Offensive Line Taking Shape

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State appears to be settling on an offensive line rotation heading into the season opener.

One of the biggest question marks on NC State's team is the offensive line, as the Wolfpack is looking to replace book-end tackles Tyson Chandler and Rob Crisp. Dave Doeren has stated his concern about the lack of depth at the position during fall camp, and he reiterated it after Saturday's scrimmage.

"That's the one position we've probably had the hardest of building back because of the transfers and injuries that we've had on the offensive line," said Doeren. "Over a two-year span like nine guys left that group, either from injury or transferring so we're thinnest there."

Doeren indicated that returning starters Tony Adams, Joe Thuney, and Quinton Schooley are currently projected to start, along with senior Alex Barr and true freshman Will Richardson.

The question is, where will they be playing?

"Alex Barr and Thuney were playing on the left side together a lot," said Doeren. "Will Richardson took the majority of the reps at right tackle. Tony at right guard, Schooley at center... that's been our primary lineup this week. I think that's where [offensive line coach] Mike [Uremovich] is most comfortable right now."

Redshirt freshman Tyler Jones entered fall camp as the projected starter at left tackle, but it appears Richardson has leaped him on the depth chart.

"Will came into camp and had great tempo and energy," said Doeren. "He's playing with more confidence and more finish than Tyler. Tyler has ability, but to Will's credit, Will has outplayed them."

Doeren added that Jones and redshirt freshman Garrett Bradbury should provide depth at the position.

"I think Tyler Jones and Garrett Bradbury have both earned some playing time," he said. "We'll see how much. We're probably at about eight guys we feel good about right now. We'd like to have about ten... I think we were at seven last year at this time so I think we're a little ahead of where we were last year."

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