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North Carolina State

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

April 21, 2003

Spring 2003 Overview

The PooP

Fourth-year coach Chuck Amato must have taken very good notes during his 18 seasons as an assistant at FSU, because he definitely knows how to run a successful program. He almost always understands the big picture, and he's also very good at watching and supervising the important details. He obviously has a knack for identifying and signing top talent, he maintains a hard-working staff of recruiters, he utilizes exciting offensive and defensive schemes, he wisely anticipates personnel problems and flip-flops various players to cover them up, and he's created a fun-filled family atmosphere among the players that keeps the peace inside and translates well to fans and recruits on the outside. Amato's third season (11-3, 5-3 ACC) was very good, and 2003 could be even better.

Probable 2003 Starters

Offense

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. Class
QB Philip Rivers* 6-5/236 Sr.
RB T.A. McLendon*+ 5-11/215 So.
WR Jerricho Cotchery* 6-1/200 Sr.
WR Richard Washington 6-0/164 So.
WR Tramain Hall 5-11/183 So.
TE John Ritcher 6-3/248 So.
LT Chris Colmer* 6-6/305 Sr.
LG Ricky Fowler 6-2/287 Jr.
OC Jed Paulsen*+ 6-2/290 Jr.
RG Sean Locklear* 6-5/296 Sr.
RT Derek Morris 6-6/358 Fr.
PK Adam Kiker* 6-0/185 Jr.

Defense

DE Terrance Chapman 6-3/250 Sr.
DT Alan Halloway+ 6-2/285 Sr.
DT John McCargo 6-2/286 Fr.
DE Mario Williams 6-7/254 Fr.
LB Roger Pollard* 6-0/216 Sr.
LB. F. Aughtry-Lindsay 6-1/224 Jr.
LB Pat Thomas* 6-2/224 Jr.
RV Andre Maddox*+ 6-1/191 Jr.
FS Troy Graham 6-3/193 Sr.
CB Marcus Hudson*+ 6-2/183 Jr.
CB Lamont Reid* 6-0/190 Jr.
P Austin Herbert* 6-0/207 Sr.

* — returning starter
+ — injured/missed spring drills

Coming On Strong

It's almost impossible to have a more impressive foundation of returning starters at key positions than NCSU will have this season. The first-team players at quarterback, tailback, receiver, left tackle, linebacker, rover and cornerback are championship-caliber. Rock-solid returning starters: LT Chris Colmer, WR Jerricho Cotchery, CB Marcus Hudson, RV Andre Maddox, RB T.A. McLendon, CB Lamont Reid, QB Philip Rivers, LB Pat Thomas. Also looking good: LB Freddy Aughtry-Lindsay, DE Terrance Chapman, CB A.J. Davis, RB/WR Tramain Hall, LB Oliver Hoyte, LB Manny Lawson, TE John Ritcher, WR Richard Washington, DE Mario Williams.

Cause For Concern?

The Pack's two biggest question marks are on the offensive and (especially) defensive lines, but even there they have some proven talent. If the o-line stays healthy and meshes as well as it did last year, and the d-line stays healthy and gets the expected help from some heralded freshmen, the sky is the limit for this team. Also: backup QB, depth on both lines.

On The Sidelines

The following players missed all or most of spring drills: LB/DE Corrie Dawson (knee), TE Avery Gibson (ankle/knee), DT Alan Halloway (hand), WR Sterling Hicks (shoulder), DB Marcus Hudson (suspension), RV Andre Maddox (neck), RB T.A. McLendon (wrist), OL Jed Paulsen (knee).

Spring Cleaning

The following scholarship athletes left the program in the past 12-18 months with eligibility remaining: RB Carlos Doggett (academics/before 2002 season), FB Cotra Jackson (academics/before 2002 season), LB Corey Lyons (dismissed/before 2002 season), DB Craig Moody (chose to graduate), WR Chris Murray (left team), OL Reggie Poole (academics/before 2002 season), LB Chip Thomas, DB J.J. Washington (chose to graduate).