RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The challenge has changed for North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren.
At this time last year, the talk was about whether his Wolfpack could convert years of roster building into a leap forward in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Nine wins, one second-place division finish and seven NFL draft picks later, the challenge is to maintain that success in a test of how well Doeren's staff has prepared the next wave of new full-time starters.
"It's different, but a lot of it doesn't just happen," said Doeren, who is entering his sixth year. "Health is a big part of this. If everybody that we've got lined up to the replace them with is healthy and ready to go, that comparison would be different than if seven or eight of those guys are injured and can't go. ... So as long as we're going from graduating senior to players with experience behind them, then I think that's the recipe."