Irving's senior campaign has been has been nothing other than impressive, as he has led the Wolfpack with 93 total tackles and served as the captain of an NC State defense that ranks third nationally in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss. Irving ranks fourth nationally in tackles for loss with 19.5 and has 5.5 quarterback sacks for a loss of 34 yards.
Nate Irving set an NCAA FBS single-game record for tackles for loss earlier this season with eight against Wake Forest. Prior to that he was named the Walter Camp National Defensive player of the Week for his play in the Pack's win at Georgia Tech, in which he registered a career-best 16 total tackles.
Last week Irving collected first-team All-ACC honors and became the fourth student-athlete in program history to win the ACC's Piccolo Award.
Irving was seriously injured in a car wreck on June 28, 2009, suffering a compound fracture of the tibia, a broken rib, a punctured lung and a separated shoulder. Following surgery, Irving underwent a lengthy rehab due to the severity of his injuries and the number of body parts that were affected.
Following an extensive rehab regimen, he returned to the practice field for spring drills and moved to a new position: middle linebacker.