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Baker done, Eugene could play Saturday

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N.C. State has lost one talented running back for the season but might get another back for Saturday’s game against East Carolina.
The school announced Thursday evening that Toney Baker is out for the season after having knee surgery. Jamelle Eugene, who missed the first three games with an ankle injury, is listed as probable for East Carolina, which means he has a 75 percent chance of playing.
N.C. State didn’t release its injury report until after coach Tom O’Brien held his post-practice news conference, so O’Brien was unavailable for comment.
Baker, a junior, began the season with 1,272 career rushing yards but suffered a season-ending knee ligament tear in the 2007 opener against Central Florida. He returned to practice briefly at the beginning of the preseason, but had surgery in August to remove extra cartilage that had developed in his knee and was causing pain.
He said on the team’s media day Aug. 16 that he hoped to return to the field in two to three weeks. That return won’t happen, though it’s not clear whether he’s had additional surgery.
He joins an extremely long list of injured N.C. State players. Top wide receiver Donald Bowens will miss the entire season with stress fractures in his lower back. Backup tight end Matt Kushner and former starting safety Javon Walker are out for the season because of knee injuries.
Starting tight end Anthony Hill (strained chest muscle) and reserve defensive end Jeff Rieskamp (shoulder) are out for Saturday’s game with injuries.
Referring to the team’s injury woes in general, a reporter asked O’Brien after Thursday’s practice if he felt hexed.
“I don’t think there’s a hex,” he said. “Kids get hurt. It’s just that we’ve had more than our fair share.”
The only encouraging news about injuries this week for N.C. State is the possible return of Eugene, who injured an ankle during the preseason. He entered the preseason as the starter after rushing for a team-high 667 yards in 2007, but didn’t return as quickly from the ankle injury as O’Brien had expected.


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I am wondering if the O.C. has returned to State to take up his old losing ways during his first stop at State or will be ever be the successful O.C. he was at Boston College? (2) The offensive line must be so weak that it must be dangerous for our Q.B. or running backs or anyone line up behind the offensive line. Or is it bad coaching that the offensive line in 2 years now cant lead a scoring drive but can help wipe out all stars on offense? Yes, I like Tom O. and his success at B.C. but starting to worry. It looks like UNC has injected their defensive line to above 300 lbs entering a 2 nd season.

"Brown out for season;

"Brown out for season; Eugene probable for ECU"

Typical N&O ... can't even get a title right .. it's Baker that's out for the season

Brown or Baker?

Why is the article titled Brown Out?

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Ken Tysiac has covered the ACC for The Charlotte Observer since 2003, and spent the previous eight years covering Clemson for the Anderson Independent-Mail and then The State in South Carolina. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.