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NC State doesn't expect Russell Wilson back

Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:30 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that signing day is out of the way, coaches can begin turning their attention back to the 2011 season and getting their team ready for spring games in a few months. N.C. State head coach Tom O'Brien is one of those coaches, and though he doesn't have any official word on the subject, he's preparing for 2011 as though he won't have quarterback Russell Wilson available to him.

"Our plans are he's not coming back," O'Brien told the Charlotte News & Observer. "He'll be a baseball player. We have to move forward with Glennon. We've planned for this day, and Michael's ready to do it."

Wilson was drafted in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies last summer, and though he stuck around Raleigh to play with the Wolfpack this season, the general consensus is that when he joins Colorado for spring training later this month, he won't be coming back. Though O'Brien isn't completely ruling Wilson's return out, but made it clear that being a quarterback is a full-time job, and that if he's not available for the spring game, the odds will decrease dramatically.

"It [would] be a tough situation for him to come back and do it," O'Brien said. "We would have to see if that ever happens, but I don't foresee that happening down the road. Russell has never failed at anything he has ever attempted. He's going to try make the Colorado Rockies. That's where I see him."

If Wilson is indeed done at N.C. State, he's leaving the school ranked third all-time in total offense (9,268 yards), passing yards (8,545), and second in career touchdown passes (76).
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