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NC State Players to Watch

Who are State's key players to know?

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Offense: Matthew Dayes, Junior Running Back

Last year, Dayes led the Wolfpack in all-purpose yardage with 1,278 yards and in touchdowns with 13. He is a versatile back that is a threat running the ball as well as catching passes out of the backfield. This season, he has run the ball 109 times and racked up 588 yards (5.4 avg) and 10 TDs. He has also caught 21 passes for 158 yards. His numbers have dipped a little bit since the Pack started ACC play, however. Dayes is averaging just over 4 yards per carry and has only scored 1 TD in the Pack's last two games. This is a slight dip, but I would still take 4 yards per carry any day of the week. Dayes is an offensive weapon and the Deacs will need to cover him in both the running and passing game.

Defense: Bradley Chubb

Sibling rivalry, need I say more? No... but I will.  Bradley Chubb has made the move from linebacker to defensive end this year, and has recorded 25 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. This one is the battle for bragging rights during Christmas dinner, and I can tell you from personal experience that you always play better when going up against your big brother. The Deacs' offensive line will want to pay careful attention to Bradley, because he'll be looking to show up Brandon all game long.