North Carolina State Quarterback Devin Leary has a new focus for the 2022 season. The Wolfpack starting roster is expected to receive many post-season honors and a potential opportunity to win an ACC title. With a breakthrough in 2021, Leary knows there are high hopes for the state of North Carolina.
“I just think it comes with a veteran team” Leary said Thursday about Packer and Durham. “You know, a lot of guys are coming back to us. Lots of guys with a lot of experience and no more excuses. Work needs to be done, and if (these are) expectations, we need to exceed those expectations. But in the end it’s us against us and we have to mind our own business first.”
Leary called his bowl game, canceled due to COVID-19, the start of his off-season motivation.
“I think it really started, obviously, with our bowl game where we weren’t able to get a full, complete picture of our season.” Leary said. “Obviously we didn’t end up the way we wanted. He just went right into the offseason. There is still work to be done, and we all understand that. We all understand. Coach Doren does a great job of keeping us humble and down to earth and realizing that yes, it’s great for the media attention and the opportunity to have such high expectations, but in the end, we still haven’t achieved anything. We still need to make an effort…
“Honestly, it was hard (not to play the bowl). As you said, it was very late, they called, like a couple of hours before the game, the guys were going to leave, and it was hard only because we were away from our families. It was around Christmas time, we were in San Diego, but I mean at the moment that’s what it is. We couldn’t play. I’d love to see the game too… But like I said, we got a bad taste in the way we ended our season and it just went right into the off-season.”
Leary finished last season with 3,433 yards, 35 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 65.7% completion percentage. In three seasons, Leary had 5,542 yards, 51 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 59.9% completion rate.
As a member of the 2018 class, Leary was a four-star prospect from Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was No. 8 overall in New Jersey, No. 16 pro quarterback in the class, and No. 372 overall in the class.