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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)

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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WATCH: PackInsider’s Kevin Concepcion Freshman Highlight Reel

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Kevin Concepcion had one of the best seasons by a Freshman in the history of the NC State football program. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors. Concepcion finished his first collegiate season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Concepcion broke NC State’s Freshman records for receptions and touchdown receptions.

Check out PackInsider’s Highlight Reel of Kevin Concepcion’s Freshman season ABOVE.

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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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