Irving, a senior from Wallace, North Carolina, was expected to be one of the league's stars in 2009 but missed the season after sustaining serious injuries in an automobile accident. He returned during spring practice and is now the Wolfpack's starting middle linebacker.
In 2008 he averaged 8.7 tackles per game and intercepted four passes, the highest total ever by an N.C State linebacker. For his efforts, Irving was named honorable mention All-ACC despite missing four games due to a nagging ankle injury.
Spencer, a senior from Leland, North Carolina, burst on the scene in 2008 when he finished the season ranked seventh in the ACC in receiving yards per game with 53.2 and averaged 22.3 yards per catch... a new ACC and Wolfpack single-season record. The record wouldn't stand long as he broke his own mark in 2009 when he caught 30 balls for 765 yards, an average of 25.5 yards per catch which led the country.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder runs terrific routes and is extremely fast. He'll be back this fall looking to give the Pack one of the top offenses in the ACC.
The football student-athletes who will be attending the 2010 ACC Football Kickoff are:
Boston College: Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle, Senior, Hawthorn Woods, Ill. Mark Herzlich, Linebacker, Senior, Wayne, Pa.
Clemson: Chris Hairston, Offensive Tackle, Senior, Winston-Salem, N.C. DeAndre McDaniel, Safety, Senior, Tallahassee, Fla.
Duke: Bryan Morgan, Center, Senior, Hoover, Ala. Chris Rwabukamba, Cornerback, Senior, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Florida State: Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Senior, Colleyville, Tex. Everett Dawkins, Defensive Tackle, Sophomore, Spartanburg, S.C.
Georgia Tech: Roddy Jones, A-Back, Junior, Stone Mountain, Ga. Jason Peters, Defensive End, Junior, Baton Rouge, La.
Maryland: Torrey Smith, Wide Receiver-Kickoff Returner, Junior, Colonial Beach, Va. Alex Wujciak, Linebacker, Senior, West Caldwell, N.J.
Miami: Matt Bosher, Placekicker/Punter, Senior, Jupiter, Fla. Allen Bailey, Defensive Tackle/End, Senior, Sapelo, Ga.
North Carolina: T. J. Yates, Quarterback, Senior, Marietta, Ga. Robert Quinn, Defensive End, Junior, Ladson, S.C. .
N C State: Owen Spencer, Wide Receiver, Senior, Leland, N.C. Nate Irving, Linebacker, Senior, Wallace, N.C.
Virginia: Marc Verica, Quarterback, Senior, Lansdowne, Pa. Ras-I Dowling, Cornerback, Senior, Chesapeake, Va.
Virginia Tech: Tyrod Taylor, Quarterback, Senior, Hampton, Va. John Graves, Defensive Tackle, Senior, Richmond, Va.
Wake Forest: Josh Adams, Running Back, Senior, Cary, N.C. Russell Nenon, Center, Senior, Memphis, Tenn.