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More Use Of The Terms "Underrated" And "State" In The Same Sentence

July 15, 2009
Per Rivals.com, State could be one of the more underrated teams in the country:

• N.C. State: Few – if any – would give North Carolina State a chance in the ACC’s Atlantic Division race, but counting out the Wolfpack would be a mistake. Sophomore Russell Wilson is the conference’s premier quarterback, and NC State can’t be overlooked as long as he’s healthy. He threw 17 touchdown passes and only one interception last season, and he rallied the Wolfpack to a four-game winning streak to close the regular season. That included wins over Wake Forest, North Carolina and Miami. The defense has to improve, but seven starters return, including end Willie Young. NCSU has made steady progress in two seasons under coach Tom O’Brien, and a significant leap could come in his third year. The Wolfpack probably won’t show up on any preseason top-25 lists, but if Wilson stays healthy and the defense makes progress, they have a chance to break into the rankings.

If you’re like me, you witnessed the injury bug bite the Pack last season and saw the luck State’s overall athletics program had had this summer, so you’re probably a bit wary at this point of too many more writers hopping on the “underrated” bandwagon.

I’d rather see State continue to float beneath the radar for a while longer, see what the prognosis is for Nate Irving, see how the team looks in fall practice and then start talking about reasonable expectations for the coming season.

But stuff like this — positive press nationally — is ultimately a good thing from an exposure standpoint, so we’ll take it.

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