N.C. State's Walker, Rieskamp out for Duke game
Posted October 8, 2009
Updated October 9, 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.