RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State has an experienced quarterback leading its offense, an all-American anchoring its secondary and the chance to contend for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
With 17 wins the past two seasons, N.C. State appears capable of challenging league favorite Florida State and Clemson in the Atlantic Division race. Sixth-year coach Tom O'Brien said this year's Wolfpack team has built depth and experience with 16 returning starters, who helped the team shake off some early ups and downs to surge in the final month and close with a bowl victory for the second straight year.
That includes quarterback Mike Glennon, who threw 31 touchdown passes in his first full season as a starter. It also includes cornerback David Amerson, who set an ACC record with 13 interceptions last year.