WHO IS EXPECTED TO START?
Junior defensive end Ibrahim Kante (6-4, 256) started six games a year ago and had 15 tackles. He should be joined up front by junior defensive tackle Alim McNeill (6-2, 315) and a battle between transfer Daniel Joseph (6-3, 260) and sophomore Savion Jackson (6-3, 265). Expectations are high for McNeill, a Raleigh native who started seven games a year ago and finished with 28 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Joseph played in 24 contests at Penn State before transferring to N.C. State for his final season.

WHAT ARE THE GROUP’S STRENGTHS?
The defensive line was stout against the run in 2019, allowing just 3.9 yards per carry. McNeill is built like the prototypical nose guard and is athletic enough to get off blocks and cause chaos. Getting stops behind the line (13 career TFLs) is what McNeill does well. He also registered 5.5 sacks. Gibson’s unit plays physical at the line of scrimmage and he will have plenty of bodies to swap in and out.

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