#5: 2005 (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!

#5: 2005, 7-5 overall, 3-5 (4th) Atlantic Division
Meineke Car Care Bowl Champions

RT…..John McKeon……….6’5…302…Sr
RG…..Dwayne Herndon…6’3…282…Sr
C……..Leroy Harris………..6’3…296…Jr
LG…..James Newby………6’5…292…Jr
LT…..Derek Morris……….6’6…336…Jr

Average size:
6’4 ½
302 pounds

Once again, a defensive lineman was moved over to offset lack of depth due primarily to poor position retention and injuries. This time, Dwayne Herndon was the “beneficiary.�

Despite over thirty collective career starts, this unit lacked veteran leadership and it showed often. Derek Morris averaged 3 penalties per game through October, and fans frequently wondered (aloud), “what does it take to sit that guy down?�

It took a 2-4 start for the staff to simplify the offense towards a ground oriented attack. The offensive line went to a straight “iso� blocking scheme mixed with play action passing, helping the team to a 5-1 finish and Meineke Car Care bowl victory.

Once again, injuries and weakness forced frequent reshuffling. Position coach Mike Barry wisely left for a NFL job at the conclusion of the season in news that StateFansNation broke before any other source. This link will take you to the resulting conversation about Barry.

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4 Responses to #5: 2005 (Ranking the OLines)

  1. RAWFS 08/11/2006 at 8:02 AM #

    “Wisely left for the NFL.”

    You mean, FORTUNATELY left for the NFL!

  2. ADS95 08/11/2006 at 8:23 AM #

    I think it is worth mentioning that Curtis Crouch began getting significant playing time in mid-season, starting I believe with the Southern Miss game.

  3. primacyone 08/11/2006 at 1:37 PM #

    How does the 2005 line compare to the 2006 line?

  4. StateFans 08/11/2006 at 1:49 PM #

    ^ That is on its way!

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