“After meeting with a doctor Thursday, N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving announced that he will be out for the season because of injuries suffered in a June 28 car crash.” (N&O)
For now it looks like sophomore Dwayne Maddox will attempt to fill the void left by the loss of Irving. The former 3-star recruit from Shelby, NC fortunately graduated early from high school. Despite sounding like my 7 (and a half) year old niece, Maddox is actually a sophomore and a half. Hopefully that extra semester of work will begin to show as an improvement on his effort to replace Irving last year. Maddox is certainly capable of helping limit the effects of the loss of Irving, but it would be a tall order for any college player to fill the void entirely. Irving is just that good. A former Carolina player told me today regarding Irving: “He’s a pro.” I agree.
Unfortunately, this news isn’t really a big surprise. When we originally discussed Nate’s car accident on June 28th we stated the following based on some information that we had from sources close to the coaching staff.
Based on what we have heard, we think it would be impractical to presume that Nate will play football in the 2009 season. Be clear – we are NOT ‘REPORTING’ that Irving will miss the season. We are simply interjecting that, at this point, we would be surprised if Irving played this season.
We’d like to thank those readers who recognized our code and appreciated our track record and defended us in the comments section of the original entry. Of course, there was was always ‘a chance’ that Irving could/would heal quicker than expected; but that chance was very slim. I don’t think many people truly recognize how lucky Nate is to be alive after this accident. God bless him, his family and his recovery.