Redshirt freshman Russell Wilson has been named N.C. State's starting quarterback, the school announced Friday afternoon.
Wilson beat out senior returning starter Daniel Evans, freshman Mike Glennon, sophomore Justin Burke and junior Harrison Beck to gain the job.
Wilson will be the third N.C. State quarterback since 1971 to start as a freshman in his first college game. He is the eighth freshman to start a game during that time.
"As I've said from the beginning, the decision would be made on who we feel gives us the best opportunity to win the football game, and right now we feel Russell Wilson will do that," coach Tom O'Brien said in a statement.
"He will be our starter as we go but we certainly feel that Daniel [Evans] has some things he can contribute to this football team, as well. Russell is the starter and Daniel is the backup, but as Daniel knows he is one play away from being the starter."
N.C. State begins the season on Aug. 28 at South Carolina.
Wilson will be the third starter O'Brien, who's starting his second season, has used with the Wolfpack. Evans started eight games last season, and Beck started four.
"I'm excited to be the starter," Wilson said in a statement. "I believe Daniel and I can both step in and help this team win some games. The team is really excited to go down to South Carolina and we hope it will be a great game."
O'Brien said during a news conference Wednesday that Evans might also play some if Wilson were named the starter.
It's unclear whether that will be the case in Columbia, but a statement from Evans released by N.C. State indicates that he might play.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to play on Thursday," Evans said. "I know Russell is going to do a great job. Hopefully we can both help the team go down and compete against the Gamecocks."