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NC State senior cornerback Nick McCloud set to transfer

This is decidedly unhelpful.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 East Carolina at NC State Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Cornerback Nick McCloud will not be playing his final college season at NC State. The senior is entering the transfer portal, per Inside Pack Sports, and that is a significant blow to the Wolfpack’s 2020 secondary. The portal claims another!

Fortunately for us, the year is 1920, and the forward pass has yet to become anything more than a figment of the imagination, so we’ll have no problems at all operating without a secondary. /uncontrollable sobbing

So, uh, yeah, this ain’t good, and unexpected as far as I know. McCloud spent virtually the entire 2019 season out with an injury and took a redshirt, I thought, with the aim of returning to play a major role next season. Whoops. He is a graduate transfer and will be eligible elsewhere next fall.

I’ll be curious to see where he lands, since he’s definitely a solid player but wasn’t an all-conference guy. If he can find a higher-profile destination, then moving on isn’t a bad idea on his part. Sucks for us though.

He started 21 games at NC State, which is not a level of experience the program is in any position to replace.