Mark Thomas

Pack preparing for Kay Yow Spring Game

Posted April 10, 2013

Spring practice is coming to an end for college football teams across the Triangle.

For the Wolfpack, there is an anticipated build-up to the Kay Yow Spring Game with new head coach Dave Doeren and his staff. So many questions have to be answered, and I believe some of them will be revealed by the game.

Two of the biggest questions are at quarterback and linebacker. Who is going to be the guy to replace Mike Glennon? Linebacker play was the weak point of the Wolfpack last year. Who are the coaches planning to use to tackle people, and how are they going to get those players to do it?

Let’s attempt to answer the first. There are the two top guys at quarterback heading into the spring game, Manny Stocker and Pete Thomas. Right now, Thomas seems to be the leader in the clubhouse, but I believe there is a reason for that. It’s spring practice. Nobody hits the quarterback in the spring.

Passing quarterbacks look better than those guys that can run. Doeren utilized a spread, shotgun, running-quarterback offense last season at Northern Illinois. One would think that would play to the advantage of Stocker, who is a better runner. But without the ability to bring the quarterback to the ground, Stocker has to continue improving on his understanding of the offense and completing passes.

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is going to utilize the “pistol” offensive set. The quarterback will be 3 yards behind the center. No fullback. The ability to allow the quarterback to be separated from the line but still have a tailback line up behind him is an advantage. I think Pete Thomas will be able to have a certain level of success in it as long as he gets receivers who don’t drop passes. Novel idea, I know.

D.J. Green is back for next season and looking good at linebacker. Rodman Noel looks like he’s put on some muscle which will help him make plays between the tackles. Last season, Noel was the one guy that seemed to improve the most from the beginning to the end of the season.

The Pack is going to run a fast pace “no-huddle” offense that is going to put up points, but it does require the defense to take on more snaps. Defensive tackles T.Y. McGill and Thomas Teal are beasts up front. Their improved play will help the linebackers make more plays. And there is a package with speed on the outside with Art Norman and Kenderius Whitehead.

Yeah, remember that guy? Whitehead was the Pack’s top recruit a year ago, he redshirted, and now looks ready for playing time.

I’m looking forward to the football season. I love spring football because it reminds me of what is to come. But the truth is, I put little stock in what the game stats say about different players or even the team as a whole.

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 11, 8:59 a.m.

    Can't wait to see what the new coaching staff has in store for the team.

    GO PACK!!!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Probably the same ole unrealistic expectations that always end in disappointment. And humiliatio... View More

    — Posted by Constitutional-Defender

    Yes, NC State rules!

    How do ya like THEM apples?

  • HeelHater Apr 11, 7:53 a.m.

    8-4

  • Constitutional-Defender Apr 10, 10:37 p.m.

    Can't wait to see what the new coaching staff has in store for the team.

    GO PACK!!!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again01

    Probably the same ole unrealistic expectations that always end in disappointment. And humiliation.

    Ya like apples?

  • hokies94vt@gmail.com Apr 10, 9:23 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to seeing if VT can deliver this new season. I have been on Frank Beamer for the past three years now. He fired 3 to save his job. I know this. We shall see if the Hokies can regain their mojo. Thomas needs to play like he did as a Soph. I believe this team will win a bunch. Go Little Hokies.

  • edorsettii Apr 10, 6:48 p.m.

    I dun told you peeps - dey suck, dey coach sucks, dey players suck, dey cheerleaders suck,... View More

    — Posted by mojaintsmall

    u got problems

  • hokies94vt@gmail.com Apr 10, 5:41 p.m.

    I'm definitely looking forward to football season. It's always interesting to see new coaches come in with a different wrinkle on offense. A completely different philosophy can make a huge difference with teams. It takes time to develop the pistal and the spread, but it makes games exciting. He has been successful in all of his previous head coaching jobs. It will be a bunch different from TOB.

  • mojaintsmall Apr 10, 5:22 p.m.

    I dun told you peeps - dey suck, dey coach sucks, dey players suck, dey cheerleaders suck, chuckie sucks

  • KTs Reich Apr 10, 5:11 p.m.

    Same sheet, different year. Same 'ol State.

    When is the preseason championship parade?

    — Posted by Hans

    Then why do you continue to post?

  • icehouseyo2 Apr 10, 4:33 p.m.

    ***Please do not show up on Sunday April 21st. This game is on April 20th Saturday**

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 10, 3:13 p.m.

    I am serious when I say that Dook will be better than State ..by a lot, this year

    — Posted by SportznutV2.0

    LOL

    Duke lost their awesome QB and record-setting WR. You sure are putting a lot of faith in them despite that.

    But we're delusional for having similar faith in highly ranked recruits that are replacing the majority of NC State's basketball team.

    It boggles the mind!

    (Methinks you're just mad because Duke is better than yer Holes!)

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