During last week’s loss to the Clemson Tigers, the North Carolina State Wolfpack lost a key piece of their offense in the first half when running back Matthew Dayes went down with a foot injury. He did not play the rest of the second half, where the Wolf Pack were only down 26-20 going into the locker room, as they lost 56-41.
It was reported on Thursday by College Football Talk that Dayes had suffered a an undisclosed foot injury and will miss the rest of the season.
He will undergo surgery on Friday and head coach Dave Doeren commented on Dayes’s injury.
“I’m disappointed for Matt because he was having a really good year,” Doeren said in a statement. “But in football you’ve got to have a ‘next man up’ mentality, and I’m confident that his teammates will be ready to take on bigger roles and be successful.”
Dayes was certainly having a good year. He was originally going to be backing up Shadrach Thornton, but Thornton was suspended for the first two games of the season due to academic ineligibility and then later dismissed after multiple arrests.
Dayes led the Wolfpack with 134 carries for 865 yards, the most in the ACC for rushers with at least 130 carries, and a conference-high twelve touchdowns. He was also leading the team with 108.1 yards per game, the best by an NC State running back since 1981.
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