ACCSports.com/ACC Sports Journal is allowing free access to their NC State team report today.
Wilson Offers Program Hope provides a deeper look at the obvious ‘hot issue’ of the moment within the NC State Football program — the impressive emergence of quarterback, Russell Wilson.
Ever since he got knocked out against South Carolina in the season opener and got his feet wet against Clemson, Wilson has played lights-out. As strange as it may seem for someone who didn’t even lock up his own starting position until late August, Wilson even could be emerging as a favorite to be the top quarterback in the ACC when the all-conference teams are selected.
The article emphasizes some of our comments from our Russell Wilson entry last week:
N.C. State’s offensive coaches soon will be in the enviable position of trying to figure out if they should stick with Wilson. There is little doubt that he has earned the faith of his teammates, who respect his leadership. Wilson also has that “it” factor that is so hard to find in a signal-caller.
However, freshman Mike Glennon was signed as “the guy” for this coaching staff. He was supposed to be the foundation for coach Tom O’Brien’s rebuilding effort, and from all accounts he has not disappointed one bit in practice, while redshirting. During warmups, Glennon makes some tosses with ease that other quarterbacks (including Wilson) could only dream of making.
The piece also discusses basketball recruiting issues at NC State. Let’s push any of that talk to our most recent basketball entry that can be seen here.
Also worth noting:
* ACCNow’s Video Podcast for this week is up and running. (Link) A few points:
- I disagree with Tudor’s opinion that State fans want this one more than Carolina fans. I don’t really get that. State beat Carolina last year and the Tarheels want to boost their record as much as they can so that they can try to lay claim to having a ‘great’ season (and ignore the fact that they couldn’t have had much of an easier ACC Schedule).
- Joe Giglio is great in this one. He NAILS the REAL reason for NC State’s resurgence this season – improved offensive line play while also politely calling out NC State’s ‘crack’ Sports Information Department for failing to promote Russell Wilson for All-ACC quarterback.
- The primary point on which I disagree with Giglio is that “Mike O’Cain lost to good UNC teams”. Not true. In fact, Mike O’Cain was FAVORED in the majority of his match-ups against UNC. Don’t forget the last year of O’Cain’s mediocre tenure included a miserable performance in Charlotte where NC State lost to a horrible Torbush-coached Carolina team that was quarterbacked by their SAFETY!? It doesn’t get any worse than that.