Quick Take: At wide receiver, NC State must replace senior Bryan Underwood and two starters, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Bo Hines, who both transferred out of the program.
Looking for a name to emerge? It could be junior Jumichael Ramos.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder was terrific as a freshman in 2013 when he was the co-Receipient of the Philip Rivers Award that is given to the Most Valuable Freshman. He totaled 24 catches for 352 yards and three touchdowns, and expectations were high for him heading into 2014.
However, he seemed to fall into wideouts coach Frisman Jackson's doghouse and never got out. Ramos played in 10 games but had just one catch all season.
He had a strong spring and is in the mix right now with a chance to become the go-to wideout for the Wolfpack.
"Ramos didn't play very much last year," wideouts coach George McDonald said in the spring. "He's doing a really good job of maximizing his reps."
Quick Take: One of NC State's goals this spring was to find more ways to get Samuels involved offensively, and expect that to carry over into fall camp.
"They are trying to flex me out more and trying me at every position," Samuels said in the spring. "I'm just going to take it on. I'm going to watch as much film as I can."
Samuels played limited snaps as a true freshman, but he always seemed to produce. Lining up at tight end, fullback, and H-back, he totaled 14 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown. His 9.53 yards per carry was the highest average on the team. He added six catches for 96 yards, and a touchdown while averaging a gaudy 16.0 yards per catch.
NC State will move him up all over the formation this year, and his ability to make big plays stands out.
Samuels has already earned the respect of his head coach and his teammates.
"He has a good feel for the game, and he knows how to get open," said head coach Dave Doeren. "He catches everything. He's just an all-around good football player. It's kind of a weird description, but that's what he is. He's a football player."
"He's the best... I don't even know how to describe him," added Jacoby Brissett. "He's just a freak. He's never going to get tackled by the first guy. That's a stat that we keep track of, and it shows every week.
"Anytime we have an opportunity to get him the ball we get him the ball so he can make it happen."
Quick Take: How can NC State make up for the loss of guys like Bo Hines? Well, look for them to get Matt Dayes even more involved in the passing game.
Dayes was one of the most productive tailbacks in the ACC last year, despite sharing the workload with Shadrach Thornton. Dayes finished the season third in the ACC in touchdowns (13) and was second among returning running backs in catches (32).
He's proven he makes plays with the ball in his hands, and he will be even more of a focal point this season with the turnover at wideout.
"Matt Dayes presents a lot of problems for people in space," said Doeren.
Dayes is one of the most versatile players in the conference, and he should continue contributing as a runner, receiver, and returner.
Quick Take: At 6-foot-5 and nearly 270 pounds Grinnage has the size coaches covet at tight end, and he, who played a lot of slot receiver in high school, also possesses extremely soft hands and good athleticism.
Last year he really came on for the Wolfpack, totaling 27 catches for 358 yards and five touchdowns. He's a vertical threat down the seam and capable of being a huge target in the red zone.
NC State OC Matt Canada pairing Grinnage with Samuels in the middle of the field should terrorize defensive coordinators.
"It's finding guys who will be sure-handed," said Doeren. "David Grinnage and Jaylen Samuels are two great options to make up catches [lost from last season]."
Grinnage missed most of spring practice with an injury so it's critical that he receives as many reps as he can during fall camp.
Quick Take: The biggest concern for NC State's offense has to be at tackle.
Senior Andy Barr has experience and should be able to handle right tackle, but the starting left tackle will likely have played zero college snaps entering the season.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Jones will get the first crack at the job, a chance he earned after performing well during spring practice. Jones lacks ideal height for the position, but he has terrific athleticism and really long arms.
Doeren seems pleased with what he's seen from Jones so far.
"As far as guys that aren't returners, Tyler Jones has had a good spring," he said. "He had a good summer. We hope he can continue to emerge."
If he can protect Brissett's blindside and also be a factor in the running game NC State's offense has a chance to be really, really good.