When you have the conference leader in sacks playing ahead of you, getting game action would be a problem in most programs. NC State has the depth to overcome.
Darian Roseboro is tied for 11th in the conference with four sacks despite playing behind the ACC leader Mike Rose (seven sacks) at defensive end. The freshman from Lincolnton, NC has made the type of impact
According to NC State defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, Roseboro’s success is an example of the early bird getting the worm.
““The biggest thing is he came in the spring,” Nielsen said. “That really, really helped him. He started early in the spring games and he got a ton of reps. All of those reps he had, through the process and the day-to-day. He did a really good job of just focusing on his fundamentals.”
That is not to imply that Roseboro has stopped progressing as the campaign moved forward. In fact, he has both modified his technique and transformed his body over the course of the season to acclimate to the college level.
“When I got in I was out of shape,” Roseboro said. “The weightlifting coaches put me in a great
position to where I can now play eight or nine plays in a row if I have to. I feel like I have got better.”
“I feel like I have improved a lot,” Roseboro added. “I am just basically getting better at my fundamentals and being able to play at the game speed of the college level. I now focus on the things I have done wrong and Coach Nielsen has broken down everything to where I understand the defense.”
With the most sacks among freshmen in the ACC, Roseboro’s emergence has meant that NC State has no discernable drop off when the Wolfpack coaching staff substitutes during the game. It also signifies a bright future at Carter-Finley Stadium once Rose and the other seniors move on after the current season.
“I am happy for the young kid, the young freshman,” Rose said of his understudy. “He is having a good season. I hope the best for him and I think he is going to be a critical player for NC State.”
For his part, Roseboro is focused on making sure that Rose and the other seniors cause some damage in 2015--with Clemson representing a wonderful chance to state the Wolfpack’s case as a program on the rise.
“Really, it is just about giving everything I have got for the men in the room, especially the seniors,” Roseboro said. “I want to make sure they go out on a high note.”
“It would be big for us,” Roseboro said of the Textile Bowl matchup. “We have had our lows but the only place to go is up now.”