In Week 5, the North Carolina State Wolfpack played the Virginia Cavaliers and came away with a 35-21 victory. Here is a position-by-position look at who played and how productive they were. I’m trying out a new format this week that I’m hoping will work well. If the chart image is too small, I provided a link to the image that will hopefully make it easier to see.
Ryan Finley played every offensive snap and had a solid day running the offense. For the first time this season, Finley passed for less than 300 yards, but he also had he fewest passing attempts of the season because the run game was clicking.
Reggie Gallaspy scored another short yardage TD. He has five TDs in four games. Ricky Person was finally back after a couple of weeks off due to an injured hamstring and despite being “75%” had 108 yards rushing on 14 carries for 7.7 yard average. Trent Pennix was out with what Doeren described as “soreness”.
Kelvin Harmon is on pace to blow past 1,000 yards receiving. The rest of the receivers have taken turns having big games. I’m beginning to have the same feelings looking at Steph Louis’ stats that I had looking at Malik Abu’s senior stats. He deserves to go out on a bigger note. Hopefully, his production picks up.
Despite playing fewer snaps this week, Cary Angeline caught his first pass of the season, which also happened to be his first TD. Dylan Autenrieth had a good day blocking. If you look at the Ricky Person GIFs in the Whole Pack of GIFs post, you’ll notice #42 (Autenrieth) leading the way on every single one of those big runs. Damien Darden has played his last snaps in a Wolfpack uniform. He has announced that he is transferring.
This is the first time this season I can recall the snaps being this spread out. Jones and Bradbury played almost every snap, but there was some rotation at RT and Sculthorpe got significant snaps at both OG positions.
The defensive line looked as good as it has all season this past Saturday. I definitely thought they had more sacks than they got credit for, but I guess a lot of those times Perkins was tackled for a loss were considered designed runs.
Germaine Pratt continues to play almost every snap. Acceus rotated in for Moore after doing a great job filling in for the injured Moore against Marshall.
Side note: I just noticed on the roster that the Pack has a freshman linebacker from Clayton named Bryce Swackhammer. Get that kid some playing time!
Against Virginia, Tanner Ingle and Stephen Griffin played almost the same number of snaps. It looks like they were even on the field together for a number of plays. On Twitter I saw it mentioned that the Pack played some dime defense (six defensive backs), which is likely when they played together.
Jarius Morehead played every snap while Wright and Kidd-Glass rotated in the other safety spot. After getting more snaps last week than Wright last week, Kidd-Glass has gone back to more of a backup role.
Chris Ingram played every snap while Nick McCloud rotated with Kishawn Miller at the other corner spot. Chris Ingram doesn’t have the stats that McCloud has, but seems to quietly be having a solid year. Other than the interception he dropped, I barely noticed him on Saturday. I don’t know if that means teams just aren’t throwing his way or what.
Chris Dunn made both of his field goals - the first from 34 yards and the second from 44 yards. Those are his two longest FGs of the year. The freshman is now 8-10 on the season. I’ve said this quite a few times now, but last season’s kickers went 2-9 from 30-39 yards. This is the distance that NC State desperately needed to see improvement. Dunn has already passed last year’s total makes from that distance in only four tries.