This past April, Jacoby Brissett bucked the trend of NC State Wolfpack quarterbacks being ignored in the NFL Draft. Jalan McClendon is most likely to be his successor, but there’s some concern as to whether or not he’s ready to step into the starting role. The Wolfpack experienced success because they didn’t turn the ball over and were third in the ACC in scoring. Brissett only tossed six interceptions last year, and for the second straight year, NC State averaged over 200 yards rushing per game.
Much has changed since then. Three starters from last year’s offensive line have to be replaced. including All-ACC left tackle Joe Thuney. They’re fine at running back though. If this team can somehow duplicate what they got out of the line and the backs can stay healthy (Matt Dayes saw his season cut short due to injury), a young McClendon will be able to rely on teammates and won’t have to worry about doing everything on his own.
But it’s hard to imagine all of that going right for the Wolfpack. They just don’t have the weapons in other areas except for Jaylen Samuels. Their leading receiver was actually a tight end who gained 597 yards. McClendon is still young and will need someone on the outside he can trust. It’s bad enough he’ll see a more difficult schedule than the one NC State played last year and will most likely be looking over his shoulder all year with Jakobi Meyers hoping to get a shot of his own.
Sorry Wolfpack fans, but it doesn’t appear that this is going to be the year.