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In this week's edition of Jaylan Harrington's takeaways, the writer takes a look at how the O-line was able to adjust against Syracuse, Thayer Thomas, the freshman class, how the defensive unit is clicking and more.

After watching NC State’s shootout win over Wake Forest, there is a lot to love on offense, but not as much for the swiss cheese defensive side. Here are football beat writer Jaylan Harrington’s five takeaways from the game.

With 24 days until NC State travels to Blacksburg, Virginia to face off against Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack began practices in full pads Wednesday. As the team and coaching staff gels together ahead of its 11-game schedule, here’s an early look at causes for optimism and concern in the form of a confidence index for the offense:

Every athlete’s career has to come to an end, and that was the case for NC State offensive line coach John Garrison in 2004 after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Garrison was a standout center for two years at Nebraska, earning All-Big 12 recognition twice, and after a short NFL career, knew it was time to call it quits.

NC State football had a disappointing 2019 season. With a 4-8 finish and only one Power Five victory, every unit left something to be desired and the offensive line was no exception. Ranking 25th in the nation in sacks allowed but 75th in rushing yards per game, the unit needs to take a step forward in 2020.

Head football coach Dave Doeren announced Tim Beck’s hiring as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Wednesday afternoon. Beck replaces co-offensive coordinator Des Kitchings, who was let go, while co-offensive coordinator George McDonald remains on staff as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator and now adds the titles of assistant head coach and passing game coordinator. Kurt Roper, who has prior experience with running backs, will move from quarterbacks coach to coach that position group. Roper coached Arian Foster at Tennessee.