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That quickness helped him earn playing time as a freshman in 2008, starting six games and catching 16 passes while showing more promise as a returner of kickoffs and punts.

He returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown as a freshman, brought a kickoff 93 yards for a score the following year and in 2010 his 87-yard punt return for a TD was a key play in N.C. State’s fourth straight win over rival North Carolina.

He holds five school records for kickoff returns, and no Wolfpack player has returned more kickoffs in his career (93) than Graham _ and he still has another season to go.

“Coming in as a freshman, I knew speed was my strength,” Graham said. “I wasn’t very strong, I didn’t know the plays and my hands weren’t sure hands. I wasn’t strong enough to catch the ball.”

At the time, he said his strategy was to run fast every play.

“I had to develop the other skills and I had to keep the speed going,” he added. “So now, I just have to run fast, catch the ball, play strong, because I want to develop as a complete receiver instead of just a really fast guy.”