What a beautiful day and an excellent excuse to tailgate. As opposed to years past, both sides of Carter-Finley were open and about 20-25k Pack fans showed up…both sides of the lower levels were close to being full. Additionally, about 300 former players were on hand for the annual reunion, including Bill Cowher, Jerricho Cotchery, Torry Holt and Mario Williams. Before I get into the on-field observations, I want to mention the efforts made by the current and former players to engage the fans. For example, I watched Mario Williams come down into the section I was sitting in and slowly make his way across all of the sections, walking parallel to the field…obviously something he did on purpose. He took the time to sign every autograph and take every picture he could. As an alum and a fan, I really appreciated that.
Now, onto the game itself…Frump it for my “expert” opinions.
Much maligned in 2009, this young group must step up its play in 2010 if the Pack hopes to win.
Like that rhyming? Pretty sick. Someone forward this blog to Dre.
Anywho…No question that the youngest position group on the field last season were the defensive backs and it is no question that it showed. Typical of young players, there were flashes of potential (Pittsburgh), often followed by head-scratching periods of growing pains (Duke). Fortunately, there is no better way to be baptized on the football field than to be done so by fire and that experience should begin to payoff this season…
Frump it for projected starters and analyis….don’t forget the rest of the spring breakdown, listed below and be on the lookout next week for a Frump-exclusive look at the Spring game set to kick tomorrow.
This spring the Wolfpack welcomed back to their linebacking corps a huge missing piece from the puzzle last season in Rs Jr Nate Irving. Today’s addition will breakdown the linebackers…this is a group of players NC State fans should be very excited about as they boast depth, speed, experience and youth…a rare combination. This group will need to able to both take the pressure off the young secondary and get to the QB in order for the Wolfpack D to take a step forward.
As always, don’t forget to go back and read up on the rest of our positional breakdown. Amaze your friends with your thorough and expert knowledge at this weekend’s spring game – Saturday April 17th at 1pm…lets PACK Carter-Finley! (see what I did there?)
The 2010 defensive line will arguably be the most interesting position group to cover this upcoming season. It is an odd mix of veterans and new faces…in a few cases, both adjectives would apply to the same player. This year’s Wolfpack Dline will be somewhat of an enigma and is an uncertainty heading into the fall.
To give you an example of what I mean, the starting defensive line could very well could consist of 2 red-shirt seniors defensive ends, one senior defensive tackle and one red-shirt junior defensive tackle. Typically, a line that “age” would be a dominating, experienced force. In this case, that same defensive line would have a combined 1 start at NC State and only a total of nine years on campus between them.
Frump it to see my thoughts on how this scenario will play out.
Here are quick links to previous breakdowns for your reading pleasure.
Today, Frump will be evaluating the deepest and most talented position group(s) on the NC State roster, the Wolfpack receiving corps. Headlined by returning first team All-ACC TE George Bryan, the Pack is poised to continue to make it rain on opposing secondaries in 2010. Also, don’t forget to check out all of the write ups in preparation for next weekend’s spring game…Frump!!!
Coach Tom O’Brien and Assistant Don Horton have long been renowned for their ability to develop and coach offensive lineman. NFL rosters are littered with their former players and Wolfpack fans have seen a steady progression in the rebuilding of the NC STATE unit since their arrival. This year’s version will be the deepest set of lineman enjoyed by TOB and Horton in terms of numbers and talent. It will also be one of the youngest position groups put on the field (next to the defensive backs) this season. Horton and TOB will have their work cut out for them as the Pack will be forced to replace three starters this season, while a forth will be recovering from a major knee injury.
As alluded to yesterday, one of the two major questions facing the Wolfpack this spring is the future of All-ACC Quarterback Russell Wilson. Will he stay on and pilot one of the ACC’s most prolific offenses for another season? Or will Mike Glennon be forced to step in and take the reins? Also, who is the favorite to replace Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene at the tailback position? FRUMP it, football fans…
(shout to packpride, a great resource for Wolfpack info)