Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett and Boston College signal caller Tyler Murphy know each other well, as they sat in the same meeting room for two years. Both are transfers from the University of Florida and were teammates in 2011 and 2012.
Brissett played in 13 games during those two seasons, while Murphy played in three. Last season, while Brissett was sitting out at NC State due to transfer rules, Murphy saw action in nine games for the Gators, starting six.
Baumann Makes History
One of the top performances turned in this season has been by senior punter Wil Baumann - a Ray Guy Award candidate for 2014. Baumann currently leads the ACC in punting average with 48 yards per punt - the second-best mark in the FBS and a mark that would set an ACC record if the season ended today.
Two weeks ago, Baumann broke Austin Herbert's career record for punts and now has 231 for his four-year career as a starter. Last week at Clemson, he broke Herbert's record for career punting yards and now boasts 9,344 - the 12th-best mark in ACC history.
Former Gridiron Greats Now Hall of Famers
NC State inducted 10 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a Friday evening gala and three are former Wolfpack football greats. Two have been inducted in to the NFF College Football Hall of Fame.
The late Dennis Byrd was the ACC's first three-time first-team All-ACC selection, earning honors from 1965 to 1967 and was the Wolfpack's first consensus All-American in 1967. A two-time All-America honoree, his No. 77 jersey was retired in 2001 and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1967, Byrd helped NC State reach its highest ranking ever (No. 3), on the backs of its famous "White Shoes" defense.
Danny Peebles was a nine-time All-American in track and field for the Wolfpack from 1984-88, but also starred for Dick Sheridan's football squad - catching 65 passes for 1,086 yards during his career. A two-time Peach Bowl participant, he made what is considered one of the top catches in the history of Carter-Finley Stadium, when he caught 35-yard pass from Erik Kramer vs. South Carolina on Nov. 6, 1986. He was a second-round draft pick (No. 33 overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1989 NFL draft and played three NFL seasons until a severe neck injury ended his career.
Jack McDowall for a four-sport athlete from 1926-29 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. He was named the top athlete in the first half-century of NC State athletics and was a member of the Pack's first Southern Conference championship team in 1927.
174 & Counting
When quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw an interception early in the second quarter of the Wolfpack's season opener, his head coach had an interesting response. He told him: "Congratulations. You just threw your first interception. Glad you got that out of your system."
Brissett listened to his head coach and in his next 174 pass attempts, has not thrown to a member of the opposing team. He has, however, thrown 13 touchdown passes since then.
Brissett posts the second-highest number of completions in the ACC with 119. His streak without throwing a pick ranks as the eighth longest in ACC history.
NC State will have to wait longer than any team in the ACC to have a weekend off this season. The Wolfpack's bye week isn't until Oct. 25 - week 9 of the season. Only Louisville, NC State's week 8 opponent, has to wait as long among league teams.
Three teams (Miami, Pitt and Virginia Tech) will get a Saturday off before Thursday night games, but every other team besides the `Pack and the Cardinals will have a true bye week.
Pack Hits the Road
The Boston College contest will be the only one the Wolfpack plays in Carter-Finley Stadium in October. State will play at Louisville, have a long-awaited bye week and then travel to Syracuse before finally returning home to face Georgia Tech on Nov. 8.
The Wolfpack rushed for 162.7 yards per game in 2013 - the highest average for an NC State squad in 16 years (when the 1997 squad rushed for 178.8 yds/game). This season, Dave Doeren's squad is averaging 212.8 yards on the ground per game (32nd in FBS) and has 14 rushing touchdowns - a mark which ties as the second-highest in the ACC this week.
In 144 rushes between the Pack's top three backs, there have been just three tackles for loss (only eight yards).
In the three weeks prior to a 161 yard rushing performance against FSU, State had rushed for 242 yards vs. Old Dominion, 315 vs. USF (the highest total in 20 years) and 265 against Presbyterian. It marked the first time since 1994 that the Wolfpack has rushed for 200+ yards in three consecutive games.
It's Bo Time
Freshman wide receiver Bo Hines has been QB Jacoby Brissett's favorite target in 2014. The Charlotte native leads the team with 24 receptions, a 13-yards-per-catch average.
Hines turned in the longest play of the game last week against top-ranked Florida State, taking the Wolfpack's second play of the game to the house for a 54-yard touchdown.
Fernandez Finds Football
The middle linebacker spot is crucial in the Wolfpack's 4-2-5 defense as that position makes the calls for the front six. Redshirt freshman Jerod Fernandez has continued to improve each week for the Wolfpack at MLB and currently ranks second on the team in tackles with 45.
Fernandez had the best outing of his young career in the loss to No. 1 Florida State, as he picked off Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston twice in the contest. He was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for that contest.