In his weekly press conference today, Coach Dave Doeren announced that NC State Junior Safety Freddie Phillips tore his Achilles in the game against South Carolina and will miss the rest of the 2017 season. Phillips was the backup to Shawn Boone in the Wolfpack's secondary.
Luckily, he will be able to use this year as a redshirt and have two more years of eligibility. Doeren said Phillips’ surgery was successful, and a full recovery is expected. Best of luck to the young man in his rehab.
All in God's plan.. I'll be back, even better than before https://t.co/bgXxc9hVyA— Freddie Phillips Jr. (@F_P_3) September 4, 2017
In other injury news, Doeren is hopeful senior starting cornerback Mike Stevens will return to action against Furman, the third game of the year. Stevens was injured prior to the season in training camp.
Additionally, reserve junior LB Riley Nicholson got “dinged” on the opening kickoff and is week to week, likely to miss the week 2 game against Marshall. Starting redshirt junior Free Safety Dexter Wright also injured his groin in the game, but is expected to not miss any time.
NC State’s secondary was already expected to be a weak point for the defense, hopefully the team is able to overcome these injuries (and lack of depth) to bounce back against Marshall.