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NC State vs. South Carolina Depth Chart and Analysis

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NC State vs. South Carolina Depth Chart

NC State has released their depth chart for the South Carolina, and everything is pretty much what we expected to see in regards to the starters, but what stands out is the word “or” scattered all throughout it.

Running Back Nyheim Hines might be at the top of the depth chart, but don’t miss the “or after his name. In fact, don’t miss the “or” after Reggie Gallaspy either. It looks like the coaching staff is heading into the game Saturday with a three-headed monster at Running Back. This could indicate an extreme competition at the position, or it simply reveals that the coaches want to use a Running Back-by-committee approach.

Defensive End Kentavius Street is ahead of Darian Roseboro on the depth chart, but an “or” sits between their names. Street has seen an “or” after his name quite a bit over the years. The coaching staff believes they have 5 starters on the defensive front. If Street wants to have the breakout season he needs to have this season, he’s going to have to distinguish himself from a very talented Roseboro. Don’t be surprised to see Roseboro get moved to the interior occasionally to maximize his snaps as well.

Justin Jones is ahead of Eurndraus Bryant as expected, but once again, don’t miss the “or” in between their names. Jones has flashed a lot, but so has Bryant every time he steps on the field. He might be one of the biggest guys on the team, but he’s got cat-like reflexes. He played left field in high school, boasting a .490 batting average.

Here is a little perspective on what type of player Germaine Pratt might be at Linebacker. Airius Moore is the second best returning Linebacker in the ACC, and Pratt, who has never played a snap at the position in college, has an “or” between him and the Senior.

Props to Slot Receiver Jakobi Myers, the converted Quarterback. I expected Gavin Locklear to start at the beginning of the season, but the buzz of Myers in Fall Camp must have been legit.

I was already excited about the depth at Wide Receiver, but I’m even more excited after seeing True Freshman Emeka Emezie on the two-deep ahead of Maurice Trowell. He’s one of two True Freshman on the depth chart, and with the depth already at each position, they wouldn’t use him this season unless they simply couldn’t justify keeping him of the field.

As expected, Johnathan Alston will step in at starter for the injured Mike Stevens, playing his 1st collegiate snaps at the position.

Finally, we knew that Shawn Boone had been working at Nickelback in Fall Camp, but it’s official now. The coaches must feel very confident in Jarius Moorehead and Dexter Wright to officially move Boone from Safety. If those two prove efficient, I think Boone will soar this season at Nickel. He was one of the most sure tacklers in the nation last season, and now he will be closer to the line of scrimmage.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State’s Davin Vann Has the 4th Most Career QB Pressures Heading into ’24

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NC State Senior Defensive End Davin Vann has the 4th most Career Quarterback Pressures among active players heading into the 2024 Football season.

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Vann has the 2nd highest total in the ACC heading into his final year of eligibility, trailing Wake Forest Senior Jasheen Davis by 3. The Wolfpack is fortunate to have Vann return for his final year. He would have been drafted last month, but he wanted to improve his draft stock with his final year, and had unfinished business to take care of.

Expecting big things from #1 in 2024.

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NC State’s Kevin Concepcion is the 3rd Highest Graded Returning ACC WR

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NC State Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion is the 3rd highest graded returning ACC Wide Receiver according to ProFootballFocus, trailing only Miami’s Xavier Restrepo (Mia) and Louisville’s Caullin Lacy (83.4).

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Concepcion finished last season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards. Last year, Restrepo had 85 receptions for 1,092 yards and 6 touchdowns. This season will be Lacy’s first season at Louisville, playing his first 4 years at South Alabama, where he had 91 receptions for 1,316 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Also, 7 of KC’s touchdown receptions were against man coverage last season, which is the most among all returning Wide Receivers.





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ESPN Ranks NC State In Their Top-15 of Their Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN released their Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Preseason College Football Top-25 today, and they ranked NC State 13th.

  1. Georgia
  2. Ohio St.
  3. Texas
  4. Oregon
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Ole Miss
  7. Alabama
  8. Missouri
  9. Utah
  10. Michigan
  11. FSU
  12. Penn St.
  13. NC State
  14. LSU
  15. Tennessee
  16. Clemson
  17. Kansas St.
  18. Oklahoma
  19. Oklahoma St.
  20. Arizona
  21. Virginia Tech
  22. Kansas
  23. Iowa
  24. Miami
  25. USC

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

Spring update: Dave Doeren has quietly guided the Wolfpack to 34 wins the past four seasons, including a 9-4 mark last year, despite having a mess in the quarterback room. That position shouldn’t be a problem with former Coastal Carolina star Grayson McCall taking over the offense. He threw for at least 2,400 yards with at least 24 touchdowns and fewer than three interceptions in each of three straight seasons from 2020 to 2022. McCall battled a head injury last season. He’ll be surrounded by plenty of talent at NC State, including transfer receivers Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest) and returning star KC Concepcion, the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2023. Tight end Justin Joly (UConn) and tailback Jordan Waters (Duke) were big additions as well. NC State faces September tests against Tennessee in Charlotte and Clemson on the road, but it doesn’t play Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech or Miami — four of the best teams in the ACC — during the regular season. (ESPN)

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Does the Addition of the UVA Series Equal the Elimination of NC State’s Series with App St.?

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Earlier this week it was announced that NC State and Virginia would play one another in a home-and-home series, with the Wolfpack hosting in 2025, and the Cavaliers hosting in 2026.

Prior to the announcement, NC State already had their non-conference slate booked for both of those seasons.

As a result of the addition of the Virginia series, a previously scheduled non-conference game from each season would need to be dropped. While it hasn’t been officially announced by the school, Joe Giglio and David Glenn seem to think that the series with Appalachian State is going to be dropped.

It would make the most sense, considering the Mountaineers were the only opponent the Wolfpack was scheduled to play in both 2025 and 2026. It would also make sense, considering the fact that ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips isn’t a fan of ACC teams playing Group of 5 schools on the road.

I will tell you this much. The Mountaineer faithful certainly believe NC State is dropping the series with App State, and it just takes a little scrolling on X (formerly Twitter) to get a read on their feelings on the situation.

This situation brings to mind the bill that has been proposed in the North Carolina House of Representatives that would force NC State and UNC to play App St., ECU and UNC Charlotte in Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball.

If the addition of UVA means the elimination of App St. on NC State’s schedule, what are your thoughts? Share in the comments.

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