Coach: Dave Doeren
North Carolina State Players to watch:
Senior OC Garrett Bradbury (6-3/300)
Bradbury started 13 games at left guard in 2016 and then moved to center in 2017. He has started every game at center the past two seasons and helped the Wolfpack win nine games in each of the past two seasons.
Senior OT Tyler Jones (6-3/300)
The Pack’s O-Line, the Band of Brothers, has a pair of first-team ACC selections in Bradbury and Jones. NC State leads the ACC giving up only nine sacks in 2018. The Wolfpack offensive line has paved the way for three straight 1,000-yard rushers, only the second time in school history (1976-78).
Senior OG Terronne Prescod (6-5/334)
There might not have been a more consistent offensive lineman in the FBS than NC State’s mammoth 6-foot-5, 334-pound Prescod. His overall grade of 85.7 is best among all FBS offensive linemen, according to PFF. He gave up only six quarterback hurries in 342 pass-blocking plays. His 86.2 run-blocking grade is 4.1 points higher than any other player.
*Junior WR Jakobi Meyers (6-2/203)
Meyers, a converted quarterback, has turned into one of the team’s top receivers. He surpassed Torry Holt’s single-season NC State receptions record with his 89th reception in the Wolf Pack’s final regular season game against ECU. A possession receiver, he has 1,028 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Coach: Jimbo Fisher
Texas A&M Players to watch:
*Junior P Braden Mann (5-11/190)
Mann currently leads the FBS with a 51.15 punting average and is nearly a yard ahead of LSU’s Chad Kessler’s NCAA and SEC record mark of 50.28 set in 1997. The Ray Guy Award winner has already set two NCAA records as he broke the single-game gross punt average mark at 60.8 on five boots at No. 1 Alabama and has unleashed 14 60-yard punts, shattering Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier’s record set in 2005.
*Junior TE Jace Sternberger (6-4/250)
Sternberger leads the country in receiving yards (804) and touchdowns (10) by a tight end, and is the Aggies’ leading receiver. The Kingfisher, Okla., native set the Texas A&M school record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season and currently ranks tied for sixth all-time on the Aggies’ single-season list.
*Junior RB Trayveon Williams (5-9/200)
Williams leads the elite conference in rushing (1,524), all-purpose yards (1,802) and touchdowns (16). The junior has posted eight games with 100-or-more yards including two games with at least 200 yards. Williams became the fifth Aggie to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark twice in his career and his 1,524 rushing yards ranks third all-time in Texas A&M school history. He ended the regular season on a tear averaging 175.0 yards per game with 7 touchdowns in the final four games.
***Freshman DL Bobby Brown (6-4/282)
Brown terrorized offensive lines in his first season in Aggieland, registering 14 tackles, a tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry. Brown recorded multi-tackle games on five occasions including games at South Carolina and Auburn.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
Texas A&M 52, NC State 13