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WATCH: Kendrick Raphael was the #2 NC State RB in the Spring Game

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It’s clear that Jordan Waters is NC State’s starting Running Back heading into the 2024 season, but who will be #2 on the Depth Chart? In the Spring Game, Sophomore Kendrick Raphael functioned in that role. I don’t think that’s a guarantee that he will be the #2 Running Back when the Fall rolls around. Redshirt Sophomore Hollywood Smothers might have something to say about that, but nonetheless, Raphael went out their 2nd, and made the most of his opportunities.

With that being said, it’s worth noting Raphael rushed the ball 3 times for times for 39 yards and a touchdown, and also caught one pass.

Check out his tape from the Spring Game.





Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State’s Justin Joly Boasts the 2nd Highest PFF Grade of Returning ACC TE’s

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When NC State picked up a commitment from UCONN’s Justin Joly out of the Transfer Portal this offseason, they picked up a commitment from the highest ranked Tight End in the Portal.

According to PFF, Joly boasts the highest Grade of any returning Tight End’s in the ACC.

Joly will be a Junior next year, with 3 years available to play his final 2 years of eligibility. He had an incredible Sophomore campaign this past season, catching 56 passes for 578 yards and 2 touchdowns. Joly had 4 receptions for 38 yards in the season opener against the Wolfpack.

Also, according to PFF, Joly forced 20 missed tackles last season, and caught 12 contested balls, ranking first amongst Tight Ends nationally in both categories.

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How Much is NC State Making from EA Sports College Football 25?

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EA Sports College Football 25 will release on July 19th, and the players won’t be the only people making money from the video game. The schools will be making some of that dough as well.

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EA Sports is paying schools different amounts based on a tier system. 📊

The tiers were derived based on points, 1 point per finish in the AP Top 25 over the last decade.

‣ Tier 1: $99,875.16
‣ Tier 2: $59,925.09
‣ Tier 3: $39,950.06
‣ Tier 4: $9,987.52

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ACC Teams Payout

Tier 1 – Clemson

Tier 2 – FSU, Stanford, Louisville, NC State, Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech, North Carolina

Tier 3 – Syracuse, WF, GT, SMU

Tier 4 – Duke, Cal, Virginia, BC

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The Early Odds for the 2024 NC State vs. UNC Football Game are Out

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ESPN Bet has already released the early odds for the NC State vs. UNC football game in Chapel Hill that will be played on November 30th. The Wolfpack are 3.5-point Favorites, and the Total is 55. If you’re looking to get you’re bet in early, and you like the line, click the image below.

The Wolfpack have won 7 of the last 11 against the Tar Heels Straight Up, but they are 4-7 Against the Spread over that time.

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NC State is 1 of 8 Power 5 Teams that Hasn’t Won 10+ Football Games in a Season in 20+ Years

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NC State is 1 of 8 Power 5 Football Programs that hasn’t won 10+ games in a single season in 20+ seasons.

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The other teams that join the Wolfpack in this woeful stat are Maryland, Illinois, Virginia, Purdue, Iowa St., Indiana and Vanderbilt. The final three in this list have never won 10+ games in a single season.

NC State has only won 10+ games in a single season one time, and that was back in 2002, when Philip Rivers led the Wolfpack to an 11-3 record, which culminated in a win against Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.

The Virginia Cavaliers and the Wolfpack are the only two ACC programs that haven’t won 10+ games in a single season in 20+ seasons.

Over the past 20+ seasons, NC State has won 9 games on 5 occasions, with Dave Doeren leading the Wolfpack to 4 of those.

With all of the talent that is on NC State’s roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball, 2024 is cooking up to be the year that Dave Doeren gets the monkey off the programs back.

Honestly, less than 10 wins next season will be a disappointment for the Wolfpack.

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