NC State has a very good defense. However, the Wolfpack are playing banged up — with season-ending injuries to several key players. During Saturday’s road loss at Miami, NC State suffered another pivotal injury and it was to the team’s most-important defender: redshirt junior linebacker Isaiah Moore.
Moore was injured in the first half of the Miami game; he never returned. Now, Moore will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. Moore is a team captain (for the second straight season) and operated as the play-caller for the defense; this is a crushing loss in the middle of the field.
The Wolfpack were already without All-ACC linebacker Payton Wilson, who suffered a season-ending injury during the Mississippi State loss. Jaylon Scott replaced Wilson in the lineup. Scott has played well, too. However, minus Moore, Scott and Drake Thomas — now the lone returning starter from the 2020 season in the position group — must step up.
Most tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage, returning FBS defenders:
1 Isaiah Moore, NCSU – 27
2 Payton Wilson, NCSU – 25
3 Isaiah Thomas, Okla – 23
4 D’Marco Jackson, App – 22
Z VanValkenburg, Iowa – 22
6 Olakunie Fatuasi, Rut – 21
Carson Wells, Colo – 21
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Dave Doeren will need additional contributions from another backers, like Devon Betty (seven tackles vs. Miami) and Vi Jones, a hybrid defender.