We should have college football to talk about right now—NC State’s spring game would have been this weekend—but with everything shut down, players across the country have been left to figure out how best to approach their offseasons.
Josh Friedman of the Cherry Hill Courier-Post in New Jersey caught up with Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary to check in on what this time has been like for him. Leary is staying positive, but laments the lost time practicing with the team:
“Our team was really starting to click, which was really impressive with a new defensive staff, new offensive coordinator,” Leary said. “We were picking up on stuff and by the fifth day of practice we wanted to scrimmage, go full pads and get after it. It just (stinks).”
Leary has become more comfortable in a leadership role this offseason, and he’s anxious to get back on the field and prove that last season was an aberration for the program. When he’ll get that chance is anybody’s guess.
Lost reps will have a negative effect on quality of play once football resumes, and Leary also mentioned the challenge of maintaining a good diet without access to NC State’s resources. State is doing what it can to help, but many athletes, Leary included, have already gone home.
Losing this spring in particular is tough for a young team with a still-inexperience group of quarterbacks, but every program is paying for it to some extent. At this point we’re all just hoping for the best.