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

December 16, 2002

NC State: Beyond The Bowl

Departing Players

Starters (11):
DE George Anderson, TE Sean Berton, LB Dantonio Burnette, NT Jerrick Hall, FS Terrence Holt, RT Scott Kooistra, DT Terrance Martin, WR Bryan Peterson, DE Shawn Price, LG Shane Riggs, DE Drew Wimsatt

Other Contributors:
TE Joe Gray, FS Rod Johnson, RV Julius Patterson, CB J.J. Washington

2003 Returning Starters

Offense (7):

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. 2003 Class
QB Philip Rivers 6-5/236 Sr.
RB T.A. McLendon 5-11/214 So.
FB Chance Moyer 6-2/232 Jr.
WR Jerricho Cotchery 6-1/200 Sr.
LT Chris Colmer 6-5/305 Sr.
C Jed Paulsen 6-1/290 Jr.
RG Sean Locklear 6-4/286 Sr.

Defense (4):

LB Pat Thomas 6-1/224 Jr.
RV Andre Maddox 6-0/191 Jr.
CB Marcus Hudson 6-1/193 Jr.
CB Lamont Reid 6-0/185 Jr.

Special Teams (2):

PK Adam Kiker 6-0/182 Sr.
P Austin Herbert 6-0/204 Sr.

Other Tested Returnees

WR Andy Bertrand, RB Josh Brown, WR Dovonte Edwards, WR Sterling Hicks, WR Chris Murray, C Brandon Sanders

LB Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay, DE Terrance Chapman (2001 starter/if eligible), LB Corrie Dawson, LB Avery Gibson, CB Greg Golden, DT Alan Halloway, LB Oliver Hoyte, LB Manny Lawson, NT Sheldon Lewin, LB Roger Pollard, CB Victor Stephens

Projected 2003 Strengths

Offensively, the Pack will have two of the best weapons in the ACC — at two of the most important positions on the field — in Rivers and McLendon. With exciting 2002 sit-outs Richard Washington and Tramain Hall becoming eligible, Rivers will have a few more quality targets to go with Cotchery. McLendon, who played most of this year hurt, hopes to be fully healthy next year and better able to handle playing a full Division I-A schedule. Defensively, the young linebackers who got early tests this year should mature into a steady corps, and the secondary, even without Holt, will be one of the best in the league.

Projected 2003 Questions

Chuck Amato will have to fill some significant holes if the Pack wants to step into the national limelight, which is a possibility if Amato can find some help along the lines. He's spent the last couple of years looking for talent there, and next season will be time for some of those prospects to perform. In many cases, that hasn't happened yet. The staff still relies on walk-ons for depth along the offensive line, and the entire defensive front has to be replaced. The defense loses a lot of leadership in Burnette and Holt and will need to fill a significant heart gap. Amato also really needs to re-assess his kicking game to determine if Herbert and Kiker can do the job, or if he needs to give redshirt John Deraney a shot.