There was only change from the preseason depth chart on defense for N.C. State in Tuesday's practice. Junior Dontae Johnson practiced with the first team at the boundary corner, while returning starter C.J. Wilson was on the second team.
Johnson is one of the best athletes on the Pack's defense and has played safety, nickleback and a hybrid outside linebacker position. The move to corner would give N.C. State the tallest pair of cornerbacks in the ACC (both Johnson and All-American David Amerson are 6-3) and it would follow coach Tom O'Brien's credo of the "best players play."
"There are some good young kids who are going to have an opportunity," O'Brien said after Tuesday's practice. "That's what we're looking for. We are going to make them compete all the way through, and as always, the best will end up playing."
O'Brien added that Wilson, who has 29 career starts and three career interceptions, ended the spring on the second team.
"He's going to have to fight for a position," O'Brien said.
O'Brien also noted that Penn State transfer Tim Buckley would have a chance to make the depth chart. If Johnson remains at corner, that would leave a spot behind senior field safety Brandon Bishop.
There were no changes to the front seven on defense from the preseason depth chart. Darryl Cato-Bishop and Brian Slay lined up at defensive end with Thomas Teal and T.Y. McGill at tackle.
Sterling Lucas was the mike linebacker with Rodman Noel and Rickey Dowdy on the outside.
On offense, the reshuffled-since-spring line had senior R.J. Mattes, who played tackle last year, at left guard. Rob Crisp moved from the right side to left tackle. Cam Wentz is back at center with Zach Allen at right guard and Andrew Wallace, who started 12 games in 2010 at left guard, at right tackle.
Junior Quintin Payton and senior Tobais Palmer started at receiver with James Washington and Tony Creecy rotating snaps behind quarterback Mike Glennon.