2013 is going to see a lot of changes for the North Carolina State Wolfpack. After a 7-6 campaign that brought upon the firing of head coach Tom O’Brien, new head man Dave Doeren has a lot of work to do. With five starters on offense and seven on defense returning this season, it makes the rebuilding task a little easier.
But, one person that is not returning is 2-year starting quarterback, Mike Glennon.
Now, while Glennon probably would not have been a good fit for Doeren’s fast-paced offense, having the experience around for this first year would have made the coaching transition a little easier for the squad. But, with Glennon off to the NFL now, NC State has to start the year with someone new under center. But, whomever that QB is that starts September as “the man” in Raleigh, will it be the same person that starts there in 2014 as well?
Yes, the NC State quarterback situation is cloudy, not only for this season, but next season as well.
Looking at the upcoming 2013 season, there are two possible candidates. You have Pete Thomas, a transfer from the Colorado State Rams, or you have sophomore Manny Stocker. You can certainly make the case for both young men to lead the offense.
Thomas brings the experience to the table. Between 2010 and 2011, he started 21 games for Colorado State. However, at 6-5 and 225 lbs., Thomas is a dropback-style passer, similar to what Glennon was, and may not be the best fit for Doeren’s offense.
Stocker saw limited time behind Glennon in his short career so far, but he has been said to be a favorite of the NC State coaching staff since his arrival, especially enjoying the quarterback’s leadership abilities. Going back to Dave Doeren’s offense, Stocker could be the better fit with his ability to run the ball when needed. If the passing aspect is there, Stocker could end up being the guy for the Wolfpack.
As with all QB competitions, the answer will come in due time with each one’s play on the field. But, like I said before, whomever wins this, will they be the guy in 2014?
Back in January, it was announced that former Florida Gators QB Jacoby Brissett was transferring to Raleigh. Before the 2012 season, Brissett was a heavy favorite to be the man in Gainesville before Florida ended up sticking with Jeff Driskell.
Brissett brings everything to the table that Doeren needs as his QB. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as the number three dual-threat QB in the nation. He has not only the speed and the accurate arm, but also the experience of spending time in the powerhouse SEC.
This is a cloudy situation for the most important position on the field. A lot of questions may not be answered until next season. If Stocker or Thomas were to successfully lead the ‘Pack, how tough would that make it for Brissett next year to grab the reins? Will the impending arrival of Brissett distract Thomas or Stocker, affecting their play this season knowing that they’re job may not be secure?
Whatever the case may be, having options are always a good thing, and Dave Doeren has a few at his disposal. But, will he choose the right one?