StateFansNation is proud to present the last installment in a special series focused on NC State offensive lines in the Chuck Amato era. One of our readers, “Mickey McCarthy” (gotta love that), has done some excellent work that we are going to share over the next few days. Thanks so much, Mickey!
#1: 2002, 11-3 overall, 5-3 (4th) ACC
Gator Bowl Champions
Dubbed â€œthe big nasties,â€? this line lived up to its billing. Featuring two converted defensive lineman (Riggs and Locklear) and honorary member Sean Berton, the offense was â€œmoneyâ€? inside the five yard line, rarely failing to execute the toss sweep for six points.
Entering the season, the backfield featured a true freshman, a redshirt freshman, and a converted cornerback combining for zero previous college carries. Nevertheless, the running game produced over 2,000 yards, 33 rushing touchdowns, and 4.0 yards per carry. They also provided Philip Rivers with ample time in the pocket.
Despite attempting more passes than any team in the league, this unit once again gave up the fewest number of sacks (11) in the conference. This group wasnâ€™t the biggest or tallest, and did not feature the star-studded high school accolades of subsequent years.
What they did have was a smack you in the mouth attitude. What more could you ask for? This group set the standard by which all future lines will be judged.