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Baker done, Eugene could play Saturday

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.

Q&A with Pack D.C. Mike Archer

N.C. State defensive coordinator Mike Archer breaks down the East Carolina game

Pick Six: Week 4

ECU @ N.C. State ECU ECU State
Va. Tech @ UNC UNC VT VT
LSU @ Auburn LSU Auburn LSU
FAU @ Minnesota Minny FAU Minny
New Mexico @ Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa

The Triangle is not going to have a better Saturday for football than this one. The only way to make it better? The Pick Six.

What you don't know what the world famous Pick Six is? Team ACC Now, Caulton Tudor and Joe Giglio (me), pick six winners (straight up).

ACC Now: The Podcast

Staff video: Travis Long, Caulton Tudor, Joe Giglio

Topic: The best Saturday of the football season, maybe ever, for the state of North Carolina.

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ACC in the NFL

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Update (9:18 a.m. and 4:16 p.m.): Totals include Koren Robinson's signing with Seattle and omissions

The 12 ACC teams have produced 271 players currently in the NFL. That's on the actual roster, including the injured list but not the practice squad or a shot of espresso in training camp.

No surprise, Miami's the overall leader, with 46, and Duke is last, holding steady with three.

Of the total, 224 spent at least one season in the ACC. Forty-seven — from Miami (24), Virginia Tech (12) and Boston College (10) and one from Florida State (Brad Johnson) — did not play a down in the ACC but will no doubt soon be honored by the conference as "ACC Legends."

Among the interesting notes:

Get rich quick, State Fan

Tickets for Saturday's ECU-N.C. State game are hot. 

Over on eBay,
which had 14 auctions listed, the prices currently range from $55 to $150 per ticket. There are quite a few parking passes included in those auctions, too. The bidding is active, though, there were 24 bids on two tickets that just sold for $125 each.

Drescher: Save your boos for the pros

The topic of booing college football players has taken on a life of its own on the Internet since Daniel Evans' performance against William & Mary on Sept. 6.

Luke DeCock's column about Evans started the dialogue and Executive Editor John Drescher continued the conversation with his Sunday column from the Q section.

Drescher's stance:

"DeCock stood up for Evans. I'll stand up for all college players. I don't think we should boo them, except possibly for poor sportsmanship or a clear lack of effort.

There's a difference between athletes who play in high school, college and the pros. That difference isn't just about talent. It's also about their age, their compensation and our expectations."

Pack's Brown gets tough

During Sunday’s team meeting, N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien singled out senior running back Andre Brown for some encouragement.

Brown led N.C. State with 64 rushing yards and four catches for 51 yards in last week’s loss at Clemson. More importantly, he avoided the temptation to bounce out to the perimeter after contact, which has plagued him in the past.

Pack's Cash out indefinitely

Add starting defensive tackle Alan-Michael Cash to N.C. State's already lengthy injured list.

Cash needs knee surgery and is out indefinitely after being injured in last week's loss at Clemson, N.C. State announced Monday before coach Tom O'Brien's weekly news conference.

Reserve offensive guard Curtis Crouch (foot) and wide receiver Geron James (ankle) also will miss Saturday's game with East Carolina because of injuries, O'Brien said.

Late Hits: Sept. 15

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UNC: The Tar Heels looked good, Mack Brown Good, Thursday night, and it was not just those navy blue pants. Even if Rutgers finishes 3-9, it doesn't matter. With the mental "road" block out of UNC's way, the schedule is suddenly wide open for the Heels to win nine or 10 games, even if they lose the next two games (Virginia Tech and Miami).

ECU's in the top 25, and UNC is not far behind. Hide the cutlery from the State fans.

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