Hosted by R. Cory Smith and Michael Clark, the Pack Pride Podcast is the official podcast of Pack Pride. A syndicated partner of 247Sports, Pack Pride is an independent publication that brings you the latest on NC State athletics. You can find us at

After nearly three years of recruiting Dennis Parker III, NC State finally landed the four-star wing from Richmond (VA) John Marshall moments ago. Cory Smith and Miles Masercola jump on an emergency podcast to discuss the Wolfpack's first commitment in the 2023 class.

Just how important was it for Kevin Keatts and the staff to land Parker? What does he bring to the program that's missing? Who does he compare to from the Pack's past? Can this help to keep turning the tide in the Commonwealth of Virginia? We touch on all that and more in this podcast!

NC State returns home this Thursday night for a primetime showdown against Virginia Tech in Carter-Finley Stadium. Doug Bowman of VTScoop joins the pregame podcast to discuss the Hokies' struggles this season, what areas they looked to improve during the bye and more.

Will Grant Wells look to use his legs more against the Wolfpack's defense? What has led to the struggles running the ball for the Hokies? How improved is Dax Hollifield at linebacker, and does VT have other impact players on defense around him? Get all that and more on this week's podcast!

On this week's podcast from Amedeo's, Cory and James are joined by Torin Dorn. The former NC State guard and current grad manager discuss his time with the Wolfpack, his current role with the team, standouts from the offseason and much more!

In the second segment, the guys give more thoughts on the current QB situation, where the Pack can improve out of the bye, focus on the Thursday night game and whether or not State should start burning redshirts to win down the stretch.

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NC State football suffered its second loss of the season at Syracuse on Saturday in its first game without Devin Leary. James and Cory breakdown the loss and evaluate where the team stands heading into the bye week.

Also, should the Pack continue to roll with Jack Chambers under center or switch things up and go with M.J. Morris to lean into his development for the future? We discuss all of that and Zoe Brooks earning her fifth star in the 2023 class.

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NC State's offense went from bad to worse on Saturday against Syracuse, failing to score a touchdown in a game for the first time since Tim Beck took over as offensive coordinator. The Wolfpack's defense also struggled, allowing 387 total yards and continues to get consistent pressure on the quarterback, with Garrett Shrader beating the Pack with his arm and legs.

Cory Smith and Michael Clark take a look back on the loss, the struggles offensively, what the Pack should do at quarterback, the costly injuries and penalties and where the Wolfpack goes after the bye week.

NC State vs. Syracuse are set to match up on Saturday in the first ranked matchup ever played between the two teams. James Finneral of CuseNation joins Cory Smith to breakdown the No. 18 Orange on the latest edition of the Pregame Podcast.

Finneral discusses the growth of Garrett Shrader, what makes Sean Tucker such a dynamic tailback, the strength of the defense at linebacker and gives a prediction for Saturday's showdown. Listen to the full podcast to prepare for the Top-25 matchup!

NC State found a way to pull out a tough win over Florida State in 19-17 fashion, but has to get ready with a new quarterback likely under center against Syracuse. Cory and James break down where things stand for Devin Leary -- and several other injuries -- along with a look at the potential for Jack Chambers under center.

The guys also discuss the men's and women's basketball teams, preview the season for both, discuss the ACC Tip-Off festivities and hand out their three stars for the week. Listen to the full podcast below!

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It wasn't pretty, but NC State was able to put away Florida State late for a 19-17 win to move to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in ACC play. Michael and Cory take a look back on the nail-biting win over the Seminoles and the critical injuries in the second half.

What should the Pack do at quarterback if Devin Leary is out moving forward? How critical was the second half for the Pack defense? Just how good has Christopher Dunn been this season for the Pack? We recap all of that and hand out helmet stickers for the win.

NC State returns home this Saturday after its first loss on the road at Clemson with a hungry Florida State team coming to Raleigh. The Seminoles and Wolfpack both dropped their first conference games last weekend and are eager to get back in the win column on Saturday night at 8 p.m. on ACC Network.

Cory Smith is talkin bout the Noles with Brendan Sonnone of Noles247 in the latest Pregame Podcast, including what to expect from Jordan Travis, the FSU three-headed backfield, the Noles' strengths on defense and a prediction for Saturday's huge Atlantic Division contest.

NC State suffered a tough loss to Clemson over the weekend, but still has just one L and a lot of opportunity ahead of it. James and Cory are joined by Sports Channel 8 alum Mark Wood to discuss the Clemson game and the road ahead for the Wolfpack.

How important are the next two games in getting back on track before the bye week for the Pack? What are the biggest changes that need to happen to right the ship? Can the Pack still get to 10 wins and potentially a New Year's Six bowl this season? We discuss it all on the latest Pack Pride Weekly Podcast from Amedeo's!

NC State was so close on multiple opportunities to claw its way back into the game on Saturday night against Clemson, but ultimately fell 30-20 in Death Valley. The Wolfpack's offense was anemic in the second half, leading to State's defense getting picked apart by Clemson.

Cory and Michael take a look back on what went wrong at Memorial Stadium, who to place the blame on for the offense, the Pack's defensive performance and look ahead to the next few weeks in the Postgame Podcast.

After an entire offseason and four weeks worth of games, NC State vs. Clemson is finally here -- and the stakes have never been higher. The Wolfpack and Tigers are set for a Top-10 showdown on ABC with Atlantic Division title implications at the start of ACC play for the Pack.

Kelly Gramlich of the ACC Network joined Cory Smith to discuss the Tigers' start to the season, D.J. Uiagalelei's growth, Will Shipley and Demie Sumo-Karngbaye's potential impact, Clemson's secondary struggles, the effects of Hurricane Ian and give a prediction for the matchup.

NC State is coming off another dominant win in non-conference play, but the real fun will begin this Saturday against Clemson. The Wolfpack will be met with not only the No. 5 Tigers and 81,500 fans, but also the remnants of Hurricane Ian on Saturday night in primetime on ABC.

Therefore, on this week's episode, James and Cory are joined by Spectrum News meteorologist and NC State graduate Lee Ringer to discuss Ian and its potential impact on the game. Bud Elliott of 247Sports and CBS Sports also joins the podcast in the final segment to break down the national perspective of Saturday's game and give his thoughts on NC State, Clemson and more!

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There's no hiding it at this point, all four games for NC State in September were leading up to Oct. 1 against Clemson. The Wolfpack cleared the final hurdle on Saturday against UConn, so Cory and Michael breakdown the 41-10 win over the Huskies on the Postgame Podcast.

What were the biggest takeaways from Devin Leary's performance? How big was it to get Devin Carter, Thayer Thomas and the other experience wideouts heavily involved? What's the status of injured players? Who earned helmet stickers on offense and defense? How critical is next Saturday's game in Death Valley?

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NC State took down its lone non-conference Power 5 opponent in Texas Tech on Saturday behind a blistering performance from the Wolfpack's defense and a strong outing from Demie Sumo-Karngbaye. James and Cory recap the game in the first portion of the podcast before linebacker Isaiah Moore joined the show.

Moore discussed the #PackUnited initiative, what made Saturday such a dominant night for the Pack defense, his leadership style, his return along with Payton Wilson's huge game and much more in the second segment.

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