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NC State Newsstand: Leary discusses emerging playmakers

Ethan McDowell08/05/22
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MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 23: Devin Leary #13 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack throws a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

NC State’s 2022 football season is here, and there will be no shortage of news for the rest of the year. Our daily ‘Newsstands’ will be a way for our readers to catch up on what they missed from the day before. 

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The Wolfpacker’s Friday morning newsstand 

NC State football’s Fall camp is officially underway, and so is the preseason hype train. During the media availability following the Wolfpack’s first practice, Devin Leary talked about some athletes poised to make plays this year, and the quarterback shared his reaction to his ACC Preseason Player of the Year accolade.

Here’s more from The Wolfpacker’s article ‘Devin Leary discusses emerging playmakers and preseason awards.’

Leary recently moved into a new apartment and was checking his phone when the award, featuring the senior signal caller, popped up on his timeline. A couple of weeks later, Leary strapped on his helmet for the first day of Fall camp and took the first practice snaps of the most anticipated season of his career. 

After Wednesday’s practice, he acknowledged what the preseason award from the conference meant to him. 

“It’s a huge honor,” Leary said. “It’s definitely a huge honor to be recognized at that national stage. But for me, I know that the biggest thing, with personal accolades, it comes with team success. That has always been my priority. As long as our team is doing good, all those personal accolades and recognition will just follow up with that.”

From Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman to Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, the ACC is stacked with quarterback talent this year. Leary threw for 3433 yards and 35 touchdowns last year but did not make the all-conference team. 

Headed into the 2022 season, he knows he will be competing against a similar, if not higher, level of talent in the conference. 

“I think there’s a bunch of great quarterbacks in the ACC,” Leary said. “It’s going to be really competitive this year. . .

“I’m very confident in our team, I think we built a great team around me, defensively, offensively, special teams, and that’s all just going to translate onto the field this year.” 

Tweets of the day

Running back Jordan Houston is one of the athletes Leary praised after Wednesday’s practice.

Eric Mac Lain ranked NC State center Grant Gibson as the best at his position in the ACC.

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Quote of the day

This quote is from four-star safety and NC State-commit Zack Myers in the The Wolfpacker‘s article ‘What is the class of 2023 saying about NC State’s coaching staff?

“[The coaches have] all been married for longer than I’ve been alive,” Myers said. “Great family men, that’s really what I’m looking for and stuff like that. So I really like it. I mean, it’s just extended family.”

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