RALEIGH, N.C. -- N.C. State's bye week has come and gone and the time off was needed to lick their wounds from their loss at Florida State while also figuring out who would lead the offensive moving forward.
- Bailey Hockman will be his starting quarterback
- So far in 2019, he has a quarterback rating of 101.4
- State and Syracuse are set for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Thursday night at Carter-Finley Stadium
Head Coach Dave Doeren put any noise to bed in regards to a quarterback controversy on Monday. After releasing his depth chart for their game against Syracuse on Thursday, he officially announced that Bailey Hockman will be his starting quarterback with Devin Leary slotted as the back up QB.
Hockman saw action early and often in the loss to the Seminoles, and he threw for 208 yards and 1 touchdown against FSU. So far in 2019, he has a quarterback rating of 101.4.
Doeren says that Leary could also see an opportunity to play on Thursday but as for former starting quarterback Matthew McKay, he has been demoted to third string and Doeren's explanation is simple. Doeren says, "As you've seen on the depth chart, Bailey Hockman will start for us at quarterback. Devin, who also came in the game at Florida State and did a nice job will have an opportunity. I feel like they're giving us more in the passing game. Matt is doing a really good job in a lot of areas but he needs to improve on his pass game and he will."
State and Syracuse are set for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Thursday night at Carter-Finley Stadium. Both teams will be vying for their first conference victory of 2019.