A milestone in the history of the Hurricanes football program was made on Saturday, April 24. With the 205th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected center Ted Larsen from North Carolina State. When the Patriots picked Larsen in the sixth round, this marked the first time a Canes player was drafted into the NFL.
Larsen, a 2005 graduate, started out his collegiate career as a defensive tackle before moving to center for his final two years with the Wolfpack. He is a good fit for New England’s offense and excels in pass protection. Larsen also possesses a quick first step and the strength to generate a push in the running game.
The 6-foot-2, 305 pound Larsen will begin his professional football career with one of the premiere teams in the league. He will have the opportunity snap the ball to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady in offseason practices and will learn behind eight-year veteran and Pro Bowler Dan Koppen, while providing good depth to the interior of the Patriots’ offensive line.
In the first few years of his career, Larsen will be a good backup for Koppen while he continues to develop his instincts and technique. One day, Larsen may have the opportunity to be the starter in New England, and his success all stemmed from his time at Palm Harbor.
“Palm Harbor is definitely a good place to get a start,” Larsen said.
By Andrew Scavelli