The depth chart was released today for N.C. State's upcoming contest with Central Michigan; there's good news and bad news.
First, the bad news:
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who left the Pack's 26-14 loss to Clemson with an apparent hamstring injury, is not listed on the depth chart for the game against the Chippewas. Scantling, a true freshman, leads the team with 201 receiving yards through three games. There's been no official word yet as to the exact nature of V-S's extremity injury, nor has any timetable for his return been announced.
Now, the good news:
Left tackle Rob Crisp, who missed the Clemson game with an upper extremity injury, is again listed as the starter. Joe Thuney has done nice work on the interior for the Pack, but he was a swinging gate at tackle against the Tigers. Vic Beasley beat him for three sacks, including one that forced a fumble. It will be nice to have big Rob back on the field.
Another injury that damaged the Pack's upset chances came a couple plays after the fumble when Juston Burris limped off following a Clemson short-yardage conversion. Burris's replacement, Niles Clark, was immediately caught with his eyes in the backfield on play action and Clemson capitalized with a touchdown. Later in the game, the 5-11 freshman was beaten for another touchdown on a jump ball to six-foot-five Martavis Bryant.
Shadrach Thornton, who had two of the too few explosive plays for the Pack offense, a 21-yard touchdown run and a 32-yard reception, remains unlisted on the depth chart, though, now two games removed from a suspension to start the season, he should see his role in the offense continue to increase.
In other news, the Pack announced today that October 5th's game at Wake Forest will be a 3:30 start. The game will be televised by the Raycom Sports Network.