On Tuesday the Associated Press released its preseason All-America team, and two NC State players were justly recognized.
Bradley Chubb, senior, made first-team defensive end. With all the love the whole defensive line is getting this offseason, this is just the icing on the cake. Now it’s time to go out and smash that cake into opposing quarterbacks.
Jaylen Samuels, senior, made Second Team for the fitting position of All-Purpose Player. He was beaten out for first team by fellow ACC “all around guy” Quadree Henderson. FYI, the Wolfpack play at Pitt on October 14, in case JaySam wanted to question the AP’s choice. Just saying.
Time and again we’ve seen these lists, along with preseason predictions, be met with results that are, let’s just say, undependable. But the one thing we can glean is that people are indeed paying attention to the talent assembled on this roster. Whether that results in wins or points on the scoreboard, well that’s why they play the games, as they say.
The attention being paid shouldn’t be taken lightly. Take, for instance, the fact that the ACC has the most number of players on the First Team All-American than any other conference. Not to mention these types of accolades no doubt aid the coaching staff in continuing to keep the recruiting trail hot.
REPRESENT!— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) August 22, 2017
7⃣ @ACCFootball players earn preseason @AP All-America first-team honors, most of ANY conference. pic.twitter.com/8ag6k94N0m
Don’t let your casual football friends skate by when they try to say that the SEC is the most loaded football conference. We can shout all we want for people to pay attention and respect this conference, now it appears people are doing so. The ACC might (MIGHT!) just have the best football AND basketball conference, when’s the last time anyone could say that? It’s at least a legit debate, one would have to admit.
N.C. State can contribute to this debate with a win over South Carolina... and maybe FSU too, since they’re playing some team from Alabama.
Can we just kick the ball off already?