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Angeline, Dunn, and Gill named to positional preseason award watch lists

A trio of NC State players earn preseason recognition

North Carolina State v Syracuse Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Cary Angeline, Christopher Dunn, and Trenton Gill were named to their respective positional preseason award watch lists this week. Another reason for a hopeful bounce-back for the Wolfpack in 2020 after a down campaign a year ago.

Angeline was named to the John Mackey Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s best college tight end (/snicker). In his second season with the Pack since transferring in from USC, Angeline hauled in 25 passes for 379 yards and 5 touchdowns on his way to Honorable Mention All-ACC honors. As noted earlier this offseason, he’s a prime breakout candidate at the TE position given his big-play, down-field abilities.

Dunn has been fantastic since joining the Wolfpack in 2018 and immediately taking over as the starting placekicker. He is 44-of-50 (88.0%) on field goal attempts for his career and has knocked down all 79 of his extra-point attempts (/knocks_on_wood). Rightfully, Dunn - a two-time 2nd Team All-ACC performer, was named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, the award handed out to the nation’s top collegiate placekicker.

Gill kicked the piss out the football in 2019, his first year of action with the Pack, breaking the single-season program record for punting average by piss-kicking the ball 47.6 yards per punt on 56 punts. That effort was someone only good enough for a 3rd Team All-ACC nod. Gill has been named to the Ray Guy Award watch list for the nation’s best college punter.