The Wolfpacker

September 2017

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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46 ■ THE WOLFPACKER WOLFPACK FOOTBALL NC State Is Well Represented On The Preseason All-ACC Teams NC State senior defensive end Bradley Chubb, senior H-back Jaylen Samuels and junior punter A.J. Cole III were selected preseason All-ACC by the league's sports- writers July 19. Samuels was slotted in at the newly created all-purpose position and had the fourth most votes (124) of any player in the league. He ran 33 times for 189 yards and six touchdowns and caught 55 passes for 565 yards and seven scores his junior year. Chubb chose to return for his final sea- son rather than turn pro after a junior cam- paign in which he piled up 10.5 sacks and 22 overall tackles for loss. Cole averaged 41.3 yards a punt as a sophomore. Senior guard Tony Adams was the third- leading vote receiver at his position, just missing the preseason team by two votes. Junior running back Nyheim Hines was the second-leading vote tabulator at the specialist spot. — Jacey Zembal Three Players Depart Program NC State redshirt freshman offensive lineman Bryce Folsom, freshman wide re- ceiver Antoine Thompson and freshman defensive end Kevince Brown didn't make it to opening day. The 6-4, 287-pound Folsom underwent shoulder surgery after enrolling at NC State in January 2016 and redshirted. The for- mer two-star prospect was re- cruited by various colleges at defensive tackle coming out of Alpharetta (Ga.) Chat- tahoochee High. NC State was the lone school to wanted him on the offensive line, and he picked the Wolfpack over offers from Syracuse, UConn, Middle Tennessee State, Navy and Troy, among others. Thompson was one of the prizes of the NC State class of 2017 recruiting class. Thompson and freshman defensive tackle Grant Gibson were the lone four-star sign- ees by the Wolfpack. ranked the 6-1, 183-pound speedster from Plant City (Fla.) High as the No. 54 player in the Sunshine State and the No. 39 wide receiver in the country. Thompson missed his senior year due to a knee injury suffered in July 2016, and enrolled early for the spring semester last January. He injured his knee again and was expected to redshirt this season. Thompson picked NC State over re- ported offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Mis- souri, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Wisconsin, among others. The 6-6, 242-pound Brown oozed po- tential at either defensive end or possibly defensive tackle. rated him a two-star pros- pect, but he had a productive senior year at Winter Park (Fla.) High, netting 54 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Brown picked NC State over Pittsburgh, and had also earned offers from Kentucky, Oregon State, Rutgers and Syracuse, among others. — Jacey Zembal Senior H-back Jaylen Samuels was one of three Wolfpack players to earn a spot on the preseason All-ACC squad. PHOTO BY KEN MARTIN

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