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PREVIEW: Wolfpack, Spiders Battle at Carter-Finley

NC State hosts Richmond in the season opener for both teams. Game time is set for 6:00 today, and the game is not televised. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=http://insiders1.ezboard.com/fnorthcarolinastatefrm17>PackPride.com Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link. <P>

Carter-Finley Stadium

NC State (0-0) vs. Richmond (0-0)
Saturday, September 4th, 2004
6:00 pm Carter-Finley Stadium (55,600)
Raleigh, NC

Richmond Links

Richmond Official Site



Game Notes

Injury Report

NC State
TB T.A. McLendon-
Doubtful, hamstring strain
ROV Andre Maddox- Out, hamstring strain
C Kalani Heppe- Out, broken foot
DE James Martin- Out, knee surgery

None reported

Richmond Scouting Report

Stacy Tutt Opens the Season at Quarterback
#3 Quarterback Stacy Tutt (6-2, 215, Jr.)-
Tutt's considered the Spiders' best player and will enter his first season as starter at quarterback. A dynamic athlete, he also stars as point guard for Richmond's basketball team. Last year he started eight games at wide receiver before moving to quarterback for the final three games. He finished the season with 535 yards passing and 2 touchdowns while completing nearly 62% of his passes.

#42 Defensive End Brian Burnette (6-3, 245, Jr.)-As a sophomore Burnette started all eleven games for Richmond, totaling 34 tackles and led the team with seven tackles for a loss. He's the team's best pass rusher and also plays outside linebacker in certain formations.

#9 Safety Antoine Newsome(6-1, 190, Sr.)- Last year Newsome led Richmond in tackles with 79, and he moves to safety from cornerback for his final season. Newsome started all eleven games in 2003 after missing the 2002 season with an injury.

#13 Wide Receiver Jake Schools (5-9, 170, Sr.)- Richmond's top receiver from last season returns as Schools is back for his senior season. In 2003 he led the Spiders with 49 receptions and 4 touchdowns. A smallish receiver, Schools is known for his pass-catching ability and is described as a possession receiver.

#8 Defensive Back Clement Johnson (5-11, 180, Sr.)- An experienced corner, Johnson enters his fourth season as a starter for Richmond. He led the team in 2003 with three interceptions and tied for second with 34 solo tackles. Johnson will likely defend NC State's most explosive wide receiver, Tramain Hall.

Richmond is 0-10-1 in Raleigh. The last visit -- also the last meeting in the series -- ended in a 27-21 decision for NC State on September 5, 1981. The first meeting came on November 18, 1895 when NC State won 40-0.

An inspired Spider team led 14-10 at halftime but was overcome in the second half as NC State rallied for a 27- 21 win before 40,400 at Carter-Finley Stadium on Sept. 5, 1981 ... Richmond quarterback Steve Krainock ran for a one-yard touchdown and threw two scoring passes (14, 15) to Clayton White ... White finished the game with six catches for 95 yards ... Richmond's Heisman Trophy candidate Barry Redden ran for 100 yards on 26 carries and averaged 40.7 yards per punt in seven attempts ... NC State fumbled seven times but lost only three ... The Wolfpack scored on their first two drives of the second half ... It was the season-opener for both teams.

Dave Clawson became the 32nd head coach in Richmond football history when he was hired on Feb. 23 … Clawson spent the last five years leading Fordham football, posting a 26-10 record during the past three seasons, the 14th best winning percentage (72.2) in I-AA football during that time … In five years, Clawson posted a 29-29 record and earned Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2002 and Co-Coach of the Year in 2001.

Four of the Spiders' top-5 rushing leaders from 2003 are gone … The only Spider returning with more than 16 yards of rushing last fall is Stacy Tutt … The quarterback gained 159 yards on 51 carries (3.1 yards/carry) … David Edwards (429), Kenny Dantzler (332), Bryson Spinner (332), Lee Williams (264) and Boyd Ouden (30) accounted for 88.0 percent (1,387-of-1577) of last year's rushing attack.

A few Spiders have changed positions for the fall and are expected to contribute immediately in their new home … Junior David Freeman moved back to his old stomping grounds when he returned to running back … After spending his first two seasons in the offensive backfield, Freeman moved to the secondary where he made 67 tackles – second most on the team … Freeman and junior Lamont Jones will be Richmond's primary ball carriers … Sophomore Eddie Darney, who split time at tight end and defensive end last season, has moved to fullback for the fall.

NC State News and Notes

NC State has won 90% of its gamesagainst non-conference competitionin Chuck Amato's four seasons at thehelm of the Wolfpack program. In NC State's 19 non-conference contests since 2000, the Wolfpack has gained victory 17 times. The only losses against non-conference opposition came against Pitt in the 2001 Tangerine Bowl (19-34) and a tripleovertime loss at third-ranked Ohio State (38-44) last season.

NC State will take the field with a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2000 on September 4, as redshirt junior Jay Davis has been named the starter for the season opener. The game will mark the first time since 1990 that a Wolfpack quarterback was not a freshman when he started his first game.

Hamstring injuries to returning tailbacks T.A. McLendon and Reggie Davis have given freshmen Darrell Blackman and Bobby Washington a chance to get plenty of reps in preseason practice. The talented rookie tandem combined for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in the Wolfpack's last two big preseason scrimmages.

Three starters from two seasons ago will be back in action for NC State after sitting out last season and all three are probable starters for the season opener.

Chris Colmer redshirted his freshman campaign (1999) and then started for three straight seasons on the offensive line. During 2003 preseason workouts, he was diagnosed with a rare syndrome that caused burning and numbness in his arm and did not compete all season. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and hopes to be back in action in August.

Marcus Hudson was a full-time starter at cornerback as a sophomore (2002) and even started five contests during his freshman campaign (2001). Last season, he was forced to sit out due to eligibility issues, but will fight for a starter's job at free safety this fall.

Finally, Sterling Hicks, who started seven games as a sophomore (2002) started two games last season as well before tearing his ACL and being forced to sit out the remainder of 2003. The wide receiver will also battle to get his job back this fall in 2004.

Several Wolfpack linemen have increased their size and strength dramatically since last season. Mario Williams, the team's strength index champion, came in prior to the 2003 campaign weighing 254 pounds. The hard-hitting end now weighs in at over 290 pounds.

Offensive tackle James Newby has upped his body weight from 265 pounds a year ago to 300 pounds heading into the 2004 campaign (Newby's wife swears that he eats a package of Little Debbie cakes each day!). Newby has also gained strength, improving his bench press by 85 pounds (315 to 400) and his power clean by 70 pounds (230 to 300).

Although he hasn't added bulk, safety Garland Heath was named the 'Most Improved' player for the skill guys after increasing his bench by an incredible 150 pounds (250 to 400) in the past year. He also improved his power clean mark from 205 to 305. Tight end John Ritcher was the most improved middleweight, improving his bench by 55 pounds (350 to 405) and his power clean by 30 pounds (285-315).

The last 12 months have been tough for Wolfpack offensive tackle Chris Colmer. In 2003 preseason camp, the postgraduate student was diagnosed with a rare illness called Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, which causes numbness, burning and pain through his brachial plexus (shoulder and arm). Colmer was unable to play in 2003 and after gaining a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, is back after graduating in May. Colmer has made progress, although he is still not back to 100%. A 2003 preseason All-American, Colmer has started 35

NC State opened the 2003 season with a starting four on the defensive line that had combined for ZERO previous starts. A true freshman (Mario Williams) and a redshirt freshman (John McCargo) started every game for the Pack last season. Yesterday's youth, however, has become today's experience. Williams and McCargo combined to play almost 1,500 snaps last season and both earned freshman All-America honors according to The Sporting News (Mario Williams at end and McCargo at tackle). Dwayne Herndon, who had played in just six games prior to last season, ended up taking over as a starter at the other tackle spot for six contests in 2003 and is back this season.

The only position on the defensive front that doesn't return a regular starter from last season will be at right end, where Manny Lawson has moved over from outside linebacker. The junior started at end in the Tangerine Bowl win over Kansas.

Game Analysis

For the Spiders... who knows? The Dave Clawson era begins at Richmond and he's likely to bring a passing attack to Richmond. Clawson, considered a rising star in the coaching ranks, utilized the spread offense at Fordham and will likely do whatever he can to keep the ball in quarterback Stacy Tutt's hands. Tutt is a dangerous threat who can beat you with his arms or his feet, and is Richmond's best player.

The Wolfpack defense will make it a point to shadow Tutt all day long, possibly with linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Tulloch's a terrific playmaker who should succeed as a "spy."

NC State's defensive front should have a field day against a smaller Richmond offensive line.

Look for NC State to try and establish the running game early, and that could be with freshmen tailbacks Darrell Blackman and Bobby Washington leading the charge. Quarterback Jay Davis won the starting job this fall and should have a good game against an average Richmond defense. Freshman Marcus Stone will receive snaps and will also try to impress the Wolfpack coaches and fans.

Could we see a different offensive philosophy from NC State in 2004? We may find out on Saturday.

Another unknown for Richmond is the defense, although they do return some solid players in defensive end Brian Burnette and safety Antoine Newsome.

What it boils down to is NC State will be too big, too strong, and too fast for Richmond on both sides of the ball, and they should have no trouble taking all the Spiders in the season opener.

Richmond QB Stacy Tutt vs. NC State LBs Stephen Tulloch and Pat Thomas: NC State may choose to spy Tutt with a linebacker in hopes of neutralizing his scrambling ability and both Tulloch and Thomas are nice options for this role. Both linebackers are terrific in space and are great playmakers. If they can keep Tutt from scrambling and make him beat NC State with his arm, Richmond's going to be in for a long, long day.

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Thanks to NC State and Richmond Athletics for much of the information in this preview.

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