GAMEDAY: NC State vs. South Alabama

NC State returns to Carter-Finley Stadium today for a nonconference contest against South Alabama. Kick-off is set for 6:00 pm and the game can be watched online via ESPN3.com.

NC State vs. South Alabama
Saturday, September 17, 2011
6:00 pm (EST), ESPN3
Raleigh, NC
Carter-Finley Stadium

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CFN's Take

South Alabama (2-0) at NC State (1-1) Sept 17, 6:00, ESPN3

Here's The Deal: It's been a rough start to the season for head coach Tom O'Brien and NC State. It started out with Wisconsin and former Pack QB Russell Wilson looking fantastic on a Thursday night primetime game on ESPN in Week 1 and ended with a disappointing loss to Wake Forest. Frustration is mounting in Raleigh after the loss in Winston-Salem.

The box score of the Wake Forest game should be terrifying to NC State; there is nothing in there that explains why the Wolfpack lost. Both teams were even in turnovers and similar in total yards. The reason those stats are so scary is because it shows that NC State just got beat. Looking for some relief, FCS's South Alabama Jaguars travel to Carter-Finley Stadium to take on the Pack in a game NC State must win.

Why South Alabama Might Win: The South Alabama defense has looked stout in victories over West Alabama and Lamar. Giving up just nine points and 253 yards per game in a league known for good offense is worth noting. NC State looked very uneven in a lopsided victory over Liberty, gaining only 318 total yards.

USA has good linebackers led by Enrique Williams, who is leading the team in tackles and tackles for loss. Williams needs to find space to get to the ball carrier against a much bigger and talented offensive line than he has faced thus far. On offense, South Alabama has to figure out how to throw the football and get chunks of yards in the passing game.

QB C.J. Bennett is completing 60% of his passes, but in two games he has only thrown the ball 35 times. State has given up 316 passing yards a game to Liberty and Wake Forest, not teams that traditionally like to air it out. The Jaguars have to throw the ball more often because the Wolfpack defense is very strong in the front seven. USA WR Bryant Lavendar has been the most effective pass-catcher with six receptions for 96 yards, but it needs to find a go-to receiver quickly to take advantage of a poor NC State secondary.

Why NC State Might Win: South Alabama's strength rushing the football is going up against a NC State defense that excels at stopping the run. State had problems stopping the pass, but run defense has been its bread and butter, giving up only 106 yards a game. Even more impressive is how it was able to bottle up a Wake Forest rushing attack that consistently frustrates some of the best teams in the ACC.

South Alabama rushes nearly 70% of the time, and is not comfortable throwing the football. Stopping the run will be the main focus for the State defense and if it forces USA into obvious passing downs they will force the Jaguars to turn the ball over. The Wolfpack has forced eight turnovers in two games, and should have no problem adding to that total with a team that is too one-dimensional to put pressure on the State secondary.

What To Watch Out For: New NC State QB Mike Glennon took some heat after a sub-par performance against Liberty. His completion percentage was fine, but he only threw for 156 yards and a score. Glennon woke up against Wake Forest with a 314-yard day and three touchdowns, two that went for over 60 yards. If Glennon can get on track early with receivers T.J. Graham and Tobias Palmer, there's a great chance he'll be spending the second half on the bench. If Glennon struggles once again to push the ball down the field and settles for the underneath throws, this game could be viewed as step backwards instead of moving ahead.

What Will Happen: The Wolfpack is going to take a lot of frustration out on South Alabama this weekend as Tom O'Brien tries to get this team back on track. This is a terrible match up for the Jaguars as their strengths will not cause NC State any trouble. The Jaguars will try to run early and will go three and out most of the first half until they abandon the run in favor of the pass.

NC State forced seven turnovers against Liberty and will get close to that number against South Alabama. Mike Glennon continues to improve the NC State passing game, and Graham and Palmer will each get over 100 yards receiving.

CFN Prediction: NC State 56 … South Alabama 7


Saturday's Keys

NC State Offense vs. South Alabama Defense

GET OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
In the first two games of the season, NC State has struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the early stages of each contest. Against Liberty the Pack managed just a field goal in the first quarter and didn't record their first offensive touchdown until there was less than a minute left in the first half. In last weekend's loss to Wake Forest, State was held scoreless in the first quarter and managed just two field goals in the second.

The good news is State really seemed to find itself offensively in the second half against the Deacs. The Pack opened up the passing game and was able to connect on a couple of big plays while mixing in some impressive runs by James Washington and Curtis Underwood.

The Wolfpack has to build on that late game success from a week ago and carry it over to the South Alabama. Clearly the Pack will have a talent and depth advantage but this contest will be a huge emotional contest for the Jaguars. State has to match that intensity while working to sustain some early drives, put points on the board and start building some confidence.

ESTABLISH THE RUN AND TAKE CONTROL
The easiest was to get yourself in trouble is an incompletion on first down, a stuffed run play on second and another incompletion on third down. Some variation of those three plays is what doomed State on it's opening drive in each of the first two games.

The Pack will have a size and talent advantage and they need to take control of the line of scrimmage from the start. State needs to dedicate itself to running the ball, force South Alabama to commit extra defenders to stop it and then attack the Jags with play action.

The Wolfpack has to get more from it's running game and this is a week where State should be able to move the ball on the ground. South Alabama may only put a couple of linemen with their hand on the ground which means State has to identify their blocking assignment and then work to open running lanes for Underwood and Washington.

LIMIT MISTAKES
South Alabama is going to be sky high for this game and the worst possible scenario is to commit silly penalties or turn the ball over- both of which will only serve to fuel the Jags even more.

In the first two games of the season, the Wolfpack has done a good job in each of those categories. There were a couple of fumbles against Liberty and an interception in the Wake Forest game. While not perfect, the Pack is currently rated No. 6 nationally in turnover margin.

State has also done a good job with penalties. The Pack is rated No. 31 nationally for penalties per game at five. At 42 yards per game, State ranks 37th in penalty yards per game.

South Alabama will need NC State to make mistakes to have an opportunity to win. If the Pack limits turnovers and penalties then they should be in good shape.

NC State Defense vs. South Alabama Offense

STUFF THE RUN
NC State's defense has been exceptional against the run in the first two games of the season, and they are going to have to be the same versus South Alabama.

The Jaguars enter averaging 205 yards rushing on the ground, led by talented tailbacks Demetre Baker and Kendall Houston. South Alabama has recorded 200-plus yards rushing in four of the last five outings dating back to last season, so they certainly place an emphasis on pounding the ground.

However, the Pack has been down right stingy with its rushing defense. Yielding just 106 yards a game, State held Wake Forest to 101 yards rushing on 34 carries. Defensive tackles Markus Kuhn and Brian Slay do a good job of plugging the holes, and linebackers Audie Cole and Terrell Manning are exceptional at filling the gaps while making plays at or behind the line of scrimmage.

In its first two games South Alabama rushed the ball nearly 70% of the time. Obviously the coaching staff is more comfortable with its run game, particularly with a redshirt freshman (C.J. Bennett) starting at quarterback. If NC State can come out and eliminate the ground game, making USA one-dimensional, it should be a good night for the Wolfpack defense.

GET OFF THE FIELD
If there has been one major area of concern for NC State's defense thus far it has to be the Pack's inability to get off the field consistently on third down.

It was definitely an issue in the loss at Wake Forest. In the first half, the Demon Deacons converted on 5-of-8 3rd-and-long situations, which kept the Pack's defense on the field and led to multiple scoring drives. For the game, Wake was 50% on third down, converting 8-of-16 chances.

This year, NC State is 85th nationally on third downs, yielding conversions at a 43% rate. Last year the Pack was seventh nationally (33%).

It is still early in the season and the Pack can certainly improve, but with the schedule getting much tougher after the South Alabama game the Wolfpack must start to turn it around this weekend.

TURN'EM OVER
NC State forced seven turnovers in the win over Liberty and just one in the loss to Wake Forest. Obviously forcing turnovers will be a key for the Pack this season.

South Alabama has also been somewhat generous with the ball this year. The Jaguars opened the year with four turnovers, but didn't have any against Lamar. However, quarterback C.J. Bennett has tossed three interceptions with just two touchdowns while completing 60% of his passes.

Utilizing multiple blitzes to create a lot of pressure, if NC State can eliminate the run then they should be able to generate some turnovers against a South Alabama team that has been run-dominant in 2011.

With the turnovers, NC State can have potential scoring chances and also provide the Wolfpack offense with terrific field position, something a still-developing unit would love to have.


NC State-South Alabama: 5 Questions

1. Was the defense's 3rd down success last year a fluke?
Here's fact that often gets lost in the discussion of the Pack defense – even the 2010 defense that is so highly thought of was not good at defending the pass. Not as terrible as the Pack has been so far this year (9.1 yards per attempt through two games compared to 7.2 yards per attempt in 2010), but pass defense hasn't been a strength for this team since the 2007 season.

What made the 2010 version of the Pack defense so much better than previous iterations was its ability to get off the field on third down. Last year the Pack ranked seventh in the nation in the category, with teams converting just 33 percent of its third downs. In other words two out of every three tries the other team was sending out the punt or field goal unit. This year that number is up to 43 percent and while a 10 percent gap might seem small it ranks the Pack 84th in the FBS.

Through two games, they've gone from being one of the best teams at getting off the field to one of the worst. Mike Archer and the rest of the defense are going to have to find that winning formula again or it will be another year of constantly playing catch-up.

2. Will Glennon build on his second-half success at Wake?
Mike Glennon threw for more touchdowns in the second half against Wake Forest than he had thrown in his entire college career to that point. In those 30 minutes, which might have ended in even better numbers if his teammates could hold onto the ball, he displayed the sort of skill-set the coaching staff has been raving about for the better part of three years.

So he's capable, and now he's done it in a real game under real pressure. But the hardest part still sites in front of the junior quarterback – maintaining and improving from week-to-week. Teams will have tape on him now, see some of his flaws and try to exploit them. They will notice his tendency to stare down receivers and he will have to correct that problem. Glennon's ability to adjust as the season progresses is just as important as his physical tools or understanding of the offense.

3. Can NC State find defensive playmakers?

Last year the Pack's biggest defensive play-maker was without a doubt Nate Irving, but the second guy on that list was probably J.R. Sweezy. With Irving in the professional ranks and Sweezy sidelined for another two weeks at least, the question is who on the defense can make a big play for the Pack?

The guy most people pegged for a breakout year was Audie Cole, who moved over to Irving's middle linebacker spot in the offseason. But he has yet to make game-changing plays that Irving did in 2010.

With that being said, it did take Irving a couple of games to fully adjust to playing middle linebacker so that could be the case for Cole this year.

4. Can the offense sustain long drives?
Over two games the Pack has managed just four drives of more than 50 yards – two of which were one-play 60+ yard passes for touchdowns. It's also managed just four drives of more than 10 plays. Both Liberty and Wake Forest won the time of possession battle in the Pack's first two games. With the defense banged up and struggling to find consistency, the offense needs to put together longer scoring drives.

The Pack made some strides against Wake Forest – after four three-and-outs against Liberty the Pack never had one against the Deacons. But their three most time consuming drives ended in a field goal and two punts, while the three touchdown drives were a combined total of seven snaps. There's nothing wrong with a team that hits on big plays, but the Pack could use more clock-chewing marches down the field to help its defense catch its breath.

5. Wait, South Alabama has never lost a game? Are they any good?
We don't even have to wait till Saturday to answer the first one - South Alabama has indeed never lost a game as a football team. They are 19-0 in the third year of their program, but this will be the first time the Jaguars have faced an FBS.

South Alabama doesn't have the talent or depth of NC State and they've never played a team of nearly that caliber. But they will also be entering Carter-Finley with plenty of confidence thanks to their unblemished record. It's hard to judge them where there talent stands compared to other FCS teams because they have played so few games against teams of the same level. This would be a dangerous opponent if taken lightly, but it's hard to imagine the O'Brien or the rest of the team taking anyone lightly after the loss to Wake Forest.


NC State Game Notes

THE SOUTH ALABAMA GAME
Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between NC State and the Jaguars of South Alabama, as the Jaguars come into Carter-Finley Stadium never having lost a game in the brief history of its program (they began play in 2009). USA, which will move up to the FBS ranks in 2013, has posted a 19-0 record since beginning play in 2009.

A NIGHT FOR HEROES
Saturday's game will be a special one for the Wolfpack nation, as it is designated as NC State's annual "Military Appreciation Day." This game has become a special one for State fans, as the Wolfpack welcomes those who have defended our country in the past and will in the future.

There are a variety of events surrounding Military Appreciation Day, but the most meaningful will be hosting the Wounded Warriors from Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune. This group of heroes will have its own Walk of Champions into the stadium and a collection will be taken up at the gates for the Back Home Box Foundation, which send supplies to troops overseas.

PACK READIES FOR QUICK TURNAROUND
NC State's game with South Alabama will more than likely end around 9:30 Saturday night. Less that five nights later, the Pack will more than likely be at halftime of its next game: at Cincinnati.

This marks the second year in a row that State has a game the weekend before a Thursday night contest. In 2010, the Pack played at Central Florida on Saturday night, then played host to Cincinnati on Thursday. This year, Tom O'Brien will take his team on the road.

Besides this year and last year, there have been just two other times since 1980 that NC State had a five-day turnaround which included at least one game on the road. In 1997, Mike O'Cain's Wolfpack topped Northern Illinois at home (9/20) before falling at Wake Forest (9/25), while Chuck Amato's 2002 squad beat Duke at Carter-Finley Stadium (10/19) prior to defeating Clemson on the road in an ESPN Thursday contest (10/24).

RUSHING IS RIGHT
Although the Wolfpack left Winston-Salem with a mark in the loss column on Saturday, one thing has become apparent in the last game and a half: NC State has found its rushing game.

In the second half of the season opening win over Liberty and the entire Wake Forest game, the Pack averaged 4.8 yards per carry (52 rushes for 248 yards - doesn't include a 15-yard sack on Glennon in second half versus Liberty). In the win over the Flames, Curtis Underwood became State's first 100-yard rusher for first time in 17 games (dating back to the 2009 season).

In addition, the Pack lost only three rushing yards at Wake Forest and three against Liberty (not counting sack yardage). That rushing news is certainly welcome, considering that State is playing without its leading rusher from last season, Mustafa Greene. Greene is out until early October after suffering a foot injury in spring practice.

GOLDEN GRAHAM
Senior T.J. Graham has become the go-to guy for the Wolfpack early in the 2011 season in two facets of the game: offense and special teams. The senior has averaged 191 all-purpose yards in two games this season, the second-best mark in the ACC and the eighth-best mark in the nation.

Graham boasted his first career 100-yard receiving game at Wake Forest, when he had six grabs for 117 yards and a 63-yard touchdown - the longest catch of his career.

Entering the season, Graham had already made a name for himself as a kick returner. He entered the season as the school record holder in kickoff return yards for a single game (202), single season (1,028) and career (he now has 2,337). That career mark ranks fourth in ACC history.

Lately, Graham has picked up his pace as a punt returner as well. In the last five games (including last three games of 2010), he has posted two of the top six singlegame punt return totals in school history. He had two returns for 88 yards and a touchdown in the 2010 win at UNC and had three for 88 yards and another score in the opener versus Liberty. His big return in the opener was an 82-yarder, the 11thlongest in school history.

Graham now boasts 521 career punt return yards, the sixth-best mark in school history. He has tallied 3,674 all-purpose yards for this career, which ranks 10th on the Wolfpack career list.

BAUMANN PINS ‘EM DEEP
Wil Baumann is one of only six true freshmen starting at punter in the FBS ranks this season, but he certainly didn't look like a rookie on Saturday at Wake Forest.

Baumann was one of the brightest spots of the game for State, as he averaged 41.8 yards on his four punt attempts.

But more impressive than his distance, was his aim. Baumann pinned the Deacons inside their own 20 yardline three times and put then inside the 10 twice. He has landed a punt inside the 20 five times this season, the best mark in among ACC punters.

SHORT-HANDED DEFENSE GIVES UP YARDS
The Wolfpack defense had a rough go of it on Saturday at Wake Forest, giving up 337 passing yards and 438 yards of total offense. In the opener, Liberty gained 406 yards of total offense but was held to just one offensive touchdown thanks to the Pack forcing a school-record-tying seven turnovers.

State forced just one TO in Winston-Salem, as Brandan Bishop picked off the team's fifth pass of the season - a mark which leads the ACC.

The Pack was playing without two starters on the defensive line, as team captain J.R. Sweezy, a tackle, is missing time with a broken foot and end Jeff Rieskamp sat out with a shoulder injury. Both players are fifth-year seniors and second-year starters.

Redshirt freshman Thomas Teal, who was listed as second on the depth chart due to Sweezy's absence, broke his foot in the opener, so the Pack was actually down three on the d-line.

State is tied for second in the nation this week in interceptions with five for the season. In the opener, sophomore cornerback David Amerson, picked off two passes, while junior Earl Wolff and D.J. Green also had picks.

ES IST GUT
That's German for "It's good" - a phrase that Germany native Niklas Sade heard a couple of times so far this season. Sade, one of six true freshmen to start at placekicker in the FBS ranks this season, was perfect on his kicks at Wake Forest, nailing a 37 and 45-yard field goal (which tied for the longest for the Pack in two years) and connecting on all three of his point after attempts.

One of his five kickoff attempts was for a touchback.

For the season, Sade has connected on all three of his field goal attempts and hit 7-8 PAT attempts.

GLENNON IN A GROOVE
Mike Glennon did not look like a player making just his second career start on Saturday at Wake Forest, particularly in the second half. The graduate student completed 17 of his 29 attempts in the second frame for 263 of the 315 yards he gained for the game and threw three touchdowns after the break.

Glennon went deep in the second half, throwing passes of 65 and 63 yards on scoring throws to Tobais Palmer and T.J. Graham respectively. He also had more time to throw in the contest - after being sacked four times in the opener, he was not thrown for a loss versus Wake Forest.

Glennon, who is tied as the second-tallest QB in the nation at 6'6 was one of 22 FBS quarterbacks making his first career start in the opening week. Prior to the opener, Glennon had played in 10 games during his two years behind All-ACC signal caller Russell Wilson, but had been in for just 100 career snaps over two years. He saw action in 65 plays from scrimmage against Liberty.

Despite his lack of experience, he was named to the preseason ‘watch' list for the Maxwell Award. He was ranked the No. 3 quarterback in the nation by ESPN coming out of high school and was the Gatorade and AP Player of the Year in Virginia. His older brother, Sean, played quarterback at Virginia Tech from 2004-08.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
There isn't too much that can come up during that course of a football game that the Wolfpack coaching staff hasn't seen before. The 2011 State staff ranks second in the FBS ranks in terms of combined experience at four-year colleges and in the professional ranks, trailing only Penn State.

TEAM EFFORT IN OPENING WIN
The Wolfpack's 43-21 victory over Liberty to open the season could truly be called a team effort, as the State offense, defense and special teams each put points on the board. In fact, of the team's 43 points, one could say the offense scored 24 points (3 rushing TDs and 1 pass TD), the defense scored six (on a fumble return) and special teams scored 13 (one field goal, a punt return for a score and four PATs).


South Alabama Game Notes

JAGS MAKE NO MISTAKES
A week after turning the ball over four times in the first half, USA did not commit a miscue in Saturday's 30-8 victory over Lamar. It was the first time since defeating Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 2 a year ago that the Jaguars did not lose the ball, and the fourth occasion in the program's first 19 contests that the offense has played turnover-free football.

GRINDING IT OUT ON THE GROUND
For the second straight game, the Jags rushed for a total of 205 yards, as their 48 attempts on the ground were just six fewer than the total amount of plays run by the Cardinals. USA has recorded 200-plus yards rushing in four of the last five outings dating back to last season, and has now outrushed the opposition in all but one of its games since first taking the field on Sept. 5, 2009.

AIR ATTACK DOWN
The Jaguars allowed LU quarterbacks to complete just 7-of-20 (35 percent) of their pass attempts for 123 yards last weekend, marking the third straight contest that they have held opposing signal callers below a 50 percent completion rate and 125 passing yards. Through 19 games, the USA defense has held the opposition below 200 yards through the air on 12 occasions.

ZONING IN
USA scored on its first eight trips to the red zone — reaching the end zone seven times — this season after posting four touchdowns and a 22-yard Jordan Means field goal through the first three minutes of the final quarter last time out; the Jags' final possession reached the LU- 20 before taking a knee on the last snap of the contest. In fact, the USA offense has scored multiple touchdowns in the red zone in each of the last six games dating back to an Oct. 23 24-21 victory at UC Davis last fall.

TAKING TIME OFF THE CLOCK
The Jaguars put together a pair of scoring drives that lasted more than five minutes in the Lamar win, opening the scoring with a 13-play, 96-yard march — their longest since going 96 yards for a touchdown in the victory over KWC — while posting their final points after moving 63 yards in 11 snaps. Not only was it the third time in program history that USA had two scoring drives of 10 or more plays in the same contest, it marked the first occasion that the Jags have had two possessions of five-plus minutes result in points in a game. As a result, USA won the time-of-possession battle after holding the ball nearly 33 minutes against the Cards.

THIRD TO FIRST
The Jags were 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) on third-down conversions in last weekend's win, collecting a total of 21 first downs overall. It was the first occasion since converting 57.1 percent (8-of-14) of their third downs in a victory over Georgia State on Oct. 30 last fall that they have been successful in the situation better than 50 percent of the time — last year, Lamar limited USA to just 1-of-14 (7.1 percent) conversions in the first meeting between the two schools — while the first-down total was the most recorded by the offense since it had 29 against Henderson (Ark.) State in the next-to-last contest of the 2010 campaign.

WILLIAMS WRECKS LU OFFENSIVE EFFORT
Sophomore ILB Enrique Williams was one of three Jags to post a team-high-tying five stops in the win over LU, the third time in the last four games that he has paced the unit in the category. Two of those were for a loss — the first time he has recorded tackles behind the line in back-to-back outings since Oct. 9 and 16 last season — while he also recovered a fumble on the USA-2 for the only turnover in the game.

A BAKER'S DOZEN
Demetre Baker carried the ball 13 times for a game-high 82 yards against the Cardinals to lead the squad on the ground in his second career contest. In addition to contributing 41 yards on USA's first scoring drive, the redshirt freshman scored on an 11-yard run with two minutes to go in the opening half to cap a 20-point second quarter for the Jaguars. Through two contests, Baker is averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

FINALLY, HIS FIRST
WR Corey Waldon caught his first career touchdown pass — in his 17th appearance over the last two-plus seasons — on a 10-yard completion midway through the second quarter, helping the Jaguars double their advantage at the time after the two teams played a scoreless first quarter. The sophomore's other catch, which covered 37 yards on USA's next possession and led to another score, gave him a team-best 47 on the day; it was his first time leading USA in the category.

JOHNSON JUST MAKES STOPS
Jake Johnson matched Williams with five total tackles in the LU game, the third outing in a row dating back to last season that the junior has posted at least that many stops. Johnson — now in his second season with the program — is the only Jaguar with previous experience against North Carolina State, as he came off the bench in Virginia Tech's 38-10 victory over the Wolfpack on Nov. 14, 2009, but didn't record any tackles.

ON THE MARK
Redshirt freshman C.J. Bennett completed 9-of-14 attempts for 144 yards in last weekend's victory, as he has now completed 50 percent of his throws or better in each of his five starts. The effort included throwing for two touchdowns, the fourth time in his career that he has tossed two or more scores — three of those outings have come since he took over the starting job, as he has eight touchdown passes during that span.

STREAKS STILL GOING
Not only did Jeremé Jones record a 10-yard score on his only reception against the Cardinals, the redshirt freshman ran back four punts for 29 yards as well. Senior tight end Kevin Helms added two receptions for 36 yards — including a 34-yard catch that led to USA's second score, the longest of his career — giving the duo a catch in seven straight outings, the longest active streak on the team. It was the first time that the latter has caught multiple passes since the win over HSU in '10.

DALGLEISH GETS IT DONE
For the second straight week, DL Andy Dalgleish was credited with a career-high-tying four total tackles after accomplishing the feat against the Cards — he's led the defensive front in both games this year. It was the third contest in a row that the junior has posted a careerhigh tackle total, while his eight stops in 2011 already match his previous career-high season total first set the Jaguars' first fall on the field.

BRUTE FORCE
Senior OL Chris Brunson paced the Jags with nine knockdown blocks in the LU victory, the second consecutive game that he has recorded the highest total on the squad. His 77 percent grade was the best Brunson has earned since he was credited with an 84 percent mark in USA's first meeting with Lamar on Oct. 16 last year, a game he departed with a season-ending injury.

STRONG SECOND EFFORT
In his second outing as a Jag, Damond Smith doubled his tackle output from the opening week of the season as he collected four stops (three solo). His effort included a quarterback hurry, while he earned the coaches' award for the defense's biggest hit of the contest.

SIX STRAIGHT GAMES SCORING
That's how long RB Kendall Houston's streak is after his four-yard touchdown capped the Jags' first scoring drive in the LU victory. The redshirt freshman — who gained 43 yards on 13 carries in the contest — has reached the end zone on seven occasions during that span.


NC State Depth Chart

NOTE: *- Indicates a player has redshirted a season.

2011 NC State Depth Chart
Offense
Quarterback
8Mike Glennon6-6/232Jr.*
12Tyler Brosius6-3/233Fr.*
Halfback
24 James Washington 6-0/180Jr.
3 Curtis Underwood 5-11/220 Sr.*
Fullback
47 Taylor Gentry 6-2/250Sr.
49 Tyler Purvis 6-3/220So.
Wide Receiver
6 T.J. Graham 6-0/180Sr.
4Tobais Palmer5-11/175Jr.*
Wide Receiver
86 Jay Smith 6-2/206 Sr.*
85 Steven Howard 6-2/200Sr.*
Tight End
84 George Bryan 6-5/265Sr.*
87 Mario Carter 6-4/262Jr.*
Left Tackle
79 R.J. Mattes6-6/306Jr.*
74 Tyson Chandler 6-6/340Fr.*
Left Guard
62 Duran Christophe 6-6/302So.*
73 Andy Jomantas6-7/289Fr.*
Center
53 Camden Wentz 6-3/301Jr.
67 Wayne Crawford6-3/303Sr.*
Right Guard
72 Zach Allen6-3/322Jr.*
67 Wayne Crawford6-3/303Sr.*
Right Tackle
76 Mikel Overgaard6-6/289Sr.*
78 Robert Crisp 6-7/312So.


Special Teams
Place Kicker
32Niklas Sade6-3/195Fr.
48J. Ellis Flint 5-10/176Sr.
Punter
36Wil Baumann6-4/185Fr.
48J. Ellis Flint 5-10/176Sr.
Long Snapper
57Scott Thompson6-0/220Fr.
Holder
36Wil Baumann6-4/185Fr.
Kick Returner
6 T.J. Graham 6-0/180Sr.
4Tobais Palmer5-11/175Jr.*
Punt Returner
6 T.J. Graham 6-0/180 Sr.
2 Rashard Smith 5-11/176 So.*
Defense
Defensive End
95 Art Norman 6-1/242Fr.*
96 Sylvester Crawford 6-4/240So.*
Defensive Tackle
91 Markus Kuhn 6-4/303Sr.*
65 A.J. Ferguson 6-3/281So.
Defensive Tackle
55 Brian Slay 6-3/290Jr.
75 T.Y. McGill 6-1/290Fr.
Defensive End
92 Darryl Cato-Bishop 6-4/281So.*
98 McKay Frandsen 6-3/255Jr.
Weakside Linebacker
35 Terrell Manning 6-3/233Jr.*
41 Dwayne Maddox 6-2/234Sr.
Middle Linebacker
42 Audie Cole 6-5/239Sr.*
43 Ryan Cheek 6-1/240*So.
Strongside Linebacker
31 D.J. Green 6-4/220So.
45 Michael Peek 6-2/215Fr.
Field Cornerback
1David Amerson 6-3/194So.
22 Gary Grant 6-0/192Jr.*
Boundary Safety
27 Earl Wolff 6-0/201Jr.*
29 Dean Haynes 5-11/199 So.*
Free Safety
30 Brandan Bishop 6-2/210Jr.
25 Dontae Johnson 6-3/190 So.
Boundary Cornerback
20 C.J. Wilson 5-11/187Jr.*
37 Tyrrell Burriss 5-11/177Fr.


South Alabama Depth Chart

SOUTH ALABAMA 2011 TWO-DEEP DEPTH CHART


Thanks to NC State and South Alabama Athletics for much of the information in this preview.


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