Russell Wilson Will Play Football in 2010

NC State’s starting quarterback will play football in 2010.

Tom O’Brien, the Wolfpack’s head coach made the announcement today after football practice when he said bluntly, “write it down: [Wilson is] coming back.”

So let it be written.  Wilson, a two year starter, was thought to have played his final football season for the Wolfpack in 2009, and was expected to enter the upcoming Baseball Entry Draft later this year.  When he came to NC State, Wilson was thought a can’t-miss prospect as a baseball player, but in a Wolfpack uniform, he has yet to live up to the lofty expectations that many — including major league scouts — had for him.

Instead, Wilson was an unexpected All-ACC performer his freshman year, and last season, he continued his good play by completing 31 touchdown passes.  Along the way, he also set the NCAA record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception. On September 19, 2009, Wilson broke Andre Woodson’s all-time NCAA record of 325 consecutive pass attempts without an interception against Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. The 389-pass streak ended in a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

During this season’s spring practice, Wilson has been absent, focusing on playing for the Wolfpack baseball team.  In his place, reserve Mike Glennon has taken the snaps with the Wolfpack team and has, according to several sources, performed admirably. story

FWIW, SFN posted this entry a couple of months ago previewing this good news.

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27 Responses to Russell Wilson Will Play Football in 2010

  1. The Grinch 04/13/2010 at 9:00 PM #

    Heh. Sweet.

    Too bad he isn’t meeting expectations in Baseball, but love to see him come back in Football.

  2. highstick 04/13/2010 at 9:18 PM #

    I never saw baseball as an option for him.

  3. Dogbreath 04/13/2010 at 9:18 PM #

    Can Mike Glennon punt or play cornerback?

  4. bradleyb123 04/13/2010 at 9:49 PM #

    Two words: WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!

  5. highstick 04/13/2010 at 10:08 PM #

    If can only bitch slap Butch one mo time!

  6. Plz2BStateFan 04/13/2010 at 10:08 PM #

    I feel for Glennon.

  7. newt 04/13/2010 at 10:28 PM #

    Glennon will probably start for two years behind a near NFL-caliber O-line. In good programs, football players don’t play as underclassmen, unless there is a big gap in the depth chart. His time will come. Besides, he’s just an injury away from being the man. I feel sorry for Russell having to be paired with our defense as of late.

  8. TheCOWDOG 04/13/2010 at 10:31 PM #

    He’ll play in 2011 too, unless he enters the NFL draft. Ride this next coming of Doug Flutie…it will work out.

  9. aPACKadeez 04/13/2010 at 11:33 PM #

    This is good, since Rdub has been a very good decision-maker. Do we think Glennon will transfer? I think he was already ticked off last year because he wasn’t playing right?

  10. bradleyb123 04/14/2010 at 12:22 AM #

    I feel for Glennon, too. But he does have a chance to be the starter. He just has to be the best man for the job. If he doesn’t start, it’s his own fault.

  11. section2chuck 04/14/2010 at 6:28 AM #

    Does anybody know if R.Wilson will play in the spring game this weekend? Since the baseball team is playing @ Maryland this weekend. I hope we have another great turnout.

  12. Wulfpack 04/14/2010 at 6:44 AM #

    “I feel for Glennon, too. But he does have a chance to be the starter. He just has to be the best man for the job. If he doesn’t start, it’s his own fault.”

    I don’t think “fault” has anything to do with it. Glennon’s working hard. He’s doing everything he can do. I fully support the coaching staff starting the best man for the job. However, I do get the feeling we are wasting a major talent in Glennon. How would you know if he never plays???

  13. sbas2 04/14/2010 at 7:02 AM #

    in watching Wilson play baseball as a freshman and a sophomore, i just did not see him being a player who could make it beyond the professional class A or double A in that sport. however, since baseball scouts thought more highly of him, and Avent said that he could be a major league player, i gave him the benefit of the doubt. when Bergquist beat Wilson out for the short stop position and Wilson was moved to the bullpen, i felt that my earlier opinion might have been correct. it looked like Avent was just trying to find a position for Wilson to play. i did watch Wilson pitch against Virginia in the Sunday game and while he gave up two runs i thought were underserved becasue of a bad call by the third base umpire, i felt that he could be a good college pitcher, but nothing more. Wilson just did not have the velocity on his pitches if the score board is correct. maybe if he spent more time pitching, his velocity will increase. i just think Wilson is a lot better at football.

  14. Oldwolf 04/14/2010 at 7:33 AM #

    while I do not know what RW will do this weekend for the spring game, I know that another 2 sport star – Kyle Parker of Clemson, is a top ranked baseball player and the previous starting QB. Clemson had a 3 game series in the DBAP agaisnt Duke this past weekend. Parker played in the games on Friday and Sunday and flew back down to Clemson for their spring football game. I don’t think that he is doing sprig football practice and is a much higher ragted baseball player than RW.

  15. sbas2 04/14/2010 at 7:58 AM #

    State had a starting quarterback who was the ace of the baseball team’s pitching staff in the mid nineties-Terry Harvey. i remember fans mentioning Harvey’s name in the same sentence as the Heisman trophy after Harvey quarterbacked a few games as a freshman. Harvey as a pitcher for State was one of the first to beat Florida State at Florida State when FSU was much more dominate in baseball. Harvey got drafted by the Yankees. don’t know how far up the ladder he went, but i don’t recall seeing him on a major league team’s roster.

  16. choppack1 04/14/2010 at 8:11 AM #

    Wilson’s an incredible QB. At this rate, he might even have a shot at the NFL…It’s not likely and he’ll probably never be a 1st or 2nd round pick, but even if he improves just a little next year, I can see him being drafted.

    I’ll put it this way – if he was as good at baseball as he is in football right now, he’d be a 2nd round or 3rd round pick…because infielders don’t need to be 6-4.

  17. GoldenChain 04/14/2010 at 8:29 AM #

    I think the question about RW and Saturday can be answered in ‘has he been practicing at all with the f’ball team?’
    Previous reports on the forum say ‘no’ (just going by what others have said), so I would doubt that he would just show up to play with no practice time.
    Otherwise, its is great news for WP f’ball fans.
    As far as Glennon, he needs to do a Charles Davenport/Marcus Stone and just tell Tom Owns Butch that he wants to play and just put him ‘somewhere’. I think that would be the heart of a true competitor (and maybe he’s done that and TOB wants to save him for QB).
    BTW, I went and watched RW play in the Gashouse last summer and he was frankly spectacular. And that was in a league with other college players. I’m a little surprised that he’s have a down season in baseball.

  18. choppack1 04/14/2010 at 8:40 AM #

    Glennon has no other options right now.

    He’s a QB. He probably knows Bible and TOB’s track record w/ developing QBs. He just has to sit. Heck – even if he transfers, he won’t be eligible until 2011 season if transfers to D1 – and there’s no guarantees that in that time period another QB won’t emerge the way Russell did.

    As it stands right now, if RW plays QB this year AND next. He’s likely the starter for his senior year. If RW leaves after the 2010 season, he gets 2 years – which is the most he’d get anywhere.

  19. coach13 04/14/2010 at 9:13 AM #

    Looking at Glennon, he still needs to bulk up. He still looks stringy…like a linebacker unabated could break him in half.

    What would be nice is if we could beat the sh#@ outta a couple of teams the way Spurrier used to a Fla and let Glennon play a quarter or two in the second half.

    Remember, A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH. Be happy RW, a proven first rate QB, is back. I remember how anxious we were for Marcus Stone to get the nod after the Rivers void. I was at the first game they announced he was starting. Crowd was happy initially…

    I do think Glennon will get his time, and will do fine.

  20. Classof89 04/14/2010 at 9:17 AM #

    some of you inexplicably seem to think that simply because he had a lofty recruiting ranking coming in, Glennon somehow has a birthright to play. Based on what I saw last season, he isn’t even remotely close to being the QB Wilson is. What makes a great QB in my book isn’t having an arm like a cannon and the ability to throw it 50 yards off your back foot…it’s knowing when to take just enough off a pass so your receiver can actually catch it, but the corner can’t close and make the play…What good does the ability to drill a pass in there do when it’s bouncing off the receiver’s hands or shoulder pads?

  21. packplantpath 04/14/2010 at 9:26 AM #

    “What makes a great QB in my book isn’t having an arm like a cannon and the ability to throw it 50 yards off your back foot…it’s knowing when to take just enough off a pass so your receiver can actually catch it, but the corner can’t close and make the play…”


  22. Alpha Wolf 04/14/2010 at 10:17 AM #

    ^ Brett Favre had a problem with that in his early career and still threw howitzer shots throughout.

    Beck, however, never could/would learn that getting the ball there quick is one thing, however, if the receiver (who is on the move in 98% of all cases) cannot catch the thing then the pass is as useless as a basketball bat.

  23. Badinboarder09 04/14/2010 at 10:23 AM #

    newt makes a good point about most QBs don’t even play until their junior year. Sometimes I think we might have been been better with Glennon cause he is the kinda QB TOB likes and his offense is based around. But then I remember how terrible NCSt’s defensed is and how badly there needs to be re-structuring on the defensive staff.

  24. packbackr04 04/14/2010 at 10:53 AM #

    Bible has done great re-tooling the Pro style offense he and TOB normally run for Russel and making it more of a spread. And I believe if you look it up, Russells O’s are scoring just as much as BC’s offense was with Matt Ryan (with less talent than BC). If Russell plays this fall, and it sounds like he is… Russell Wilson IS AND SHOULD BE the starting QB. end of discussion. its not even debatable.

    I think TOB would be well served to recruit another Spread style QB, that is the way the college game is played now. Although, Brosius is also a pro style QB, so once Russell is gone, he will prob go back to his offense that is set up for slow white QBs

  25. tjfoose2 04/14/2010 at 2:41 PM #

    As expected. No surprise here.

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