Gameday: NC State vs. North Carolina

NC State (4-5) faces North Carolina (3-6) in a huge game for the Wolfpack. Gametime is set for 12:00, and the contest will be televised on LFN.

Carter-Finley Stadium

NC State (4-5) vs. UNC (3-6)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Raleigh, North Carolina

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2007 Statistics
Game Notes

NC State Game Notes

This will be the 97th meeting in I-40 series between the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels that began in 1894. It is the Wolfpack's oldest rivalry among ACC teams and the fourth-most played series in the ACC. When the series began, the two teams played home-and-home for several years (1894, 1899 and 1901). The series began on an annual basis in 1919 through 1943 and then after a three-year hiatus, the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels have played every year since 1947 with one exception. In 1952, the game between the two teams was cancelled because of a polio outbreak on UNC's campus.

The Tar Heels hold a 63-27-6 overall mark over the Wolfpack, including a 27-11- 4 advantage in Raleigh. NC State has lost the last three matchups versus UNC and 11 of the last 14. Five of the Pack's last six losses to UNC have been by margins of eight points or less with the only exception being last year's 14-point loss.

Although NC State and UNC have met on the gridiron 96 times, this will mark the first matchup since the 1934 season when head coaches in their first year with the program are standing on each sideline. In 1944, both the Pack and Heels had new head coaches, Beattie Feathers at NC State and Gene McEver for the Heels, but the squads didn't play that year. You have to go back a decade earlier, when Hunk Anderson was in his first year in Raleigh and Carl Snavely was in his first year at Chapel Hill.

That game was placed at UNC. The outcome? A 7-7 tie.

The Wolfpack roster boasts 49 players who call the state of North Carolina their home. NC State natives also populate the Wolfpack depth chart and of the nine NC State players who have been drafted by the NFL in the past two years, six of them were North Carolinians.

NC State's bye-week came at an opportune time for Tom O'Brien's first Wolfpack team - midway through the 12-game slate. Barraged by injuries, the Pack posted a 1-5 mark in its first six games, but the head coach encouraged his players to wipe that record out of their minds and concentrate on being successful in the next contest ... then the next contest ... then the next.

So far, the Wolfpack is undefeated in that ‘new' campaign and has broken several negative streaks along the way. In the first game of the ‘new' season, at East Carolina, NC State gained its first road win since November 5, 2005 (Florida State). In the second game of the ‘new' season, the Wolfpack won its first ACC game in 10 games, knocking off #21 Virginia, and in the third game, NC State knocked off Miami in overtime, winning its first league road contest in eight tries.

In addition to the Wolfpack's 3-0 start to the second half of the season in the win-loss column, several other numbers have improved for the Pack as well. Here's a look at several statistical improvements for NC State:

Category 1st 6 Last 3 Diff.
Total Offense 316.3 377.3 +61.0
Yards Passing 217.3 296.3 +79.0
Pass TDs 1.0 2.0 +1.0
Had Intercepted 2.5 0.67 -1.83
Interceptions 0.3 2.0 +1.7
Third-Down Conv .372 .396 +.024
Fumbles Lost 1.2 0.33 -0.87
Total Turnovers 3.7 1.0 -2.7
Opp. Turnovers 0.8 2.3 +1.5

At the beginning of the 2007 football season, the NC State football team announced a partnership with Coca-Cola and Harris Teeter to collect new toys and donations throughout the 2007 football season to benefit the U.S. Marine Corp's Toys for Tots campaign. To date, Coca-Cola has donated over $11,000 to the program at the rate of $500 for each touchdown the Wolfpack football team has scored.

Fans attending the Wolfpack's game against UNC will have the chance to participate in the program. On Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon, Coca-Cola will be in the Fan Zone, located on the front lawn of the RBC Center, collecting new toys to contribute to the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots campaign. Although all toy donations are appreciated, new toys for toddlers ages 2-4 and pre-teens ages 10-12 are needed most.

Cash donations will also be collected at gates around the stadium from 10 a.m. until noon. Any fan who contributes a new toy or gives a cash donation of any kind will receive a free 2-Liter, compliments of Coca-Cola and Harris Teeter.

As a Marine officer and now as a member of the national board for Toys for Tots, NC State head football coach Tom O'Brien encourages the support of all fans for this worthwhile cause.

"Since 1947, U.S. Marines have been looking after America's needy children at Christmas through their Toys for Tots program," O'Brien said. "By distributing new toys, Marines deliver a message of hope and let children know that someone cares. The toy drive prior to the football game on Saturday is a great opportunity for the Wolfpack Nation to show their giving spirit and help children throughout our community."

More details about the NC State football/Coca-Cola Toys for Tots campaign is posted on NC State Athletics' official website,

The season didn't get off to a very good start for Daniel Evans, but then again, it didn't get off to a very good start for the entire Wolfpack team. After being named the starter before the season opener, Evans lost his job for the second game of the season. He came off the bench in two later games after starter Harrison Beck went out with an injury, and then started at Florida State when Beck couldn't go. But although he won the job back due to an injury, Evans has kept his starting job due to his competence.

In the last three games, all of which have been Wolfpack victories, Evans has averaged 296.3 passing yards and has completed 57% (74-130) of his throws. He has thrown six TD passes and been picked off just twice in those three games, posting a whopping 126.52 passing effiency mark. Evans has set career highs for completions (29 vs. ECU), yards (347 vs. UVa) and tied his mark for TD passes (3 vs. ECU and Virginia).

Evans has been especially good in the fourth quarter in the last two weeks, completing 62% of his throws (18-29) for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Tom O'Brien and his staff continually emphasize the importance of coming out strong in the third quarter. The Wolfpack defense has definitely heeded that advice. For the season, opponents are averaging 7.4 points in the first quarter, 9.1 in the second quarter, but just four points in the third quarter.

The defense was particularly strong after halftime in the win over No. 21 Virginia. After allowing the Cavaliers to convert on 6-10 third-down attempts in the first half, UVa was just 1-9 on third down after the break. The Wolfpack "D" allowed just 97 total yards after halftime, 272 in the opening half.

For the season, NC State has held the opposition to 65 yards or less in the third quarter five times.

After playing four of its first five games at home in Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State just finished a stint of playing three of four games on the road between Oct. 6 and November 3. The Wolfpack travelled to Florida State on October 6, to East Carolina on Oct. 20 following an open week and then to Miami on November 3.

The Wolfpack won't leave the state of North Carolina for the rest of the season - playing host to UNC on November 10, making the quick drive to Winston-Salem on Nov. 17 to play Wake Forest, then hosting Maryland on Nov. 24.

Tom O'Brien's squad was successful on it's road stint, winning two of the three contests.

Continuing on the injury theme, NC State's football team should get a bulk discount when it comes to doctors performing knee surgeries this year. Nine Wolfpack players have undergone some type of knee surgery since the spring of 2007 and a 10th player (Julian Williams) injured a knee prior to the ECU game and has missed two complete games, even though he didn't have to undergo surgery. Javon Walker suffered a knee injury at Miami.

Although the Pack has been hampered by various other injuries as well, that particular body part has definitely been the biggest problem. Six players who were listed as starters on the preseason depth chart (or have since become starters) have undergone knee surgery.

Over the spring and summer, wide receiver John Dunlap and quarterback Harrison Beck both had their knees scoped and walkon Zach Williams had reconstructive surgery. Beck and Dunlap missed training time during the offseason (Dunlap missed part of fall camp as well) but were back for the first game.

Three other Wolfpack starters, all of whom were honors candidates heading into the season, have been sidelined by knee injuries. NC State lost its leading receiver and rusher from last season, as well as one of its top defensive players.

In the last week of July, tight end Anthony Hill underwent reconstructive knee surgery for a torn ACL, an injury that will keep him out for the entire 2007 campaign. In the season opener tailback Toney Baker suffered a knee injury that also brought his season to a close. And just two days before the Boston College game, defensive tackle DeMario Pressley twisted his knee and underwent surgery on September 9. Although his injury was not season-ending, it came just after an elbow injury that kept him from starting the season opener and forced him to miss two games.

Those key players aren't the only ones who have had knee problems. True freshman offensive lineman Mike Golder, who was more than likely going to redshirt the season, also suffered a knee injury and has undergone reconstruction.

Following the Clemson game, starting fullback Patrick Bedics and second-string offensive tackle Jerrail McCuller both went down with knee injuries and had surgery that week.

Before the Virginia game, the only two positions that had boasted the same starting lineup in every game had been the wide receivers and the linebackers. Following the Virginia game, there is no position that has not had at least two changes in starting lineups.

The ankle injury to John Dunlap kept him completely out of the game, giving Donald Bowens the start, while linebacker LeRue Rumph was able to play, but did not start after missing practice time with an ankle injury of his own.

In nine games, five different lineups have started on the defensive line and in the defensive secondary. Two different players have started at quarterback, while at running back, three different players have started at tailback and two at fullback. The offensive line had started the same five players up until the East Carolina game, when an injury forced a change. Another injury forced a third lineup combo for the O-line against Virginia and a fourth started against Miami.

Much ado was made in the preseason about NC State's incredible depth at tailback. Halfway through the 2006 campaign, however, redshirt sophomore Jamelle Eugene is carrying the rushing load on his able shoulders.

Eugene was listed along with juniors Toney Baker and Andre Brown as a costarter heading into 2007, but was mainly a third-down back to begin the season.

He saw more time after Baker suffered an injury in the season opener, but when Brown fractured a foot in the sixth game at Florida State, Eugene took over (true freshman Curtis Underwood has played just 27 snaps for the season.

In the four games since Brown's injury, Eugene has rushed for 365 yards (91.5 yards per game) and averaged 33 receiving yards. He led the team in rushing and receiving in both games played in his home state of Florida (Florida State and Miami). Eugene's 71 gradeable snaps at ECU were the most for a Wolfpack running back since 2000, when Ray Robinson played 72 snaps against Maryland. He topped that tally with 76 snaps in the Virginia game, most since Robinson had 89 earlier in that 2000 season.

North Carolina Game Notes And Depth Chart

NC State is coming off three straight wins while UNC put together a solid performance in defeating Maryland this past weekend. The Heels had one of their best defensive outings of the year and will look for a repeat in Carter-Finley Stadium this weekend. Pack Pride takes a look at the UNC football program.

Record 3-6 (2-3 ACC)

UNC National Statistical Rankings

Rushing offense..106

Passing offense...58

Total offense...99

Rushing defense...47

Passing defense...30

Total defense...28

Complete UNC football statistical rankings 

Recap of UNC’s last gave versus Maryland from

North Carolina 16 ... Maryland 13
Connor Barth hit two 45-yard field goals in the second quarter, along with a 23-yarder, and Hakeem Nicks caught a 30-yard touchdown pass as North Carolina shocked Maryland. The Terps struggled offensively all game long, but rallied from a 16-3 deficit to get a five-yard Keon Lattimore touchdown run and a 29-yard Obi Egekeze field goal, but couldn't get any closer as a final drive stalled allowing the Tar Heels to run out the clock. The two teams combined for 20 penalties and five turnovers.
Player of the game: North Carolina DB Tramaine Goddard made ten tackles and picked off a pass.
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 20-36, 209 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Lance Ball, 15-69. Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 5-64
North Carolina - Passing: T.J. Yates, 16-26, 149 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Johnny White, 18-92. Receiving: Hakeem Nicks, 8-88, 1 TD
What does it all mean? ... It might not have been a thing of beauty, but the Tar Heels will take it. A win over Maryland keeps the dream of a bowl game alive, but to get by road games against NC State and Georgia Tech, before dealing with Duke, there has to be more offensive production. They got away with 259 yards against the Terps, but that's a tough way to try to win. T.J. Yates threw two picks, there was a fumble, and 11 penalties, but the team found a way to win. The explosion has to start to kick in; the Terps didn't respect the deep ball at all.

UNC Quick Hits

•Over the last three games (South Carolina,Wake Forest &Maryland),North Carolina has limited its opponents to284.3 yards per game.

•WR HakeemNicks ranks third in the UNC single-season record book with a career-high 56 receptions. He is 15 shy of the school record of 71.

• UNC's victory over Maryland last week was its third of the season, matching its win total of 2006. After a 1-4 start, the Tar Heels are 2-2 over the last four games with conference victories overMiami and Maryland.

• Tailback JohnnyWhite eclipsed his career high in rushing yards with 92 yards vs.Maryland, including 67 yards in the first quarter.

• S TrimaneGoddard picked off his second pass of the season against Maryland and fifth of his career.

• Four of Carolina’s six losses have been by seven points or less. Excluding the USF andWF games, Carolina has lost four games by a total of 18 points.

•QB T.J. Yates is five touchdowns shy of Darian Durant’s single-season freshman record of 17.

•WR/KR Brandon Tate is just 125 kickoff return yards shy of the ACC career record.

• Yates is just 495 yards shy of the school record for single-season passing yards held by Darian Durant (2,551 in 2003).

• PK Connor Barth is just four field goals shy of JoshMcGee’s career record of 52.


Sophomore Hakeem Nicks is one of the top wide receivers in the league. He leads the Tar Heels with 56 receptions for 702 yards and four touchdowns. He ranks third in the ACC in both receptions per game (6.22) and receiving yards per game (78.0). His 56 catches ranks third in UNC single-season history.

Nicks, who is on pace to challenge Jarwarski Pollock’s single-season school record of 71 catches set in 2003, has caught at least two passes in every game and has had at least five receptions in five straight contests.

In the last three weeks against South Carolina,Wake Forest and Maryland, he has 25 receptions for 289 yards and a touchdown. Three times this season Nicks has had eight catches in a game and at Wake Forest, he set a personal-best with nine receptions. He has at least one catch in 10 straight contests and has caught a ball in 19 of his 20 career games.

Nicks has played some of his best games against stiff competition. Against No. 7 South Carolina, he caught eight passes for 114 yards, despite missing nearly the entire third quarter with a sprained ankle. It was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and fourth of his career.

He made a 27-yard reception on fourth-and-two to keep a drive alive, then later had a one-handed grab. He also had eight catches for 94 yards at nationally-ranked Virginia Tech.

In the Miami win, Nicks sprung Brandon Tate for a touchdown with a pair of blocks down the field. He also had five catches for 76 yards. Nicks had seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns vs. Virginia, including a catch head coach Butch Davis called “one of the most inspirational plays I’ve seen in 33 years of coaching.” It was his second career two-touchdown performance and first since Notre Dame last season. Nicks has four touchdown catches this year and eight for his career.

Nicks averaged 16.9 yards per catch and led all ACC freshmen in receptions per game (3.6) and yardage (60.0) in 2006. He set UNC freshmen records last season with 39 receptions for 660 yards, and had an exceptional game at Notre Dame, catching six passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He was named a freshman All-America by The Sporting News and

Nicks came to Carolina from Independence High School in Charlotte,N.C., where he was the MVP in the 4-AA state championship game in 2005. Nicks never lost a high school football game at Independence.


North Carolina’s defense has made steady improvement since the season began. After the first four games of the season, Carolina was allowing its opponents an average of 374.5 yards per game, including a season-high 470 yards at East Carolina in game two. Since the South Florida game in week four, Carolina’s has seen its defensive average drop to 333.7 yards per game, ranking 28th in the country.

UNC limited Maryland to 302 yards, just missing out on holding its fourth opponent in the last five to under 300 yards. The Terps only managed 93 yards on the ground and had just three total yards in the first quarter. Carolina held Wake Forest to just 269 total yards, the second-lowest total forWake this season. Chuck Pagano’s group has shown steady improvement, despite sometimes playing six freshmen at a time.

In the last three games, UNC opponents are averaging just 284.3 yards per game. Obviously, there is still room for more improvement, but Carolina isNo. 28 in total defense,No. 47 in rushing defense, No. 30 in pass defense andNo. 50 in scoring defense. Compare those number to a year ago, when the Tar Heels were No. 92 in total defense,No. 100 in rushing defense,No. 48 in pass defense andNo. 104 in scoring defense.

In the loss toNo. 7 South Carolina,North Carolina’s defense allowed just one third-down conversion in 12 attempts, including 0 for 6 in the second half. South Carolina’s only third-down conversion came with less than a minute to play in the second quarter on a 9-yard run by Cory Boyd on a 3rd-and-1 play from the UNC 21. The Tar Heel defense held South Carolina to just 62 yards in the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter.


One of the youngest teams in the country, North Carolina has several freshmen playing at high profile positions this season. On the defensive side of the ball, Carolina has had as many as six freshmen on the field, including DeuntaWilliams (FS), Kendric Burney (CB), Charles Brown (CB), Bruce Carter (LB),Quan Sturdivant (LB) andMarvin Austin (DT). All six of those players have made at least one start, withWilliams and Burney starting every game.

Offensively, the Tar Heels have freshmen starters at quarterback, running back and tight end. QB T.J. Yates has started all nine games, while first-year players JohnnyWhite (7 starts) and Anthony Elzy (2 starts) have split time at running back. TE/HB Zack Pianalto has started five games. WRGreg Little, a freshman from Durham,N.C., has seen his playing time increase recently. 

UNC Depth Chart


Left Tackle

72 - Kyle Jolly (6-6, 300, So., Powhatan, Va.)

60 - Zach Handerson (6-7, 275, Fr.*, Jacksonville, Fla.)

Left Guard

73 - Aaron Stahl (6-3, 295, So., Venice, Fla.)

76 - Bryon Bishop (6-3, 300, Jr., Union, S.C.)


64 - Scott Lenahan (6-1, 290, Sr., Marietta, Ga.)

69 - Lowell Dyer (6-3, 275, So., Durham, N.C.)

Right Guard

79 - Calvin Darity (6-3, 300, Jr., Tallahassee, Fla.)

70 - Alan Pelc (6-6, 305, Fr.*, Houston, Texas)

Right Tackle

75 - Garrett Reynolds (6-7, 295, Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.)

66 - Mike Ingersoll (6-4, 280, Fr.*, Mint Hill, N.C.)

Tight End

89 - Richard Quinn (6-4, 250, So., Maple Heights, Ohio)

80 - Ed Barham (6-3, 255, Fr.*, Bacon’s Castle, Va.)


17 - Zack Pianalto (6-4, 230, Fr., Springdale, Ark.)

49 - Ryan Taylor (6-3, 230, So.,Winston-Salem, N.C.)


13 - T.J. Yates (6-3, 205, Fr.*, Marietta, Ga.)

11 - Cameron Sexton (6-1, 190, So., Laurinburg, N.C.)

7 - Mike Paulus (6-5, 220, Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.)


4 - Bobby Rome (5-11, 255, So., Norfolk, Va.)

45 - Devon Ramsay (6-2, 240, Fr., Red Bank, N.J.)


6 - Anthony Elzy (5-10, 210, Fr.*,Warren, Ohio) O R

34 - JohnnyWhite (5-10, 210, Fr.*, Asheville, N.C.)

32 - Ryan Houston (6-2, 250, Fr., Matthews, N.C.)

Wide Receiver

88 - Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 215, So., Charlotte, N.C.)

12 - Joe Dailey (6-1, 210, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.) OR

3 - Kenton Thornton (6-4, 230, So., Dallas, Texas)

Wide Receiver

87 - Brandon Tate (6-1, 195, Jr., Burlington, N.C.)

1 - Brooks Foster (6-3, 205, Jr., Boiling Springs, S.C.)


Defensive End

33 - Hilee Taylor (6-3, 245, Sr., Lauringburg, N.C.)

56 - GarrettWhite (6-2, 240, Jr., Miami, Fla.) OR

74 - Kyndraus Guy (6-2, 290, Sr., Hope Mills, N.C.)

Defensive Tackle

93 - Cam Thomas (6-4, 325, So., Eagle Springs, N.C.)


9 - Marvin Austin (6-3, 295, Fr.,Washington, D.C.) O R

97 - Aleric Mullins (6-3, 295, So., Caruthersville, Mo.)

Defensive Tackle

90 - Kentwan Balmer (6-5, 295, Sr.,Weldon, N.C.)

96 - Tavares Brown (6-0, 290, So., Rockingham, N.C.)

Defensive End

92 - E.J.Wilson (6-2, 265, So., Lawrenceville, Va.)

98 - Darrius Massenburg (6-3, 280, Fr.*, Roanoke

Rapids, N.C.)

Will Linebacker

48 - Durell Mapp (6-2, 225, Sr., Burlington, N.C.)

36 - Kennedy Tinsley (6-0, 220, So., Greensboro, N.C.)

Mike Linebacker

52 - Quan Sturdivant (6-2, 230, Fr., Oakboro, N.C.)

41 - Mark Paschal (6-0, 230, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.)

Sam Linebacker

54 - Bruce Carter (6-3, 220, Fr., Havelock, N.C.)

55 - Linwan Euwell (6-2, 210, Fr., Pinetops, N.C.)


42 - Charles Brown (5-10, 190, Fr., Maple Heights,


24 - Tavorris Jolly (5-11, 190, Fr.*, Shelby, N.C.)

Strong Safety

31 - Trimane Goddard (5-11, 195, Jr., Robersonville,


20 - Shaun Draughn (6-0, 205, Fr.*, Tarboro, N.C.) OR

25 - Matt Merletti (5-11, 185, Fr., Cleveland, Ohio)

Free Safety

27 - DeuntaWilliams (6-2, 195, Fr.*, Jacksonville, N.C.)

30 - Da’Norris Searcy (6-0, 200, Fr., Decatur, Ga.)


16 - Kendric Burney (5-9, 180, Fr.*, Jacksonville, N.C.)

23 - Jordan Hemby (5-10, 190, So., Morganton, N.C.)



10 - Connor Barth (6-1, 190, Sr.,Wilmington, N.C.)


10 - Connor Barth (6-1, 190, Sr.,Wilmington, N.C.)


19 - Terrence Brown (6-3, 190, Jr., Fresno, Calif.)

17 - Grant Schallock (6-7, 220, Fr.,Webster, N.C.)

Deep Snapper - Punts

57 - Ryan Baucom (5-11, 180, Sr., Rockingham, N.C.)

Deep Snapper - Field Goals/Extra Points

61 - Michael Murphy (6-2, 230, Sr., Goldsboro, N.C.)


57 - Ryan Baucom (5-11, 180, Sr., Rockingham, N.C.)

Kick Off Return

87 - Brandon Tate (6-1, 195, Jr., Burlington, N.C.)

8 - Greg Little (6-3, 210, Fr., Durham, N.C.)

88 - Hakeem Nicks (6-1, 215, So., Charlotte, N.C.)

Punt Return

87 - Brandon Tate (6-1, 195, Jr., Burlington, N.C.)

NC State Two-Deep Depth Chart

2007 NC State Depth Chart
7Daniel Evans6-2/191Jr.*
12Harrison Beck6-2/220Soph.*
29 Jamelle Eugene 5-10/195So.*
3 Curtis Underwood, Jr. 5-11/215Fr.
46 Pat Bedics 6-1/250Sr.*
26 Cedric Hickman 6-1/252Fr.*
Wide Receiver
1John Dunlap6-1/218Sr.
80 Donald Bowens 6-3/206So.
Wide Receiver
2 Darrell Blackman 5-11/210Sr.
5 Jarvis Williams 6-4/205 Fr.*
Tight End
9 Marcus Stone 6-3/250Sr.*
89 Matt Kushner 6-4/259So.*
87 R.J. Armstrong 6-2/255Jr.
Left Tackle
70 Jake Vermiglio6-5/315Fr.
61 Matt White6-6/360Jr.*
Left Guard
69 Kalani Heppe6-4/300Sr.*
66 Yomi Ojo6-3/310Jr.*
72 Luke Lathan 6-4/292Sr.*
74 Andy Barbee6-3/303So.*
Right Guard
60 Meares Green6-4/295Jr.*
76 Curtis Crouch 6-5/324Jr.
Right Tackle
50 Jeraill McCuller6-7/330So.*
61 Matt White6-6/360Jr.*

Special Teams
Place Kicker
27Steven Hauschka6-3/190Sr.*
36Josh Czajkowski5-9/178Fr.*
26Bradley Pierson5-9/163Jr.*
38Jeff Ruiz6-2/185So.
Long Snapper
56Corey Tedder6-1/212So.
26Bradley Pierson5-9/163Jr.*
7Daniel Evans6-2/191Jr.*
Kick Returner
2 Darrell Blackman 5-11/210Sr.
80 Donald Bowens 6-3/206So.
Punt Returner
2 Darrell Blackman 5-11/210Sr.
29 Jamelle Eugene 5-10/195So.*
Right Defensive End
41 Martrel Brown 6-2/265Sr.*
62 Markus Kuhn 6-5/275Fr.
Left Defensive Tackle
92 DeMario Pressley 6-4/293Sr.
93 John Bedics 6-4/295Jr.*
Right Defensive Tackle
49 Alan-Michael Cash 6-1/286So.*
91 Teddy Larsen 6-2/285So.*
Left Defensive End
97 Willie Young 6-4/230So.*
98 Littleton Wright 6-6/248Sr.*
Weakside Linebacker
5 Ernest Jones 6-2/232Sr.*
45 John Ware 5-11/205Fr.*
Middle Linebacker
95 James Martin, II 6-1/233Sr.*
44 Ray Michel 6-0/224So.*
Strongside Linebacker
56 Nate Irving 6-1/227Fr.*
52 LeRue Rumph 6-1/227Sr.*
Left Cornerback
30 Jeremy Gray 6-2/186Jr.*
8 Jimmie Sutton 5-11/181Sr.*
Strong Safety
34Robbie Leonard 6-0/194Jr.*
14 J.C. Neal 5-11/195Jr.
Free Safety
7 DaJuan Morgan 6-1/206Jr.*
25 Miguel Scott 6-1/195 Jr.
21 DeAndre Morgan 5-10/166Fr.*
24Phillip Holloman 5-11/194Sr.*

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

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