Carson Wise put together a list of schools he thought he would be interested in needing graduate transfer, and NC State quickly rose to the top.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Wise got in contact with NC State in late December, officially visited in late January and was announced by the Wolfpack on Thursday that he cleared to formally transfer. Wise has two years of eligibility remaining and will compete for the Wolfpack field goal kicker job. Junior Kyle Bambard is the incumbent, and he has gone 12 of 24 with a long of 48 at NC State.
“I was looking for somewhere that had the graduate program [sports management] that I was looking in,” said Wise, 21. “I contacted coach Doug Shearer, the special teams quality control coach, back in December. That is where it began.”
Wise went 8 of 13 on field goals with a long of 49 yards, and made 32 of 33 extra points for Carson-Newman last year. He had 14 touchbacks and five that went out of bounds on 37 kickoffs. He also went 13 of 18 on field goals with a long of 42, with two blocked in 2015.
“I was pleased with myself last year, and I did really well that first year,” Wise said. “It took us a game or two to get our protection down pat. Once we went through that and made some changes, it was a great year for me.
“This past season, we got a whole brand new operation and it took us a few games to work the kinks out with some true freshman. Once we did, we definitely felt we could contribute as much as we could.”
Wise started his college career kicking for hometown Virginia Tech. He led Blacksburg (Va.) High to a state title in 2013, and went 32 of 40 on field goals with a long of 55 in high school. He redshirted in 2014, but did travel on the road to take in the environment of ACC football. He already has looked to see if NC State plays Virginia Tech the next two years, but it would have to happen in the ACC championship game.
“I redshirted at Virginia Tech, but I traveled to all the games except the last two,” Wise said. “I was able to go up and be apart of beating Ohio State at their place, that gives me an idea of making sure I’m ready.”
Whether kicking in high school, at Virginia Tech or Carson-Newman, Wise knows that kicking is just that kicking. You have a routine to block out the distractions and then it’s about having good chemistry with the holder and long snapper.
“Some might give you different answers, but I think it’s the same,” Wise said. “Once you get that rhythm and that chemistry down with your snapper and holder, that’s most important part, and then kicking is just kicking.”
Wise is excited to hopefully get a chance to kick in big games. He felt the heartbreak for NC State when Bambard missed a 33-yard field goal on the road that would have defeated eventual national champion Clemson.
“A lot of the guys on my team were big Clemson fans, and we were on the bus for that, and you don’t like to see that,” Wise said. “That was a tough situation. Whether you are in the ACC Championship game at the end or up by 40 points, you have to do the exact same thing.”
Wise is set to graduate from Carson-Newman with a degree in social entrepreneurship — a mixture of business and sociology — on May 5, and hopes to start summer school at NC State on May 17.
“I really enjoyed what I saw on the campus and what I was able to get from the coaches and players that I met,” said Wise about his NCSU official visit. The past few months, we’ve been going through the process with the NCAA that I’d be immediate eligibility since I had transferred from Virginia Tech once.”
Wise liked the concept that NCSU head coach Dave Doeren is involved in all three units — offense, defense and special teams.
“I really appreciated that because everyone knows that special teams is a vital part of the game,” Wise said. “Not every coach wants to spend the time on it because offense and defense are so important as well. I knew I would have a coach that is totally on board."
— Carson Wise (@CarsonWise) March 30, 2017
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