N.C. State, which still needs two wins to clinch bowl eligibility in head coach Dave Doeren's second year, now faces a significant hurdle for this week's game against a very strong Louisville side. Following an incident involving BB guns at an off-campus residence, Doeren has suspended seven players for this weekend's game against the Cardinals, including a number of important starters for the Wolfpack.
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ESPN's Andrea Adelson has more:
Leading tackler Jerod Fernandez and starting safety Josh Jones have been suspended, along with receiver Johnathan Alston, defensive tackle Justin Jones, defensive end Pharoah McKever, receiver Jumichael Ramos and cornerback Mike Stevens.
Redshirt freshmen Tyler Jones, Kalen McCain, Deyshawn Middlebrooks, Terronne Prescod and Maurice Trowell also were involved and have been placed on team probation...
"These are good young men who made a mistake in not recognizing that this activity could have resulted in someone being injured," coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. "We have discussed this with them and they understand that they are being held responsible for their actions. The information was referred to the university's office of student conduct as well. Our players admitted their mistake and we will help them learn from it."
Louisville opened as a 14.5 point favorite against N.C. State, and that line has already jumped to 17 points. This is certainly not something that N.C. State needs as it looks to land an upset against one of the ACC Atlantic's toughest teams.