Leading The Way

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Junior Tony Creecy has been one of NC State's most reliable offensive players over the past two seasons.

Junior Tony Creecy has been one of NC State's most reliable offensive players over the past two seasons.

A multi-dimensional tailback, Creecy has accounted for 1,197 total yards and 10 touchdowns playing in the Wolfpack's pro-style offense.

However, the NC State coaching change seems to indicate that the Wolfpack will be using more of a spread offense, but Creecy is just fine with that. A high school wide receiver, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is looking forward to potentially being able to make more plays in space.

"It really helps me," said Creecy. "Playing receiver in high school I know how to work against DBs, so with linebackers it's a little easier because they are not as fast or as quick."

Another move that should benefit Creecy is the decision Dave Doeren made to retain running backs coach Des Kitchings.

Creecy was recruited out of Southern Durham (NC) High School by then-tailbacks coach Jason Swepson, but he accepted the head coaching position at Elon following Creecy's first year. His replacement, Everette Sands, spent just one season at NC State before leaving to return to his home state, South Carolina, as tailbacks coach for the Gamecocks.

"That has helped a lot," said Creecy. "Since I've been here I've had three different [running backs] coaches. To finally have some consistency, it feels good."

Creecy is currently competing with sophomore Shadrach Thornton for the starting tailback position, but few fans and media members are concerned with that battle. Everyone wants to know the answer to one question... who is going to replace Mike Glennon this season, Pete Thomas or Manny Stocker?

"They both are really great quarterbacks," Creecy stated. "I know coach Canada is going to have a hard time figuring out who is going to start this first game. They both look really good, they both are learning the offense, and they both have good arms."

Expect the starter to have the full support of Creecy, who is becoming one of the leaders on NC State's team. Strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp has been pleased with Creecy's effort in the weightroom and the leadership he has displayed.

"Tony Creecy brings a ton of energy," said Veltkamp. "He's another kid who had to learn not to flip the switch and panic... he's been great. He's real teachable."

Spring practice is underway and the Wolfpack is hard at work looking to reach the goals they have set for the 2013 season.

What are those goals?

"We have our own goal," said Creecy. "It's internal. We're not going to tell the world about it. We're just going to have those internal goals and work towards them.

"We have some goals for ourselves that we are going to achieve with this coaching staff. They demand us to be great and they make us work hard."

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