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NC State cornerback Mike Stevens should be back on the field soon

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There was at least some good news this weekend.

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NC State cornerback Mike Stevens is apparently ahead of schedule in his recovery from a leg injury, which is very good news for a Wolfpack secondary that showed its inexperience in some very inopportune ways against South Carolina.

According to Dave Doeren, Stevens is unlikely to miss more than one more game, and at least now we’ve gotten to a point where State can survive a little longer without him. The Wolfpack will be heavy favorites against both Marshall and Furman over the next two weeks and should be able to handle the Thundering Herd without Stevens’ help.

This is pretty much the only good news to come out of this cruddy opening weekend that saw the Pack squander a game with key mistakes and lose to an inferior team. These are the losses that always end up smarting for days afterward, at least for me.

Ryan Finley and Jaylen Samuels were also dinged up this weekend—it’s a minor miracle Finley wasn’t seriously hurt after getting rolled up on by a South Carolina defender—and Freddie Phillips is done for the season. Let’s just hope the guys we do still have available are able to get a little healthier during this soft spot in the schedule.