With the spring game right around the corner, NC State released the spring depth chart for the team. It offers a clearer picture of what the position changes this offseason have meant for the Pack's potential starting lineups this fall. The full depth chart is here.
(Two quick notes first off: obviously, Wil Baumann is not the holder. Wil Baumann graduated. Wil Baumann is preparing to dominate the NFL. Sophomore corner Troy Vincent Jr. should be listed somewhere at CB, but where?!?!?!?! It's a mystery by way of accidental omission! He's definitely not a starter, though.)
Bradley Chubb's transition from linebacker to defensive end seems to have gone well. Dave Doeren spoke highly of him on Monday afternoon:
Chubb, we moved from linebacker back to defensive line, which is what we recruited him initially to do. He has been tremendous, he has great energy, is very tough, has a high motor and is quick-twitch. I like him a lot. Him and [Pharoah] McKever are rotating on one side.
The Pack is pretty banged up along the DL right now, with Mike Rose, Deonte Holden, Kenton Gibbs, and some others sitting out with relatively minor injuries. None are expected to cost those guys time once fall camp starts. It'll get the depth guys some more reps this weekend, so it's not entirely a bad thing.
On the other side of the ball, Alex Barr and redshirt freshman Tyler Jones are listed as the starters at tackle, though Doeren noted that Joe Thuney has gotten some reps at tackle as well. Thuney is better off at guard but it may turn out he'll be needed at tackle, as he was in 2013.
In addition to the questions up front, State needs to find consistent contributors at wide receiver, which is another position where injuries are slowing progress. The defensive backfield, on the other hand, is all set except for some minor shuffling behind the first string. Doeren hasn't settled on a backup to Dravious Wright at nickelback--this spring, a pair of true freshmen have been working behind him. Tim Buckley's decision to retire from football threw a wrench into this spot, but as long as Wright remains healthy it shouldn't be a huge deal.
For all of Doeren's remarks about the roster, click you on over here.