The Wolfpacker

September 2017

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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52 ■ THE WOLFPACKER 28 Cornerback Lamont Reid (2001-04) Reid's 32 pass breakups are seventh most in NC State history. He was also a good kickoff returner, boasting the third-best average at NCSU (26.2 yards). 29 Defensive back Brian Williams (1998-01) Williams was a star on defense and special teams for the Wolfpack. He had five interceptions and 20 pass breakups as a three-year starter at corner and safety, and he also blocked five punts, the third most in school history. In 1999, he led NC State with 131 tackles. Williams played 10 seasons in the NFL and had 18 career interceptions. 30 Running back Charley Young (1971-73) One of " The Four Stallions" running back corps for head coach Lou Holtz, Young was the starting fullback on the 1973 ACC title team and ran for 1,657 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career, the latter tied for 14th most at NC State. He was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys and played four seasons in the NFL. 31 Linebacker Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (2001-04) A two-year starter and two-time captain, Aughtry-Lindsay will be remembered for one of the greatest individual defensive performances in school his- tory. He returned a fumble 48 yards for a score against Connecticut in 2003 and then had a 57-yard pick-six runback with five seconds left to give NCSU a 31-24 win. He was named the National Player of the Week. 32 Cornerback Sebastian Savage (1989-92) Savage was a two-time first-team All-ACC pick, and in 1992 was named a second-team All-American by UPI and Football News. Savage finished his career with nine interceptions and 27 pass breakups. 33 Linebacker Vaughan Johnson (1980-83) The physically imposing defender was a first- team All-American selection by the Sporting News in 1983 and concluded his career with 384 tackles, sixth most in school history. Johnson was a first-round draft choice in the 1984 NFL supplemental draft and played nine seasons, making the Pro Bowl four times with the New Orleans Saints. He has been inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame. 34 Linebacker Bobby Houston (1986-89) Houston made first-team All-ACC in 1989 and then embarked on a nine-year NFL career. 35 Defensive back Mike Devine (1972-74) In 1973, Devine intercepted seven passes in the Wolfpack's ACC title-winning campaign. A year later, he was named first-team All-ACC. His seven picks in a season are tied for fourth most at NCSU, and his 10 career interceptions are tied for sixth. 36 Linebacker Damien Covington (1991-94) Covington was a consistent tackling machine for the Pack, finishing his career with 457 of them, third most in school history. He was named first-team All-ACC as a junior and senior. 37 Linebacker Sam Key (1980-81) Key was a steady performer on defense before a knee injury cut his promising career short. 38 Linebacker Frank Bush (1981-84) The three-year starter for the Pack was a strong pass rusher, tallying 15 career sacks, good for 13th in school history. He started 14 of 19 games he played in the NFL before a spinal condition was revealed that forced him to retire. 39 Running back Carlos King (1994-97) The fullback ran for 988 yards and 11 touch- downs in four seasons for the Wolfpack, and added 49 receptions for 478 yards and three scores. He was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. 41 Fullback Mal Crite (1985-88) Crite was a complimentary running back, hav- ing his best seasons when Dick Sheridan arrived as head coach in 1986. He finished his career with 1,013 rushing yards and ran for 101 yards in the 1986 Peach Bowl loss to Virginia Tech. 42 Safety Jesse Campbell (1988-90) Few players hit as hard as Campbell, who forced a school-record 15 fumbles in three seasons, six more than any other Pack defender. He was ACC Rookie of the Year in 1988 and a three- time All-ACC selection. In 1989, Campbell was named a second-team All-American by Football News. A year later, he was picked first-team by that publication and the Sporting News. Campbell was a second-round draft choice and played seven seasons in the NFL. 43 Running back Joe McIntosh (1981-84) McIntosh was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1981 and finished his career with 3,642 rushing yards, second most in school history. He was named first-team All-ACC in 1983 when he ran for 1,081 yards, one of two seasons he eclipsed 1,000 yards. 44 Linebacker Levar Fisher (1998-01) NC State's all-time leading tackler (492 hits) was a two-time first-team All-American, the 2000 ACC Defen- sive Player of the Year after leading the league in tackles (163) and a finalist that season for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to college football's best defensive player. 45 Linebacker Dantonio Burnette (1999-02) Burnette was the heart of the 2002 squad that won a school-record 11 games. He was named first- team All-ACC that year and concluded his career second all time in tackles at NC State (476). He is currently NC State's director of strength and conditioning for football. 46 Linebacker Kelvin Crooms (1983-86) Crooms ended his career wearing No. 34, in- cluding when he had a team-leading 161 tackles as a senior in 1986. However, for his first two seasons he was No. 46. Crooms was a captain on Dick Sheridan's first team as head coach at NC State (1986). 47 Receiver Haywood Jeffires (1983-86) Part of a group of talented wideouts to emerge from NC State in the 1980s, Jeffires finished his career with 111 receptions (11th in school history) for 1,733 yards (13th). He then played 10 years in the NFL after being a first- round draft choice and made the Pro Bowl three times. His 100 catches for the then-Houston Oilers in 1991 led the AFC that season. 48 Linebacker Morocco Brown (1994-97) The two-time honorable mention All-ACC se- lection led NC State in tackles for three straight seasons and finished his career 13th all time on the tackles list with 332. He is currently the Director of College Scouting for the Indianapolis Colts. 49 Halfback Alex Webster (1950-52) Webster was a second-team All-Southern Con- ference selection in 1950, but he is better remembered for his stellar professional career. He became a star fullback for the New York Giants, twice reaching the Pro Bowl and rushing for a then-franchise record 4,638 yards and 39 touchdowns in 10 seasons, both of which still rank among the top five in team history. He later was the Giants' head coach for five seasons. 40 Christy was the first NC State football player to be named the ACC's Athlete of the Year, and only Gabriel has joined that list since. Christy was also the ACC Football Player of the Year in 1957, the same season that he was listed a first-team All-American by both UPI and the Associated Press. Christy ran for 1,817 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons. His rushing total is 15th all time at NCSU, and his 5.221 yards per carry is ranked sixth. He also caught 24 passes for 486 yards. His claim to fame at NC State was scor- ing all 29 points in a 29-26 win over South Carolina to clinch the 1957 ACC title for the Wolfpack. He played professionally and was named an all-star for the New York Titans (later renamed the Jets) in 1962. His No. 40 is retired at NC State, and he is also a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Halfback Dick Christy (1955-57) PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE MEDIA RELATIONS

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