Jan. 7, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - Throughout 2014, GoPack.com will offer a unique behind-the scenes look at the Wolfpack football program in a new series called #TandTu. Student-athletes Jack Tocho (JT) and Joe Thuney (J-Tu) will share their photos, videos and thoughts about being a member of the Pack, their life away from football, offseason conditioning, their academic work, their teammates and everything that goes into preparation for the season.
As a rising fourth-year junior, Thuney (pronounced TOO-nee) will give the veteran’s viewpoint. The utility man on the offensive line, J-Tu started at guard and tackle in 2013 and played center in 2012. A seven-game starter at cornerback as a true freshman, Tocho (or “JT”) will be going through his first offseason conditioning program and spring practice and will share a first-timer’s perspective.
Getting to Know Joe Thoney
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Joe Thuney is the youngest of four children. He attended Incarnation Catholic in middle school and Archbishop Altar in high school. He starred on his high school squad that won two state titles and was also a standout basketball player – leading the city in rebounding.
“I was the baby, but all of the sudden I got big,” says J-Tu. “The baby ended up being the biggest.”
Thuney says his biggest adjustment when he arrived at NC State was the warmer weather and the fact that he didn’t have to wear a uniform to class. “The people here are more friendly and open. Southern Hospitality turns out to be pretty true.”
When he’s away from football, J-Tu likes to relax with a good book. His brother gave him Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” for Christmas and he enjoys reading “all genres except romance” with Ken Follett being a particular favorite.
#TandTu - Installment 2: J-Tu’s Take (Jan. 7, 2014)
It was nice to be able to get away and spend time with family and friends over the break and just regroup from the season. I ate a LOT. I probably gained 10 pounds which is very good. If my Mom lived with me, I’d weigh 800 pounds.
I babysat my nephew Jack a lot over the break and worked out at my old high school with a couple of the guys I played with in high school. It was fun to see my old teachers.
But I’m glad to be back. I’m a fourth-year junior now so my mindset is different. In the past I came back with a goal to improve as an individual. Now my mindset is to step up and be a leader and make sure the TEAM is improving each and every day. I have to look out for the younger guys and set a really good example for the young and old guys alike.
I’m thrilled about the opportunity to come back and start now preparing to have a great season. I 100% know we can do it.