This upcoming college football season will be an important one for Tom O'Brien and the Wolfpack, as Tom O'Brien is on the hot seat for not producing at N.C. State.
N.C. State will be heavily reliant on their offense to score and win games for them, because they have one of the worst defensive backfields in the ACC.
The Wolfpack offense was mainly center around Russell Wilson and the passing attack last season, and their rushing attack was mostly non-existence.
The top rushers from last season(Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene), graduated and left early to seek a career in the NFL and left the Wolfpack with no proven running backs.
The offense this year will need help from it's running attack to keep opponents on their toes and take pressure off the passing attack.
The projected running back tandem will be junior tailback Curtis Underwood Jr. and Sophomore tailback James Washington.
James Washington saw some playing time in blowout victories early in the season, before suffering a season ending knee injury, Washington had a total of 21 carries for 76 yards, and two touchdowns.
Curtis Underwood was red-shirted last season, and before that was mainly a reserve running back but did see some playing time.
Curtis Underwood and James Washington will both be relied upon to carry the load at running back and take pressure off Russell Wilson.
What can be realistically expected out of Washington and Underwood, I expect the two tailbacks to provide nice change of pace to each other with Underwood being the speedster and Underwood the power back.