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NC State Wolfpack football

NC State Wolfpack
2015 NC State Wolfpack football team
First season 1892
Head coach Dave Doeren
3rd year, 15–16 (.484)
Home stadium Carter–Finley Stadium
Stadium capacity 57,583[1]
Stadium surface Grass
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Conference ACC
Division Atlantic
All-time record 563–543–55 (.509)
Postseason bowl record 15–12–1 (.554)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 11 (7 ACC, 3 SAIAA, 1 Southern)
Consensus All-Americans 6

Red and White

Fight song NC State Fight Song
Mascot Mr. and Ms. Wuf
Marching band The Power Sound of the South
Rivals North Carolina
Wake Forest
East Carolina

The NC State Wolfpack football team represents North Carolina State University in the sport of American football. The Wolfpack competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Prior to joining the ACC in 1953, the Wolfpack were a member of the Southern Conference. As a member of the ACC, the Wolfpack has won seven conference championships and participated in 27 bowl games, of which the team has won fifteen. NC State is currently coached by Dave Doeren. In their latest season under Doeren, the Wolfpack finished 8-5 after a victory over UCF in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Since 1966, the Wolfpack has played its home games at Carter-Finley Stadium. On September 16, 2010, NC State restored the tradition of having a live mascot on the field as a wolf-like Tamaskan Dog named Tuffy was on the sidelines for the Cincinnati game in Raleigh.[2] Since then, Tuffy has not missed a Wolfpack football game in Carter-Finley Stadium.


  • History 1
    • Early history (1892–1936) 1.1
    • Williams Newton era (1937–1943) 1.2
    • Beattie Feathers era (1944–1951) 1.3
    • Horace Hendrickson era (1952–1953) 1.4
    • Earle Edwards era (1954–1970) 1.5
    • Al Michaels era (1971) 1.6
    • Lou Holtz era (1972–1975) 1.7
    • Bo Rein era (1976–1979) 1.8
    • Monte Kiffin era (1980–1982) 1.9
    • Tom Reed era (1983–1985) 1.10
    • Dick Sheridan era (1986–1992) 1.11
    • Mike O'Cain era (1993–1999) 1.12
    • Chuck Amato era (2000–2006) 1.13
    • Tom O'Brien era (2007–2012) 1.14
    • Dave Doeren era (2013–present) 1.15
  • Culture 2
    • Riddick Stadium 2.1
    • Carter-Finley Stadium 2.2
    • Mascot 2.3
  • Rivalries 3
  • Team achievements 4
    • Conference championships 4.1
    • Bowl games 4.2
    • Final poll rankings 4.3
    • Yearly results 4.4
  • Individual honors 5
    • List of All-Americans 5.1
    • First-Team Walter Camp All-Americans 5.2
    • NCAA District III Coach of the Year 5.3
    • NCAA Region I Coach of the Year 5.4
    • Lou Groza Award 5.5
    • Outland Trophy 5.6
    • Jack Tatum Award 5.7
    • Retired Football Jerseys 5.8
    • Wolfpack in the NFL Draft 5.9
      • Number 1 Overall Picks 5.9.1
      • Draftees since 1999 5.9.2
  • Head coaching history 6
  • Future non-conference opponents 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Early history (1892–1936)

NC State (then known as The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts) played its first football game against a team from the Raleigh Male Academy on March 12, 1892 in what is now Pullen Park. The Aggies, whose colors were blue and pink, won 12-6 in front of more than 200 spectators. The following year, the school played its first intercollegiate game: a 12-6 victory over Tennessee College.[3] The program's long-standing rivalry with nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began on October 12, 1894 with a 44-0 UNC victory in Chapel Hill. Eight days later, the team (then called the Farmers) lost again to UNC, 16-0 in Raleigh.[4] In 1895, under third-year coach Bart Gatling, the team wore red and white uniforms for the first time.[3] Over the next five seasons the program continued to try to establish itself, achieving only one winning season during the period. The football team has also only had scholarship football players since 1933, prior to that all Wolfpack athletics consisted entirely of non-scholarship student athletes.

In 1906, in a game against Randolph-Macon in Raleigh, the Farmers attempted their first forward pass, a play that had only recently become legal and at the time was still considered a "trick" play.[3] The following season was the program's most successful yet. Under coach Mickey Whitehurst, A&M won the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship with a 6–0–1 record. That season, the program also recorded its first ever victory over Virginia.[5] The Farmers played their home games that season on campus at the New Athletic Park, which would later be known as Riddick Stadium.[6] In addition to Pullen Park, the state fairgrounds had hosted some games prior to the opening of the new stadium.[7]

The team won a second South Atlantic championship in 1910 under coach Edward Green, finishing with a record of 4–0–2. A win over Virginia Tech in Norfolk that season was dubbed the "biggest game ever played in the South". Coach Green led team to a third conference championship in 1913, with a record of 6–1.[6]

The 1918 season was cut short due to the United States' entrance into John Ripple was named the program's first All-American. The following season, on October 23, the Farmers resumed play with North Carolina after a 14-year hiatus. The Tar Heels won the game 13-12 in Raleigh. It wasn't until 1920 that A&M defeated the rival Tar Heels for the first time.[6]

In 1921 State College began wearing red sweaters and were referred to by the local media as the Wolfpack. The program joined the Southern Conference that year and would win the conference title six seasons later under coach Gus Tebell and running back Jack McDowall. The 1930 season saw the installation of field lighting at Riddick Stadium, as the Wolfpack defeated High Point University, 37-0, in the team's first ever night game.[6]

Williams Newton era (1937–1943)

Williams Newton took over as State's head coach in 1937, and under his tutelage the team compiled a record of 24–39–6.[7][8] Under Newton, State employed a ground-oriented, hard nose attack that put pressure on the opposing interior linemen. Newton left NC State after seven seasons to accept the head football coach position at South Carolina.

Beattie Feathers era (1944–1951)

Coach Feathers

In 1944, State hired Beattie Feathers as head coach. Feathers, a former star at Tennessee and the first NFL running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, compiled a 37–38–8 record in eight seasons, the program's most successful coaching tenure yet. In Feathers' second season, Wolfpack defensive player Howard "Touchdown" Turner returned an interception 105 yards against Duke, a record that still stands as the longest play in Wolfpack history. The 1946 season began with wins over Duke and Clemson, earning the program their first appearance in the UPI poll (19th). 1947 saw the Wolfpack reach their first ever bowl game, the second annual Gator Bowl. The team lost to Oklahoma, 34-13, and finished the season at 8–3, the highest win total since finishing 9–1 in 1927. The Wolfpack's first ever nationally televised game was played in 1950. State defeated eighth-ranked Maryland 16-13 in College Park.[6] The game aired on the now-defunct Dumont Television Network.

Horace Hendrickson era (1952–1953)

Horace Hendrickson was promoted from assistant coach to head coach after Feathers' departure. Under Hendrickson's tutelage, the Wolfpack struggled, compiling a record of 4–16. Hendrickson was fired after two seasons due to the team's struggles.

NC State joined the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953 as a charter member. The team finished 1–9 that year under head coach Hendrickson.[6]

Earle Edwards era (1954–1970)

Coach Edwards

Earle Edwards was hired as the team's head coach before the 1954 season. Edwards had previously been an assistant at Michigan State under Biggie Munn and at Penn State under Bob Higgins.[9] Edwards' teams compiled a record of 77–88–8.[10] Edwards is the longest tenured coach in NC State Wolfpack football history and holds the program records for games coached, wins, and losses.[10] His teams won five Atlantic Coast Conference titles and made two Liberty Bowl appearances.[10] Four times he was named the ACC Coach of the Year.[10] Edwards produced eight All-Americans: Dick Christy, halfback (1957), Roman Gabriel, quarterback (1960, 1961), Don Montgomery, defensive end (1963), Dennis Byrd, defensive tackle (1966, 1967), Fred Combs, defensive back (1967), Gerald Warren, kicker (1967), Ron Carpenter, defensive tackle (1968), and Cary Metts, center, (1968).[11] Though Edwards' tenure wasn't overly successful from a record standpoint, it was the most successful tenure of any head coach to that point and laid the foundation for future successes to occur.

Edwards retired after seventeen seasons as the Wolfpack's head football coach.[12]

Al Michaels era (1971)

After Edwards' retirement, State promoted Al Michaels from assistant coach to head coach. Things didn't pan out for Michaels, as the Wolfpack compiled a 3–8 record in his only year as head coach.[13] Michaels was fired after just one season.[14]

Lou Holtz era (1972–1975)

Coach Holtz

In 1972, State hired Lou Holtz away from William & Mary as head coach. Holtz had a 33–12–3 record in four seasons at NC State.[15] His Wolfpack teams played in four bowl games, going 2–1–1.[15][16] Holtz's 1972 team finished 8–3–1, won the Peach Bowl and finished the season ranked #17 in the final AP poll.[15] Holtz's 1973 team finished 9–3, won the Liberty Bowl and finished the season ranked #16 in the final AP poll.[15] The 1974 team finished 9–2–1, tied in the Bluebonnet Bowl and finished the season ranked #9 in the Coaches' poll and #11 in the AP poll.[15]

Holtz departed the Wolfpack after four seasons to become head coach of the NFL's New York Jets.[17]

Bo Rein era (1976–1979)

When Holtz moved on, Bo Rein, previously offensive coordinator at Arkansas, became the youngest college football head coach upon his hiring by North Carolina State. Guiding the Wolfpack football team, Rein was an advocate of the coaching philosophy of Ohio State's Woody Hayes for whom Rein played. During Rein's four years at NC State, he led the team to two bowl games, defeating Iowa State in the 1977 Peach Bowl and defeating the Pittsburgh in the 1978 Tangerine Bowl.[18] In Rein's final year at NC State, his team won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.[18] Among Rein's top players at NC State were Outland Trophy winner Jim Ritcher, a Center (American football) for the Wolfpack who later started at guard on four Super Bowl teams with the Buffalo Bills, and linebacker Bill Cowher, who later served as head coach of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons and won Super Bowl XL.

Following the 1979 season, Rein resigned as head football coach at State to accept the same position at LSU, but Rein died tragically in a plane crash before ever coaching a game for the Tigers.[19][20]

Following every season, the NC State football team awards the "Bo Rein Award" to a player that makes a vital contribution in an unsung role.[21]

Monte Kiffin era (1980–1982)

After Rein's departure, NC State hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin as head coach.[22] Kiffin served three seasons at State and his teams compiled a 16–17 record.[23] Kiffin's defensive coordinator during his three seasons at NCSU was Pete Carroll.[22][24] Kiffin decided to leave NCSU after three seasons to pursue coaching opportunities in the NFL.

Tom Reed era (1983–1985)

Tom Reed was hired away from Miami (OH) to take over as head coach of the Wolfpack after Kiffin's departure.[25] State struggled under Reed's leadership, posting three consecutive 3–8 yearly records en route to a 9–24 overall mark.[26] Under mounting pressure from fans, alumni and the school administration, Reed resigned after the 1985 season.[27]

Dick Sheridan era (1986–1992)

State chose Dick Sheridan, head coach at Furman, to take over as head coach of the Wolfpack football program in late 1986.[28] Under the tutelage of coach Sheridan, the Wolfpack compiled a record of 52–29–3.[29] State made six bowl appearances (two wins) and finished ranked in either the AP or Coaches poll three times.[29]

Sheridan retired unexpectedly after seven seasons, citing health concerns and emotional issues.[30]

Mike O'Cain era (1993–1999)

Mike O'Cain was promoted from quarterbacks coach to head coach after Sheridan's retirement. Under O'Cain, the Wolfpack compiled a record of 41–40.[31] O'Cain's seven-year tenure saw three bowl appearances, including a win in the 1994 Peach Bowl.[31]

Despite mostly winning seasons, O'Cain's 1995 and 1996 teams finished with 3–8 records, and although the Wolfpack finished 6–5, 7–5 and 6–6 the next three years, State went 0–7 against archrival North Carolina and fielded mediocre football teams.[32] NCSU fired O'Cain after the 1999 season.[32]

Chuck Amato era (2000–2006)

Philip Rivers played at NCSU from 2000-2003

In 2000, longtime college football assistant and NCSU alum Chuck Amato was hired as State's head football coach.[33] Although Amato had no head coaching or coordinating experience, NCSU felt that Amato's eighteen-year tenure as defensive line coach under Bobby Bowden at Florida State, winning two national championships, would help boost recruiting, ticket sales, and program prestige.

Amato accumulated an overall record of 49–37, including a record of 34–17 during the four-year period from 2000 through 2003 while Philip Rivers was the Wolfpack's starting quarterback.[34] Amato's most successful season was in 2002 when the Wolfpack defeated Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl to cap off an 11–win season in which his team finished ranked #12 in the AP poll.[34]

After Philip Rivers graduated and left for the NFL, NC State finished 5–6 in 2004, 7–5 in 2005, and 3–9 in 2006.[34] On November 26, 2006, Amato was fired by NC State athletics director Lee Fowler after a seven–game losing streak capped off the 2006 season.[35] Noted losses include an upset by Akron, a third straight loss to archrival North Carolina, and a loss at home to East Carolina.[35] Highlights of the 2006 season include wins against Boston College and Florida State. In a statement, Fowler acknowledged Amato's "excitement and enthusiasm." This enthusiasm fueled an $87 million renovation to Carter-Finley Stadium. Nonetheless, mediocre 2005 and 2006 seasons led to the decision "to take the program in a new direction."[36]

Tom O'Brien era (2007–2012)

Coach O'Brien

Tom O'Brien was hired away from Boston College and named NCSU head football coach in December 2006.[37] He inherited a team that had gone 3–9 and lost its last seven games. In his first year, after opening the season 1–5, his team pulled together and won four straight games, including a win over 18th-ranked Virginia and tough road wins at East Carolina and Miami. Despite the slow start, his first Wolfpack squad went into the season finale with a bowl bid on the line.[38][39]

The 2008 season will go down as one of the best of O'Brien's tenure, as the Wolfpack became the first in Atlantic Coast Conference history to start the season 0–4 in league play and finish 4–0. The bid to the Bowl marked the ninth bowl invitation in the past 10 years for O'Brien. His freshman quarterback, Russell Wilson, who would go on to become a Super Bowl winning quarterback for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, became the first rookie in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference to be named first-team all-conference at his position and it marked the sixth time in his 19 years in the league that a quarterback under O'Brien's tutelage was named the All-ACC signal caller.[38][39]

In 2009, his team posted wins over Pittsburgh of the Big East and a third-straight win over North Carolina, but was decimated by injuries and finished the season 5–7.[38][39]

After being picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division in the preseason in 2010, the Wolfpack finished tied for second, was one game away from playing for an ACC title and was the third league team picked in the bowl selections. O'Brien's squad was the first Wolfpack team to garner nine wins since 2003 posted State’s first winning season in five years. With the Champs Sports Bowl victory over West Virginia, the 2010 squad tied the second highest win total in school history while finishing 9-4.[39]

In 2011, led by future Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Mike Glennon, the Wolfpack had an 8–5 record.[40]

On November 25, 2012, O'Brien received notice from NC State that he had been dismissed effective immediately despite navigating the team to a 7–5 regular-season record.[41] Athletic director Debbie Yow cited several reasons.[41] She was concerned over lagging season-ticket sales, as well as his approach to recruiting.[41] O'Brien's recruiting classes were frequently in the bottom half of the nation, and Yow wanted a coach who could bring top 25-type talent to Raleigh.[41] NCSU was obligated to pay $1.2 million of non-state funds to O'Brien, as his contract ran through the 2015 season.[42] However, NCSU ended up only having to pay O'Brien $200,000 after the buyout was renegotiated so he could become an assistant at Virginia.[43]

Dave Doeren era (2013–present)

On December 1, 2012, Debbie Yow announced that Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren would be the new head coach of the Wolfpack.[44] His total annual salary is $1.8 million.[45] In Doeren's first season at the helm, the Wolfpack compiled a record of 3–9 and failed to win an ACC game. [46] In his second season, they improved to 8–5 (one of the fastest turnarounds in school history), and won the 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl. They also posted a decisive 35-7 win against archrival North Carolina.[47] Doeren accomplished all this with the 3rd youngest team in the nation.[48]


Riddick Stadium

From 1891 until 1907, the school's first teams played on the open fields that surrounded campus, either at Pullen Park, at the old North Carolina State Fairgrounds or on the farm tracts on the "other" side of the railroad tracks. In 1907, faculty members, alumni and students began collecting money to enclose a large tract of land behind the Main Building that would become the home of the football and baseball teams. The Aggies played their first game there against Randolph Macon, recording a 20-0 win. Wooden grandstands slowly rose on the site, and it was named Riddick Field in 1912, after popular professor W.C. Riddick, who is remembered as the father of athletics at the school.[49]

Carter-Finley Stadium

Carter-Finley Stadium opened in 1966.

Carter-Finley Stadium is the current home to the football team. It was opened in 1966 and now has a seating capacity of 57,583 seats.

The stadium replaced the obsolete on-campus Riddick Stadium and was originally named Carter Stadium, in honor of Harry C. & Wilbert J. "Nick" Carter, both graduates of the university. They were major contributors to the original building of the stadium. The name of Albert E. Finley, another major contributor to the University, was added in 1978.

Carter-Finley has been the home to some of the school’s most decorated athletes: Gerald Warren, Dennis Byrd, the Buckey twins (Don and Dave), ACC-career rushing leader Ted Brown, Joe McIntosh, Erik Kramer, Jamie Barnette, Torry Holt, ACC-passing leader Philip Rivers, NFL No. 1 pick Mario Williams, and Russell Wilson.[49]


Since the 1960s, the Wolfpack has been represented at athletic events by its mascots, Mr. and Ms. Wuf. In print, the 'Strutting Wolf' is used and is known by the name 'Tuffy.' In September 2010, a purebred Tamaskan Dog became the new live mascot.[50][51][52][53][54]


Rival First Meeting Series Leader Series Record
Clemson Tigers 1899 Clemson 28–53–1
Maryland Terrapins 1917 Maryland 32–33–4
East Carolina Pirates 1970 NC State 16–11–0
North Carolina Tar Heels 1894 North Carolina 32–63–6
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 1895 NC State 62–36–6

Team achievements

Conference championships

Year Conference Head Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1907 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Mickey Whitehurst 6–0–1 5–0–0
1910 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eddie Green 4–0–2 2–0–2
1913 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eddie Green 6–1–0 3–0–0
1927 Southern Conference Gus Tebell 9–1–0 4–0–0
1957 Atlantic Coast Conference Earle Edwards 7–1–2 5–0–1
1963 Atlantic Coast Conference Earle Edwards 8–3–0 6–1–0
1964 Atlantic Coast Conference Earle Edwards 5–5–0 5–2–0
1965 Atlantic Coast Conference Earle Edwards 6–4–0 5–2–0
1968 Atlantic Coast Conference Earle Edwards 6–4–0 6–1–0
1973 Atlantic Coast Conference Lou Holtz 9–3–0 6–0–0
1979 Atlantic Coast Conference Bo Rein 7–4–0 5–1–0
11 Conference Championships

Bowl games

Date Bowl Location Outcome Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1947 1947 Gator Bowl Fairfield Stadium (Jacksonville, FL) L Oklahoma 13 34
December 21, 1963 Liberty Bowl Philadelphia Stadium (Philadelphia, PA) L Mississippi State 12 16
December 16, 1967 Liberty Bowl Memphis Memorial Stadium (Memphis, TN) W Georgia 14 7
December 29, 1972 1972 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) W West Virginia 49 13
December 17, 1973 Liberty Bowl Memphis Memorial Stadium (Memphis, TN) W Kansas 31 18
December 23, 1974 Astro–Bluebonnet Bowl Houston Astrodome (Houston, TX) T Houston 31 31
December 31, 1975 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) L West Virginia 10 13
December 31, 1977 1977 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) W Iowa State 24 14
December 23, 1978 Tangerine Bowl Orlando Stadium (Orlando, FL) W Pittsburgh 30 17
December 31, 1986 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) L Virginia Tech 24 25
December 31, 1988 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) W Iowa 28 23
December 31, 1989 Copper Bowl Arizona Stadium (Tucson, AZ) L Arizona 10 17
December 28, 1990 All-American Bowl Legion Field (Birmingham, AL) W Southern Miss 31 27
January 1, 1992 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) L East Carolina 34 37
December 31, 1992 Gator Bowl Gator Bowl Stadium (Jacksonville, FL) L Florida 10 27
January 1, 1994 Hall of Fame Bowl Tampa Stadium (Tampa, FL) L Michigan 7 42
January 1, 1995 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA) W Mississippi State 28 24
December 29, 1998 Micron PC Bowl Pro Player Stadium (Miami, FL) L Miami (FL) 23 46
December 28, 2000 Bowl Pro Player Stadium (Miami, FL) W Minnesota 38 30
December 20, 2001 Tangerine Bowl Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) L Pittsburgh 19 34
January 1, 2003 Gator Bowl Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville, FL) W Notre Dame 28 6
December 22, 2003 Tangerine Bowl Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) W Kansas 56 26
December 31, 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) W South Florida 14 0
December 29, 2008 Bowl Legion Field (Birmingham, AL) L Rutgers 23 29
December 28, 2010 Champs Sports Bowl Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL) W West Virginia 23 7
December 27, 2011 Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) W Louisville 31 24
December 31, 2012 Music City Bowl LP Field (Nashville, TN) L Vanderbilt 24 38
December 26, 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, FL) W UCF 34 27
28 Bowl Games 15–12–1 675 614

Final poll rankings

Year Record Final AP Poll Rank Final Coaches Poll Rank
1946 8–3–0 18
1947 5–3–1 17
1957 7–1–2 15 20
1967 9–2–0 17
1972 8–3–1 17
1973 9–3–0 16
1974 9–2–1 11 9
1977 8–4–0 19
1978 9–3–0 18 19
1988 8–3–1 17
1991 9–3–0 24 25
1992 9–3–1 17 15
1994 9–3–0 17 17
2002 11–3–0 12 11
2010 9-4–0 25 25
15 Years 12 Final Appearances 11 Final Appearances

Yearly results

Individual honors

List of All-Americans

All records per NC State Athletics.[59]

  • John Ripple, Tackle (1918)
  • Mack Stout (1930)
  • Steve Sabol, Center (1935)
  • Ed "Ty" Coon, Tackle (1938, 1939)
  • Elmer Costa, Tackle (1949, 1950)
  • Dick Christy, Halfback (1957)
  • Roman Gabriel, Quarterback (1960, 1961)
  • Don Montgomery, Defensive End (1963)
  • Dennis Byrd, Defensive Tackle (1966, 1967)
  • Fred Combs, Defensive Back (1967)
  • Gerald Warren, Kicker (1967)
  • Ron Carpenter, Defensive Tackle (1968)
  • Carey Metts, Center (1968)
  • Bill Yoest, Guard (1973)
  • Stan Fritts, Fullback (1974)
  • Don Buckey, Split End (1975)
  • Johnny Evans, Punter (1977)
  • Ted Brown, Running Back (1978)
  • Jim Ritcher, Center (1978, 1979)
  • Vaughan Johnson, Linebacker (1983)
  • Nasrallah Worthen, Wide Receiver (1986, 1988)
  • Jesse Campbell, Strong Safety (1989, 1990)
  • Mike Reid, Strong Safety (1992)
  • Sebastian Savage, Cornerback (1992)
  • Steve Videtich, Kicker (1994)
  • Marc Primanti, Placekicker (1996)
  • Torry Holt, Wide Receiver (1998)
  • Lloyd Harrison, Cornerback (1998, 1999)
  • Koren Robinson, Wide Receiver (2000)
  • Levar Fisher, Linebacker (2000)
  • Terrence Holt, Free Safety (2002)
  • Mario Williams, Defensive End (2005)
  • Nate Irving, Linebacker (2010)
  • David Amerson, Cornerback (2011)

First-Team Walter Camp All-Americans

  • Dennis Byrd, Defensive End (1967)
  • Bill Yoest, Guard (1973)
  • Jim Ritcher, Center (1979)
  • David Amerson, Cornerback (2011)

NCAA District III Coach of the Year

NCAA Region I Coach of the Year

Lou Groza Award

Outland Trophy

Jack Tatum Award

Retired Football Jerseys

  • Mario Williams, #9*
  • Russell Wilson, #16*
  • Philip Rivers, #17
  • Roman Gabriel, #18
  • Ted Brown, #23
  • Dick Christy, #40
  • Jim Ritcher, #51
  • Bill Yoest, #63
  • Dennis Byrd,# 77
  • Tory Holt, #81

* Honored but still available jersey numbers. Future players wearing these numbers will have a patch recognizing former players.[60]

Wolfpack in the NFL Draft

Number 1 Overall Picks

Draftees since 1999

Year Round Pick Player NFL Team
2014 NFL Draft 4 129 Dontae Johnson San Francisco 49ers
2013 NFL Draft 2 19 David Amerson Washington Redskins
2013 NFL Draft 3 11 Mike Glennon Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2013 NFL Draft 5 3 Earl Wolff Philadelphia Eagles
2012 NFL Draft 3 69 T. J. Graham Buffalo Bills
2012 NFL Draft 3 75 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks (Played 5th year at Wisconsin)
2012 NFL Draft 5 163 Terrell Manning Green Bay Packers
2012 NFL Draft 7 210 Audie Cole Minnesota Vikings
2012 NFL Draft 7 225 J. R. Sweezy Seattle Seahawks
2012 NFL Draft 7 237 Markus Kuhn New York Giants
2011 NFL Draft 3 67 Nate Irving Denver Broncos
2010 NFL Draft 6 205 Ted Larsen New England Patriots
2010 NFL Draft 7 213 Willie Young Detroit Lions
2009 NFL Draft 4 129 Andre Brown New York Giants
2009 NFL Draft 4 122 Anthony Hill Houston Texans
2008 NFL Draft 3 82 DaJuan Morgan Kansas City Chiefs
2008 NFL Draft 5 144 DeMario Pressley New Orleans Saints
2007 NFL Draft 4 105 A.J. Davis Detroit Lions
2007 NFL Draft 4 115 Leroy Harris Tennessee Titans
2007 NFL Draft 3 82 Tank Tyler Kansas City Chiefs
2006 NFL Draft 1 1 Mario Williams Houston Texans
2006 NFL Draft 1 22 Manny Lawson San Francisco 49ers
2006 NFL Draft 1 26 John McCargo Buffalo Bills
2006 NFL Draft 4 116 Stephen Tulloch Tennessee Titans
2006 NFL Draft 6 192 Marcus Hudson San Francisco 49ers
2006 NFL Draft 6 202 T.J. Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 NFL Draft 3 91 Chris Colmer Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 NFL Draft 5 161 Andre Maddox New York Jets
2005 NFL Draft 6 194 Pat Thomas Jacksonville Jaguars
2004 NFL Draft 1 4 Philip Rivers New York Giants
2004 NFL Draft 3 84 Sean Locklear Seattle Seahawks
2004 NFL Draft 4 108 Jerricho Cotchery New York Jets
2003 NFL Draft 5 137 Terrence Holt Detroit Lions
2003 NFL Draft 7 215 Scott Kooistra Cincinnati Bengals
2002 NFL Draft 2 49 Levar Fisher Arizona Cardinals
2002 NFL Draft 4 105 Brian Williams Minnesota Vikings
2001 NFL Draft 1 9 Koren Robinson Seattle Seahawks
2001 NFL Draft 3 64 Adrian Wilson Arizona Cardinals
2000 NFL Draft 3 64 Lloyd Harrison Washington Redskins
2000 NFL Draft 6 179 Tony Scott New York Jets
1999 NFL Draft 1 6 Torry Holt St. Louis Rams
1999 NFL Draft 4 104 Jason Perry San Diego Chargers

Head coaching history

Years Head Coach ACC Record Overall Record Percentage
1892, 1896–97 Perrin Busbee 3–2–0 .600
1893–95 Bart Gatling 3–4–1 .437
1898–99 W.C. Riddick 1–3–2 .333
1900–01 John McKee 1–6–0 .143
1902–03 Arthur Devlin 7–8–2 .471
1904 W.S. Kienholz 3–1–2 .667
1905 George S. Whitney 4–1–1 .750
1906 Willie Heston 3–1–4 .625
1907–08 Mickey Whitehurst 12–1–1 .893
1909–13 Eddie Green 25–8–2 .743
1914–15 Jack Hegarty 5–6–2 .461
1916 Brit Patterson 2–5–0 .286
1917, 1921–23 Harry Hartsell 16–18–4 .474
1918 Tal Stafford 1–3–0 .250
1919–20 Bill Fetzer 14–5–0 .737
1924 Buck Shaw 2–6–2 .300
1925–29 Gus Tebell 21–25–2 .479
1930 John Van Liew 2–8–0 .200
1931–33 Clipper Smith 10–12–5 .463
1934–36 Heartley Anderson 11–17–1 .396
1937–43 Doc Newton 24–39–6 .391
1944–51 Beattie Feathers 37–38–3 .494
1952–53 Horace Hendrickson 0–3–0 4–16–0 .200
1954–70 Earle Edwards 55–45–5 77–88–8 .468
1971 Al Michaels 2–5–0 3–8–0 .273
1972–75 Lou Holtz 16–5–2 33–12–3 .719
1976–79 Bo Rein 15–8–0 27–18–1 .619
1980–82 Monte Kiffin 8–10–0 16–17–0 .485
1983–85 Tom Reed 4–17–0 9–24–0 .273
1986–92 Dick Sheridan 31–18–1 52–29–3 .637
1993–99 Mike O'Cain 26–30–0 41–40–0 .506
2000–06 Chuck Amato 25–31–0 49–37–0 .570
2007–12 Tom O'Brien 18–22–0 33–30–0 .524
2013- Dave Doeren 3-13-0 11-14-0 .440
33 Head Coaches 203–207–8 554–541–55 .506

Future non-conference opponents

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Notre Dame at Troy vs West Virginia at West Virginia vs Mississippi State at Mississippi State at East Carolina vs Notre Dame vs Western Carolina at Notre Dame
at East Carolina at Notre Dame at Marshall vs Western Carolina vs Delaware vs Furman vs Charleston Southern
vs Old Dominion vs Furman vs Georgia State vs Ball State
vs William & Mary vs Marshall vs James Madison vs East Carolina



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