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Marques Johnson to leave N.C. State

Point guard Marques Johnson has decided to transfer from N.C. State the school announced Wednesday.

“Marques felt it would be in his best interest to take advantage of an opportunity somewhere else,” coach Sidney Lowe said in a statement.

Injury has Pack scrambling at safety

Late last season, safety seemed to be a position of strength for N.C. State's future.

Junior DaJuan Morgan was well on his way to a second-team All-ACC selection. Redshirt freshman Javon Walker emerged after the midseason open date as one of the most productive players on defense.

How quickly things changed.

Report: N.C. State guard to transfer

N.C. State guard Marques Johnson is leaving the Wolfpack basketball program for Georgia State, according to The Wolfpacker (subscription required).

Johnson, a guard, averaged 2.0 points and 1.2 assists per game in less than 15 minutes per game. A top-100 recruit out of high school, Johnson played only half of the season for the Wolfpack after transferring from Tennessee.

He would have been a junior for State this season. He will have to sit out a full season, or obtain a waiver from the NCAA, to compete immediately for the Panthers.

Johnson fell behind Farnold Degand and Javy Gonzalez in N.C. State's point-guard rotation last season and would have been hard-pressed to find minutes in the 2008-09 season.

Pack QB race down to three

RALEIGH — Just three candidates remain for the starting quarterback job at N.C. State, which has seen two key players undergo surgeries during training camp, coach Tom O’Brien said Tuesday.

Senior Daniel Evans, redshirt freshman Russell Wilson and freshman Mike Glennon remain in the competition at quarterback. Junior Harrison Beck and sophomore Justin Burke, who did not participate in Sunday’s scrimmage, are out of the race.

Ten games that matter for the ACC

Will the Gators be celebrating again on Nov. 29?


Quick name the ACC's last important nonconference win football.

You remember Maryland's win over 10th-ranked Rutgers last season, right? Nevermind Rutgers went 8-5 and finished tied for fifth in the Big East, that was huge for the ACC. It was almost as big as Boston College's double-overtime win over BYU in 2006.

Get the point? It has been awhile since the ACC won a genuine game in the national scheme of things (you know, that BCS losing streak being eight games and all).

Alas, this football season offers the conference a shot, or 10, at proving its not the worst among its BCS brethren. These 10 games will go a long way in determining the ACC's national reputation.

Spurrier still having fun

Steve Spurrier had a better winning percentage in his three seasons at Duke than he does after three seasons at South Carolina.

That fact makes some college football fans wonder if the Ol' Ball Coach is fixin' to get from the dead-end job in Columbia. The OBC begins his fourth season with the Gamecocks, he's 21-16 compared to 20-13-1 at Duke from 1987-89, on Aug. 28 against N.C. State.

Spurrier talked with Tony Barnhart about his state of mind after losing five straight to end the 2007 season at 6-6.

“I’m still having fun," Spurrier said. "Our goal is always to win the SEC championship and that is not going to change. But we know we’re not there yet."

Pack gets another S.C. commit

While preparing for its Aug. 28 season opener at South Carolina, N.C. State is establishing a recruiting presence in its border state to the south.

Wide receiver Quinton Payton of T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, S.C., on Monday became the second South Carolina player to commit to the Wolfpack in two weeks. Hanna coach Kenya Fouch said Payton is an excellent student and also considered Wake Forest and Duke.

Added bulk could help Pack's Young

Willie Young led N.C. State with six sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season, but was light for a defensive end with 225 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

Now he is up to about 245 pounds.

"At the point of contact, it’s a lot more effective," Young said.

Beck, Burke held out of Pack scrimmage

RALEIGH — Junior Harrison Beck and sophomore Justin Burke didn’t play Sunday during N.C. State’s second preseason scrimmage.

Coach Tom O’Brien didn’t shed much light on what that means for what was a five-player race for the starting quarterback position entering preseason camp.

O’Brien said he wanted to get a closer look at redshirt freshman Russell Wilson and freshman Mike Glennon. O’Brien was asked if the exclusion meant that Beck and Burke were out of the race for the starting position.

Pack's Eugene: 'Bigger, stronger, faster'

Jamelle Eugene doesn’t enjoy talking with reporters

At the end of practice, the shy N.C. State tailback has been known to try to use some tall bushes as cover to sneak away when he knows reporters are looking for him.

He couldn’t elude the watchful eyes of sports information assistant Pat Norris on Thursday, and reluctantly gave a brief synopsis of preseason camp from his perspective.

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