NC State Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal.
Thank you Ncstate coaching staff for giving a kid from the middle of nowhere a chance to play football at their school. I have growin so much here at state. I have decided to enter the transfer portal in order for me to reach my full potential both academically and football. 💯 pic.twitter.com/Yu69zl6Sff
— Lightspzzd_97 (@xavierlyas) November 11, 2019
Lyas has flashed his potential all season long, collecting 4.0 sacks (4.5 tackles for loss) on the year, but that has all come in very limited playing time. The most snaps he has played in a game is 19 against Wake Forest.
There is a lot of depth at the Defensive End position, and there aren’t as many snaps to go around with the Pack primarily running a 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Also, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Jeffrey Gunter, who is a transfer from Coastal Carolina who is sitting out this season, meaning that he won’t likely be guaranteed snaps next season.
Lyas was listed as James Smith-Williams backup against Clemson, but he likely missed the contest due to transferring, and not injury.