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Pack's Spencer, Smith out for Pitt

N.C. State starters Owen Spencer at wide receiver and Rashard Smith at cornerback are unlikely to play Saturday against Pittsburgh because of injury.

The Wolfpack’s injury report won’t be released until Thursday, but coach Tom O’Brien indicated during his news conference that Smith and Spencer won’t play.

Wilson says brace doesn't slow him

Quarterback Russell Wilson's knee brace was a topic of debate among N.C. State fans after he was sacked six times in the 7-3, season-opening loss to South Carolina.

Fans wondered why Wilson, who was so elusive while earning first-team All-ACC honors last season, didn't have any big rushing gains and couldn't avoid South Carolina's defenders more easily.

More action likely for Glennon

N.C. State backup quarterback Mike Glennon is likely to get another early opportunity to play Saturday against Murray State.

Glennon played one series, totaling three plays, in the second quarter during the season opener against South Carolina and failed to direct the Wolfpack to a first down.

O'Brien wants preseason change

Every preseason, college football coaches and players drone on about how tired they are of scrimmaging against their teammates.

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien has a solution for this yearly August malaise. O'Brien has joined Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer in calling for the NCAA to allow schools to schedule a preseason exhibition game against another school.

No lineup changes for Pack

N.C. State did not make any lineup changes after Thursday night's 7-3, season-opening loss to South Carolina, according to the depth chart released Monday.

Coach Tom O'Brien said at his weekly news conference Monday that he feels confident he has the right players at the right positions on the offensive line even though the Wolfpack gave up six sacks to the Gamecocks.

Late Hits: Sept. 7

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Faceoff: Is the ACC better since expansion?

The CAA: Apparently, conferences are like report cards, the more A's, the better. The Colonial Athletic Association, gave the ACC a lesson in humility with Richmond's win at Duke and William & Mary's upset of Virginia. The lower Division I conference has more wins (two) over BCS teams than the ACC (one).

What we learned

From N.C. State's 7-3 loss to South Carolina:

• South Carolina's defense is fast, particularly on the edge. Defensive ends Cliff Matthews and Devin Taylor wouldn't let N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson get outside and if he did, they — or linebacker Eric Norwood — ran him down.

Flag has special meaning to Pack

The American flag that former N.C. State football player Drew Wimsatt kept behind the seat of his helicopter in Afghanistan will lead the Wolfpack onto the field tonight as the Wolfpack plays host to South Carolina in the season opener.

Wimsatt, who played for N.C. State in 2001 and 2002, is a 1st Lieutenant in the Marines flying missions in his Cobra attack helicopter. O'Brien said Wimsatt sent him the flag, which was kept in the helicopter with him for a month in April.

Pack's C.J. Wilson ready for start

C.J. Wilson knew exactly what to expect from coach Tom O’Brien at N.C. State.

Like O’Brien, Wilson’s father – Curtis Sr. – served in the Marines.

O'Brien news conference highlights

Some highlights from N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien’s news conference as the Wolfpack prepares to play host to South Carolina 7:03 p.m. Thursday at Carter-Finley Stadium:

・Gamecocks quarterback Stephen Garcia has been on O’Brien’s radar since he was a high school player and O’Brien was at Boston College. Garcia’s brothers, Brian and Gary, played at Harvard.

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