Watch NC State's Bradley Chubb steal Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant's towel during the Wolfpack's game against the Tigers at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com
Watch NC State's Bradley Chubb steal Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant's towel during the Wolfpack's game against the Tigers at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

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Sacking quarterbacks, stealing towels ... inside the mind games of NC State’s Bradley Chubb

November 09, 2017 01:19 PM

UPDATED November 09, 2017 04:27 PM

Hide your towels, Bradley Chubb is coming.

The N.C. State defensive end isn’t going to change his towel-thieving ways just because ESPN caught him snagging Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant’s towel last week.

He won’t change just because Clemson coach Dabo Swinney jokingly called him out or because one of his former teammates (with Chubb in on the joke) filmed a short video on the subject and posted it on Twitter.

Nope, if there’s an edge to be had – within the rules – Chubb is willing to swipe a towel or embellish a push (see the Syracuse game) in order to gain it.

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Chubb said he doesn’t know Bryant, he was just going through his normal routine. After three different plays in the first half, Chubb pulled the small towel from Bryant’s waist.

“I do that every week,” Chubb said of the towel-swiping. “I’ve got film from Syracuse, Notre Dame, all that. I do it every week, the camera just caught me this week.”

Which begs the question: Why?

“As a quarterback, the first thing you do before you hike the ball is wipe your hands on the towel,” Chubb said. “If I take that away from you, that’s one thing you’re thinking about: Where’s my towel? Who keeps taking my towel?

“It’s just mind games.”

The Tigers seemed to take Chubb’s antics with good spirits. Swinney joked a member of Clemson’s social media team had a laptop on the sidelines in Saturday’s 38-31 Tigers’ win because he was ordering towels from Amazon. Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins was jealous of Chubb’s ingenuity in quarterback harassment.

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Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, in his weekly press conference on Tuesday, makes a joke about N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb’s towel-stealing antics and also said he was disappointed in Doeren’s accusation of Clemson illegally using a laptop on the sidelines.

“That was great,” Wilkins said, according to ESPN. “I don’t want to swaggerjack, but I wish I thought of it first.”

One of Chubb’s former Wolfpack teammates, Hampton Billips, posted a 30-second video of Chubb getting his towel swiped in different around-the-house situations on Twitter on Wednesday night.

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The video ends with the words: “Trying to teach this man a lesson. Can’t be stealing towels.”

Someone had to teach this man @ASTROCHUBB a lesson #SaveTheTowels @espn pic.twitter.com/1aqoaCX1sh

— Hampton Billips (@hambillips) November 9, 2017

Chubb doesn’t plan on changing his tactics, which have rubbed some people the wrong way. He flopped, to borrow a basketball term, after he was shoved by a Syracuse linemen in the second half of the Wolfpack’s win over the Orange on Sept. 30.

He also spit on the Florida State logo after the Wolfpack’s road win over the Seminoles on Sept. 23, which caused a minor postgame commotion.

Chubb, who leads the ACC with 17.5 tackles for loss, said he doesn’t think any of his extra-curricular activities should distract from his outstanding play this season.

“I’m having fun,” Chubb said. “It’s the only reason to play the game – to have fun.”

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio