Not since Ted Brown made a run for the Heisman Trophy in 1978 has N.C. State had a legitimate candidate for the nation's most prestigious individual football award.
That has all changed thanks to wide receiver Torry Holt. Holt has compiled close to 600 receiving yards and 762 all-purpose yards in just four games.
"When the competition has been the best and the stiffest, he's been able to rise to the occasion," said Wolfpack head coach Mike O'Cain. "That's what you'd like to see in a young man that has Heisman hopes."
The University is staging a Heisman hopeful publicity war. They are getting the whole hype out nationwide by mailing posters along with postcards containing Holt's up-to-date stats.
They have even created a Web site dedicated to Heisman-like feats, all of which might not have happened if the Gibsonville senior had decided to turn pro last year.
"Even if I would have taken the step and left, I would have been happy with that decision," said Holt. "I would have had to work my butt off and improve on that higher level, but I'm glad I came back."
"He just exudes confidence and charisma," O'Cain said. "Those type of people will be successful."
While Holt makes the plays on the field, N.C. State officials hope they make the play off it for the Heisman.