Devin Leary injury update: Will NC State football QB play vs Syracuse? – The Fayetteville Observer

  • October 14, 2022

RALEIGH — NC State football coach Dave Doeren continued to keep a tight lid on the availability of starting quarterback Devin Leary for Saturday’s game against Syracuse while addressing the media Thursday after the team’s final practice of the week.
The redshirt junior suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder against Florida State, and on Monday, Doeren said he was “day-to-day” and could potentially suit up against the Orange. He also said on Monday that “it could be six weeks” until Leary is ready to play again.
“You’ll find out Saturday,” Doeren said Thursday.
If Leary can’t play, 25-year-old backup quarterback Jack Chambers will get the start. Chambers, a Charleston Southern transfer, led the Wolfpack to three scoring drives in the final 20 minutes of the game during a 19-17 comeback win over the Seminoles last Saturday.
No. 15 NC State (5-1, 1-1) will travel to New York to face No. 18 Syracuse (5-0, 2-0) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ACC Network) in the first game at the Carrier Dome between Top 25 teams since Nov. 24, 2001. The Wolfpack then enter a off week before hosting Virginia Tech on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Leary left Saturday’s game against Florida State with five minutes remaining in the third quarter after taking a jarring hit to his right side from 300-pound freshman defensive tackle Joshua Farmer. The hit drew a roughing-the-passer penalty on Farmer while Leary stayed glued to the ground, holding his arm in obvious pain as medical staff swarmed the team’s offensive leader.
After several minutes, Leary left the field of his own volition but was immediately taken to the locker room. He returned in the fourth quarter with a brace around his right arm. Although Chambers threw only one pass against Florida State, the 25-year-old completed 523 of 915 passes for 5,761 yards during four seasons with Charleston Southern before transferring to NC State for his final season of eligibility.
He finished third in the FCS last season for completion percentage (63.3%), 30th in passing efficiency (134.5) and 13th in passing yards per game (249.5). Chambers threw for a career-high 341 yards in a win against Monmouth.
NC State offensive coordinator Tim Beck said it’s been tough watching Leary struggle with an injury, but that his team has to “transition.”
“You gotta get the next guy ready and talk to (Leary) to get his mind right,” Beck said. “You reflect on it afterward. I went home and reflected on it with my wife and it sucked. I was really proud of the way Jack and the guys performed.”
Beck added that he is confident in whichever quarterback plays against Syracuse.
“I think all of our quarterbacks can do what we do,” he said. “That’s why they’re here, that’s why we recruited them, and why that’s where they’re at on the depth chart.”
The Wolfpack have three reserve quarterbacks on their roster, including backup Chamberstrue freshman MJ Morris, the No. 5-ranked dual-threat quarterback from the Class of 2022, and fourth-string quarterback Ben Finley, who has been running the scout team this season.
“All the guys will have to be ready to play,” Doeren said Monday.