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Wilson's time with Pack could be short

GREENSBORO — N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien is prepared for the possibility that quarterback Russell Wilson will play just one more season for the Wolfpack football team.

Wilson, a first-team All-ACC selection as a redshirt freshman last season, is on an accelerated academic schedule that has him on track for graduation in the spring of 2010. He also is a baseball prospect who's eligible for the 2010 MLB draft.

Summer Kickoff: Part I

Part II: Wake, Maryland, BC
Part III: Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, UNC
Part IV: Miami, Virginia, Duke

In predicted order of finish:

N.C. STATE

Record: 6-7 overall, 4-4 ACC (sixth, Atlantic)

Bowl: lost to Rutgers, 29-23 in Papa Johns

They're here: QB Russell Wilson, DE Willie Young, WR Owen Spencer

They're gone: RB Andre Brown, TE Anthony Hill, CB Dominique Ellis

Pack's Wilson to play for Gastonia in CPL

N.C. State's Russell Wilson, who was limited in his playing time for the Wolfpack in baseball this season because of his recuperation from a knee injury and spring football, will get plenty of time on the diamond this summer.

Wilson, the Wolfapck quarterback and a middle infielder in baseball, will play for the Gastonia Grizzlies of the collegiate wooden-bat Coastal Plain League.

 

Your Atlantic Division favorite

Yeah, it's N.C. State.

The Wolfpack has the best quarterback in the conference, two NFL-level game-changers on defense and a smart coach.

Technically, State finished last in the division in '08 but it was only one game behind the winner (Boston College). All six teams finished either 5-3 or 4-4.

Expect the same competitiveness this season. Which means you pick the team with the best QB (his right knee willing) and eight home games.

Pack's Wilson improving at the plate

Less than three weeks ago, N.C. State’s Russell Wilson was trying to stay positive at the plate.

The Wolfpack’s starting quarterback plays second base for the school’s baseball team, and his batting average dropped below .200 around the middle of last month.

"A lot of it's probably (timing)," Wilson said in mid-April. "Baseball is a sport you have to practice a lot and work at. And I think that's just what it is. I've just got to keep working and keep a positive mind set."

 

Pack's Wilson improving at plate

Less than three weeks ago, N.C. State’s Russell Wilson was trying to stay positive at the plate.

The Wolfpack’s starting quarterback plays second base for the school’s baseball team, and his batting average dropped below .200 around the middle of last month.

"A lot of it's probably (timing)," Wilson said in mid-April. "Baseball is a sport you have to practice a lot and work at. And I think that's just what it is. I've just got to keep working and keep a positive mind set."

April 18, 2009: Russell Wilson, the quick-change artist

Spend the day with N.C. State's Russell Wilson as he divides his Saturday between football and baseball.

N.C. State spring game: 5 things to watch

What do a Russell Wilson cameo, Owen Spencer's hands and a safety squeeze have in common? You'll have to go to Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. to find out.

State needs Wilson and Glennon in '09

Staff photo by Chuck Liddy

Mike Glennon signed with N.C. State to play quarterback, not to watch someone else play quarterback.

After Russell Wilson's monster 2008 season, it's certainly Glennon's prerogative to transfer to another program where he has a better chance to play quarterback, given Wilson has three seasons of eligibility remaining and Glennon has four.

But N.C. State needs Glennon, that much was clear Monday in the second half of the 29-23 bowl loss to Rutgers.

Wilson, Pack bowl over Canes

Staff video by Scott Sharpe

First Look
Video: Pack celebrates win
Video: Wilson sets up Pack's first TD

RALEIGH — Russell Wilson's magic has N.C. State bowling for the first time since 2005.

Wilson's two touchdown passes and a spectacular touchdown run led the Wolfpack a 38-28 win over Miami.

State began the ACC season 0-4 but closed 4-0 with Wilson's impeccable decision-making and knack for the big play.

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