March 28, 2012
Sterling Lucas is now a coach on the field
When NC State was entering the bowl practices last December, the linebacker situation was promising. Yes, Audie Cole was a senior, but Terrell Manning was a redshirt junior who was just named second-team All-ACC after a strong finish to the 2011 campaign.
D.J. Green was a converted safety who as a sophomore flashed his potential before going down with a foot injury. The expectations were that two of the three starters from the 2011 linebacker corps would be back.
Potentially waiting in line to take Cole's place too was Sterling Lucas, a senior with 86 career tackles that was redshirting 2011 because of a knee injury.
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