N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren announced that safety Jarvis Byrd has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Byrd, who missed all of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with separate ACL tears, suffered a third torn ACL during the fifth game of last season and had to sit out the final seven contests.
“This is great news for a young man who has overcome so much adversity,” said Doeren. “Jarvis is a great leader for our team and his experience will be invaluable to us.”
Byrd started the first five games of 2013 at free safety before his injury. He has played in 14 career contests, starting eight.
The ACC garnered seven at-large selections to go along with its 34 automatic bids and will send a total of 41 wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, the NCAA announced.
ACC champion Virginia Tech leads all conference schools with nine wrestlers earning berths in the championship tournament brackets, while Pitt and Virginia had eight selections each.
Maryland and N.C. State each had five wrestlers chosen, while North Carolina had four and Duke had two.
Two ACC wrestlers enter the NCAA championships undefeated. Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler (InterMat) in the 184-pound class, is 28-0 on the year. Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter, named the ACC’s most valuable wrestler at last week’s championship, is 14-0 on the season and ranked fourth nationally at 141 pounds.
Duke: Sophomore Motin Yeung fired an opening round 3-under 69 to pace Duke to a 297 in the opening round of the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club. Yeung is tied for third overall while the Blue Devils will enter Saturday’s second round tied for 11th.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels are in fifth place after the first round of the Seminole Intercollegiate. The Tar Heels fired a 5-over-par 293 on Friday and were led by juniors Brandon Dalinka and Bailey Patrick, who fired an even par 72.
Duke: Freshman Yu Liu has vaulted into second in the Golfweek Sagarin Performance Index. Liu has placed in the top 10 of each of five tournaments since joining the Blue Devils.
Other Duke golfers in the rankings include senior Laetitia Beck (12), sophomore Celine Boutier (15) and Sandy Choi (81).