Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 3/8/13
2012 record: 7-6 overall, 4-4 ACC Spring Practice opens: March 19 Spring game date: April 20 2012 in review: Wolfpack coach Tom OBrien said last falls group would be his best team in six seasons at N.C. State, but it wasnt. It was another underachieving group that won a game it shouldnt have (over Florida State) and lost a couple it shouldnt have (Tennessee and Virginia). It was the same old story, which was a shame for QB Mike Glennon, who had a terrific season despite having no pro-caliber receivers to throw to. N.C. States vaunted secondary wasnt so spectacular, either. So it came to little surprise that OBrien was fired after the season. Biggest hole to fill: No matter what kind of offense new coach Dave Doeren runs, its highly unlikely the Wolfpack will get the caliber of play at quarterback that Mike Glennon gave it the last two years, especially this past season. Glennon completed 66 percent of his pass attempts for 4,031 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2012 and for his career as a two-year starter totaled 7,411 yards and 63 touchdowns. Whether the new signal caller is already on campusfreshman Manny Stocker, Colorado State transfer Pete Thomasreplacing Glennon is a significant task. Thomas, a two-year starter for the Rams, who passed for 4,269 yards and 18 scores, may have the edge when spring practice opens. Watch out for: Senior cornerback Dontae Johnson isnt exactly going to come from out of nowhere this season. He registered 70 tackles a year ago including a sack and broke up eight passes, deflected eight more, forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries. But with Juston Burris on the other corner, Johnson may get targeted more, so expect him to pick off some passessomething he didnt do a year agoand turn in a good enough season that the only concern in the secondary for the Wolfpack will be at safety.
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