2nd Game of Year: State takes field without SIX starters

The following is the injury list from Pack Pride with starters highlighted in italicized bold.

Mario Carter, TE – knee
Denzelle Good, OL – shoulder
Nate Irving, LB – leg
Colby Jackson, FB – knee
Everett Proctor, QB – shoulder

Donald Bowens, WR – knee
Wayne Crawford, C – foot
Jeff Rieskamp, DE – hip
DeAndre Morgan, CB – ankle
Javon Walker, S – knee
Jamelle Eugene, HB – knee
Jake Vermiglio, OT – lower leg

…and you could argue seven starters if you wanted to include fullback Colby Jackson.

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23 Responses to 2nd Game of Year: State takes field without SIX starters

  1. Sw0rdf1sh 09/10/2009 at 8:32 PM #

    The way Taylor has played I wouldn’t argue Colby.

    This is not good, but I am excited to see JWIII play again. He will do fine backing up Baker hopefully.

    This is a good game for us to get players some time…..I don’t see this as an Akron for goodness sake.

  2. McPete 09/10/2009 at 9:19 PM #

    could be worse. could be a clemson fan right now. ouch.

  3. wolfonthehill 09/10/2009 at 9:22 PM #

    We have fullbacks? Who knew???

  4. highstick 09/10/2009 at 9:35 PM #

    “Could be a Clemmons fan right now”!!! I’m loving every minute of this game so far. Dumbo is being outcoached in every direction! He won’t last the year at this rate!

  5. tvp1 09/10/2009 at 9:38 PM #

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, we’ve had Bowens and Walker out for years now (literally) and JE and Morgan were beaten out for their starting spots…

    But yeah, it’s absurd. Heather Dinich posts every ACC team’s injury reports every week. No one comes close to ours.

    What I keep telling myself is that one year karma will swing dramatically in our favor and we’ll be virtually injury-free for a season.

  6. gcpack 09/10/2009 at 10:27 PM #

    You were saying highstick?

  7. 61Packer 09/10/2009 at 11:18 PM #

    Despite the bad injury news on this post, Wolfpack football got its second break of the young season tonight, when another Atlantic Division contender lost, this time the Tiggers.

  8. McCallum 09/10/2009 at 11:22 PM #

    Everyone has injuries.

    Move along.


  9. doomsday2008 09/10/2009 at 11:31 PM #

    “This is a good game for us to get players some time…..I don’t see this as an Akron for goodness sake.”

    We didn’t see Akron as an Akron either!

    Well, I’m posting this a little later after the Clemson game
    and, Clemson played great in the second half. I hope this is
    not going to happen but, I see us in the Duke, Maryland, Virginia
    and maybe Wake Forest lower tier in the conference as it stands
    right now. That has nothing to do with only playing one game.
    This is based on pure obserservation of the lack of fundamentals
    and comparing those with the other games this past week. I believe
    we can have a decent year and I agree that window for State is
    2010-2012 to compete for the ACC crown.

  10. gcpack 09/10/2009 at 11:41 PM #

    Well we didnt really lose to akron if either the refs or CHESTer had asked to review the last play. I think chip alexander of the n&o is still texting chuck about why he lost to akron. Even after chuck used the admissions excuse chipper still wants more answers. I mean he did continue to ask CHESTer about that game 3 weeks after it was over.

  11. doomsday2008 09/10/2009 at 11:43 PM #

    61Packer, I agree and I felt that way after monday night but,
    it will come down to us. All college football fans do what
    we do calculating and needing this team to beat this other team
    because that helps us out kind of thing. But again, you have to be
    at least a threat if not much better to even be speculating.
    I think we will all know during and after the Pitt game and not until then. Thats my take on it for whatever its worth.

  12. doomsday2008 09/10/2009 at 11:58 PM #

    I understand that gcpack but, to have that game come down to
    did he make it in or not is a defeat to begin with especially,
    when I myself for the last 40 something years along with all
    the diehard Pack fans, are thinking each year is the year. Were
    going to take that jump over being a Peach bowl team and that is
    when we do have a good year. Now, I’m being very honest with you
    and everyone here when I say I am just a little bit uneasy about
    this Saturday. I know I should not feel this way and will win
    going away.

  13. Wufpacker 09/11/2009 at 4:41 AM #

    “I hope this is not going to happen but, I see us in the Duke, Maryland, Virginia and maybe Wake Forest lower tier in the conference as it stands right now.”

    Its way too soon to go making statements like that. 8 days ago many (too many) in WolfpackNation were gearing up for the first game of what they expected to be a run to the conference championship game. Now, with only one game in the books, and not even a conference game, at that, many (again, too many) of the notoriously bipolar Pack fans have written the ’09 campaign off as an unmitigated disaster. (Not trying to single you out, doomsday2008…in fact I’ve heard many comments more pessimistic than yours in the past week)

    Put down the cyanide capsules and take a step back from the keyboard, folks. We likely aren’t as good as many of you thought we were a little over a week ago…that was true before last thursday’s game and it would still be true even if we had beaten USC.

    Nor are we as bad as many of you think we are since last thursday night. Many of the shortcomings I saw in that game were mental errors that can (and likely will) be coached out of them as the season progresses. The next two weeks will be very useful for just such things.

    We are very likely a mid tier team…respectable and a likely bowl participant. It is highly unlikely that we’re a top tier team, contending for the conference championship and a BCS bowl. It is equally unlikely that we are a bottom tier team fighting to avoid a losing record. And both of those things were true both BEFORE the USC game, and after. Losing that game doesn’t change this, nor would winning it have changed it.

    There’s a lot of football yet to be played in ’09, and I for one would just like to enjoy it as it comes. I suspect that by season’s end most of us will be satisfied with where we end up.

  14. howlie 09/11/2009 at 7:14 AM #

    1) We’re always ranked in the Top Ten at NC State…

    …in serious injuries.

  15. blpack 09/11/2009 at 7:18 AM #

    We’ve got to overcome and get a much needed win. The players we have should be fine, but they have to execute.

  16. GAWolf 09/11/2009 at 7:45 AM #

    TVP: TOB has repeatedly said this is a performance based program and if a starter is repeatedly hampered by injuries and thus unable to practice/play at 100 percent (or at all in some cases) then the guys below him who are “beat them out” for the starting position. I would just suggest that you consider that when setting your standards as we move forward, or else I’m concerned you’ll be reading the wrong thing into depth chart changes and thus setting yourself up for disappoinment. Now that it’s public, we were hearing long before the USC game that Morgan and likely Eugene were likely not able to contribute at all or much due to injury and thus the depth chart changes at those positions. It’s performance base, yes. However be careful what you read into that. If a guy is on the shelf he can’t perform. It doesn’t (necessarily) mean that he’s the better player.

  17. BJD95 09/11/2009 at 8:00 AM #

    The only injury that I’m currently worried about is Vermiglio. We will need him for the Pitt game.

    Your injury list for Murray State is likely to reflect an abundance of caution.

  18. Noah 09/11/2009 at 9:46 AM #

    You gotta wonder just what the hell Javon Walker did to his knee. I remember him sort of sliding awkwardly against Miami (I don’t think he got hit) and then grabbing his knee.

    Two years later, he still can’t play.

    What the hell??

  19. bradleyb123 09/11/2009 at 9:59 AM #

    Here are some random thoughts on this:

    I don’t know this, but it’s quite possible that Eugene and Vermiglio are just sitting out because our opponent is Murray State, and well, why take a chance on re-injury this soon? Of course, they COULD be out for the season, but we don’t know that. I’m hoping they’re just being rested so they can heal up for Pitt.

    Also, we have injuries, some bad ones, but it’s nothing like last year. We don’t have enough injuries to use them as an excuse like last year (yet! Knock on wood…)

    And as for the SC game, maybe it was just a case of our personnel simply not matching up well with their personnel. I mean, we got POUNDED by them last year. We mostly thought we should have been able to beat them, but maybe they just have our number. They have some size and speed, maybe the worst we’ll have to face all year in that regard.

    I’m not worried (yet). But we need to make the most of the next two games. These are glorified scrimmages. Hopefully, we’ll get back on track and gain plenty of confidence heading into the Pitt game.

    Plus, for once we caught a break — when FSU and Clemson BOTH lost their first ACC games. We’re already a half game ahead of them in the standings and we haven’t even started playing ACC teams yet. If we get our act together on offense, and I think we should, we now have a better chance to be in the mix for the division title at the end of the season, thanks to the gift of them both losing.

  20. MP 09/11/2009 at 12:45 PM #

    I’m with other commenters – this “feels” precautionary. If we can’t win Saturday with any of our two-deep, we got bigger problems than we want to admit. I think it’s a little to early to play the woe-is-us injury card.

  21. BoKnowsNCS71 09/11/2009 at 12:48 PM #

    We played a tough opener team in SC and injuries happen. Had we started with GW and MS – we would have been stronger and more in sync going against SC.

  22. GAWolf 09/11/2009 at 2:20 PM #

    Trust me. Vermiglio’s demeanor on the sidelines in the second half versus USC wasn’t that of a kid who anticipated a long sit or was seriously injured. I read somewhere the word “cramp” but that seems to not be true given this development.

  23. bradleyb123 09/11/2009 at 2:21 PM #

    I agree, BoKnowsNCS71.

    Although, SC could be much improved in week three, too. I’d still like another shot at them with some games under our belts, though.

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