It 'starts' up front

One of the biggest reasons to consider NC State a contender this fall is the experience it returns on the offensive line -- more than any other team in the ACC. The Wolfpack have four starters returning in tackle R.J. Mattes, guards Zach Allen (26) and Duran Christophe (14) and center Camden Wentz (26). NC State also returns former starter Andrew Wallace, who missed all of last year with an injury, but has 14 career starts, and junior tackle Rob Crisp, who will likely be the fifth starter this year and has three career starts.

ACC schools from the Research Triangle lead the conference, as North Carolina’s offensive line returns 91 career starts, followed by Duke with 88. According to the ACC, here’s a look at the league’s lines with the most returning starts:

Clemson senior center Dalton Freeman, a three-year starter for the Tigers, leads all returning ACC offensive linemen in number of career starts with 36.