RALEIGH, N.C. - Here is a look at five Wolfpack players that impressed with their play in the Kay Yow Spring Game.

Junior Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

All eyes were on Brissett on Saturday, and for the most part, he didn't disappoint.

He completed 24-of-37 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns and led an offense that totaled 449 total yards of offense throughout the game (305 in the first half).

Brissett showed very good pocket presence, scrambling to buy time when he needed to. He also got the ball out of his hands quickly and was very accurate on his underneath and intermediate throws. If he had an issue it was with his timing on the deep ball, but Brissett did manage to connect with Bryan Underwood on a 72-yard touchdown pass.

Dave Doeren seemed pleased with Brissett's play and even happier that he no longer has to worry about who his starting quarterback will be.

"Some years you know who your starting quarterback is and some years you don't," said Doeren. "That's college football. This year we do. I can focus my attention on certain things.

"It's his job to stay hungry. He has to handle his end of the deal, he knows that, and he will."

"You just have to make sure everyday that you step in the stadium and everyone knows you're the guy and you carry yourself the right way," added Brissett.

Freshman Wide Receiver Bo Hines

Brissett's top target all game seemed to be true freshman wideout Bo Hines, who was terrific.

Bo Hines

Hines finished with a game-high 10 grabs for 132 yards. He consistently got open against man or zone coverage, and didn't drop a pass all game.

"I like [Hines] a lot," said Brissett. "He catches the ball and makes plays. We have a long way to go but he's been stepping up."

Hines didn't surprise his head coach, who has been raving about him all spring.

"He is very reliable, the same guy everyday," said Doeren. "In the right place, catches the ball well, with people around him. Underneath... down the seam, he's made some one-handed catches.

"He's very smooth when he plays the game. We've had 15 practices and I don't think we've had one where he didn't make a play in practice."

Not bad for a kid who has been on campus just a few months.

Junior Defensive End Mike Rose

NC State's defense will be led by the defensive line this season, and the starters (Red) dominated the spring game.

"The starting defense played well," said Doeren. "We didn't give up any points."

Leading the way was junior Mike Rose.

A player who has stepped up as a leader this spring, Rose's six tackles were a team-high, as he chipped in 3.5 tackles for a loss and a sack from his defensive end position.

Rose lined up on both sides of the defensive line and was able to consistently apply pressure to the quarterback while also being stout against the run.

The Red defense totaled 11 tackles for a loss on the day and didn't ever let quarterbacks Garrett Leatham or Josh Taylor get in a groove.

Here are some highlights of Mike Rose in actionin the Kay Yow Spring Game.

Freshman Linebacker Jerod Fernandez

While Rose was making plays for the Red defense, freshman linebacker Jerod Fernandez was all over the field for the White squad.

Jerod Fernandez

Facing NC State's starting offense, the middle linebacker posted a game-high 11 tackles and a sack. He also had nine solo hits on the day.

Fernandez showed good range and the ability to shed blocks. He displayed very good quickness inside the box and was a sure tackler at the point of attack.

With NC State needing to replace middle linebackers Robert Caldwell and Zach Gentry, the Wolfpack coaching staff had to be pleased with what they saw from Fernandez.

In a matchup that was dominated by the Red team, Fernandez was one of the few bright spots for the White.

Senior Wide Receiver Bryan Underwood

Bryan Underwood did what he's always done... routinely get open vertically against various defensive schemes.

He and Brissett didn't always hook up, but they did twice, for two long touchdowns, a 36-yarder in the first half and a 72-yard score in the fourth quarter. Underwood finished the game with three catches for 112 yards and two scores.

"It was good to see Underwood get some big plays for us," said Doeren.

NC State fans underestimated the loss of Underwood when he went down with a collarbone injury in 2013. He was easily the Pack's top receiver and is one of the most explosive wideouts in the ACC. Just having him on the field is critical because defenses must always account for him vertically.

He has proven to be a touchdown threat anytime he touches the field, as Underwood's 13 career scores ranks 10th all-time at NC State.

Look for the chemistry between Underwood and Brissett to continue to grow. The Wolfpack will need plenty of big plays from the duo this season.

Pack Pride Top Stories