Checking in on NC State

A few quick hits to update you on summer camp in Raleigh:

  • There's still no word on who will start at running back for the Wolfpack when it opens the season against Western Carolina. Curtis Underwood and James Washington are the frontrunners, but coach Tom O'Brien isn't ready to say yet who's got the edge. Nor will he reveal if either one of them are injured.

  • Linebacker Nate Irving has adjusted well to his move to the middle, but he was held out of the first two scrimmages just for precautionary reasons.

  • Keep an eye on Terrell Manning at weakside linebacker. He has a lot of potential and showed flashes of it last season in limited playing time. He started against Duke and Florida State, and had eight tackles and forced a fumble against the Seminoles.

  • The secondary hasn't gotten any older this summer. The starting lineup could consist of three sophomores and a junior walk-on, if O'Brien goes with corners C.J. Wilson, Jordan Monk and safeties Brandan Bishop and Earl Wolff.