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N.C. State fans know a lot of the reasons that you want Nate Irving on your football team.

The sophomore linebacker is tied for the ACC lead with 11.5 tackles per game. He has two interceptions and one fumble recovery in two games.

He’s the best player on a defense that might be the Wolfpack’s best hope to challenge for a bowl bid after a rough start.

They might not know another reason you want Irving on your football team.

Before every game, he writes teammate Javon Walker’s name on his glove. Walker played well late last season at safety before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Miami.

He’s out for the duration of this season, too.

I know how bad he wanted to play,” Irving said. “I just, it hurt me when I found out he couldn’t play. I almost felt his pain.”

Irving’s teammates are important to him.

“Once you’ve got guys that care about each other, it’s more of a family, like you watch my back and I’ll watch your back,” he said.

That’s a guy you want on your team regardless of the tackles he makes or the turnovers he causes.


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Nate may be better than

Nate may be better than Levar and Thunder Dan......he is EVERYWHERE, always around the ball making a play.

It is very refreshing to see our linebackers make tackles for a change, lol.

Upset special


NCSU 24, Clem's Son 16

Damn right. Nate's the next

Damn right.

Nate's the next in a line of great MLBs that have come through State's doors in recent memory: Levar Fisher, Dantonio Burnette, Oliver Hoyte.

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Ken Tysiac has covered the ACC for The Charlotte Observer since 2003, and spent the previous eight years covering Clemson for the Anderson Independent-Mail and then The State in South Carolina. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.