Good stuff from Ken Tysiac today

There are a couple of interesting articles from the local paper today. Coincidentally, one of yesterday’s discussions centered around the shrinking local media and specifically the CharlotteObserver/Raleigh News and Observer and NC State beat writer Ken Tysiac. Tysiac delivered a must read article on Russell Wilson and his family:

Constant incentive

Russell’s father often told him that “there is a king in every crowd.”

As explained to Russell, the quote means that there’s always somebody — God, and perhaps a coach or pro scout — watching you.

That is constant incentive to do things right.

That philosophy helped Russell earn the right to line up behind center on Thursday night, a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.

His mother and brother will be there. So will his 11-year-old sister, Anna, and two uncles. His father won’t be able to attend, but will be in Russell’s thoughts on the bus ride to Columbia, S.C., and before the game.

When the game starts, though, Russell will be ready to do his job.

“I’ll be thinking about him, but I’ll be focused on winning the game,” Russell said. “That’s what my dad would want.”

First of all, we would like to wish Russell’s father the best in his recovery and hope that he is able to experience his son starting at Carter Finley stadium this year. Does this information better explain some of Russell’s struggles in scrimmages during Fall camp?

It is literally impossible to know how Russell Wilson will perform in Columbia on Thursday, but he is quite an impressive kid and excels at everything he does. What do we know about Russell? We know that he was a high academic achiever in high school and he was the senior class president. Additionally, his success academically has continued at NC State posting a 3.6 GPA while playing both baseball and football. So he is obviously intelligent, mature beyond his years, hardworking, and a strong leader. He has handled adversity in the past well (see today’s article) and continues to face difficult circumstances with his father’s health. We also know that he is a very good athlete as he was drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles (check this link for an interview back in high school about being drafted).

In terms of how that translated at the ACC level in baseball, he made a major impact in the Pack’s only victory in the Super Regional against Georgia. He had multiple hits and multiple RBIs in clutch situations to lead the Pack to a win in Game 2 of the series. That game was also on the road against an SEC team that was heavily favored. The similarities end there as the responsibility of handling the ball on every offensive snap in front of 80,000 people as a quarterback dwarfs the responsibilities of a designated hitter in a college baseball game. But if anyone can handle this situation, then it just might be Russell Wilson.

Tysiac also spoke with former NC State and USC head coach Lou Holtz:


Holtz said the schools in Carolinas capital cities are similar in a lot of ways.

“The fans at N.C. State were really tremendous. They sold the stadium out, sat on that hill back there and were enthusiastic. The fans at South Carolina, even when you lose, there were 80,000 there. … They’re very good schools, but they’re city schools also. They have a campus but they have a city. There’s a lot to do. It’s a great place to live. … There really are a lot more similarities than there are things that are dissimilar.”


Holtz predicts South Carolina will win.

“They have great talent. They have potentially four or five first-round draft picks on defense.”

“Tom O’Brien will get [N.C. State] back and straight. But with their quarterbacks, offensive line, running backs, it seems to be the overall caliber is down. You can get surprised, but looking at it as an analyst, evaluating the two football teams, it’s not close.”

'08 Football General Media

17 Responses to Good stuff from Ken Tysiac today

  1. BJD95 08/26/2008 at 7:06 AM #

    I think we all now have a pretty good idea why RW seemed a bit “off” in his summer scrimmage performances.

    Don’t underestimate how much stronger he will likely be for having battled through such adversity.

  2. pack80 08/26/2008 at 7:09 AM #

    Wilson seems like a kid with great character. Hope his strengths and leadership will take us places.
    And just FYI someone should link to the interview Fox News did with Cullen Jones this morning on Fox and Friends. He sounded great and should make all Pack fans proud.

  3. Daily Update 08/26/2008 at 7:17 AM #

    BJD95: I didn’t even really make the connection to his performance in earlier scrimmages and what has been going on with his dad. I hope that explains everything.

    Can anyone think of a freshman QB winning on the road against an SEC opponent in front of 80,000 people as a two TD underdog in his first career start?

    Me neither.

  4. choppack1 08/26/2008 at 7:25 AM #

    Wow. That was a great article. I’m glad he’s playing for us. It’s easy to be cynical in this day and age – but I’m hoping that Wilson continues to grow. If he stays on the same path, his future potential is unlimited.

  5. Rick 08/26/2008 at 7:43 AM #

    What an article. Sounds like a great kid.

  6. howlie 08/26/2008 at 7:46 AM #

    I got your Loose Boltz right here in the can…

  7. packalum44 08/26/2008 at 8:02 AM #

    Love Lou Holtz but he is just another talking head in his old age…Did anyone else pick up on him questioning our running backs???

    “But with their quarterbacks, offensive line, RUNNING BACKS, it seems to be the overall caliber is down.”

    Curtis Crouch, a sure fire NFL player, is second-string on our O-Line. Jake V, who dominated Chris Long as a true Fresh, is coming off the bench…This gives me a good feeling. Maybe we won’t dominate the line of scrimmage but we won’t be as bad as last year either…Don’t forget, USC’s QB is a new starter too!!! 30% chance for the upset.

  8. PackerInRussia 08/26/2008 at 8:11 AM #

    Well, Wilson is already 2-0 against South Carolina. Hopefully he’ll make it 3-0.

  9. Mike 08/26/2008 at 8:42 AM #

    The CEO of my company, based out of Richmond, told me to watch this kid Wilson a couple years ago. Said he was a good player, but had the intangibles and leadership to carry the team to the next level. All the preseason articles I think speak to his character and charisma and I am excited to see what happens. He said he is also one of those kids who turn it up a notch when the pressure is on. We can all hope so.

  10. robopack 08/26/2008 at 8:45 AM #

    I logged in to give ken tysiac his props but the thread beat me to it. Nice to see from KT. The more we learn about RW the better he sounds. He’s got a great attitude and a good pedigree to boot. The kid might be really special. Nice to have a kid in the program like him for sure.

  11. packalum44 08/26/2008 at 10:21 AM #

    too bad we can’t match our TOB 4th-year team against Spurrier’s 4th-year team

  12. wufpup76 08/26/2008 at 11:49 AM #

    RW has more than “fan favorite” written all over him … This guy seems to be the real deal – just a great overall person … I’m proud to have him representing NCSU

    Pretty solid start from Mr. Tysiac covering the Wolfpack beat … let’s hope he keeps it up 🙂

    Hope we can prove our old coach wrong Thursday! Go Pack

  13. SuperStuff 08/26/2008 at 11:54 AM #

    Packalum44 hit the nail on the head. I can’t wait to see what TOB does in his 4th year.

  14. Cosmo96 08/26/2008 at 11:55 AM #

    I graduated from both NC State and South Carolina, and I must say that there are a lot of similarities. Both are large state schools located in their respective state capitols. Both have a new research campus. Both have nice, and not-so-nice parts of campus, aesthetically speaking. Both schools have a distinguished military history. Both schools have an off-campus football stadium located adjacent to the state fairgrounds. Both have rabid fanbases, despite only sporadic on-field success, and they take tailgating very seriously. I could go on…

    As for Russell Wilson, I thought he was probably the best option, considering what we had to work with, but I still wasn’t too optimistic since he’s a freshman starting his first game in a hostile environment. However, after reading this article, I think if anyone can succeed in that environment, he can. Good job by Tysiac for revealing that aspect of Russell Wilson. He’s certainly an impressive young man.

  15. Dr. BadgerPack 08/26/2008 at 12:51 PM #

    Mind you, senile Lou Holtz is the same man who yesterday on ESPN said he saw 11 wins on Notre Dame’s schedule.

  16. WolftownVA81 08/26/2008 at 4:42 PM #

    Great article and love that quote. It should be etched on every training facility and on every playing field we have. Good luck RW and Go Pack! I’m starting the chili cooking tonight in anticipation (I know it too damn hot for chili… but its football season so it must be football weather).

  17. b 08/26/2008 at 4:54 PM #

    If the strongest steel comes from the hottest fire, this young man is likely adamantium.

    What is 76,000 unnecessarily pompous gamecock fans compared to his firsthand experience with his father’s struggles? Not a thing. I hope he has a coming out party to rival his travails.

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