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Tanner Ingle set to return against Liberty

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We haven’t seen a lot of Tanner Ingle this season, and that’s come at a clear cost to the NC State defense, which has missed his effort and playmaking ability out of the secondary. Fortunately, he’s ready to get back on the field against Liberty after sitting out the last three games.

Ingle hasn’t felt pressure to rush back from his hamstring injury because he isn’t losing a year of eligibility—that’s the good news. He talked about that on Wednesday:

This time, especially after hurting it again, I just decided to take my time with it and make sure I was healthy before coming back. It does take a lot of pressure off me knowing that this year, I don’t even have to worry about it because I’m going to get it back regardless. That allows me to not have to worry about rushing back.

Now, if all goes well, he’ll be there to help the Wolfpack finish out this year strong. The game this weekend is exactly the sort where Ingle’s presence can be critical, since Liberty presents a lot of different potential challenges, and his ability to diagnose what’s going on and finish plays becomes extra valuable.

Having that back on the field is great, but he’s also just a fun player to watch. I’ve missed that part as much as anything else.