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    Nate Irving

    RS Senior

    Wallace, N.C.

    High School:
    Wallace-Rose Hill

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 231


    In 2009: Missed the 2009 season after sustaining multiple injuries in a car accident in late June ... Suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib, separated shoulder and a compound fracture in his leg ... Told reporters in August that he felt `blessed' to be alive after the single-car accident ... Began lifting with the team this winter and running with the Sports Medicine staff and was cleared prior to spring practice.

    In 2008: An honorable mention All-ACC performer for 2008, he would have battled for first-team honors if he hadn't missed a third of the season with an injury ... Has averaged 8.7 tackles per game in 12 career starts ... Has made 113 of his 136 career tackles in his starts ... Tied for third on the team with 84 tackles despite the games missed ... Led the team with four interceptions - highest total ever by a Wolfpack linebacker ... Led the team in tackles in five games ... Ranked ninth in the ACC in interceptions and eighth in tackles per game ... Was forced to sit out the majority of the second half against East Carolina after sustaining a lower leg injury in the second quarter and then missed the next two games ... Reinjured the ankle after playing just 16 snaps versus Florida State and then was out until the Duke game ... Came back for the win over the Blue Devils, playing 82 snaps, tallying 10 tackles and causing a fumble ... He followed that with an 11-tackle performance in the win over Wake Forest - including two tackles for loss and an eight-yard sack ... Picked off a pass on the first play from scrimmage at Clemson for his third interception of the season, scampering 33-yards for a touchdown - NC State's only TD of the game ... Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week on Sept. 8 ... Earned the Most Valuable Linebacker Award at the annual team banquet ... A 2009 preseason All-ACC choice by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and a second-team choice by Athlon Sports.

    In 2007: Finished the season as one of the Wolfpack's top performers on defense, 27 of his 52 tackles were made in the last four games ... Moved into the starting lineup in the win over Virginia and started four of the last five contests - he was sick prior to the Wake Forest game and did not start ... Made five tackles for loss in the last five games ... ... Tallied 155 special teams plays ... Posted a season-high 10 tackles in the overtime win at Miami ... Led the team with two forced fumbles, one versus Virginia and one versus Wake Forest.

    In 2006: Redshirted the season at linebacker.

    Prep: Led Wallace-Rose Hill, under Coach Jack Holley, to a 10-0 start to the season as a senior ... Tallied 110 tackles, six forced fumbles, three sacks and one interception ... Chipped in 12 all-purpose touchdowns ... All-conference selection ... A North Carolina Shrine Bowl selection ... Majoring in zoology ... Born 7/12/88.

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