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State Now is your place for Wolfpack sports. Beat writer Joe Giglio has up-to-the-minute news and analysis. Columnist Luke DeCock also contributes. Follow us on Twitter at @jwgiglio or @accnow.

Brosius' future in baseball

Tyler Brosius hasn't played organized baseball since his senior year of high school two years ago but he has an undeniable raw talent, Walters State coach Ken Campbell said.

Brosius, N.C. State's backup quarterback a year ago, transferred to the Tennessee community college to play baseball, Campbell confirmed on Tuesday.

"The sky is the limit for him," Campbell said. "He's real raw because he hasn't played  in awhile."

Report: Backup QB Brosius leaves program to focus on baseball

Tyler BrosiusN.C. State's Tyler Brosius (12) passes in the first half during N.C. State's Kay Yow Spring Football game Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Brosius is leaving N.C. State to pursue a baseball career. Photo by Ethan Hyman -

Backup quarterback Tyler Brosius has left N.C. State to pursue a baseball career, his father told the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Brosius, a third-year sophomore, will transfer to Walters State, a community college in Tennessee, to play baseball and then enter the major league draft, according to his dad, Mike Brosius.

Setback for Gentry and his NFL dream

Taylor Gentry was close enough to his NFL dream, he could touch it.

When the Kansas City Chiefs opened training camp last Friday, the former N.C. State fullback was intent on earning a spot on their roster and beginning his pro career. By Tuesday, the former walk-on from Leesville Road was back in Raleigh.

Suffering from concussion-related migraines, Gentry was unable to pass his physical and get on the practice field for the Chiefs. His NFL career will have to wait, if it's not over before it started.

Johnson moves to corner, first-team defense for Pack

There was only change from the preseason depth chart on defense for N.C. State in Tuesday's practice. Junior Dontae Johnson practiced with the first team at the boundary corner, while returning starter C.J. Wilson was on the second team.

Johnson is one of the best athletes on the Pack's defense and has played safety, nickleback and a hybrid outside linebacker position.

Penn State's Buckley to transfer to N.C. State

Tim Buckley became the first player to transfer from Penn State's football program on Monday.

Buckley, a safety from Raleigh, will play for N.C. State this season, the school announced on Monday.

Buckley, who has four years of eligibility remaining, was listed as the second-string safety on Penn State's most recent depth chart. He was a star running back at Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh in 2010 and was recruited by N.C. State out of high school.

Farmer joins Gottfried's staff at N.C. State

Mark Gottfried is collecting former college head coaches for his N.C. State basketball staff.

Larry Farmer joined Gottfried's staff on Thursday as the director of player development. Farmer's the third former head coach to work for Gottfried. Farmer worked at UCLA, Weber State and Loyola-Chicago.

Tigers, Noles and Tar Heels lead preseason All-ACC team

Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina had four players each on the preseason All-ACC teams announced by the league on Wednesday.

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, who caught 82 passes for 1,219 yards as a freshman last season, was named the preseason player of the year.

Pack schedule tougher than it looks

N.C. State will play North Carolina and Duke at home next season in basketball.

Neither game will be a given once the league expands to 14 teams before the 2013-14 season so it's noteworthy that both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils will visit Raleigh.

Who knows when that will happen again?

Pack's Brown to undergo exploratory knee surgery

N.C. State's season of big expectations might start with a major setback.

Junior guard Lorenzo Brown will undergo exploratory knee surgery on Tuesday, the school announced on Sunday. His status for the team's preseason trip to Spain in August, and the start of the 2012-13 season in November, will be re-evaluated after the surgery.

Brown, a 6-5 point guard, emerged as a team leader and one of the best all-around guards in the ACC as a sophomore. He led the Wolfpack in assists (6.3 per game), steals (an ACC-best 1.8 per game) and added 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in his first season as the team's point guard.

UNC coach Roy Williams on N.C. State being ACC favorite: That very easily could happen

CHAPEL HILL — You have to go back a ways – a long ways – to find when N.C. State last entered a basketball season as the favorite to the win the ACC. But that could change next season.

“I would think that could very easily happen, and maybe should happen,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said on Thursday.