NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett hasn’t had the most conventional college football career thus far. In his final season at the helm, with a full season of starting experience under his belt, Brissett hopes to lead the Wolfpack to a second consecutive bowl game and continue the legacy of successful Wolfpack quarterbacks in the NFL.
1. Brissett was a two-sport star at Dwyer High School, winning state championships in both football and basketball. His junior year campaign was the first state championship in football for Dwyer, and he was awarded the Palm Beach Post’s All-Area Player of the Year in both sports.
2. Brissett transfered to NC State at the end of the 2012 football season. He spent two seasons with the Florida Gators in Gainesville where he served as the back-up quarterback to Jeff Driskel.
3. Brissett’s mom never approved of his decision to sign with Florida as she always wanted the West Palm Beach native to attend the University of Miami.
4. NC State’s head coach Dave Doeren tried to recruit Brissett to Wisconsin in 2010 when he served as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator.
5. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Brissett sat out the 2013 football season and served on the Wolfpack’s scout team.
6. During his 2014 season with the Wolfpack, Brissett would search on the website Pinterest for different baking recipes. He would bring the treats to his offensive linemen prior to each game.
7. At the end of the Wolfpack’s 2014 campaign, Brissett was one of three quarterbacks in the Power Five conferences with at least 2,000 passing yards, 300 rushing yards, 20 passing touchdowns and five or less interceptions. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariotta of Oregon and Brett Hundley of UCLA were the only quarterbacks to match those figures.
8. There are very high expectations for the fifth-year senior’s final season. However, the Wolfpack and Brissett have fallen flat the last few weeks in ACC play, losing their first two conference games. In the first four games, which were all victories for NC State, Brissett had a completion rate of 77.9 percent and was averaging 202.3 yards per game. In the conference games against Louisville and Virginia, Brissett’s numbers have fallen to a 52.8 percent completion rate and an average of 148 yards per game.