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NC State's Gentry, Purvis get scholarships; Coleman, Haynes to transfer

Posted May 18, 2012

— NC State head football coach Tom O’Brien has announced that walk-ons Zach Gentry and Tyler Purvis have been awarded scholarships for the upcoming campaign.

Gentry, a linebacker, was the Pack’s leader in special teams tackles and ranked second in special teams snaps in 2011. Purvis saw action in 11 games last season at fullback and on special teams, hauling in two touchdown receptions in just 11 plays versus Georgia Tech. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

“These two young men have worked hard on and off the field,” said O’Brien. “We look forward to their continued contributions to our team in 2012.”

O’Brien also announced that three members of his team will not return for the 2012 season. Safety Donald Coleman and safety Dean Haynes have decided to transfer. Both played mainly on special teams as redshirt sophomores in 2011, seeing action from scrimmage for seven and 12 snaps respectively. Coleman graduated last Saturday and would be eligible to play immediately.

Quarterback Brian Taylor, a true freshman last season, has decided to remain at NC State, but will no longer play football.
 

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  • Gunnstigator May 19, 7:44 a.m.

    Glad for Gentry - I remember when he was a stud at Leesville.

  • The Godfather May 19, 4:10 a.m.

    When this happened at UNC all we heard from Wolfies was it was due to the NCAA investigation and that the rats were jumping off the sinking ship. And the double standard continues...

  • wolfpackfan15 May 18, 5:55 p.m.

    If Gentry was doing all that how didn't he already have a scholarship? Hopefully it's retroactive.

    — Posted by OGE

    Although I could be wrong, my guess as to why he didn't already have a scholarship was because he was a walk-on. Walk-ons don't usually receive scholoarships. GO PACK!

  • OGE May 18, 4:54 p.m.

    If Gentry was doing all that how didn't he already have a scholarship? Hopefully it's retroactive.

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