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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

QB Race Down To Two: Glennon To Be Redshirted

Per 850theBuzz:
3 down, 1 more to go. Justin Burke and Harrison Beck were already ruled out of the starting QB contest at NC State. Forget about Mike Glennon as well. Tom O’Brien announced that the school will redshirt Glennon this season. That leaves Daniel Evans and Russell Wilson as the final two contestants on Wolfpack Quarterback Idol.
You know my thoughts on it already. I think it's a good move, and it gives Glennon time to grow, get familiar with the playbook and get a leg up on his grades while Evans or Wilson take us through the second season of Tom's rebuilding project.


From the WRAL story:
O’Brien said it was possible that the two finalists will both see playing time in the season opener.

“We’ve been in these situations [at Boston College] and we’ve put the other guy in the game some time in the second quarter just to get the starter out because he was new. But it depends on who it is. If it’s Russell Wilson maybe we’ll take him out and put Evans in just so he can settle down and look at the defense.”
O’Brien said the starting decisions for all positions will be made when the Wolfpack exchanges depth charts with Gamecocks.
If you ask me, Evans is the leader at this point to start the South Carolina game, and I don't think it's even close. Maybe 80/20 in Evans' favor, and that's being generous to Wilson. Evans has what Wilson doesn't, and that's experience. It may not be the most ideal experience (more INTs than TDs to this point), but it's an invaluable leg-up to have on your competition. Maybe if the game was in Raleigh instead of Columbia this would be a closer debate, but I can't see Tom tossing Wilson into the fire on the road at an SEC school in the college football season opener on Thursday night.

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