Friday, August 22, 2008

N.C. State's depth chart offers few surprises

There were few surprises on the depth chart N.C. State released for the Aug. 28 opener at South Carolina.

The choice of redshirt freshman Russell Wilson over senior Daniel Evans at quarterback might be a bit of a surprise, but the N&O's preseason practice preview correctly predicted that Wilson was ahead of the four other players at that position.

Aside from quarterback, the right side of the offensive line is the only spot on the depth chart for the offense or defense that lists a different starter than the preseason depth chart for reason other than injury.

Meares Green, the preseason starter at right tackle, now is the starter at right guard. Jeraill McCuller has moved into the starting spot at right tackle, and former right guard starter Curtis Crouch is backing up Green.

At wide receiver, sophomore Owen Spencer has moved up into the spot vacated by Donald Bowens, who's out for the year with a spinal injury.On special teams, Jamelle Eugene and Andre Brown are listed as kickoff returners, with Eugene and freshman T.J. Graham of Raleigh set to return punts.

– Ken Tysiac