"For Andre Maddox those who don't remember, Tennessee won the national title the year after Manning became a Colt with a team that grew together and made up for the loss of its superstar. NC State might not be playing in the Orange Bowl this year, but the team is the best Chuck Amato has ever had with as much depth and overall talent as anyone in the country."
"Basically ... Even without Philip Rivers the Wolfpack attack will still be devastating. The offensive line and running backs will be among the best in the ACC if OT Chris Colmer and RB T.A. McLendon are 100%. The passing attack needs a few receivers to step up in a hurry, but the tight ends are tremendous. The quarterback situation will be fine with Jay Davis and Marcus Stone each able to step in and star."
"Basically ... New defensive coordinator Reggie Herring takes over after spending the last few years coaching the Houston Texan linebackers, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of an effect he has on a corps loaded with experience and potential. The secondary gave up way too many yards last year, but look for an improvement with everyone returning and Herring tightening things up. The line should be strong as the ends get more and more experience."
"The M&M Boys – Much like the original M&M boys – Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, NC State's Manny Lawson and Mario Williams are a scary duo. Although Manny and Mario aren't going to deposit your hanging breaking ball 500 feet from home plate, they do have the potential to become one of the best pass rushing pairs in all of college football in 2004."
Why you should care about Andre Maddox ... One of the best all-around defenders in college football, he'll be in the mix for ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors and a leading candidate for the Thorpe Award. With another monster season, he could be an early round draft pick. There are few more productive all-around safeties in college football.