NC State is beginning to prepare for its season-opener against Troy (we're so close, y'all!), which means it's time to start getting in some reps against the scout team. True freshman Johnny Frasier was one of the players working with the scout group, per Joe Giglio.
Judging by the scout team number on Johnny Frasier, guessing that means he will redshirt this season— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) August 25, 2015
That's not necessarily a surprise, Dave Doeren has hinted at such throughout camp— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) August 25, 2015
Assuming Frasier redshirts, the reasons for it are clear: first and foremost, he stepped into an already crowded backfield, with Shad Thornton and Matt Dayes returning, not to mention Jaylen Samuels, who could provide help there if need be.
And Frasier did not enroll early, so he's had just a few weeks to grasp NC State's offense, which is a tough task for anybody, regardless of their talent level. Reggie Gallaspy's early enrollment paid significant dividends for him, and kept him ahead of Frasier on the depth chart throughout camp.
So Gallaspy is most likely the third major contributor out of the backfield, and State is also going to get Nyheim Hines some carries--be they on jet sweeps, reverses, or general trickfoolery. NC State doesn't necessarily need Frasier's contributions in 2015. Next season, though, will be a different story.