Coach Tom O’Brien seemed to shoot down a popular theory about N.C. State’s quarterback race on media day Saturday.
Reporters and fans have speculated that O’Brien might start senior Daniel Evans in the difficult season opener at South Carolina because of his experience, then break in one of his freshmen slowly beginning the following week against William Mary.
Redshirt freshman Russell Wilson and freshman Mike Glennon are competing with Evans.
O’Brien hinted that he won’t hesitate to use one of the freshmen on Aug. 28 in Columbia if he earns the job.
“You’re going to have to learn to play before a crowd sooner or later,” O’Brien said during his news conference. “So why not start off the bat and go do it?”
O’Brien said he hopes the close race will be resolved after Wednesday, when he said N.C. State is scheduled for its final scrimmage.
He said he is amazed by how well Glennon has competed after just a short time with the team.
Wilson has impressed O’Brien with his running ability and speed.
Evans’ experience has helped him deliver the ball on time in the right places.
“What he’s been doing looks like a guy that’s played the game of football in our system,” O’Brien said. “The other guys, they’re young and very talented, but they’re maybe looking right when they should be looking left.”