N.C. State’s Irving feels good again; Bowden missed

Irving's car after the accident.

Irving's car after the accident.

N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving said he feels pretty good.

That’s a good thing.

Irving was involved in a horrific one-car crash on June 28 in 2009.  He sustained a broken rib, punctured lung, separated shoulder and, most gruesome of all, a compound fracture to his leg.

The injury occurred when he feel asleep while driving from his hometown of Wallace, a small city in Eastern North Carolina, back to Raleigh.

Irving missed the 2009 season, but recovered in time to participate in spring practice. Georgia Tech will host Irving and N.C. State on Sept. 25

He said he wasn’t comfortable at first, but felt 100 percent by the middle of April, when the Wolfpack’s practices wrapped up.

His team needs him. He was an honorable mention All-ACC player in 2008, averaging 8.7 tackles. He also led the team in interceptions (four). Last season, the Wolfpack allowed 31.2 points per game, 11th in the ACC.

“I’m back to where I was at,” Irving said.

That’s a good thing.

It’s odd to look at an FSU media guide and not see Bobby Bowden on the cover.

Swofford said it was even more odd to not have the Seminoles’ longtime coach at the ACC media days.

“We’re going to miss his humor, his sayings, his quality, his dadgumits,” Swofford said. “He was one of those icons. I don’t know how you couldn’t like him. I don’t know how you couldn’t respect him. When someone like that leaves the game, they are going to be tremendously missed.”

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July 25th, 2010
4:35 pm


July 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

I won’t miss bowden; the king of running up the score.

Delbert D.

July 25th, 2010
6:57 pm

My lasting memory of Bobby Bowden last year was the Miami game. FSU kicked a field goal, and Bowden turned to the coach next to him and clearly asked, “Who was that?” The other coach answered, and Bowden nodded and smiled.


July 25th, 2010
9:56 pm

I feel very blessed reading stories like this.

I once fell asleep behind the wheel, woke up, in a panic I hit the steering wheel too hard and fishtailed accross the freeway and hit a tree backwards. Luckily it was 985N at night and nobody was on the freeway around me.

Thanks to my Lumina I just ended up w/ a bruised ego, tight forearms(from the “death grip” I had on the steering wheel), and a totalled car.

Between barbs, Tech and UGA fans need to remind themselves of how blessed we truly are to be alive on the greatest planet on God’s green earth.


July 26th, 2010
1:18 am



July 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!!!!!!




July 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!