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Tudor's Take: Pack's 4-0 start puts an end to O'Brien 'coach watch'

The Tom O’Brien job watch ended Saturday.

It’s not completely official yet, of course.

It’ll probably be a few more weeks before new N.C. State athletics director Debbie Yow rewards the fourth-year football coach with a job extension.

Beasley off N.C. State team

Reserve linebacker William Beasley no longer is a member of N.C. State's football team, coach Tom O'Brien said today.

Beasley, a sophomore from Milton, Fla., played four snaps against Western Carolina on Sept. 4 in the only appearance of his career with the Wolfpack.

"He didn't uphold his being a champion in the classroom or the community part, so he can't get on the football field," O'Brien said.

Beasley redshirted in 2008 and did not play in 2009.

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O'Brien wants fans to get back to seats

N.C. State got off to an excellent start to the third quarter in Thursday night's 30-19 win over Cincinnati.

Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien wishes more N.C. State fans were there to see it.

"We come out, there's nobody in the stands in the third quarter," O'Brien said after the game. "We've got to learn to come for the whole game."

O'Brien apparently was concerned that many fans left their seats at halftime and hadn't returned to cheer on the team by the start of the second half.

N.C. State won't release injury report

N.C. State fans - and Central Florida's coaches - will have to wait until Saturday to find out the status of Wolfpack backup quarterback Mike Glennon.

Coach Tom O'Brien said today that N.C. State will not release an injury report for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game because Central Florida will not. N.C. State sports information director Annabelle Myers said ACC policy doesn't require teams to release injury reports if the opponents don't also release them.

"Why would I give my opponent an advantage?" O'Brien said as he walked off the practice field today.

Pack players' status still in doubt

Mike Glennon, Jake Vermiglio, J.R. Sweezy and Markus Kuhn are all listed on N.C. State's two-deep depth chart for Saturday's game against Central Florida, but it may be wise not to read too much into it.

Glennon, the Pack's backup quarterback, suffered what was described as a bruised knee in the second half of the Pack's 48-7 win over Western Carolina in the season-opener. Vermiglio, Sweezy and Kuhn were suspended and did not dress for the game.

Asked today by the N&O if Glennon still being listed as the No. 2 quarterback was a good thing, Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien said the injury report was not due until Thursday.

Glennon to play in N.C. State opener

N.C. State backup quarterback Mike Glennon will play at some point during Saturday's 6 p.m. opener with Western Carolina, coach Tom O'Brien said today.

O'Brien was the guest speaker at the Raleigh Sports Club's weekly luncheon, where he said Glennon needs to play some snaps in the opener.

Pack notes: Wilson in 'game mode'

At the beginning of preseason practice, N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said quarterback Russell Wilson was a bit rusty after coming back from playing baseball for the Wolfpack in the spring and the Colorado Rockies organization in the summer.

But Wilson said today that he is in 'game mode' and in rhythm now.

"I feel great," he said during his weekly conference with reporters.

Czajkowski's kickoffs deeper

The news that former Boston College kicker Billy Bennett wasn't going to be joining N.C. State hurt the Wolfpack most on its kickoff team.

Coach Tom O'Brien had hoped Bennett could boot kickoffs into the end zone to put N.C. State's defense in better field position, but Bennett didn't enroll this fall. O'Brien is eager to improve on the Wolfpack's net kickoff number, which at 37.3 yards per game was by far the lowest in the ACC.

Senior kicker Josh Czajkowski, whom O'Brien said has improved his kickoffs since last season, will handle that duty now that the strong-legged Bennett isn't coming.

Camaraderie building at N.C. State?

Over the past week or so, a handful of insiders at N.C. State's football practice have offered opinions that the current team is building exceptional chemistry and camaraderie.

They say the previous three teams under coach Tom O'Brien haven't necessarily lacked togetherness. But they say the teamwork on the current team is just different, in a good way.

"We’re trying to do a couple things different here and there," quarterback and team tri-captain Russell Wilson explained Thursday. "Nothing in particular. But we’re just trying to have fun out there and compete every day, in individual drills and team drills. And just get better. And this is a fun game."

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