Staff video by Travis Long
COLUMBIA, S.C. — N.C. State started August practice with five options at quarterback. It might need to find five more.
State's offense was brutal, with and without Russell Wilson, who won the preseason quarterback scramble but got knocked out of the game with 4:09 left in the second quarter.
Wilson, Daniel Evans and Harrison Beck combined to go 5 of 20 for 49 yards with two interceptions, both by Evans. Evans and Beck showed why they got beat out by Wilson, repeating the same mistakes — poor decision-making, forced throws, holding on to the ball too long — they made in State's 1-5 start in 2007 when they shared the job.
Staff photo by Chuck Liddy
COLUMBIA, S.C. — N.C. State fans wondered what could happen next to their injury-prone football team. The answer is lose quarterback Russell Wilson and the season-opener to South Carolina.
South Carolina knocked out Wilson and the Wolfpack, 34-0 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Staff photo by Chuck Liddy
COLUMBIA, S.C. — N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson suffered a concussion in the second quarter of N.C. State's season-opener against South Carolina but avoided further serious injury.
The freshman quarterback was knocked out after getting accidentally kneed in the back of the head by South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews with 4:09 left in the second quarter.
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Football season starts tonight. Finally.
(Programming note: We'll be in Columbia tonight, check ACC Now during and after the game for full coverage.)
To kick off the new season we'll start a new feature. Columnist Caulton Tudor picks selected games in the print edition every week. In addition, Tudor and J.P. Giglio will pick six games each week on ACC Now.
Four questions with N.C. State redshirt freshman quarterback Russell Wilson, who will make his first college start Thursday night at South Carolina:
Q: Are you nervous?
A: I’m not nervous. I’m more excited than anything. I’m trying to make some plays and help my team. South Carolina is a great team and it’s going to be a challenge. I’m definitely ready.
Russell Wilson fiddled with his baseball cap Monday afternoon as he talked about N.C. State's season opener in 2004.
Wilson was in Raleigh to see his brother, Harrison Wilson IV, play wide receiver for Richmond. Russell was a high school sophomore at that time with no idea he would play for N.C. State one day.
Staff video: Travis Long, J.P. Giglio and Caulton Tudor
Today's topic: Tudor predicts the win totals for UNC and N.C. State.
Home: High Point, Winthrop, UNC-Greensboro, Winston-Salem State, ECU, Lipscomb, Marquette, Loyola (Md.), Towson, N.C. Central
Road: New Orleans, Florida
Neutral site: Davidson @ Charlotte
Analysis: You never want to go into a season thinking NIT (certainly not when your neighbor is blocking off hotel rooms in August for the Final Four) but N.C. State needs to reach the postseason in Sidney Lowe's third season.
The 2008-09 basketball schedule promises to be historic for the ACC with UNC and Tyler Hansbrough chasing Duke for both team and individual honors in the record books.
UNC, who will almost certainly open the season ranked No. 1 in the country, has all the parts — five returning starters and three new McDonald's All-Americans — to match Duke's perfect 19-0 ACC season from 1998-99.
Psycho T trails J.J. Redick by 601 points on the ACC's career scoring list.
Speaking of history, Sidney Lowe’s third season at N.C. State includes two games at Reynolds Coliseum.
And how will Mike Krzyzewski hold up on his day job?