Over the years NC State has boasted numerous walk-ons that made significant contributions on the field for the Wolfpack. This fall the Pack will welcome a couple of brothers who hope to continue that tradition.
Will and Tyler Dabbs announced a few weeks ago their intentions to walk on at NC State. Both have had successful prep careers at Morehead High School in Eden (NC). Although Tyler missed his senior season due to injury, Will had a monster year. He rarely left the field and put up some eye-popping numbers.
Lining up at quarterback, Dabbs completed 187 of 296 passes for 2,525 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,131 yards on 188 carries while adding an additional 17 touchdowns on the ground.
On defense Dabbs lined up at safety and totaled 124 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one blocked field goal. If all that wasn’t enough, he also was the team punter and averaged a respectable 39.8 yards per punt on 30 kicks.
While helping Morehead to a 10-4 record, Dabbs finished the year with all-conference and all-area honors and was named conference defensive player of the year.
When it came time to pick a future college, Dabbs had several FBS options but was most impressed with one school in particular.
“Both of us really wanted to play football at a division one school and we wanted to stay together,” Dabbs told Pack Pride. “We had two other (FBS) walk-on opportunities at UNC and Appalachian State but the coaches at NC State, they were just so great to us when we went down there. The coaches all knew our names and they were all just so good to us so that’s what led us to make that decision.
“Of course they’re a great football program and they’re great academically but like I was saying, when we went there the coaches were so good to us and they’ve been nice to us throughout the whole recruiting process. Coach Doeren, he’s a big FCA guy and that was definitely a plus for us.”
Dabbs (5-10, 185 pounds) said he expects to begin his career at safety for NC State while his brother will likely start out at running back or slot receiver. Both brothers plan to major in Human Biology before moving on to Med School after NC State. They plan to arrive in June for the start of the summer session.