Defensive end Smith-Williams chosen to wear No. 1 for NC State

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RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 03: James Smith-Williams #39 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after recovering a fumble against the Florida State Seminoles at Carter-Finley Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren said defensive end James Smith-Williams will wear No. 1 for the Wolfpack this fall – continuing a tradition started in 2014. 

Players earn the right to wear No. 1 through their work ethic, character, leadership, and accomplishments, the school’s athletic department said. 

Smith-Williams, a graduate student, recorded 9.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2018. He started every game he played in last fall. 

He also earned Academic All-ACC honors.

He graduated in December with a degree in business supply chain management and a 3.0+ GPA. He spent last summer working as a paid intern for IBM – who said Smith-Williams will have a full-time job with them when he is finished with football. 

“Our goal as a program is to help our players chase two dreams: life with football and life without football; and to develop them academically, athletically and socially,” said Doeren. “James has grown and excelled in those areas. He has been a tremendous leader for us, has always made great decisions and has done things the right way on and off the field.”

Previous players to wear No. 1 for the Pack include Jaylen Samuels, Stephen Louis, Hakim Jones and Jarvis Byrd. 

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