RALEIGH — Minus some of the concerns that accompanied many past preseasons, there’s a relative calm around the North Carolina State football team.

The Wolfpack heads toward the season coming off a solid campaign that seemed to put the program in good order under coach Dave Doeren.

There’s a high-profile quarterback returning for his final season, with Ryan Finley lined up with a variety of preseason honors.

The receiving group that was once shaky has become an area of strength.

There’s a level of confidence associated with the defense even with departures along the front stemming from a draft-rich class a few months ago.

“Excited with what’s going on and excited with what’s to come,” Doeren said Sunday, less than two weeks into formal workouts in advance of the Sept. 1 opener against visiting James Madison.

Sure, the Wolfpack has a few banged up running backs, but nothing that sounds serious. Though when Doeren rattled off names of a few running backs with varying degrees of impact from Saturday’s scrimmage, they were names that aren’t likely to be mentioned often on game days.

But, just in case, there’s depth developing on the roster.

While there are changes with the offense, there’s also a reassuring tone.

“We all got a feel for what to expect,” junior receive Kelvin Harmon said.

Doeren’s status is more secure after a 2017 contract extension. The coaching staff has largely remained stable.

Plus, there’s the addition of former Duke coach and recent Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who took his place among assistant coaches for the team photo taken Sunday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Even Finley, who often seemed almost stoic after joining the N.C. State program, has loosened up publicly.

He said there would be no serious expressions in the photos.

“The pictures are for my mother,” he said. “I’ve got to smile.”

Then members of the Wolfpack greeted fans as part of a “Meet the Pack” event.

“It’s fun for (our players) to see the passion of our fan base,” Doeren said. “I think that’s really good for them.”