The new-look ACC became something of an arm’s race this offseason and NC State did not get left behind. Dave Doeren may have upgraded at quarterback after Brennan Armstrong led the Wolf Pack to a 9-4 season, but bringing in a new quarterback wasn’t the only thing on Doeren’s agenda.
Grayson McCall has five fantastic seasons at Coastal Carolina, but without Jamey Chadwell, 2023 was his least prolific as a starter. To help bump his numbers up in the ACC, NC State loaded up on offense, grabbing Zeke Correll, offensive guard from Notre Dame, to help block for running back additions Jordan Waters from Duke and Daylan Smothers from Oklahoma. Waters ran for 819 yards and 12 touchdowns on 153 carries. The Wolf Pack also grabbed wide receivers Noah Rogers from Ohio State and Wesley Grimes from Wake Forest.
NC State will be fine on defense and Doeren supplemented there, but the offensive additions are why NC State ranks this highly.