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N.C. State's Walker, Rieskamp out for Duke game

Posted October 8, 2009
Updated October 9, 2009

N.C. State freshman Rashard Smith gets the crowd pumped up before the Wolfpack's game against South Carolina on September 3, 2009.

Safety Javon Walker (knee) and defensive end Jeff Rieskamp (hip) are out, and cornerback Rashard Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable for the game with Duke, N.C. State announced on Thursday.

Smith has started two games this season.

Pack head coach Tom O'Brien decided to go with experience over athleticism in the defensive backfield this week after his team's dismal efforts in pass defense against Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. On this week's depth chart, senior Bobby Floyd replaced redshirt freshman Earl Wolff as the starter at boundary safety, while senior Clem Johnson replaced true freshman Brandan Bishop as the starter at field safety.

However, if Smith, a true freshman, were able to play, he might see the field.

Either way, O'Brien made it clear after the team's Thursday practice that the best players will play, regardless of who starts the game.

"It depends on how the game goes and how they function," O'Brien said, of this week's new starters and whether they will play the whole game. "It they're not getting the job done, then certainly we'll have to replace them and go with somebody we think can do the job."

Out for the season are tight end Mario Carter (knee), linebacker Ryan Cheek fullback, offensive lineman Denzelle Good (shoulder), linebacker Nate Irving (leg), fullback Colby Jackson (knee), quarterback Everett Proctor (shoulder) and fullback Colby Jackson (knee).

Duke and N.C. State play Saturday at 4 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium.

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 15, 2009

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    Better hope Duke and State don't somehow find their way into the ACC championship game. Revenge will be ours!

  • LGD Oct 9, 2009

    DUKE missed a FG with 0:01 second to go at WAKE last year to win 33-30 (Oh well, another horseshoe game_being close). I'm not overly impressed with WAKE; they are a good team, but not the same as last year with Curry and Smith on defense. NCSU has a good offense, but I would hold back on saying they are just as good, if not better than KU and VT if I were you. The badger juice is lowing early this Friday I see. DUKE has better depth this year as well. Looking at the numbers, I think these two teams match up well. This could come down to Special Teams, whether it be field position in the kicking game, punt coverage or field goal kicking. DUKE and NCSU have a contest this weekend on all aspects of the game. This is a two headed coin. I would not bet on this, not in a million years. I have just started the juice myself, looking forward to the weekend.

    GO DUKE

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 9, 2009

    And I think Skinner and Wake are better than Lewis and Duke (on offense).

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 9, 2009

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    Anything can happen, but I think our depth is going to wear out Duke on both sides of the ball. Duke gave up nearly 500 yards of offense to VT and Kansas. Our offense is every bit as good and probably better than those two offenses.

    It should be an offensive shootout. But can Duke keep pace is the question. With their lack of depth, I don't think so. They'll keep it close for a while, but over time, our depth will enable us to prevail.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 9, 2009

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    I'm worried, but only the way I worry before every game. Duke's defense is weak. i expect us to move the ball at will all day, and wear out their defense. By the end of the day, we'll probably be cranking out 7-8 yard runs at will.

  • LGD Oct 9, 2009

    Sounds good. This is from last year, "The Blue Devils recorded 411 yards of total offense and Lewis led Duke, completing 37- of-52 passes for 317 yards" (scout.com). DUKE's speacial teams is what took a hit last year.

    NCSU will try to put a lot of pressure with thier front seven; but, DUKE has worked a lot on it's short passing game due to having the injury bug and inexperianced young O-Line. I think the secondary for NCSU will have to focus on tackling on-coming receivers and not covering deep routs. On the other hand, I think DUKE's D-line, needs to stop the run, because LB's and D-backs need to focus on the deep routs for State. IT IS TIME TO STOP THE STREAK.

    This may be the last game between the two for another five years, who knows?

  • LGD Oct 9, 2009

    They have some really good running backs, need healthy and experinced O-Line; you know, it takes two to tango. Everybody deals with injuries and youth, it happens evry season. This is going to be a good one!

    GO DUKE

  • Tar Heels Fan Oct 9, 2009

    I'd be worried TBK. State gave up 361 passing yards to Wake Forest. Dook passed for 359 yards against VT. State's defense is nowhere near as good as VT's.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 9, 2009

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    If you're at all interested in divisional standings, it would behoove you for State to beat Duke. That gives them another loss. Carolina needs every team in the division to get some losses since they already have two of their own.

    Since I don't expect Carolina to win many more games after this weekend, it's probably a moot point anyway.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 9, 2009

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    Well, RPI and SOS rankings are a bit different than actual offensive numbers. In the end, RPI and SOS are based on peoples' opinions and votes. The numbers Duke has posted on offense, and given up on defense, are hard, fast numbers. Not opinions.

    I just posted that for those interested in some meaningful offensive statistics. Looking at those numbers, one would think Duke is winless right now. But they aren't. That's why they play the game. We still have to show up and perform.

    It does make me feel a little better. And against the two D-1 teams with real offenses that Duke has faced (Kansas and VT), Duke is giving up nearly 500 yards of offense. That bodes well for a strong offense like State has.

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