Fifth-year senior Pharoah McKever to utilize grad transfer rule

Matt Carter, Editor
The Wolfpacker

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A popular fan favorite, fifth-year senior tight end Pharoah McKever, will be headed to a different college as a grad transfer, according to a source. NC State has confirmed the news to The Wolfpacker.

McKever is well known for producing a timely big play each season. His 82-yard pick-six in 2014 against Syracuse led to a 24-17 NCSU triumph that gave head coach Dave Doeren his first ACC victory and set the stage for a late-season run that culminated with a win over Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

A year later, in his first game at tight end, McKever caught an 82-yard touchdown pass against Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl, briefly stopping the bleeding after the Wolfpack found itself staring at an early 21-0 deficit. The Pack, though, went on to lose the game, 51-28.

Finally, last fall, McKever blocked a punt against Notre Dame that set up the lone touchdown of the contest when redshirt junior free safety Dexter Wright scooped up the loose football and returned it for a score in a 10-3 NC State win.

McKever, who started his career at wide receiver and then moved to defensive end before ending his Wolfpack time at tight end, will graduate in May and seek more playing time.

Here is the full release announcing his decision:

NC State head coach Dave Doeren has announced that tight end Pharoah McKever has decided to utilize the graduate transfer rule after he graduates from NC State in May.

“We wish Pharoah the best and are proud that he is an NC State alum,” Doeren said. “He will always be a member of the Wolfpack family.”

The Tabor City native came to NC State as a wide receiver in 2013, moving to defensive end following his redshirt campaign. After seeing limited action on defense in 2014 and 2015, he moved to tight end prior to the 2015 Belk Bowl contest and worked at that position last season, playing mostly on special teams.

“I just want to thank Coach Doeren, the staff, my teammates and Wolfpack Nation for four memorable years,” McKever said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here and will always consider this home. I just decided that I wanted to spend my last season somewhere that I can play a bigger role on the field.”

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