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NC State’s Payton Wilson Named 1st Team All-American by CBS & PFF

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Expect these to be the first of many. NC State Linebacker Payton Wilson was named 1st Team All-American by CBS and ProFootballFocus.

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QUARTERBACK: JAYDEN DANIELS, LSU TIGERS

Second Team: Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks

RUNNING BACK: OLLIE GORDON II, OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

Second Team: Audric Estime, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

WIDE RECEIVER: MALIK NABERS, LSU TIGERS

Second Team: Luther Burden III, Missouri Tigers

WIDE RECEIVER: ROME ODUNZE, WASHINGTON HUSKIES

Second Team: Malik Washington, Virginia Cavaliers

WIDE RECEIVER: MARVIN HARRISON JR., OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Second Team: Troy Franklin, Oregon Ducks

TIGHT END: BROCK BOWERS, GEORGIA BULLDOGS

Second Team: Ben Sinnott, Kansas State Wildcats

LEFT TACKLE: JOE ALT, NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

Second Team: Javon Foster, Missouri Tigers

LEFT GUARD: COOPER BEEBE, KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

Second Team: Clay Webb, Jacksonville State Gamecocks

CENTER: JACKSON POWERS-JOHNSON, OREGON DUCKS

Second Team: Sedrick Van Pan, Georgia Bulldogs

RIGHT GUARD: CHRISTIAN HAYNES, UCONN HUSKIES

Second Team: Tate Ratledge, Georgia Bulldogs

RIGHT TACKLE: TALIESE FUAGA, OREGON STATE BEAVERS

Second Team: JC Latham, Alabama Crimson Tide

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: T’VONDRE SWEAT, TEXAS LONGHORNS

Second Team: Byron Murphy II, Texas Longhorns

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: JER’ZHAN NEWTON, ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI

Second Team: Howard Cross III, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

EDGE DEFENDER: LAIATU LATU, UCLA BRUINS

Second Team: Chop Robinson, Penn State Nittany Lions

EDGE DEFENDER: BRALEN TRICE, WASHINGTON HUSKIES

Second Team: Ashton Gillotte, Louisville Cardinals

LINEBACKER: PAYTON WILSON, NC STATE WOLFPACK

Second Team: Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson Tigers

Wilson was the second-most valuable linebacker in the nation this year according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. His 21 tackles for loss/no-gain were tied for the most among all linebackers in the Power Five, as were his three interceptions.

LINEBACKER: EDGERRIN COOPER, TEXAS A&M AGGIES

Second Team: Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington Huskies

CORNERBACK: KOOL-AID MCKINSTRY, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Second Team: Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo Rockets

CORNERBACK: SEBASTIAN CASTRO, IOWA HAWKEYES

Second Team: Terrion Arnold, Alabama Crimson Tide

SAFETY: TYLER NUBIN, MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS

Second Team: Malaki Starks, Georgia Bulldogs

SAFETY: CALEB DOWNS, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Second Team: Dillon Thieneman, Purdue Boilermakers

FLEX-D: KITAN OLADAPO, OREGON STATE BEAVERS

Second Team: Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri Tigers

KICKER: JOSHUA KARTY, STANFORD CARDINAL

Second Team: Andres Borregales, Miami (FL) Hurricanes

PUNTER: JAMES BURNIP, ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Second Team: Tory Taylor, Iowa Hawkeyes

RETURN SPECIALIST: ZACHARIAH BRANCH, USC TROJANS

Second Team: Xavier Worthy, Texas Longhorns

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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