***4/29/11 UPDATE: N.C. State has released Russell Wilson to pursue the possibility of playing QB elsewhere this year. Read more here…***
With each passing day, and every passing pitch, the question of whether Russell Wilson will play another down of college football looms larger.
Yesterday, ESPN’s Heather Dinch questioned how serious N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien was on his stance that Wilson would be the Wolfpack’s backup should he decide to return for his Senior season.
With Russell being a two-time All ACC performer, and still the only QB in ACC history to be named First-Team All ACC as a Freshman, I suppose Coach O’Brien’s position may seem somewhat harsh — if not altogether confusing — on the surface, but what reasonable alternative did O’Brien have when faced with the prospect of his returning field general missing all of Spring and Fall practice due to baseball
Having a talent the caliber of Mike Glennon — one arguably more suited to N.C. State’s plans on offense this season — waiting in the wings certainly made O’Brien’s decision more tenable, but Wilson’s decision to play a full season of minor league baseball this year is clearly the driving force behind The Russell Wilson Question — and possibly in more expansive ways than previously thought.
What a beautiful day and an excellent excuse to tailgate. As opposed to years past, both sides of Carter-Finley were open and about 20-25k Pack fans showed up…both sides of the lower levels were close to being full. Additionally, about 300 former players were on hand for the annual reunion, including Bill Cowher, Jerricho Cotchery, Torry Holt and Mario Williams. Before I get into the on-field observations, I want to mention the efforts made by the current and former players to engage the fans. For example, I watched Mario Williams come down into the section I was sitting in and slowly make his way across all of the sections, walking parallel to the field…obviously something he did on purpose. He took the time to sign every autograph and take every picture he could. As an alum and a fan, I really appreciated that.
Now, onto the game itself…Frump it for my “expert” opinions.
As alluded to yesterday, one of the two major questions facing the Wolfpack this spring is the future of All-ACC Quarterback Russell Wilson. Will he stay on and pilot one of the ACC’s most prolific offenses for another season? Or will Mike Glennon be forced to step in and take the reins? Also, who is the favorite to replace Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene at the tailback position? FRUMP it, football fans…
(shout to packpride, a great resource for Wolfpack info)
Huzzah! Mark your calenders for April 17 (spring game) to get your football fix to last you through the summer. Frump it for a breakdown of the weeks ahead…