Preseason Honors Keep Rolling In for NC State Wolfpack

The preseason honors continue to roll in for NC State football, as the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophies, released today by the Football Writers Association of American, are PACKed.

Offensive guard Tony Adams and defensive tackle B.J. Hill will vie for the 72nd annual Outland – the award given to the nation's top interior linemen, while Hill and Bradley Chubb are on the list for the Nagurski, which is given to the national defensive player of the year.

"Those guys in the trenches never get the recognition they deserve, but Tony and B.J. are keys to any success we enjoy as a team," said head coach Dave Doeren. "They are both strong, physical, smart players, but more importantly, they are excellent teammates. They know they wouldn't be receiving these honors without the men beside them and behind them.

"As far as defenders go, B.J. and Bradley are the leaders of our front that has won national recognition. Bradley is already on the Bednarik list and now B.J. is on two lists as well. That speaks volumes for the respect our defense has earned."

Adams enters his senior campaign with 35 career starts - more than any other member of the Wolfpack squad. He was the leader of an offensive line that gave up just 17 sacks last season, on just 4% of the team's pass attempts. A second-team All-ACC performer, he did not allow a sack and tallied 34 knockdown blocks.

Hill, who leads all defensive players with 31 career starts, is the anchor of the Wolfpack's highly vaunted front led the defense to the fifth-best rushing defense mark in school history last season. With a 500-lb. bench press mark, he is one of the strongest players on the team.

Chubb enters his senior campaign ranked 12th in school history with 34 career tackles for loss. His 16 sacks rank 10th on the Wolfpack career list. He finished the 2016 regular season as the FBS leader in tackles for loss with 22 – the second best mark in school history. Only No. 1 NFL draft pick Mario Williams had more in a single season for NC State.