RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina State’s offensive line averages more than 300 pounds per player, so it should come as no surprise that they rarely miss a meal. Their favorite food might just be pancakes — pancakes topped with syrup.
Lots of syrup.
A pancake block is a dominant play in which an offensive lineman manhandles a defensive player. Every pancake block a Wolfpack lineman makes comes with a bottle of syrup.
“As an offensive line, we don’t have stats. The only stats we have are negative,” said senior guard Joe Sculthorpe. “So, whenever we get a pancake or a knockdown it feels really good.”
The bottles of syrup are displayed with pride. They aren’t an everyday trophy.
“It’s definitely fun coming into the O-line room and seeing our shelf filled with bottles of syrup,” Sculthorpe said.
To earn the bottle of syrup, that block has to be special. There’s a reason it’s called a “pancake” block.
“It’s just a great feeling having a dominating block,” Sculthorpe said. “To drive a guy down the field, finishing him and driving him into the dirt, it’s a really good feeling.”
The collection of syrup could get a little pricey, but Sculthorpe admitted the bottles are bought in bulk. It isn’t exactly the kind for consumption.
“I do like syrup and hopefully we’ll get a whole lot more,” Sculthorpe said.
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