NC State Wolfpack Best of 2023: Payton Wilson Commands National Attention

NC State Wolfpack Best of 2023 includes their longtime linebacker, Payton Wilson, and his quest for national dominance.

In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the NC State Wolfpack have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?

And who from NC State is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?

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NC State Wolfpack Best of 2023

At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.

Below, find the Wolfpack’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.

Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!

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Good: Robert Kennedy, S

A pick-six and multiple forced incompletions have pushed Robert Kennedy into consideration for top honors on the NC State defense. He’s broken up two passes and has 1.5 sacks to his credit as he’s consistently been around the ball.

Great: Anthony Belton, LT

Moving on the ground and clean in pass protection, Anthony Belton has been the bright spot on the Wolfpack offense. Belton has been sharp from his left tackle spot through all four games, notably clearing massive lanes when they rush to his side and keeping Armstrong clean.

Grand: Davin Vann, EDGE

It’s not the fact that Davin Vann has gotten home with two sacks, it’s where he’s done his damage from that’s impressive.

He’s pushing the pocket equally as well from outside the tackle or all the way in as far as shading inside the guard with similar success rates.

Wonderful: Payton Wilson, LB

NC State’s massive linebacker has been a menace to opposing offenses. Payton Wilson leads the team with 46 tackles (21 solo), has broken up two passes, and secured an interception.

He may be the best all-around linebacker in the ACC and certainly in consideration as one of the best in the country.

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