O'Brien Announces Roster Changes
Dean Haynes
Dean Haynes

Posted May 18, 2012


RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head football coach Tom O’Brien has announced that walk-ons Zach Gentry and Tyler Purvis have been awarded scholarships for the upcoming campaign.

NC State head football coach Tom O’Brien has announced that walk-ons Zach Gentry and Tyler Purvis have been awarded scholarships for the upcoming campaign.

Gentry, a linebacker, was the Pack’s leader in special teams tackles and ranked second in special teams snaps in 2011. Purvis saw action in 11 games last season at fullback and on special teams, hauling in two touchdown receptions in just 11 plays versus Georgia Tech.

“These two young men have worked hard on and off the field,” said O’Brien. “We look forward to their continued contributions to our team in 2012.”

O’Brien also announced that three members of his team will not return for the 2012 season. Safety Donald Coleman and safety Dean Haynes have decided to transfer.

Both played mainly on special teams as redshirt sophomores in 2011, seeing action from scrimmage for seven and 12 snaps respectively.

Coleman graduated last Saturday and would be eligible to play immediately.

Quarterback Brian Taylor, a true freshman last season, has decided to remain at NC State, but will no longer play football.





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