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Payton Wilson has been one of the feel-good stories of the 2019 season for the NC State football team by battling back from two knee surgeries to become one of the most productive members of the Wolfpack's defense.

Wednesday, the redshirt freshman linebacker was recognized for his performance by being named to the Football Writers Association of American's Midseason Freshman All-American watch list.

Wilson, 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Hillsborough, ranks third on the team with 36 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He also has two pass breakups and a quarterback pressure to go along with a nine-yard gain for a first down on a fake punt.

The Midseason Freshman All-American watch list is made up of he top freshman performers in the FBS through the first half of the college football season. The list is approximately twice the size of the final Freshman All-American Team. 

Among the other names of note on the list are North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, Duke offensive lineman Casey Holman, Clemson defensive lineman Tyler Davis and East Carolina defensive back Ja'Quan McMillian 

Click here for the entire list.