The Wolfpacker

Sept.-Oct. 2022

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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30 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY MATT CARTER ne of the recently devel- oped traditions of pre- season college football chatter is the "Freaks List" compiled by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. With guidance and in- formation from strength coaches across the country, Feldman comes up with a top-100 ranking of the most athletic players, pound-for- pound, nationally. This year, two NC State players made the cut — fifth-year redshirt junior linebacker Payton Wilson (No. 48) and fourth-year redshirt sophomore offen- sive lineman Dylan McMahon (No. 63). The Wolfpacker talked with NC State strength coach Dantonio "Thunder" Burnette to get his top five freaks on the Pack roster, in no particular order. Be- fore revealing his five, Burnette also had an honorable mention choice in third-year sophomore defensive lineman Davin Vann. "He's down to 275 pounds, and he's all revved up and lean," Burnette noted. "He did a really good job of working on his diet and changing some of his habits. "One of his big- gest role models is Aaron Donald, and of course I was with A.D. at Pitt for one year in 2012 [as an as- sistant strength coach]. I know a lot of the stuff he does. Davin tries to emulate what Aaron has done." O Pack 'Freaks' NC State Strength And Conditioning Coordinator Dantonio "Thunder" Burnette Breaks Down Five Weight-Room Standouts

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