The NC State Wolfpack will start the Dave Doeren era in 2013 with plenty of questions across their roster. Concerns at quarterback, receiver and in the secondary will make year one a daunting one for Doeren as he attempts to turn NC State into an ACC contender. One area that he won’t lose sleep over, however, is the defensive line, where Darryl Cato-Bishop returns to lead a deep and experienced front that might just cover up some of the Pack’s other deficiencies.
The senior defensive end returns to anchor the defensive line after leading the team with 6.5 sacks in 2012. He finished the year with 36 total tackles, including 10.5 for loss, to go along with his sacks and will look to be even more disruptive in 2013. He’ll be joined by returning starters T.Y. McGill and Thomas Teal in the middle of the defense and Art Norman at the other defensive end. Cato-Bishop, Norman and McGill were the top three sack-men on the roster last season and combined for 17 of the Wolfpacks’ 33 sacks last season.
They will also get a boost with some excellent talent behind them. Rising talent Mike Rose has been challenging Cato-Bishop for playing time all spring and will continue to push him when fall camp opens. On the other side, Forrest West is giving Norman a run for his job as well. The competition they bring in practice will only make the unit stronger and give defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable that much more to work with next season.
The pressure will be on Cato-Bishop and the defensive line to create havoc in offensive backfields next season while NC State tries to figure out what they have in the secondary and piece together an offensive attack. If they can hold things down on the defensive front, they have a chance to be dangerous in 2013.