Our series taking a look back at the highlights of summer camp for each team in the ACC continues today with NC State:
The Pack’s biggest storyline of the month was the injury to defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy, who is out for six weeks. He’s a team captain and impact player, so his absence for at least two or three games is a significant blow to the defense. The latest depth chart hasn’t been released yet, but Markus Kuhn and Brian Slay are the obvious options to compensate for the loss of Sweezy. Cornerback Jarvis Byrd was also injured before camp started, and will miss the season with another torn ACL.
Quarterback Mike Glennon has officially taken over the team following the transfer of Russell Wilson to Wisconsin. Glennon has looked good at times, but he has also been inconsistent. Some of that might be attributed to legitimate improvement by the defense. The Pack finally has solid experience in the secondary, the starting linebackers are strong, but it’s hard to tell how good the offense is in one-on-one situations.
The Wolfpack has had to turn to true freshmen at punter and placekicker, and both Wil Baumann and Niklas Sade have earned the confidence of the coaching staff this summer. It was one of the biggest question marks of the offseason for NC State, and while some of those concerns have been alleviated, the duo is still untested in game situations.
Running back/halfback still remains a question with Mustafa Greene out with a foot injury. The Pack is still looking for a player to take the lead there, and James Washington, who was the starter towards the end of the season last year, appears to be the frontrunner. Curtis Underwood also has a good shot to earn a lot of playing time, and Brandon Barnes is also an option. Tony Creecy has missed a few weeks because an undisclosed injury.
The biggest question remaining heading into game week is who will step up at wide receiver. The Pack has been playing three wide a lot, so they need more help and consistency than just one go-to player.