After five games — and the bye week — NC State has made a change at quarterback. At his press availability on Monday, head coach Dave Doeren named Bailey Hockman as the team’s starter. Hockman will replace Matt McKay, who started the first five games for NC State (3-2) this season.
Doeren, however, also mentioned that redshirt freshman Devin Leary will see some action at quarterback, too. NC State plays host to Syracuse this Thursday night — the team’s only home game in the month of October. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m.
Doeren confirms Bailey Hockman will start, but says "Devin Leary will have an opportunity."
"I thought Bailey came in the Florida State game and showed some guts."
— Pack Pride (@PackPride) October 7, 2019
McKay started the first give games of the season, and had some good moments; however, he struggled to push the ball down the field — averaging 6.1 yards per attempt. McKay — who has accounted for seven total touchdowns this season, including four on the ground — played a few series against Florida State before being relieved by Hockman.
In relief of McKay, Hockman completed 21-of-40 passes (52.5 percent) for 208 yards and a touchdown. NC State lost on the road, 31-13, though.