Coming into the season, North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson was considered a potential All-American and future NFL Draft pick. The Wolfpack looked to have a dominant, shutdown corner on their defense.
Through the first five weeks of the season, that player hasn’t shown up. Poor reads, blown coverage, and mediocre play have haunted the rising NC State star early on. The performance thus far isn’t close to the level of a player that hauled in 13 interceptions last season.
While Amerson seemed to rebound after being burned in Week 1 against Tennessee, struggles found him against last week in a loss to Miami. The Hurricanes — led by quarterback Stephen Morris — threw the ball at will on the Wolfpack defense. Many of those big plays were aimed directly at Amerson.
Among those gaffes: The 62-yard bomb to Phillip Dorsett with less than 20 seconds remaining.
North Carolina State head coach Tom O’Brien tried to explain his defensive star’s struggles to the media earlier this week.
“Film doesn’t lie,” O’Brien said. “He’s not reading the fundamentals. He’s trying to make every play instead of doing his job. That’s what you’ve gotta do. You have to do your job. If he does his job and a ton of other guys do their jobs, then we win the football game.”
The schedule has Florida State next. With E.J. Manuel and the high powered Seminoles undefeated, odds are that the film won’t lie on Monday, either.