Ryan Finley, one of the ACC's top quarterbacks, will be back for his senior season at NC State.
NC State, with Ryan Finley under center, is coming off of a 9-4 season with a win over Arizona State in the Sun Bowl. It was the best season for the Wolfpack since 2010, when Tom O'Brien's team finished with the same record after winning the Champs Sports Bowl.
Finley finished with 3,518 passing yards, his second consecutive 3,000+ yard season, as well as 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Now, he's returning for his fifth year of eligibility.
From the Wolfpack release:
"I'm looking forward to building on the success we had this season," said Finley from his home in Arizona. "My goal when I came to NC State was to win an ACC Championship and with so many starters returning on offense next season, I feel that we could achieve that.
"I love Raleigh and the special brotherhood that we have on this team. I will be proud to finish what we've started, earn a master's degree from NC State and play another season in front of the greatest fans in the nation."
Head coach Dave Doeren also spoke about what his quarterback's return means for the team.
"I'm proud of Ryan for how he's handled this process," said Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren. "I'm excited to watch him finish his career as one of the top quarterbacks in the country and take his place in the long line of great quarterbacks who played for NC State."
Finley was one of the five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, along with J.T. Barrett, Baker Mayfield, Trace McSorley, and Mason Rudolph. Rudolph wound up taking home that award, given to “the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field.” Only senior quarterbacks, or juniors on track to graduate, are eligible. He was also a third-team All-ACC performer.
For his career, Finley has 7,219 passing yards and 38 touchdowns through the air. He'll have a chance to bolster those numbers next season.