Emeka Emezie wasn’t on the practice field for the start of NC State’s fall camp last week because of what appears to be a relatively minor injury setback. He’s still working his way to 100%, and here’s what Dave Doeren said yesterday when asked about the situation:
He’s close. Obviously we want to be smart with him and we’ve got to get him to the opening game. Emeka’s worst enemy is his own work ethic. Sometimes he just goes too hard, and you can reinjure yourself in that scenario. So we just have to really be patient with him. He’s working, he’s out at practice, he’s watching. But I would say he’s probably a week or two from being released into what everyone’s doing.
A two-week timetable would still give Emezie more than a week to re-acclimate himself in practice prior to NC State’s season-opener against South Florida. The good news at least with a vet like him is he shouldn’t need a ton of work in practice to feel comfortable, and anyway, the Wolfpack can afford to be patient because of the depth it has at wide receiver.
Even if NC State needs to limit Emezie in the opener against USF, that should be fine—really the most important thing is that he’s full-go for the Mississippi State game on Sept. 11.
The Pack will be moving to full pads this week and will hold its first scrimmage on Saturday.