Senior Kenny Pickett will start at quarterback on Saturday but NC State hasn’t determined who will line up under center on Saturday when they take on the No. 24 ranked Pitt Panthers.
The initial NC State depth chart released on Monday listed “or” between the names Bailey Hockman and Devin Leary.
Leary took over for Hockman this past Saturday against Virginia Tech and did well but the score was already 37-10 when he entered. Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren made the change after Hockman went 9-16 for 82 yards and two interceptions.
Leary entered the game and immediately led NC State on a 8-play, 75-yard drive for a touchdown. For the game, the junior went 12 of 16 for 165 yards and a touchdown. Last season, Leary started the final five games for NC State and was viewed as the starter heading into spring practice. However, Leary missed 20 fall practices after being quarantined when COVID-19 hit the NC State campus and Hockman impressed the coaches.
Doeren addressed the issue during his Monday news conference.
“Like I said last week, we need them both,” said Doeren. “They’re both going to get reps this week, and we’ll see who is the most ready to lead our team this weekend. We got into a situation (last week) where Bailey had thrown his second interception, and you could tell he just wasn’t in it. Nothing against him,. He battles. He’s tough, all those things, but sometimes it’s just not going your way. We needed that spark for the offense, and we thought Devin gave us the opportunity there to see how he was and where he was at.”
Coming out of Timber Creek High School in Sicklerville, New Jersey, Leary was a four-star recruit with offers from Pitt, Baylor, Boston College, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia.