To say that the NC State Wolfpack struggled in their first year under Dave Doeren would be a massive understatement. The Pack failed win a game in the ACC last season as they finished just 3-9 on the year. In order for NC State to turn things around in 2014, they will need some leaders to step up, starting on offense with receiver Bryan Underwood.
Underwood is the leading returning receivers for the Wolfpack in 2014 after Rashard Smith and Quintin Payton graduated this offseason. As a junior, Underwood hauled in 32 receptions for 382 yards with just one touchdown. He will have to step up his production in a major way as a leader in the passing game as the team tries to bring some young and inexperienced receivers into the mix quickly next fall.
Of the 12 receivers on the spring roster, nine of them were either freshman or sophomores. While Doeren has raved about the talents of guys like Bo Hines (true freshman), Jumichael Ramos (sophomore), and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (sophomore), the inexperience of the group is going to be a major concern for the Wolfpack as they gear up for another run through the ACC in 2014.
That makes Underwood one of the most important members of the receiving corps next season. Having a reliable target in the passing game can help ease some of the pressure on the young guys as they figure out how to be successful against top competition. Underwood has the experience to step up into that role next season and his ascension to No. 1 receiver will go a long way in determining just how successful the Pack can be in 2014.