September 4, 2007

Tuesday's practice report: CBs ready for challenge

The North Carolina State secondary might have two starting cornerbacks, but in actually, they might as well have four.

The Wolfpack played five different cornerbacks against Central Florida on Saturday. Levin Neal and J.C. Neal started the game, with Jimmie Sutton III, Jeremy Gray and DeAndre Morgan coming in off the bench.

Sutton is a past starter for NC State, and Gray graded out the best of any of the Wolfpack defensive backs. Gray's grade shouldn't prove too surprising since he was the starter at cornerback after spring camp.

Sutton was in for 54 players, Gray had 40 plays, J.C. Neal 35 plays, Levin Neal 19 plays and Morgan had three plays. J.C. Neal was the leading tackler among the cornerbacks with four, with Gray and Sutton having three tackles apiece and Levin Neal had zero tackles.

J.C. Neal and Levin Neal will be the starting cornerbacks against this week against Boston College at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

"They are natural athletes and God gave them some good attributes," NCSU defensive backs coach Mike Reed said. "They can run. They are aggressive and smart. They have everything you need and want in a cornerback."

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