Aug. 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - Less then one week away from the opening kick of the 2014 NC State season, GoPack rolls outs the depth chart for the wide receivers and kickoff returners.
The Wolfpack looks for a rotation of 8-9 wide receivers and that rotation will be a young one for position coach Frisman Jackson. Six of the eight players listed on the depth chart at the three wideout spots are either true freshmen or true sophomores while one senior is a first-year walkon. However, all four true sophomores saw meaningful action last season and that new senior has shown great promise during fall camp.
Z - Flanker
Starter: Bryan Underwood (5-9, 180, *Sr)
- Most experienced player in the unit, he has played in 33 career games and caught 92 passes.
- Ranks 10th in school history with 13 career TD receptions.
- Missed five games last season with a broken collarbone.
Backup: Bra'Lon Cherry (5-11, 189, So.)
- One of three wideouts to earn a start as a freshman last season, he missed late season time with an injury.
Reserve: NaQuan Brown (6-1, 203, Sr.)
- Walkon who joined the team in the spring and has been impressive in fall camp.
X - Split End
Starter: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (6-3, 208, So.)
- Another freshman who earned starting time last season and also missed games with injuries.
- Tallest WR on the depth chart.
- Had 22 receptions for the season, 14 in the first three games.
Backup: Stephen Louis (6-2, 212, Fr.)
- Promising young player who graduated early and joined the team in January.
Backup: Jumichael Ramos (6-2, 199, So.)
- Third player who started games as a true freshman in 2013.
- Ended the season strong, catching 11 of his 24 passes for three TDs in the last three games of the season.
S - Slot
Starter: Johnathan Alston (6-0, 206, So.) or Bo Hines (6-1, 190, Fr.)
- Also saw action as a true freshman last season, he did not catch a pass.
- Dislocated his elbow last season in the seventh game of the season.
- Graduated high school early and went through spring practice with the Pack.
- Had 10 receptions for 132 yards in the Kay Yow Spring Football Game.
Jackson on the wide receivers: "The guys have worked hard and I feel a lot better about the group now than I did a year ago. I have a better understanding of what guys can do and not do and they're a year older so I'm not teaching so many guys how to do certain things that you have to teach a freshman. With the exception of one player, every one of our guys has been here since at least the spring so this year I've worked with a veteran group and wasn't starting from scratch.
"I like to have a rotation of eight guys and see how it goes. We have six or seven guys that are interchangeable and will all get in the game. They can all do different things for us.
"Na'Quan Brown has been the surprise of camp. You can see how much he's dedicated himself to learning the offense and he's been making plays down the field for us. He's going to continue to grow and get better as a football player."
Bra'Lon Cherry (5-11, 189, So.)
Bo Hines (6-1, 190, Fr.)
Ben Grazen (5-9, 190, *Fr.)
Co-Special Teams Coordinator Clayton White on the punt returners: "Cherry got some good returns last year and he's done a good job for us this fall catching punts. I think he's ready to have a breakout year there. Bo is a tough kid who has worked his way into being a punt returner. In high school, you're just a punt catcher, but he's worked to become a punt returner. Grazen was a good returner in high school.
"The most important part is catching the punt. It's high pressure and it's a skill that is sometimes overlooked a little bit. "