Wolfpack 2011 Season Preview

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    Wolfpack 2011 Season Preview

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    NC State Wolfpack 2011 Season Preview

    Yes folks, the college football season is here and it promises to be a great one. Last year, the Wolfpack posted up a solid 6-6 record under new head coach Wreck'em. In 2011, the Wolfpack have more than a .500 record on their mind. Coach Wreck'em has faith that his team can be a factor in the ACC Atlantic race this season. Let's take a look at the team he has put together:
    OFFENSE Slot Name Pos Overall Year Height Weight Hometown
    Quaterbacks 1 Wilson, Russell QB 88 Senior (RS) 5'11" 201 lbs University Heights, VA
    2 Glennon, Mike QB 81 Junior (RS) 6'6" 219 lbs Falls Church, VA
    3 Walker, Keith QB 73 Freshman 6'1" 239 lbs River Road, NC
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    Running Backs 1 Underwood, Curtis HB 80 Senior (RS) 5'11" 223 lbs Niagara Falls, NY
    2 Barnes, Brandon HB 80 Junior (RS) 6'0" 210 lbs Lincolnton, NC
    3 Washington, James HB 79 Sophomore (RS) 6'0" 183 lbs Winter Springs, FL
    4 Greene, Mustafa HB 76 Freshman (RS) 6'0" 194 lbs Anderson, SC
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    Full Backs 1 Gentry, Taylor FB 77 Senior 6'2" 253 lbs Fuquay-Varina, NC
    2 Jackson, Matt FB 53 Freshman 6'0" 258 lbs Buford, GA 2 Jackson, Matt FB 53 Freshman 6'0" 258 lbs Buford, GA 2 Jackson, Matt FB 53 Freshman 6'0" 258 lbs Buford, GA 2
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    Wide Receivers 1 Graham, TJ WR 86 Senior 6'0" 180 lbs Asheville, NC Wide Receivers 1 Graham, TJ WR 86 Senior 6'0" 180 lbs Asheville, NC Wide Receivers 1 Graham, TJ WR 86 Senior 6'0" 180 lbs Asheville, NC Wide Receivers 1 Jackson, Jerrel WR 86 Junior 6'1" 190 lbs Watauga, TX
    2 Smith, Jay WR 81 Senior (RS) 6'2" 209 lbs Radford, VA 2 Smith, Jay WR 81 Senior (RS) 6'2" 209 lbs Radford, VA 2 Smith, Jay WR 81 Senior (RS) 6'2" 209 lbs Radford, VA 2 Kemp, Wes WR 82 Junior 6'4" 225 lbs Ballwin, MO
    3 Howard, Steven WR 78 Senior (RS) 6'2" 201 lbs Washington, NC 3 Howard, Steven WR 78 Senior (RS) 6'2" 201 lbs Washington, NC 3 Howard, Steven WR 78 Senior (RS) 6'2" 201 lbs Washington, NC 3 Woodland, Rolandis WR 80 Sophomore (RS) 6'3" 200 lbs Marshall, MO
    4 Alexander, Morgan WR 77 Sophomore (RS) 5'11" 181 lbs Tucker, GA 4 Alexander, Morgan WR 77 Sophomore (RS) 5'11" 181 lbs Tucker, GA 4 Alexander, Morgan WR 77 Sophomore (RS) 5'11" 181 lbs Tucker, GA 4 Washington, L Damian WR 79 Freshman (RS) 6'4" 180 lbs Shreveport, LA
    5 Creecy, Anthony WR 77 Freshman (RS) 6'0" 199 lbs Greenville, NC 5 Creecy, Anthony WR 77 Freshman (RS) 6'0" 199 lbs Greenville, NC 5 Creecy, Anthony WR 77 Freshman (RS) 6'0" 199 lbs Greenville, NC 5 Moe, TJ WR 77 Sophomore 6'0" 190 lbs Liberty, MO
    6 Tyson, Paul WR 68 Freshman 6'0" 181 lbs Center Point, AL 6 Tyson, Paul WR 68 Freshman 6'0" 181 lbs Center Point, AL 6 Tyson, Paul WR 68 Freshman 6'0" 181 lbs Center Point, AL 6 McGaffie, Gahn WR 75 Sophomore (RS) 5'10" 185 lbs Lee's Summit, MO
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    Tight Ends 1 Bryan, George TE 87 Senior (RS) 6'5" 266 lbs Kinston, NC Tight Ends 1 Bryan, George TE 87 Senior (RS) 6'5" 266 lbs Kinston, NC Tight Ends 1 Bryan, George TE 87 Senior (RS) 6'5" 266 lbs Kinston, NC Tight Ends 1 Jones, Andrew TE 81 Junior 6'5" 235 lbs Columbia, MO
    2 Watson, Asa TE 78 Junior 6'4" 228 lbs Georgetown, SC 2 Watson, Asa TE 78 Junior 6'4" 228 lbs Georgetown, SC 2 Watson, Asa TE 78 Junior 6'4" 228 lbs Georgetown, SC 2 Egnew, Michael TE 74 Junior 6'6" 225 lbs Mission Bend, TX
    3 Carter, Mario TE 71 Junior (RS) 6'4" 264 lbs Elkin, NC 3 Carter, Mario TE 71 Junior (RS) 6'4" 264 lbs Elkin, NC 3 Carter, Mario TE 71 Junior (RS) 6'4" 264 lbs Elkin, NC 3 Brinkley, Beau TE 67 Junior 6'5" 230 lbs Arnold, MO
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    Left Tackle 1 Crisp, Robert LT 82 Sophomore 6'7" 301 lbs Dunn, NC Left Tackle 1 Crisp, Robert LT 82 Sophomore 6'7" 301 lbs Dunn, NC Left Tackle 1 Crisp, Robert LT 82 Sophomore 6'7" 301 lbs Dunn, NC Left Tackle 1 Fisher, Elvis LT 85 Junior (RS) 6'5" 300 lbs Vero Beach South, FL
    2 Christophe, Duran LT 78 Sophomore (RS) 6'6" 295 lbs Gresham Park, GA 2 Christophe, Duran LT 78 Sophomore (RS) 6'6" 295 lbs Gresham Park, GA 2 Christophe, Duran LT 78 Sophomore (RS) 6'6" 295 lbs Gresham Park, GA 2 Hill, Mark LT 78 Freshman (RS) 6'6" 276 lbs Sedalia, MO
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    Left Guard 1 Wallace, Andrew LG 84 Junior (RS) 6'5" 302 lbs Salisbury, NC
    2 Lawson, Henry LG 74 Senior (RS) 6'3" 291 lbs Spring Lake, NC
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    Center 1 Wentz, Camden C 81 Junior 6'3" 292 lbs Dublin, GA
    2 Crawford, Wayne C 74 Senior (RS) 6'3" 305 lbs Brentwood, PA
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    Right Guard 1 Mattes, RJ RG 85 Junior (RS) 6'6" 306 lbs Mooresville, NC
    2 Good, Denzelle RG 73 Sophomore (RS) 6'6" 344 lbs Woodruff, SC
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    Right Tackle 1 Overgaard, Mikel RT 78 Senior (RS) 6'6" 281 lbs Meridian, ID
    2 Jones, Sam RT 78 Sophomore (RS) 6'7" 329 lbs Siler City, NC
    3 Chandler, Tyson RT 74 Freshman (RS) 6'6" 348 lbs Belle Haven, VA
    4 Thomas, Chris RT 65 Freshman 6'6" 315 lbs Tifton, GA

    DEFENSE Slot Name Pos Overall Year Height Weight Hometown
    Left End 1 Cato Bishop, Darryl LE 70 Sophomore (RS) 6'4" 288 lbs Pittsfield, MA
    2 Edwards, Pat LE 61 Freshman 6'3" 238 lbs Kings Mountain, NC
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    Defensive Tackle 1 Sweezy, JR DT 79 Senior (RS) 6'5" 295 lbs Beaufort, NC
    2 Kuhn, Markus DT 75 Senior (RS) 6'4" 305 lbs Lenoir, NC
    3 Slay, Brian DT 72 Junior 6'3" 292 lbs Lynchburg, VA
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    Right End 1 Reiskamp, Jeff RE 72 Senior (RS) 6'3" 237 lbs Cleveland, OH
    2 Dowdy, Rickey RE 71 Sophomore (RS) 6'2" 247 lbs Bonnie Doone, NC
    3 Jackson, Terrance RE 63 Freshman 6'3" 221 lbs Silver Lake, NC
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    LOLB 1 Cole, Audie LOLB 87 Senior (RS) 6'5" 242 lbs Shelby, MI
    2 Rice, Hans LOLB 70 Sophomore (RS) 6'2" 208 lbs Trussville, AL
    3 Ross, Alex LOLB 66 Freshman 5'11" 209 lbs Roanoke Rapids, NC
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    MLB 1 Lucas, Sterling MLB 76 Senior 6'2" 240 lbs Wade Hampton, SC
    2 Cheek, Ryan MLB 68 Sophomore (RS) 6'1" 246 lbs Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    3 DeAngelis, Freddie MLB 67 Freshman 6'0" 239 lbs Half Moon, NC
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    ROLB 1 Maddox, Dwayne ROLB 78 Senior 6'2" 236 lbs Clinton, NC
    2 Manning, Terrell ROLB 73 Junior (RS) 6'3" 227 lbs Henderson, NC
    3 Beasley, William ROLB 64 Junior (RS) 6'2" 227 lbs Winter Park, FL
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    Corner Back 1 Wilson, CJ CB 77 Junior 5'11" 180 lbs Newton, NC
    2 Grant, Gary CB 75 Junior (RS) 6'0" 187 lbs Greenacres City, FL
    3 Smith, Rashard CB 73 Junior 5'11" 177 lbs Doraville, GA
    4 Byers, Justin CB 71 Senior (RS) 6'0" 188 lbs Trinity, NC
    5 White, Brandon CB 68 Freshman 6'3" 172 lbs College Park, GA
    6 Monk, Jordan CB 68 Junior (RS) 6'0" 184 lbs Valley Falls, RI
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    Strong Safety 1 Wolff, Earl SS 80 Junior (RS) 6'0" 202 lbs High Point, NC
    2 Coleman, Donald SS 73 Sophomore (RS) 6'0" 196 lbs Bay City, MI
    3 Proctor, Everett SS 62 Sophomore (RS) 6'2" 221 lbs Clayton, NC
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    Free Safety 1 Bishop, Brandan FS 76 Junior 6'2" 211 lbs Largo, FL
    2 Johnson, Dontae FS 74 Sophomore 6'3" 182 lbs Elkin, NC
    3 Moore, Lawrence FS 67 Freshman 6'0" 195 lbs Cedartown, GA

    SPECIAL TEAMS Slot Name Pos Overall Year Height Weight Hometown
    Punter 1 Ward, Chris P 87 Sophomore (RS) 6'1" 183 lbs North Druid Hills, GA
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    Kicker 1 Haynes, Howard K 70 Freshman 6'1" 163 lbs Bloomingdale, TN
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    Kick Return 1 Underwood, Curtis HB 80 Senior (RS) 5'11" 223 lbs Niagara Falls, NY
    2 Barnes, Brandon HB 80 Junior (RS) 6'0" 210 lbs Lincolnton, NC
    3 Graham, TJ WR 86 Senior 6'0" 180 lbs Asheville, NC
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    Punt Return 1 Underwood, Curtis HB 80 Senior (RS) 5'11" 223 lbs Niagara Falls, NY
    2 Barnes, Brandon HB 80 Junior (RS) 6'0" 210 lbs Lincolnton, NC
    3 Graham, TJ WR 86 Senior 6'0" 180 lbs Asheville, NC


    Offense:

    This year Coach Wreck'em is transitioning the O to a one-back/spread hybrid style team. He has said that he drew inspiration from Memphis' playbook. Lets hope that it works better than that. Senior quarterback Russell Wilson is the clear leader of this team, and the offense is based on his ability to run and throw the football. At the halfback position, it is running by committee with Curtis Underwood, Brandon Barnes, and James Washington all providing different looks for a defense. The receiver position is an old but inexperienced group. The top 3 receivers on the depth chart, TJ Graham, Jay Smith, and Steven Howard, are all seniors, but only TJ Graham has played much on Saturdays. Luckily, senior TE George Bryan is a viable receiving option as well, bring some much needed experience to the group. The line is pretty solid, with RT being a question mark for the team. As a whole, the Wolfpack offense looks to be pretty explosive this season.

    Defense:

    The NC State D, however is another story. There is only one All-ACC caliber player on the defensive side of the ball: Audie Cole. The Senior Captain at outside linebacker is quick, smart, and a sure tackler. He will be joined by Sterling Lucas and Dwayne Maddox in the linebacker corps. The D-line is very inexperienced with almost all starters from last year graduating. JR Sweezy needs to step up and take control of the LOS. The secondary is suspect as well. CJ Wilson and Gary Grant are not exactly All-American players, and don't receive a whole lot of help from safties Earl Wolf and Brandon Bishop. I am not confident that this Defense will hold opposing teams to less than 28 points a game.

    Now it is time for an analysis of the schedule for the year:

    @ Alabama: I don't see how NC State can pull off the upset here L 35-14

    vs Western Kentucky: Not much more difficult than a FCS team W 45-7

    vs UNC: Should be a tight game, but UNC is the defending National champions, they won't lose this one L 28-24

    vs Georgia Tech: I'll go with an upset here. I think NC State can pull it off W 24-14

    vs Maryland: After last year's heartbreaking loss, NC State comes back with a vengeance W 17-14

    vs Clemson: Clemson is a program on the downturn. They won't trip up the Wolfpack W 31-21

    @ Wake Forest: See Clemson W 45-10

    @ Virginia: The cellar dweller of the ACC W 38-7

    @ FSU: The Seminoles won't let little NC State upset them two years in a row L 31-24

    @ Boston College: This should be another tight game, but NC State will pull away in the 4th W 35-17

    vs Georgia: NC State just can't beat one of the national title contenders and team that will never lose a SEC game ever again in Georgia L 38-10

    at Army: NC State wins in a blowout W 45-17

    Final Record: 8-4 (6-2)
     

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