Nate Irving Injured in Car Accident

Allen LoppCorrespondent IJune 28, 2009

As reported by, and Yahoo Sports

NC State Junior Linebacker Nate Irving was, unfortunately, injured in a car accident on June 27. He is currently hospitalized at Wake Med Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries.

In the accident Irving suffered a broken leg and a collapsed lung after running his vehicle off the road at 4:40 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 in Johnston County.

State troopers think Irving might have fallen asleep at the wheel before crashing into two trees. Irving has been charged with careless and reckless driving.

A WakeMed Trauma Center spokeswoman said Irving was in good condition Monday after surgery Sunday night.

Wolfpack head coach Tom O'brien has been quoted as saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Nate and his family, All of his teammates and coaches will be there to support him as he recovers and goes through the process of rehabilitation.”

Irving was awarded honorable mention on the All-ACC team in 2008; last year he missed almost a third of the season with injuries.

This is a huge blow for the Wolfpack defense—one of the best Linebacking corps in the ACC is now spread a little thin with game experience.

The Wolfpack have two red-shirt freshman at linebacker in Terrell Manning and William Beasley.

Terrell Manning is four-star recruit and sixth ranked at weak-side linebacker by William Beasley is a three-star recruit and ranked 36th at strong-side linebacker by

Ray Michael has the most game experience, playing in 12 games twice, in 2006 and 2007, mostly on special teams.

Hopefully he will be healed in time for the College Football Season.