But, for McGill, success boils down to how his unit performs.
"It's not about him," said McGill. "It's about us... how we play. We know we're playing a scrambling quarterback so we can't rush past his level and give him big lanes to run it. We have to maintain control. We can't leave him with rushing lanes to run through.
"We know we've got to pound the run. If we can stop the quarterback from running, stop the run game, and put them in throwing situations we can have a pretty good chance at winning this ballgame."
It all starts up front for Boston College, and like last week, NC State's defensive front will be facing an experienced front. The Eagle start five seniors, all graduates, along the offensive line and it is a physical group that will be looking to play smashmouth football.
"We're going to try and out-physical those guys," said McGill. "That's how we're taught... we're taught to play physical. This is a physical game and that's what you want. We want a physical game up front."
NC State is reeling after back-to-back losses, but it's obvious that McGill's confidence isn't shaken. With the Wolfpack in the middle of the toughest stretch on the schedule, the senior leader has a single focus: Boston College.
"This is the only thing we're worried about now," he said. "We want to be 1-0 this week. When next week comes we'll take care of next week, but right now we have to be 1-0 against Boston College."
What will be the key for the Wolfpack defense?
"Every man on this team needs to do his job... 100%," said McGill. "That's the key for us.
"We've got to pound the run. If we can stop the quarterback from running, stop the run game, and put them in throwing situations we can have a pretty good chance at winning this ballgame."