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NC State starting guard Joshua Fedd-Jackson enters transfer portal

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Does anyone else have a growing sense of impending doom about the 2020 football season, or is it just me? There hasn’t been a lot of constructive news to this point in the offseason, and the latest is just more bad news: offensive guard Josh Fedd-Jackson is transferring.

This isn’t about playing time, as Fedd-Jackson was a major contributor last season and could be an all-conference talent. He started 11 games in 2019 and played 880 snaps. He has 24 starts in his NC State career and certainly was going to be a starter again in 2020. So, uh, what’s going on here, exactly?

Losing backups to the portal is one thing, but a guy like Fedd-Jackson is not the sort that can be easily replaced. He is the second veteran with extensive playing experience—Nick McCloud is the other—to leave the program this offseason. These are supposed to be the guys helping to lead NC State back to respectability.

I’m struggling to find some optimism these days.