RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State has released an updated organizational chart as the Wolfpack begins spring practice tomorrow.
Organizational Chart Notables
Senior John Bedics is now listed as the starter at left guard and junior Ted Larsen is the reserve at right guard. Both are making the move to offensive guard from defensive tackle.
"They definitely bring a different mentality
after playing defense," NC State head coach Tom O'Brien stated. "The reason
they are on defense is because they're better athletes
- they're quicker and faster. They have to learn a whole
new system, but hopefully they'll take those skills and
learn the techniques to help us become a better offensive
Senior Meares Green is listed as the starter at center. Green played right tackle and right guard in 2007. "We are going to try him at center," said O'Brien. "That is a key spot for us. The center has to be a guy who understands all our concepts. He has to
make the calls and get the line headed in the right direction. Hopefully he will be a guy who can do that."
Russell Wilson is listed as the third-team quarterback, but he will get a long look this spring.
"Whatever we saw from him last year, we liked," said
O'Brien. "All of the quarterbacks will have the chance
to play in the spring, but he is the unknown right now
and we will definitely give him the opportunity to prove
himself. We must see better productivity from the quarterback spot this season."
Jamelle Eugene is listed as the starter at tailback, but Andre Brown will be competing for the job. "Andre Brown
will be back after missing almost half of the season and
Eugene will be back after doing a solid job in the last six
games," said O'Brien. "Those two guys will be fighting for top billing at
running back. That battle won't be settled until the season
starts, but spring practice will certainly have a lot to
do with how we start in the fall. It will be Underwood's first spring practice, so it will be a great opportunity for
him to learn the techniques and what it really means to
play football at the college level."
Heralded freshman tight end George Bryan has a chance to impress this spring with Anthony Hill sitting out. "With Anthony not there, George Bryan will have the
opportunity to show what he can do this spring," said
O'Brien. "Kushner was a backup tight end a year ago,
but he'll gain more reps this spring so we expect him to
improve. Then in the fall when Anthony comes back,
we'll decide our rotation."
Like Bryan, wideouts Geron James, Steven Howard, and Jay Smith will be competing for playing time.
"There is a lot of competition at wideout," O'Brien
continued. "We'll have an opportunity to see what
James, Howard and Smith can do this spring. We have
enough talent there from what we saw last year. Now
they're all competing for playing time. I feel good about
our depth at wide receiver."
The defensive line has some youth and inexperience with veterans mixed in. Markus Kuhn, Alan-Michael Cash, Antoine Holmes, and Willie Young headline the group.
"Midway through last year, we moved Markus Kuhn
from tackle to end and we thought it was a better position
for him," said O'Brien. "It will be a big spring for
young guys like him, Holmes, Reiskamp, Linney and
Crawford. It will be their first opportunity to go through
a spring practice - to be coached for 15 days on fundamentals.
We have a combination of those young guys
and veterans like Willis, Cash, Young and Augustin. I
think it's a pretty solid group. We just have to find out
what their best positions are."
The most inexperienced position is undoubtedly at linebacker. Nate Irving, Ray Michel, Thomas Barnes all have played snaps. Looking to add experience, the Wolfpack moved Robbie Leonard from safety to strongside linebacker looking and added size by moving freshman J.R. Sweezy from defensive end to middle linebacker.
"We lost four linebackers, but Irving and Michel
played a lot last year," O'Brien stated. "Barnes got
some time, but he will be in the same boat with the redshirt
freshmen and Maddox in that this is their first opportunity
to learn techniques and how we want them to
be executed. We know that these young guys have talent,
but they have to prove to us that they can play on
this level. If they can, it will really help us out.
"We have to stop the run, so moving Sweezy to middle
linebacker gives us a big body there. He was a standup
guy in high school and last year was the first time he
had played with his hand on the ground. We're going to
see if he's a better ‘up' guy. We also moved Leonard to
linebacker. We're not sure yet if those positions are better
for those guys, but spring is a time to experiment."
Returning in the secondary are seniors Jeremy Gray and J.C. Neal and sophomore DeAndre Morgan.
"With Gray, Neal and Morgan, we have some guys
who have been in ball games and know what to expect,"
said O'Brien. "‘Then, we have a bunch of young guys
who will have to help us. There is going to be a lot of
competition back there to find out who the best players
are. We want to come out of spring with four guys we
feel good about starting."
The following players aren't listed on the chart because they will not participate in spring practice due to injuries: HB 22 Toney Baker (5-10, 225, *Jr.) knee, QB 7 Daniel Evans (6-2, 191, *Sr.) shoulder, SS 31 Bobby Floyd (5-9, 211, Sr.) shoulder, OL 75 Mike Golder (6-4, 286, *Fr.) knee, TE 83 Anthony Hill (6-6, 265, *Sr.) knee, OL 68 Ahmad Jaradat (6-4, 290, Fr.) shoulder, SS 4 Javon Walker (6-0, 188, *So.) knee.
NOTE: * - Indicates redshirted one season
|2008 NC State Spring Organizational Chart|