him to join our world-class team and lead our coverage of the Wolfpack starting this season.”

A 2006 graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, Chazanow began his career as the play by play announcer for High Point women’s basketball, ironically calling his first game in Reynolds Coliseum as HPU faced Kay Yow’s Wolfpack. He also worked briefly for UNC Greensboro before being hired by ISP (now Learfield).

Chazanow is married to the former Ashley Randleman, a native of Jonesville, N.C., and they have a three-year-old son, Nathan. Ashley won two state volleyball titles in Reynolds Coliseum while playing for Starmount High School in 2003 and 2004.

About Learfield 

Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 12,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

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NC State Football is 1 of the Top-25 Most Winningest Power Conference Teams in the CFP Era

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NC State’s Football team has been one of the Top-25 most winningest Power Conference teams in the College Football Playoff Era (2014-23), ranking 21st with 78 wins in that timespan.

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The Wolfpack’s 78 wins are the 3rd most in the ACC in the CFP Era.

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NC State is 1 of 3 Schools to Ever Go to a Bowl, the Men’s & Women’s Final Four and the College World Series in 1 Year

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NC State is truly having one of the most special years in the history of College Athletics.

In the 2023-24 Athletic Year…

NC State’s Football team went to a Bowl Game.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Women’s Basketball team went to the Final Four.
NC State’s Baseball team has advanced to the College World Series.

NC State is 1 of 3 schools to ever check off all of those boxes in an Athletic Year. They join Texas (2003) and Louisville (2013).

Let’s compare the three special years for each school.

Louisville (2012-13)

The Cardinals defeated Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals won the Men’s Basketball National Championship, but has since been vacated.
The Cardinals lost in the Women’s National Championship game against UCONN.
The Cardinals went 0-2 in the College World Series.

Texas (2002-03)

The Longhorns defeated LSU 35-20 in the Cotton Bowl
The Longhorns lost 84-95 to Syracuse in the Men’s Final Four.
The Longhorns 69-71 to UCONN in the Women’s Final Four.
The Longhorns went 1-2 in the College World Series.

NC State (2023-24)

The Wolfpack lost 19-28 to Kansas State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
The Wolfpack lost 50-63 to Purdue in the Men’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack lost 59-78 to South Carolina in the Women’s Final Four.
The Wolfpack ________ in the College World Series.

 

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According to ESPN’s FPI, NC State has the 20th Easiest P4 Schedule Heading into the 2024 College Football Season

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According to ESPN’s FPI Rankings, NC State’s Football squad has the 20th easiest schedule out of all Power 4 teams.

1. Syracuse
2. Virginia Tech
3. Rutgers
4. Kansas
5. UNC
6. SMU
7. Utah
8. K-State
9. Texas Tech
10. Pitt
11. UCF
12. Oklahoma State
13. Duke
14. Cincinnati
15. Arizona
16. Iowa State
17. Baylor
18. Wake Forest
19. Notre Dame
20. NC State
21. Miami
22. BYU
23. Arizona State
24. TCU
25. Colorado

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