With exactly one month before the 2016-17 college football season kicks off for North Carolina State, the Wolfpack has a pair of Wilmington area standouts on the team and both were featured this past week during the program’s ‘From the 50’ segment at www.gopack.com.
In the 90-second clip from July 27, redshirt sophomore Coult Culler hosts a brief question-and-answer session with freshman Joe Sculthorpe, while introducing the first-year student-athlete to Wolfpack nation as the duo from southeastern North Carolina look to earn a role under Coach Dave Doeren.
Culler played in four contests last season as a redshirt freshman. He’s had a big adjustment since moving to Raleigh as the former middle linebacker at Laney High School transitioned to offensive line for spring drills. Culler redshirted as a true freshman and shifted to defensive end before moving to offensive line for spring ball. He’s gained 40-plus pounds since his first year at N.C. State, now listed at 6-foot, 5-inches and 280-pounds on the official roster.
Culler was a four-year starter at Laney, Mideastern Conference Player of the Year as a senior and an All-State selection.
Sculthorpe anchored the Topsail offensive line during all four years of high school, with a pair of state championships under his belt in wrestling. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 292-pound lineman played on both sides of the ball under East Carolina Hall of Famer and Topsail Coach Wayne Inman during his days in Hampstead. He recorded 46 tackles, with five tackles for loss as a senior and played in the 2015 Shrine Bowl.