Updated Entry – July 30th
We just ran across this link to the Top 100 College Football Blogs. Guess who is included on the list? Thanks so much!
On a related note, take a moment to click on our Blogroll link at the top of the page and surf some of our links. We’ve been trying to update our outbound links. If you run across any links that are obsolete or know of any sites/blogs/links that we should add then just drop it into the comments section below.
Original Entry – July 28, 2009
Let’s try to leave personal political opinions out of the mix for a bit – even though we did recently ‘go Obama’, didn’t we.
We just wanted to share this link to the New York Times preview of the 2009 NC State Football team for two reasons:
- First, it is a very thorough article
- Second, it throws a big shout out to StateFansNation and we are very appreciative
One really doesn’t expect level of detail contained in the following from a national outlet like the New York Times.
The potential loss of Irving really hurts the Wolfpack, but the team remains solid on its front seven. This is mostly due to the line, which again features a handful of players with all-conference potential. At end, the senior Willie Young led the Wolfpack with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks last fall, and led all defensive linemen with 54 tackles. He’ll earn all-A.C.C. honors as a senior, as will tackle Alan-Michael Cash, who added 35 tackles (4.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks a season ago despite missing three games. This standout pair will be joined in the starting lineup by the senior tackle Leroy Burgess and the senior end Shea McKeen, giving the Wolfpack one of the most experienced front fours in the A.C.C. Adding to the mix at end is the talented sophomore Jeff Rieskamp, who showed a knack for getting into the backfield in his 21-tackle, 2-sack rookie campaign. With Irving’s status in doubt, the Wolfpack will need a big performance from middle linebacker Ray Michel, the unit’s lone returning starter. Last fall the senior led the team with 102 tackles (3.5 for loss); I expect that number to increase in his final season. The sophomore Audie Cole was poised to battle fellow sophomore Dwayne Maddox for the starting spot on the strong side, but given Irving’s injury, he may return to the weak side, where he spent last season as a reserve. The redshirt freshmen William Beasley and Terrell Manning are also options on the outside.
The Times’ preseason ranking for State is #36. Last year they ranked State #80 in the preseason.
Where do N.C. State fans congregate? You can find solid chatter and football recruiting coverage at The Wolfpacker or Pack Pride. For a blog’s take, check out StateFansNation.com and Backing the Pack. Update: For yet another N.C. State sports blog, visit, you guessed it, Yet Another N.C. State Sports Blog.
Take a moment and note the “Update” in that quote. This is really interesting. Yesterday’s original version included a preference for the conversation at TheWolfWeb, which served to implicitly criticize the conversation at Pack Pride & The Wolfpacker. But, the updated version has stricken the mention of the TheWolfWeb and has added “Yet Another” to the list (I am guessing after someone complained?)
This stuff never ceases to amaze me.
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