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N.C. State 2010 Record: 9-4
Series History: Wolfpack leads 1-0 (Last meeting: N.C. State 30-19, 2010)
By the time North Carolina State strolls into Nippert Stadium, Mike Glennon will be firmly entrenched as leader of the Wolfpack offense. The redshirt junior takes over for Russell Wilson, who flirtation with baseball and unavailability in the spring and summer had grown cumbersome on the team.
It was the development of Glennon that made the decision to allow Wilson to leave that much easier. One of the most coveted quarterbacks coming out of high school, Glennon played in three games last year and was 9 of 13 passing. Wilson, who already graduated, will play this season at Wisconsin.
Glennon will be protected by an experienced offensive line and have the luxury of throwing to the ACC's best tight end, George Bryan. A deep stable of running back will be needed to take the pressure off an inexperience receiving corps that graduated its top two performers. The only returning player with more than 12 receptions is T.J. Graham, who hauled in 25 in 2010.
N.C. State returns eight starters on a defense that was middle of the pack in the Atlantic Coast Conference, yielding 21.3 points per game. The Wolfpack, however, was a lot closer to the top than they were to the bottom. Once looked upon as a liability, the NCSU secondary, led by C.J. Wilson, Brandon Bishop and Earl Wolff, will be one of the most experienced in the conference.
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