The NC State football season opener for 2022 is at East Carolina on Sept. 3 — or 29 days away from Friday. The Wolfpacker continues its countdown for the season with notes about the number 29.
29: Significant notes involving the number 29 in NC State football history
• No. 29 for NC State football this season is a feel-good success story in the making.
Fourth-year redshirt sophomore Christopher Toudle was not the most coveted in-state prospect in the 2019 class while playing at Hoggard High in Wilmington, N.C. The On3 Consensus had Toudle rated the No. 44 prospect in the state of North Carolina. All three of Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN had Toudle between No. 42 and 48 in their respective state rankings.
Toudle’s Power Five offers were NC State, Maryland and Wake Forest. Those may have largely been because of one game, when Toudle burned traditional state power Scotland High from Laurinburg, N.C., in the state playoffs during his junior year with seven receptions for 156 yards and four scores.
After redshirting at NC State in 2019, Toudle played eight games in 2020 without catching a pass. Then came a move to tight end, which some speculated in high school (when Toudle was listed at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds) would be the ultimate position for Toudle.
And after the switch came Toudle’s breakout. He started three of 12 games last season and grabbed 19 receptions for 190 yards and four touchdowns. Now listed at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Toudle combines with fifth-year redshirt junior Trent Pennix to give NC State football a potent 1-2 punch of receiving-minded tight ends.
• One former notable No. 29 for NC State was defensive back Brian Williams, who patrolled the secondary from 1998-01. The three-year starter finished with five interceptions, 20 pass breakups and five blocked punts (third most in NC State football history). In 1999, Williams led NC State with 131 tackles, which remains second most in Pack history for a single season by a sophomore.
After his Wolfpack play career, Williams spent 10 seasons in the NFL and had 18 career interceptions.
• Last season’s double-overtime win in Carter-Finley Stadium for NC State over national power Clemson represented win No. 29 in program history against the Tigers. The Textile Bowl trophy is featured prominently in the lobby of the Murphy Center next to the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl trophy that was awarded to the Wolfpack after UCLA dropped out of the game.
• NC State football clinched its first ACC title in 1957 with a 29-26 win at South Carolina. Pack legend Dick Christy scored all 29 points for the Wolfpack in the victory. Christy was named a first-team All-American at season’s end.
• Under head coach Dave Doeren, NC State football is 3-1 on games played on the 29th of the month. However, there are no games on that day this season. Instead of playing Saturday, Oct. 29, NC State is hosting Virginia Tech for a Thursday night game on the 27th, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff that will be nationally televised on ESPN.