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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Cory Durden, North Carolina State, Rs Sr DT/DE,...In his first season at NC State last year, Durden was named a first-team All-ACC performer on the official league team and on the AP squad. He also earned the team's Carey Brewbaker Award for Top Defensive Lineman. He was the Pack's starter in the last seven games of the season at defensive tackle, with a top game against Clemson - tallied six tackles, 1.5 sacks and had a QB pressure in that contest. - NC State Football

rSr/2023 DT Cory DurdenNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Christopher Toudle, NC State, Jr., TE,...Toudle, a fourth-year tight end out of Wilmington, is a converted wide receiver who came on strong at the end of the '21 season. He won the team's Alpha Rising Award for Exceptional Improvement after hauling in 19 receptions and four touchdowns last season. Off the field, Toudle has found a variety of ways to make a difference in the community. He worked as a volunteer at Partnership Elementary School, helping to mentor several students. One of the teachers commented that Toudle's contribution was a lasting and meaningful one to those students. - NC State Football

rSo/2025 TE Christopher ToudleNorth Carolina State
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  When Payton Wilson took the field this past week for the first time with his teammates, his raw emotions bubbled to the surface. His latest injury, and the time spent in recovery, has allowed Wilson to reset himself mentally going into the 2022 season. "He's in a really good place mentally right now," Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren said. "From the team standpoint, everybody's pulling for him. He's one of the best players in the country when he's healthy, so it's nice to have him back." One place he's centered his energy is increasing his football intelligence through film study. Wilson started to understand other teams' tendencies in addition to his own, and he worked on understanding his role on a given play call, and where opponents' weak spots are.

But he's not planning on letting that more cerebral approach dampen his high-energy pace for which he's been known on the field. "It's always good to have a guy like him back out there on our field, especially with his type of energy," Ingle said. "Payton brings a different type of fire to our defense." Wilson said he is elated to have the opportunity to play with his teammates again. With 17 returning starters - 10 on defense - N.C. State has high hopes for a program that hasn't won an ACC championship since 1979. Wilson's return - and his continued health - will be a big piece of that puzzle. "I don't really look forward," Wilson said. "I've learned that due to injuries. They happen when they happen, and you can't control them. If you just take it one day at a time and try to do what you're doing that day the best you can. That's all you can do." - Raleigh News Observer


rJr/2024 OLB Payton WilsonNorth Carolina State
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  For all the spectacular catches he's made over his career, Devin Carter knows two drops against Miami in 2021 still hang over his head. Just after that 31-30 loss, the N.C. State wide receiver took to Twitter and apologized. Ahead of the new season, it's a moment that still sticks with Carter. "I needed to apologize for, I guess, being distracted and not being all in," Carter told the News & Observer. "I just feel like recognizing your faults can gain respect. I recognize it, that's the first thing you're supposed to do and not run from it. You can't ignore it but you can dim the light on it." Carter, a junior, is known for making improbable grabs look routine - like his 40-yard touchdown catch against Boston College last season, when he caught the ball behind the defender's back. But for every hard catch he makes look easy, Carter wants to make the easy catches more often. "I feel like last year was probably my most inconsistent season," Carter said. "I wouldn't say anything in particular, it just happened the way it happened."

Last season the Clayton High School product caught 31 passes for 556 yards and six touchdowns. The yards and TDs were career highs, and for the second straight season, he led the team in yards per catch (17.9). The team needs to replace Emeka Emezie, the school's all-time receptions leader. Emezie could occasionally be a downfield threat, but his biggest strength was moving the chains, a prototype possession receiver. Quarterback Devin Leary could depend on Emezie to make the routine catches. Ahead of the 2022 season - which could potentially be his last - Carter wants to show he can be that player. He has the size (6-3, 215) and game experience (40 career games). "He's an emotional player, which we like, but he needs to control that and not let them control him," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. "I think that's something that comes with maturity." - Raleigh News Observer


rJr/2024 WR Devin CarterNorth Carolina State
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  The biggest question - literally - is who replaces the biggest and most imposing player on N.C. State's roster. Ikem Ekwonu protected Leary's blindside a year ago. In April, Ekwonu was the first offensive player selected in the NFL draft, sixth overall by the Carolina Panthers. Redshirt sophomore Anthony Belton will probably get the first shot. While he has the measurables (6-6, 330), the Tallahassee, Fla., native doesn't have the experience. Belton was on the field for just 11 snaps a year ago. He started at left tackle during the spring game in April.

Belton should benefit from having four experienced starters to his right. "I think we have a bunch of dudes that are trying to compete to get that starting spot that Ickey was in, but I know with the other four offensive linemen that we have coming back that they hold that room to a high standard," Leary said at ACC Kickoff. "Whoever it is filling into that role, they understand that the other four offensive linemen will be counting on them, just as they did on Ickey." Veteran Bryson Speas, who started every game a year ago at right tackle, has the ability to play on the left side. If Doeren decides to go with the experienced Speas (24 starts) at left tackle, redshirt sophomore Tim McKay could start at the right tackle spot. - Raleigh News Observer


Jr/2024 OT Anthony BeltonNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Payton Wilson, NC State, Junior LB,...Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the loss at Miss. St in 2021...Named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, Bukus Award and Nagurski Trophy...Missed 2021 spring workouts after undergoing surgery on both shoulders. - NC State Football

rJr/2024 OLB Payton WilsonNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Drake Thomas, NC State, Junior LB,... A first-team All-ACC performer on both the official league team and the AP squad in 2021...The Pack's leading tackler in 2021, he ranked fourth in the ACC...Played 763 snaps for the season - second-highest total on defense...Tallied a career-best 15 stops in the win over Louisville, he was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week. - NC State Football

rJr/2024 OLB Drake ThomasNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Devin Leary, QB, junior, North Carolina State,...Earlier this week, The Sicklerville, N.J., native was announced as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and last week was named to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards. In 2021, Leary set a new school single season record with 35 passing touchdowns breaking the previous mark of 34 held by Philip Rivers (2003). - North Carolina State Football

rSr/2023 QB Devin LearyNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Joe Shimko, NC State,...Shimko has been a reliable snapper who snapped for every kick since the beginning of the 2019 season. He boasts 174 long snaps and 180 short snaps for his career with no bad snaps. Last season, he was named a fourth-team All-American according to Phil Steele. - NC State Football

Jr/2024 LS Joe ShimkoNorth Carolina State
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  Devin Leary is coming off a record-breaking season during which he threw for 35 touchdowns, a single-season school record, passing Philip Rivers. Leary has thrown for 51 career touchdowns at N.C. State, good enough for sixth all-time. In two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Pack, Leary has posted a 12-3 record. After suffering a broken leg in 2020, Leary started all 12 games a year ago. Entering his third year under offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Leary is expected to lead N.C. State to new heights. "I have a really good grasp of the system, and guys that we need to step up, kind of teaching them and making sure they understand what they need to do, and just in general having the whole offense understand from my perspective," Leary said at ACC Kickoff. "Just being in the system for a good amount of time and just keep collaborating with Coach Beck." Leary threw just five interceptions last season while passing for 3,433 yards.

He was clutch when it mattered for the Pack, throwing 11 touchdowns in the fourth quarter or overtime. Leary was the only quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 10 or more touchdowns and one or no interceptions in the fourth quarter. He was just the third ACC quarterback in the playoff era to accomplish that feat. "He's one of the top quarterbacks in the country," N.C. State linebacker Isaiah Moore told The News & Observer. "We feel like he's the best in the country. We have no worries when he's under center." - Raleigh News Observer


rSr/2023 QB Devin LearyNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: LB Drake Thomas, N.C. State,...NC State safety Tanner Ingle and linebacker Drake Thomas were both named to the 2022 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Football Writers Association of America released its 2022 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, selecting 85 defensive standouts from 61 schools in all 10 Division I FBS conferences plus independents. Thomas was the Pack's leading tackler in 2021, ranking fourth in the ACC, and played 763 snaps for the season, the second-highest total on defense. - NC State Football

rJr/2024 OLB Drake ThomasNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: DT Cory Durden, N.C. State,...In his first season at NC State last year, Durden was named a first-team All-ACC performer on the official league team and on the AP squad. He also earned the team's Carey Brewbaker Award for Top Defensive Lineman. He was the Pack's starter in the last seven games of the season at defensive tackle, with a top game against Clemson - tallied six tackles, 1.5 sacks and had a QB pressure in that contest. - NC State Football

rSr/2023 DT Cory DurdenNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Drake Thomas, N.C. State,...Last season, Thomas was named a first-team All-ACC performer on both the official league team and the AP squad. He also won first-team all-conference honors from PFF and Phil Steele, who also named him a fourth-team All-American. Thomas was the Pack's leading tackler in 2021, ranking fourth in the ACC, and played 763 snaps for the season, the second-highest total on defense. - NC State Football

rJr/2024 OLB Drake ThomasNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Isaiah Moore, N.C. State,...Moore was an honorable mention All-ACC performer in 2021 despite suffered a season-ending knee injury at Miami. At the time, was the team leader in tackles for loss, and ranked second in total tackles. He was named team captain for the second season last year, and also chosen to wear the coveted No. 1 jersey. - NC State Football

rSr/2023 ILB Isaiah MooreNorth Carolina State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: S Tanner Ingle, N.C. State,...Ingle was named a first-team All-ACC performer on the official league squad, as well as the AP team for his play in 2021. The Pack's starting free safety, he was the team's second-leading tackler with 82 stops. Ingle also played 776 snaps for the season - the highest total on defense. - NC State Football

rSr/2023 FS Tanner IngleNorth Carolina State
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