#4: 2000 (Ranking the OLines)

StateFansNation is proud to present the second 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!

#6: 2004
#5: 2005

#4: 2000, 8-4 overall, 4-4 (5th) ACC
Micron PC Bowl Champions

RT…..Chris Colmer…..6’5…292…R-Fr
RG…..Reggie Poole….6’3…300…Jr
C…….Derek Green…..6’4…248…R-So
LG…..William Brown…6’1…257…R-Jr
LT…..Jarvis Borum…..6’8…336…R-Sr

Average size:
6’4 ¼
287 pounds

Undersized, inexperienced, charged with protecting a true freshman quarterback, and blocking for a running game with one experienced ball carrier usually equals a recipe for disaster. However, this unit gelled to overachieve beyond anyone’s imagination, helping first-year coach Chuck Amato to an 8-win season and infusing the program with momentum and excitement.

Mammoth left tackle Jarvis Borum and JUCO transfer Reggie Poole were the keys, with the latter teaming with redshirt freshman and emerging star Chris Colmer to protect rookie Philip River’s backside, enabling the freshman All-American to throw for over 3,000 yards.

Amato emphasized conditioning in the off-season and wanted a mobile line to move the pocket. Position coach Marty Galbraith deserves credit for simplifying the blocking schemes and limiting midweek contact to avoid injuries, as the starting unit stayed intact for the entire season.

It’s worth mentioning that this unit allowed the fewest sacks in the league and rarely committed penalties. What we would do to have these guys from 04-05?

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2 Responses to #4: 2000 (Ranking the OLines)

  1. primacyone 08/12/2006 at 2:24 PM #

    Remember how Rivers would duck his head to avoid the sack and make the defender run right over the top of him and then he would deliver a perfect strike to KR?

    This was a good OL crew. You could feel it.

    Good times!

  2. bTHEredterror 08/12/2006 at 10:03 PM #

    Rivers had to duck his head a bunch. I think he was more the reason there were fewer sacks. How were they with the run game? I remember it being a problem.

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