This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
TOP FIVE QB TRANSFERS WHO DIDN’T PLAY LAST SEASON
NO. 3: JACOBY BRISSETT, N.C. STATE
Jacoby Brissett has an advantage that the previous quarterbacks on this list didn’t have -- he’s already the starter.
After spending the past season running the scout team -- and being named scout team player of the year -- Brissett assumed the starting role this spring. And while coach Dave Doeren said he does have to earn his starting spot, it's essentially his to lose.
N.C. State struggled getting consistency from its quarterbacks Brandon Mitchell, Pete Thomas and Garrett Leatham. The Wolfpack had 14 passing touchdowns last season as compared to 15 interceptions. It was 56th nationally in passing offense and seventh in the ACC.
Brissett comes in with experience. He played parts of two seasons at Florida, including 2012 when he completed 23 of 35 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown. But he didn’t quite fit in with coach Will Muschamp’s system.
At N.C. State, Doeren felt like he was getting a gem and with a year to mold Brissett into the type of quarterback the Wolfpack needed, it was a no-brainer to name him the starter almost immediately after the 2013 season ended.
But Brissett didn’t take his transfer season lightly. He prepared every week as if he were preparing for a game. He tried to be a leader on and off the field. He did his best to lay a foundation for being the starter well before the official announcement was ever made.
One of the best examples of his leadership skills came the week the Wolfpack played Florida State. Even though he couldn’t play, Brissett drove himself to Tallahassee for last year’s game against Florida State.
“I wanted to be with the guys even though I couldn't play,” Brissett told Backing The Pack. “I just wanted to say we beat the No. 1 team in the country and I was on the field that day. I just felt like whenever it was my turn to play, I would go through great lengths to be there for them and had their backs, just to know I'm there for them regardless of the situation. I was with them till the end of the game. I felt it helped me grow as a leader, made me mature more.”
Brissett has all the trappings of a star quarterback, especially in an SEC that is starting to become more quarterback-centric. While N.C. State’s offense wasn’t the team’s most glaring issue -- the defense needs a major boost this spring -- Brissett’s leadership should go a long way toward pulling the Wolfpack out of the basement of the ACC.
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