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Coming off its first road win of the season, NC State travels to Miami this Saturday night to take on the Hurricanes in primetime. David Lake of InsideTheU joins Cory to break down the Canes' 2-4 (0-2 ACC) start, takes an in-depth look at both sides of the ball and gives his prediction. How much different is Tyler Van Dyke at QB and why does his mouth run faster than his legs? Who are the playmakers to know on offense and defense? Who does David believe will pull out the win?
NC State not only earned its first road win of the 2021 season, but did so in convincing fashion against Boston College. James and Cory are joined by former NC State WR Richard Washington to discuss the Pack's win in Chestnut Hill, the upcoming matchup in Miami and his time with the program. The guys also explain why the BC win was so critical, go in-depth on the road ahead for the Pack and discuss the Wolfpack women's soccer win over UNC-Chapel Hill over the weekend.
No. 22 NC State lived up to its ranking and more with a dominant showing at Boston College in a 33-7 victory. Michael and Cory take a look back on the complete effort from the Wolfpack to clinch the first road win of the season. The guys break down everything from Devin Leary's continued growth, huge catches by the wideouts, the defense's smothering play and the special teams stepping up after struggling in the last road contest.
After a week off for both programs, NC State and Boston College will resume their strong seasons in Chestnut Hill on Saturday evening. Tyler Calvaruso of Eagle Insider joins the Pregame Podcast to break down BC and the matchup as a whole. What has changed about the BC offense without Phil Jurkovec? How have Pat Garwo III and Zay Flowers continued to carry the offense? Who are the playmakers to know in the Eagles' defense? Finally, what is Calvaruso's prediction for Saturday?
NC State comes off a bye week at 4-1 (1-0 ACC) with all of its goals and opportunities ahead of it. James and Cory take a look back on the start of the season for the Wolfpack, recap the Louisiana Tech win and look forward to the final seven matchups as the Pack aims to do some damage in the ACC. The guys also discuss the entire ACC as a whole and give their thoughts on the most surprising programs -- good and bad -- along with their predictions for the rest of the way. We cap it off with a quick look at both men's and women's basketball ahead of ACC Media Days.
It wasn't easy, but NC State (4-1, 1-0 ACC) held on to beat a tough Louisiana Tech team (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) Saturday night, 34-27, inside Carter Finley Stadium. The offense came alive in the second half and the defense made some timely plays, including a game-sealing interception from safety Jakeen Harris. Michael and Cory break it all down in the Pack Pride Postgame Podcast. How big were the performances of running backs Ricky Person and Zonovan Knight? How impactful were dynamite linebacker Isaiah Moore and Drake Thomas? What does this performance say about the Wolfpack?
Coming off the biggest win of the Dave Doeren era over Clemson, NC State faces yet another tough test in Louisiana Tech this weekend. Ethan Sands of the USA Today Network joins Cory Smith to break down the Bulldogs ahead of Saturday's matchup. What should Pack fans expect from QB Austin Kendall if he's cleared to play? Who are the playmakers on offense and defense for La Tech? What has led to the Bulldogs' 2-2 record with two losses by a combined 3 points? What is Ethan's prediction for Saturday?
It's episode No. 100 of the Weekly Pod! Following the Wolfpack's win over previously No. 9 Clemson, James and Cory break down the win, what it means for the program and look ahead to Louisiana Tech before the start of a tough ACC slate after the bye. In the final segment, Cory is joined by Ruffin McNeill to discuss the Pack's latest win, his relationships with the players and more! NC State's Special Assistant to the Head Coach also talks about being inducted into the ECU Hall of Fame later this year.
It was finally NC State's time. After years of close calls and always somehow stumbling over the hurdle that is Clemson, the Wolfpack pulled out a double-overtime victory for the ages inside Carter-Finley Stadium. Michael and Cory break it all down immediately after the thrilling win. Just how special was Devin Leary's night? How impactful were the wide-receiving duo of Emeka Emezie and Devin Carter? What does this performance say about the strength of the Pack's defense?
This coming Saturday is building up to be a massive game for both Clemson and NC State in Raleigh, so we pulled in a big-time guest for this week's Pregame Podcast. Eric Mac Lain of the ACC Network, a former o-lineman for Clemson, joins us to talk about the Tigers ahead of the showdown in Carter-Finley Stadium. What's going on with D.J. Uiagalelei and the Tigers' offense? How prepared are Will Shipley and Kobe Pace to be lead backs? Why is it so tough to score a TD against this Clemson D? We break it all down on the Pregame Podcast!
With the Wolfpack coming off another decisive win over a non-conference opponent at home, this Saturday's game is yet another opportunity for a big-time win. Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer joins Cory and James in a roundtable discussion about NC State's start to the season and the matchup against Clemson. What have we learned about Devin Leary and the Pack's offense? Is this defense ready for a huge stage at home against the Tigers? We discuss all of these topics and more on this week's podcast!
NC State needed to get back on track after a rough loss in Week 2, and did just that against Furman with a 45-7 win. Michael and Cory break down the Wolfpack's big win with a look at both sides of the ball ahead of the start of ACC play. How did Devin Leary respond after a frustrating outing in Starkville? What did we learn about Zonovan Knight and Dave Doeren's trust in his running back? Who earned the game balls for offense and defense?
This Saturday night, NC State will look to rebound after a frustrating loss to Mississippi State when Furman comes to Raleigh. Scott Keeler of The Greenville News joins Cory to discuss the Paladins, who are looking to continue a 2-0 start to the season. Where are the Paladins in Year 5 of Clayton Hendrix's tenure? How concerned should NC State be with playmakers like RB Devin Wynn and TE Ryan Miller? What makes Furman's secondary one of the best in FCS? Finally, what's Scott's prediction for Saturday?
After months of build-up to what promised to be a potentially huge moment for NC State to truly kickoff the 2021 season, the Wolfpack laid an egg against Mississippi State. James and Cory take a look back on the 24-10 loss to the Bulldogs in Starkville -- including the concerning offensive performance -- before looking ahead to what comes next. We also used the second half of the show to highlight teams that you might be overlooking, including the No. 1 team in the country and a team with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country!
After a week filled with hope and optimism, NC State fell flat against Mississippi State on the road in Starkville Saturday night. Michael and Cory take a look back on the blowout loss for the Wolfpack on the Postgame Podcast. The guys breakdown the Pack's inability to respond from the opening kickoff, the offensive woes all the way around and what comes next as NC State looks to turn the season back around.
Coming off a Week 1 victory over South Florida, NC State heads into Starkville for one of the biggest early tests of the season against Mississippi State. Cory Smith is joined by Robbie Faulk of Gene's Page -- the MSU site on 247Sports -- to break down the matchup. What are the expectations for Year 2 under Mike Leach? Who are the biggest playmakers on the Bulldogs' offense? Why are the trenches such a big focal point after a comeback win over Louisiana Tech? What does Robbie predict as the outcome Saturday night?
With Week 1 of the college football season wrapping up and the NFL set to start Thursday, Washington Football Team defensive end James Smith-Williams joined James and Cory to talk the Pack, WFT, Set the Expectation, the 2019 d-line class and more! The guys also take one final look back at the win over USF, give their thoughts on what the mean wins for the Pack and look ahead to what needs to happen against Mississippi State to move to 2-0 on the season.
Even with questions about the strength of the win, the Wolfpack's utter dominance over USF was an impressive showing for NC State as a whole. Michael and Cory take a look back on the Pack's 45-0 win to start the season on Thursday night. The guys give their thoughts on Devin Leary's first game back, Ricky Person Jr. and Drake Thomas having huge nights, the defense pitching a shutout and hand out their game balls to the top performers.
The NC State football season is so close you can almost taste it -- and I'm not just talking about tailgating. With the Wolfpack kicking off against South Florida on Thursday night, Will Turner of Bulls247 joins the Pregame Podcast to discuss the season opener. What should Pack fans expect against former UNC QB Cade Fortin? Who are the biggest playmakers for the Bulls on offense? How experienced is the linebacker corps? Finally, what is Will's prediction for Thursday night?
On this week's Pack Pride Weekly Podcast, James and Cory are joined by former NC State DB Dewayne Washington. The 12-year NFL veteran discusses the gift him and his wife, Adama, gave to NC State, watching his former Heritage players succeed with the Pack and his thoughts on the program this fall. Cory and James also give their "over/under" predictions for several topics including offensive, defensive and overall wins for the 2021 campaign.
The Pack Pride Weekly Podcast is back! James and Cory finally head back to Amedeo's for the first time in weeks and they're joined by former NC State coach Chuck Amato to discuss several topics including Bobby Bowden's passing and Bill Cowher being inducted into the Hall of Fame. We also take a look at the latest storylines from fall camp, an early preview of USF's starting quarterback and Chuck looks back on the first fall camp for Philip Rivers.
The final State of the Position podcast takes a look at the loaded special teams unit for the Wolfpack heading into the 2021 season. Michael and Cory break down everything from the experience at punter and kicker to the returning returners (that's a mouthful) for NC State. What does it mean for the Pack to have a record-setting punter and kicker back for this fall? Will Thayer Thomas and Zonovan Knight continue to be dynamic on the return units? What has Todd Goebbel brought to the special teams?
There are only two cornerback spots on the field, but NC State has a ton of returning and incoming experience competing for the top of the depth chart. Michael and Cory break down the final position group with an in-depth look at a group that hopes to show vast improvement this fall. What does transfer Derrek Pitts bring to the Pack's secondary? Will Shyheim Battle retain his role after starting all 12 games last year? How will Chris Ingram's return impact the unit? Who are some of the potential breakout stars?
NC State's season is just over two weeks away, and the talent in the secondary might be the best it's been in years. With returning starters at safety and nickel, Michael and Cory discuss why keeping all of the parts on the field will be critical, but the depth is the best it's been under Dave Doeren. Can Jakeen Harris and Tyler Baker-Williams take the next step this fall? What should Pack fans expect from Tanner Ingle after an up-and-down season? How much will players like Cyrus Fagan, Rakeim Ashford and Joshua Pierre-Louis push the starters?
There is talent returning all over the roster for NC State heading into the 2021 campaign, but no position is more loaded than the linebacker corps. With all three returning starters back, along with two of the top reserves and incoming four-star freshmen, this position is stacked. Michael and Cory take a look at the preseason All-ACC linebacker Payton Wilson, why Isaiah Moore is primed for an even better season, Drake Thomas' progress, Levi Jones' versatility and go down the list of the next linebackers up!
NC State enters the 2021 football season with depth at nearly every position, but the defensive line is loaded with some unproven, but talented players. Despite the loss of Alim McNeill, the Pack returns its sacks leader in Daniel Joseph, proven linemen in Savion Jackson and C.J. Clark along with a slew of emerging names that will make an impact this year. Can this defensive line be even better than the 2020 season? How important was the return of Joseph for the Wolfpack? Will the nose tackle spot remain a strength for the defense? Who are the players primed to make a huge jump this fall?
The Wolfpack has several key faces across the entire football team, but two of the biggest leaders and talents are along the offensive line. NC State returns Grant Gibson and Ikem Ekwonu at center and tackle, respectively, but have battles at every other spot heading into the 2021 season. Just how important are Gibson and Ekwonu to the success of the program? What makes Ekwonu one of the top talents for the 2022 NFL Draft? Who are the frontrunners for the other three spots heading into fall camp? Which players have breakout potential in the trenches?
NC State opened camp with a massive roster with players staying after the COVID year, but no position has more players than the receiver room. With 20-plus wideouts and tight ends on the roster, Cory and Michael take a look at the skill groups heading into fall camp. What is the impact of Emeka Emezie returning and when might he return to practice? Just how loaded is the slot receiver position? Will this be Devin Carter's breakout campaign? Who are the tight ends to know? What role will Trent Pennix have as an H-back?
NC State opened up the 2021 fall camp with a ton of energy, experience and lofty expectations. Cory and Michael were on hand for the first half of practice, and share their thoughts on what they witnessed on the practice fields. How did Devin Leary look under center early on with his weapons back? Who were the standouts on the defensive side of the ball? Which new faces made an early impact? We break it all down with less than one month before the start of the season.
There is talent all over the field for NC State heading into the 2021 season, but the running backs on the roster might be the most dynamic playmakers for the Wolfpack. With Zonovan Knight, Ricky Person, Jordan Houston and Trent Pennix all returning along with several other talented backs, this position is loaded once again. Cory and Michael break down the position from top to bottom, including areas for improvement at the position. What does Bam Knight need to do to become an every down back? How will Person follow up on his career year this fall? Will Houston and Pennix be a bigger part of the passing game for the Pack?
We're less than one month away from NC State's 2021 football season kicking off on Sept. 2. With the Wolfpack recently kicking off fall camp this week, Michael and Cory will take a look at every position leading up to the matchup with South Florida. What should be expected from Devin Leary after returning from injury? What needs to happen for Devin Leary to take the next step? Who are the contenders for the backup QB spot? How critical is it to have nearly all the weapons back around Leary?
With ACC Media Days officially underway, the 2021 football season is inching closer every single day. One star player that didn't make the trip to Charlotte was stud RB Zonovan Knight, but he joined Cory Smith on the Pack Pride Podcast prior to the season kicking off. Bam discusses the preseason hype building around him, his own expectations for this fall, the chemistry and talent among the running backs for the Pack, his dream NIL deal and much more with Pack Pride!
With the season just 45 days away, linebacker Payton Wilson joins Cory Smith to discuss his return to NC State. The All-ACC First Teamer breaks down his reasoning for coming back to Raleigh, what he plans to improve this year and more. Wilson gives his thoughts on his recovery from shoulder surgery, why the linebacker corps can be one of the best in the country, his relationship with Devin Leary and development under Coach Thunder.
Heading into the 2021 season, there's been a lot of focus placed on the 18 returning starters on offense and defense for NC State. But returning a record-breaking kicker like Christopher Dunn is another reason to be optimistic about the Pack in 2021. Dunn joins the Pack Pride Podcast with Cory Smith to discuss the records he's already broken, how he's improved this offseason, recovering from a late-season injury, his expectations for the program and much more!
One of the lone question marks heading into 2021 for NC State football is: Who will step up after Alim McNeill headed to the NFL? C.J. Clark has been the answer for the Wolfpack this offseason, showing out in camp, the spring game and workouts to earn his role. Clark joined Cory Smith on the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss what he's learned the last two years, why he feels he's ready to be a starter, how the 2019 recruiting class has shaped the defense, his number change and much more!
With the 2021 college football season less than two months away, NC State QB Devin Leary joins the Pack Pride Podcast with Cory Smith to discuss his return from a broken left fibula, confidence of the team and much more. Leary explains how his mindset has changed after recovering from the season-ending injury, how prepared he is to take over Tim Beck's offense again and the ceiling for NC State heading into this fall.
With the NC State season wrapping up, James and Cory are joined by Lauren Brownlow of WRAL Sports Fan to discuss the end of the year, her upcoming episode of "NC State Stuff" and much more! Cory and James also hand out their awards for Player of the Year, Team of the Year, Best Game and much more in the second segment in the final podcast of the season.
By now, everyone knows NC State's season ended in abrupt fashion with an exit from Omaha due to COVID-19 protocols. Andrew and Alec look back on a rollercoaster season for the Pack9 that finished with a massive run to the College World Series semifinals. The guys take one final look back on the run to Omaha, how things ended for the Pack, the awards season haul for the players, hand out their own awards and preview what comes next and who could be back for the 2022 season.
Over the last four days, NC State went from a state of euphoria in Omaha to having its opportunity ripped away by the NCAA. James and Cory break down everything that transpired, their reactions to the Pack9's exit and more. We also discuss the game on Friday for the "Pack13," the reception by NC State fans on Saturday at Doak Field and the response from the administration -- including thoughts on Cory's interview with Boo Corrigan on Monday.
Over the weekend, NC State baseball was removed from the College World Series by the NCAA due to COVID-19 protocols. As more information continues to come out, we were joined by Wolfpack Athletics Director Boo Corrigan to break down exactly what transpired and what NC State did to combat the decision. Corrigan also discusses the events that took place, the lack of transparency by the NCAA, the AP report that contradicts the NCAA's release, the players tested prior to Friday's game that weren't able to arrive in time and much more. Cory and Corrigan also discuss the reception for the Pack9 at Doak Field and plans for a new stadium for the Wolfpack and much more.
NC State's football recruiting continues to stay red hot with three commits in a five-day span for the 2022 class all on the defensive side of the ball. Michael and Cory break down the additions of defensive backs Isaiah Crowell and Darius Edmundson and the four-star commit from edge rusher Brandon Cleveland. What does each player add to the defense in the future? What took place for the Wolfpack to pull Cleveland out of Florida? How many spots are left after the Pack has now reached double-digit commits for the 2022 class? And most importantly -- who's next?
After getting off to a 2-0 start in the College World Series for the first time in program history, NC State is three wins away from a National Championship. Alec and Andrew break down the road ahead and what the Pack9 must do against Vanderbilt to advance to the Best of 3 Finals. What were the guys' thoughts on the first two games for the Pack? Who should start for NC State on Friday and (possibly) Saturday against the Commodores? Will State see Vandy's 1-2 punch of Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter -- and does the Pack even care? We discuss it all on this week's episode of Sawyer & Ciencin ahead of one of the biggest weeks in NC State baseball history!
NC State is headed to the College World Series semifinals after starting off 2-0 in Omaha, so we decided to get Brett Kinneman on to hear about his experience. The former NC State slugger is currently a student assistant with the team and joined James and Cory to break down the Pack's run, Elliott Avent's impact and much more. Cory and James also discuss the Wolfpack's recent success on the football recruiting trail -- including the Pack's latest commit on Tuesday evening.
NC State just keeps on rolling in recruiting, this week adding two of its long-time top targets in the 2022 class. Cory and Michael break down the commitments of four-star running back Michael Allen and high three-star cornerback Jackson Vick in the same week. How did the Wolfpack land each target after more than a year of recruiting them? What makes Vick one of the top DBs in the state? Who is the best comparison for Allen at running back? And most importantly -- who's next?!
Heading into the Fayetteville Super Regional, only one analyst for D1Baseball believed the Pack9 would take down No. 1 Arkansas. That man was Eric Sorenson, and he joined Alec and Andrew on this week's Sawyer & Ciencin Podcast. Sorenson breaks down why he picked NC State to advance to Omaha, his thoughts on Elliott Avent and previews the rest of the field. Alec and Andrew also take a look back on the Pack's performance in Fayetteville and the trip to Omaha in the final segment.
NC State took down the No. 1 team in the country, taking two wins over Arkansas in Fayetteville to advance to the College World Series for the third time in program history. Cory and James were joined this week by Carlos Rodon and Andrew Ciencin to discuss the last trip to Omaha and what this year's berth means for the program. We break down everything from Rodón's start to the season, how this CWS trip shapes Elliott Avent's legacy, what to expect in Omaha and Ciencin's good luck charm. The guys also give their thoughts on on a hot-button topic -- why the Pack9 deserves a new stadium.
NC State swept the Ruston Regionals over the weekend, going 3-0 to advance to the Fayetteville Super Regionals. Alec and Andrew discuss the huge weekend for the Pack9 that led to the first Supers berth since the 2013 season in Arkansas. In the second half of the show, Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball joins Alec at the 32:35 mark to break down the strong start for the Pack, why Arkansas is considered the No. 1 team in the country and State's chances at advancing to the College World Series.
The ball just keeps on rolling for NC State in the 2022 class, with two of the top defensive targets both committing on Tuesday evening. The Wolfpack landed in-state linebackers Daejuan Thompson and Torren Wright after their first unofficial visits -- on the same day! Michael and Cory break down what the commitments mean for the Pack, how important both are heading into a critical week ahead and what comes next for State in the 2022 class.
NC State baseball swept the Ruston Regional, going 3-0 with two wins over No. 1 Louisiana Tech to advance to the Super Regionals. Sawyer & Ciencin host Alec Sawyer joins James and Cory to break down the weekend and look ahead to what comes next. James and Cory also recap the week for NC State in football recruiting, the first weekend of Dave Doeren camps and take a look at the absurd 2.5-win over-under for the Wolfpack in ACC play this fall.
NC State landed its second top target in less than four days and first defensive commit of the 2022 class in Nick Campbell. The defensive end pulled the trigger on Sunday evening after his official visit, so Michael and Cory break down the latest commit on the Pack22 Podcast. How impactful can he be in the 3-3-5 defensive scheme? What makes him the top DL target on NC State's board? How important is the connection with past players in recruiting? We discuss that and take a look back on the first weekend of NC State summer camps.
NC State came up short in the ACC Championship Game, but still locked up one of the top No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Alec and Andrew discuss the Pack's showing in Charlotte and the Ruston Regional. What did the guys learn about the Pack9 during the ACC Tournament run? How likely is it that NC State can advance to the Super Regionals? Which players will need to step up this weekend? We cover it all on this week's podcast!