The Orange & White has a little Q&A Session with Raleigh’s N&O JP Giglio about 2012 NC State football. Here is a portion of it.
Q: Who is the one player who is totally indispensable to the Wolfpack, the guy State couldnâ€™t do without in case of an injury?
A: State would be sunk without quarterback Mike Glennon. Coach Tom O’Brien and coordinator Dana Bible have a four-year succession plan in place for Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas (for the next two years) and freshman Manny Stocker (for the 2015 and ’16 seasons) but if something were to happen Glennon this season, it would be impossible to build on the momentum of the past two seasons.
Q: Who are two or three newcomers who could make the biggest impact, and why?
A: Caldwell, for sure, on defense and redshirt freshman receiver Hakeem Flowers (from your neck of the woods? Simpsonville?) has a chance to help at receiver because of his size (6-3, 182). Glennon has good slot receivers to throw to in Tobais Palmer and Bryan Underwood, but needs bigger targets down the field and over the middle of the field.
Q: Its biggest weakness?
A: Running the football was a problem last year. The Wolfpack ranked 109th in rushing offense with just 104.8 yards per game and its per carry average dropped by a half of a yard. The offensive line wasn’t quite as good as expected, at least not consistently and not until the final month of the season, and the loss of running back Mustafa Greene, the leading rusher in 2010, to a foot injury did not help.
Q: What is a best and worst-case scenario for the Wolfpack in 2012?
A: “Best,” of course, is relative but I think State can realistically win 10 games, which would only be the second time in school history (2002).
“Worst” would start with a loss to Tennessee in the opener, include O’Brien’s first loss to UNC and end with no bowl game.