T.J. Graham joked Wednesday that N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon's not mad at him, he's just gotten more attention from opposing defenses recently.
Graham, State's top receiver, caught seven passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati on Sept. 22, which was his third straight 100-yard receiving game.
In the four games since, Graham has a combined nine catches for 103 yards and no touchdowns. He was also suspended for the first half of the Virginia game two weeks ago for missing class.
"He's not mad at me, he's got to spread it out," Graham said of Glennon, his quarterback.
But Glennon's production is tied to Graham, a senior and the only veteran on the roster who entered the season with meaningful experience at receiver.
To beat North Carolina on Saturday, Graham knows he has to be more productive than he was in October, especially against a Tar Heel defense that ranks 98th in the country against the pass.
"As a senior and leader on the team, I have to have a good game," Graham said. "I can't let my teammates down."
Graham had a pivotal 87-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of last year's 29-25 win at UNC. The Raleigh native, who smiled when remembered that play on Wednesday, said he was disappointed in how he played against the Tar Heels last year.
"That one return, you guys remember that," Graham said. "I remember how many drops I had and missed assignments. I just did what I supposed to do (on the punt return)."