…but we’ll open this entry for people to make mountains out of molehills if they would like.
The Charlotte Observer’s game story shares a little of the only information that I think is relevant from Saturday — what freshmen are playing key roles that we may see in the fall.
Before the final play of N.C. State’s spring game, coach Tom O’Brien told linebacker Audie Cole to put tight end George Bryan on his back at the line of scrimmage.
O’Brien got exactly what he wanted. Cole leveled Bryan. Quarterback Justin Burke scrambled, and Bryan got up and hustled to the end zone.
He leaped to catch a 30-yard pass in heavy traffic to give the Red team a 23-21 win over the White on Saturday in front of an estimated 15,000 fans at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Cole and Bryan, two redshirt freshmen, showed O’Brien they can make plays.
State had 15,000 on hand for the spring game. Wake Forest attracted an estimated 4,000 to their game and the media is talking about Wake’s transformation into a football school. Amazing.
Imagine if Lee Fowler had gotten his way and NC State would have kept Chuck Amato leaving all of us without the optimistic hope that Tom O’Brien has planted in all of us?
We’d all be scratching our heads AGAIN about how our (lack of) leadership continues to misunderstand the importance of coaching and leadership in college athletics. Unless, of course, they find a way to show us that Wake has stronger fan support and better facilities than NC State. Because, as we all ‘know’…facilities are what wins games.
For a related note about spring football we turn your attention to this entry from earlier in the week.
Lastly, please do not ignore the entry just before this one on the blog – link here.