After going winless against the ACC in his debut as head coach of the NC State Wolfpack, Dave Doeren is looking for more out of his team in 2014. One of the biggest spots that will undergo some changes this offseason will be under center where NC State is committed to Florida Gators transfer Jacoby Brissett as the starter for the next two years before turning the team over to four-star 2014 commit Jalan McClendon. That leaves Pete Thomas, a starter in 2013, out of the mix and looking for a new place to finish his career next fall.
Thomas is on track to graduate in May before looking for a new school to finish his career in his final year of eligibility. He started six games in 2013 after transferring from the Colorado State Rams where he started 21 games in 2010 and 2011. Many considered Thomas the best option at quarterback for NC State due to that previous starting experience, but he failed to distinguish himself and split time with Brandon Mitchell.
Together, they struggled to create any consistent offense, combining for 11 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions as the Wolfpack ranked No. 55 in the nation in passing offense, averaging 240.8 yards per game. Thomas finished the year with 1,667 yards passing with four touchdowns and nine interceptions as he completed 60.3 percent of his passes. He never seemed to find any rhythm under center for the Wolfpack and will hope another change of scenery this summer helps him end his collegiate career on a high note.
For the Wolfpack, they have clearly moved on from the struggling quarterbacks they were forced to use in 2013 and are looking ahead to the future. While they weren’t planning on using Thomas as a quarterback in 2014, having an experienced backup always helps a coach sleep better at night during the season.