Did you know that exactly 10 years ago, the North Carolina State Wolfpack had the best defense in entire country? With coordinator Reggie Herring and defense that included a player that made an NFL roster AT EVERY POSITION, the Wolfpack dominated opponents and held them to less yards than any other team in the country.
My oh my how things change! When I took a look at the following graphic I couldn’t help but notice our NC State had surrendered almost 1,100 MORE yards than Louisville in 2014 — and we are only HALF way through the season.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) October 16, 2014
Then I ran across this tweet:
Fewest plays of 20+ allowed vs FBS: Duke, UVA, 14 BC, Lville, Miami 15 Pitt 16 Clem, FSU 19 Syr 20 WF 23 GT 27 NCSt 34 VT 35 UNC 38
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 16, 2014
Giving up all of those yards on single plays is one thing. Now imagine how many 3rd down and SUPER LONGs that NC State has surrendered in the last two years and it will make you pull out your hair. While we all recognize and accept the talent situation inside of the NC State program as chronicled here, there have definitely been some rumbling from fans about defense coordinator Dave Huxtable as many fans remember his presence/role at UNC-CH when their defense was so porous in the John Bunting years. What are your thoughts on the topic? I’d love to pick up a little more insight from some of you that might have a more educated opinion.