NC State will debut a brand new quarterback vs Syracuse football in Week 6. Here are all the details and what it means for the Orange.
NC State used three different quarterbacks in their latest game vs Florida State. After a long bye week, head coach Dave Doeren has finally come to a decision on his quarterback controversy.
“As you guys have seen on the depth chart Bailey Hockman will start for us at quarterback and Devin Leary will also have an opportunity. I feel like they give us more in the passing game. Matt (McKay) is doing a really good job in a lot of areas but he needs to improve on his passing game. Those other two guys give us a better shot of attacking deep with their arms.
I thought Bailey came into the Florida State game and showed a lot of poise and guts. He took a lot of tough shots in that game and continued to get back up and compete. Devin came in cold at the end of the game and threw it around well. It was a tough competition at the beginning of the season and they continued to take advantage of the opportunities throughout this season.”
Matt McKay was the starting quarterback for the Wolfpack for the first five games of the season before a switch was made during the Florida State game.
McKay will go from starter to third-string quarterback according to head coach Dave Doeren.
The new starting quarterback Bailey Hockman is a former Florida State recruit. After losing out in the quarterback competition with Deondre Francois and James Blackman, Hockman decided to transfer to NC State.
Bailey had been impressing in practice and when he got his first legitimate opportunity during the Florida State game he started moving the ball and getting the chains moving.
Hockman was 21-of-40 for 208 yards and one touchdown in that game vs FSU.
When Dave Doeren was asked if the freshman (now backup) quarterback Devin Leary will play on Thursday night he hinted that “he could” play, but said he didn’t want to reveal his gameplan vs Syracuse.
Devin is a player to keep an eye out for. Per Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com, “the redshirt freshman owns the record for high school passing yards in New Jersey, played in his first game last week, completing 4 of 5 passes for 54 yards. He was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey and ranked a Top 250 prospect by Rivals.”
NC State has had great success at the position historically under Doeren with NFL level talent in Ryan Finley and Jacoby Brissett. Although heading into this season the Wolfpack went from an experienced starter to a quarterback room that had eight career passing attempts combined.