GREENSBORO — N.C. State cornerback David Amerson has shot up NFL draft website lists after a record-breaking, 13-interception sophomore season. Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien said Monday he expects Amerson, who is projected as a top 10 pick on multiple sites, to exit for the NFL after this season.
"I would be very surprised if David Amerson is back after another year," O'Brien said.
While Amerson will be around for the 2012 season, three freshmen will not. Tyler Knox, a defensive end from Myrtle Beach, S.C., Xavier Griffin, receiver from Newark, Del. and Desmond Owino, a defensive end from Raleigh, did not qualify academically.
O'Brien did say that sophomore running back Mustafa Greene was back in good standing. Greene, who missed all of the 2011 season with a foot injury, missed most of the spring for disciplinary reasons. O'Brien said Greene, the team's leading rusher in 2010, will compete with returnees James Washington and Tony Creecy.
There are still some residual injury issues for Greene, who underwent two offseason surgeries.
"If he gets back into his form, he will certainly be a big help for this football team," O'Brien said.