The Wolfpacker

September 2015

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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16 ■ THE WOLFPACKER TRACKING THE PACK 3 Votes received by the NC State football team in the preseason USA Today coaches' poll. Florida State (No. 8), Clemson (No. 12) and Georgia Tech (No. 17) represented the ACC in the top 25. 4 preseason top 25 men's basketball teams that NC State will play this upcoming season — No. 2-ranked North Carolina, No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Duke and No. 16 Notre Dame. 7 Class of 2017 football recruits from the state of North Carolina who were ranked in the Rivals250 — line- backer Justin Foster of Shelby Crest (No. 43), offensive lineman Jonah Melton of Mebane Eastern Alamance (No. 75), wide receiver Ryan Jones of Charlotte Mallard Creek (No. 145), defensive tackle Jordan Riley of Durham Riverside (No. 148/Tennessee commit), defensive end Xach Gill of Wake Forest (No. 162), defensive tackle Grant Gibson of Mallard Creek (No. 218), and defensive end Jake Lawler of Charlotte South Mecklenburg (No. 244). 12 Ranking in men's basketball attendance nationally for the Wolfpack. NC State averaged 15,436 fans per game last season, which also was the largest increase in the country from the 2013-14 season (12,641 per contest). NCSU ranked fourth in the ACC behind No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 Louisville and No. 4 North Carolina. 18 Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County sophomore running back Zamir White was included in's 18 for 2018. White, who has an NC State offer, rushed for 1,231 yards and 18 touchdowns on 155 carries his freshman year. 21 Ranking for NC State junior point guard Anthony Barber in's preseason top 25 men's college basketball players. 53 national team ranking for NC State's class of 2016 football recruits through Aug. 10. The Wolfpack's 13 verbal commits average 2.69 stars per player. 70 Percentage of first- and second-year NC State foot- ball players that make up this season's roster. 1,000 Rushing yards as one of the goals for an NC State running back and blockers. The Wolfpack hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2002, the longest drought in the ACC. Sponsored by: The Sizemore Group ■ By The Numbers 10 Recruits ranked in the top 100 signed by NC State men's basketball coach MARK GOTTFRIED the last four years. Freshman wing Maverick Rowan is the sixth top-50 recruit during that span. PHOTO BY KEN MARTIN

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