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N.C. State QB, top defender out indefinitely

Associated Press / September 23, 2008
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North Carolina State will be without its starting quarterback as well as its top defensive player when the Wolfpack play No. 13 South Florida Saturday.

Coach Tom O'Brien said yesterday that quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Nate Irving are injured. He wouldn't say what was wrong with them, citing the Atlantic Coast Conference's injury policy.

"They're both injured and won't play," O'Brien said. "Indefinite. I have no idea how long it's going to be."

The team's depth chart listed Harrison Beck as the new starter at quarterback, with senior Daniel Evans as his backup.

Wilson was named the ACC's offensive back of the week after throwing three touchdown passes in a 30-24 upset of East Carolina. He was on the field at the end of the game, handing off on Andre Brown's winning 10-yard touchdown run in overtime.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman, suffered a concussion in the season opener at South Carolina, but O'Brien declined to say whether that is related to his current injury.

Beck, a junior, played sparingly against East Carolina but threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Irving shares the lead in the ACC with three interceptions and leads the team in tackles and tackles for loss, and will be replaced by true freshman Dwayne Maddox.

Encouraging sign

Ball State receiver Dante Love, who suffered a broken spine and sustained a spinal cord injury during Saturday's game against Indiana, could move his arms and legs after five hours of surgery early Sunday morning, an encouraging sign. Doctors at Meredith Hospital in Indianapolis said Love should recover sufficiently to lead a normal life but that he'll likely never play football again. Love was injured early in the second quarter after catching a short pass, then turned up the field and collided with Indiana cornerback Chris Adkins in front of the Hoosiers sideline . . . Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers won't play college football again, but was able to walk out of the hospital a day after breaking a bone in his spine. The fifth-year senior was hurt on a late hit during the Cougars' 48-9 win over Portland State Saturday that fractured a cervical vertebra but did not require surgery. The team says his expected recovery time is 3-4 months.

Ponder gets call

Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for Florida State Saturday against Colorado in Jacksonville while backup D'Vontrey Richardson remains the backup. Although neither sophomore was effective in Saturday's 12-3 loss to Wake Forest, Florida State coaches didn't turn to more experienced Drew Weatherford, who is languishing on the bench despite 33 career starts. "It wouldn't do any good except to cause more confusion," coach Bobby Bowden said . . . Prosecutors will review police reports before deciding whether to file formal charges against Notre Dame tight end Will Yeatman and center Mike Golic Jr., son of ESPN television host Mike Golic. They were among nearly 40 people arrested on preliminary alcohol charges at a weekend party in South Bend, Ind. . . . Despite a 56-14 loss to Texas Tech, Massachusetts dropped just one spot to No. 10 in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches' poll. New Hampshire (3-0) is ranked No. 8.

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