***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.
I didn’t catch the ECU vs. Southern Miss game down in Hattiesburg last weekend, but I did happen to catch a bit of the box score when I was doing the research for our latest Riveting Realities post. It was, well, intriguing, to say the least.
At first glance one simply sees a nice road win for the Pirates. 44-43 at Southern Miss – while perhaps not remarkable in and of itself – is pretty sweet for a program that had only won 9 of 35 games in the series’ history. What is remarkable, however, is a second glance – specifically at the team stats columns.
ECU rushed 24 times for 33 yards? Only completed 50% of its passes for 305 yards, getting picked off 3 times in the process? Lost a fumble as well? Forced zero Southern Miss turnovers, and lost the time of possession battle by a whopping 15 minutes?
I mean, just how in the hell did they manage to win this game – let alone score 44 points along the way?
Well, scenes like those seen after the jump probably had something to do with it…
Don’t you get tired of talking heads, print journalists, and anyone that just happened to have learned some HTML over a holiday weekend a few years ago (ahem, Ciaran) ramming their college football analysis down your throats on a weekly basis? Sure, we all do.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone just compiled some allegedly intriguing facts about an upcoming match-up, and then let YOU decide what to make of them? Well, here’s an opportunity to find out — or just gather some tidbits to throw out for discussion at your Saturday morning tailgate — after the jump…
Tentative Predictions. They’re kind of like “Fearless” predictions, except we’d never advocate laying real money down — tisk, tisk: gambling is likely illegal in your great State, Frumpster — and we actually provide our readers with some ways to rationalize failure should these picks not come through.
College Football’s opening weekend saw Frump go a disappointing 3-3 ATS. We didn’t blog our picks beforehand — like we are this week — but we tweeted about it quite a bit, so don’t accuse us of making that stellar record up, okay?
Virginia Tech +1.5, Louisiana-Lafayette +29.5, and LSU -9.5 cost us, and keep us at .500 for the season, but this week we’ve got another 6 games that should push us into the green. If not, well, feel free to use one or more of the Cowardly Cop-Outs provided below.
So, if you need some rationale to make some picks yourself this weekend — or just want to make fun of someone else’s, even ours — make the jump for some angles on East Carolina -13, Georgia Tech -12.5, Rutgers -16.5, Georgia-South Carolina Under 46.5, Hawaii-Army Over 51.5, and N.C. State-Central Florida Over 51.5.
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…