12/31/2012 - The Wolfpack is playing in a bowl game for the third year in a row and it will try to run its bowl winning streak to three games. N.C. State's previous two bowl games came against West Virginia and Louisville and both of those teams ended up in Bowl Championship Series games the following year. The Wolfpack holds a 14-11-1 record all-time in bowl outings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The reason I came here was to block for a quarterback like Mike Glennon and win championships. We came up short with that, but we got a lot of wins here and played in four bowl games while I was here, so that's always big." OG R.J. Mattes, a fifth-year player in the program on the team's 24 victories across a three-year period - The Sports Xchange
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: OG-R.J. Mattes, NC State, 6-6, 313, Sr.-R, Concord, N.C. (11), has been selected Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. Mattes has seen action at both guard and tackle this season on the offensive line, he leads the Pack with 868 snaps on the season. - NC State football
12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OG-R.J. Matttes, NC State (24)...has been named Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Mattes has seen action at both guard and tackle this season on the offensive line, he leads the Pack with 868 snaps on the season. - NC State football
09/05/2012 - R.J. Mattes began his senior season as the starting left guard. That's the fourth different offensive line spot for Mattes during his N.C. State career. He started 12 games in 2011 at left tackle. - The Sports Xchange
06/20/2012 - Top-five NC State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. OT RJ Mattes (6-6, 315)...The only returning four-year starter on the Wolfpack offense, Mattes has seen time at tackle and guard over his career, but is expected to protect Glennon's blindside at left tackle in 2012. The senior has a long list of injuries on his resume and will need a healthy season to prove he is durable-enough for the next level. Mattes was a four-star recruit out of high school, choosing NC State over Clemson, mostly because of his father's relationship with head coach Tom O'Brien. Ron Mattes, who played under O'Brien at Virginia in the early ???80s, is currently the offensive line coach for the Cavaliers. The younger Mattes started eight games as a true freshman guard in 2009 but an ACL injury ended his season prematurely. He moved to tackle in 2010 and started 22 games the past two seasons as a sophomore and junior. Mattes was hampered by a foot injury last season and needed surgery that kept him out for most of spring drills in 2012. He plays with the tenacity and technique that makes scouts think he has a future in the NFL, whether at tackle or guard, but he needs to stay healthy and playing every game in 2012 would really help his case. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com