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2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: An Early Overview Of The Tennessee Vs. NC State Matchup

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Football! Foooootbaaallll. Foobaw. Here's a good overview of the NC State vs. Tennessee matchup from

Amerson and the rest of the Wolfpack’s veteran secondary will face what may be their toughest challenge of the year in Tennessee’s duo of star junior receivers, Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers. Hunter will be set to make his first appearance since tearing his ACL against Florida in September of 2011. The rising junior has an astonishing 22.1 yards-per-catch average in his short career. Rogers finished No. 2 in the SEC in receiving in 2011 with 67 catches for 1,040 yards despite playing with three different starting quarterbacks.

Rogers broke out in a big way as a sophomore with those aforementioned numbers--he caught just 16 passes as a freshman. Hunter is more of a question mark since he'll be playing in his first game since that major knee injury. As a freshman in 2010 he had a similar profile to what we've seen from Owen Spencer in the past: not a lot of receptions (16), but plenty of yards (415). He caught more passes in three games as a sophomore than the he did in 13 as a freshman, so he was clearly maturing into a go-to threat before getting hurt.

These are some tough circumstances under which to break in a green group of linebackers. That position is crucial to the Tenuta/Archer brand of defense, and if we can't effectively put pressure on Tyler Bray, we're going to be in big trouble.

Only a little over 80 days to go...