2009 NC State Wolfpack Football Preview
2009 NC State Wolfpack season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official NC State Wolfpack football preview as well as the 2009 NC State Wolfpack Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.
Coach: Tom O'Brien (3rd year at NC State)
Team Name: Wolfpack
2008 Overall Record: 6-7
Returning Starters: 14
In the two seasons that coach Tom O’Brien (11- 14 in two years) has been guiding them, the NC Wolfpack (6-7 overall, 4-4 ACC Atlantic) have shown improvement. In 2008, after finishing third in their division, they did something they had not done since 2005. They went to a bowl game. At the Papajohns.com Bowl they met Rutgers, losing to the Scarlet Knights 23- 29. This season this club has sound vets, skilled confidence and solid leadership.
Last season as a freshman Russell Wilson (275 ATT, 150 COMP, 1,955 YDs, 1 INT, 17 TDs) put on a real show, earning himself the honor of being was All-ACC quarterback. He’s back as are his favorite targets—junior wideouts Owen Spencer (31 REC, 691 YDs, 5 TDs) and Jarvis Williams (26 REC, 432 YDs, 4 TDs). The Wilson-Spencer-Williams combo looks to be a deadly. Anchoring the running game is senior power runner Jamelle Eugene (95 CAR, 442 YDs, 2 TDs), while Wilson, who had 116 carries for 388 yards and four touchdowns, can really keep defenders off balance. Also back is skilled running back Toney Baker, a senior who sat out last season with an injury. The Wolfpack scored just 23.5 PPG in 2008. This season, despite a thin O-line, NC State with a wealth of offensive weapons, should up that average.
The defensive line includes DE Willie Young, who returns as the leading sack artist with 6.5, and DT Alan-Michael Cash, who garnered 3.5 takedowns. Both are cagey seniors. Senior MLB Ray Michael returns as the team’s leading tackler with 85 total and 39 solo. There’s a reason that OLB Nate Irving led the club last season with four picks. He’s fast, smart and shows great anticipation. The corners look solid but the safety spots are questionable as the Pack replaces two starters.
On special teams, T.J. Graham set a school record by notching 1,028 kickoff return yards, averaging 25.1 per return. Graham is back and ready to go. He’s also a fine punt return man. The punting game is uncertain but the field goal game is solid with junior Josh Czajkowski, who was 16-of-19, back.
This is a program on the rise. They’ve managed to recruit some strong defensive players and with a range of fine vets, the Wolfpack will certainly be contenders within the ACC Atlantic. The October 3 game at Wake Forest is a big one. Last year, the Wolfpack upset the Demon Deacons 21- 17. Might they do the same again this year on the Deacons’ home field? Pittsburgh visits on September 26. A “W” might seem impossible. But the Pack will be looking to make a splash in the first part of the season and they are 14-15-1 versus Big East programs. Finally, the October 31 match up versus Florida State is a game to watch. The Wolfpack loves to harass the Seminoles. Look for NC to post a winning season with a second-place finish. A mid-to-lower tier bowl invite looks most likely.
NC State Wolfpack Football Schedule
|9/3/2009||N.C. State||South Carolina||home|
|9/12/2009||N.C. State||Murray St.||home|
|10/3/2009||N.C. State||Wake Forest||away|
|10/17/2009||N.C. State||Boston Coll.||away|
|10/31/2009||N.C. State||Florida St.||away|
|11/21/2009||N.C. State||Virginia Tech||away|
|11/28/2009||N.C. State||North Carolina||home|
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