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QB Wilson's career at NC State is over

Posted April 29, 2011
Updated June 27, 2011

— Russell Wilson has been released from his football commitment to North Carolina State University. Head coach Tom O'Brien said Friday that the decision to part ways was mutual, based upon the team's need to plan for the fall and Wilson's pursuit of a pro baseball career.

"Russell and I have had very open conversations about his responsibilities respective to baseball and football,” O’Brien said in a statement. “While I am certainly respectful of Russell's dedication to baseball these last several years, within those discussions I also communicated to him the importance of his time commitment to NC State Football."

Wilson was drafted in 2010 in the fourth round (140th overall) by the Colorado Rockies. He started the spring playing for the Class A Asheville Tourists.

Wilson, who carries a 4.0 GPA in State's graduate business program, had the option of returning for one more season of football. He said he had not completely closed that door, but realized that the ongoing speculation was a distraction to the players who were preparing for the fall.

“It has become apparent that the time has come for the program to move on without me," Wilson said.  

The release gives Wilson the option to play for another team if he decides to return to football.

"While my immediate plan includes playing professional baseball, I have not closed the door on football," Wilson added. " With one more season of college eligibility remaining, I will continue to explore and consider all my options."

In three seasons, Wilson positioned himself in the ACC top 10 in career total offense list with 9,628 yards, 13th in passing yardage (9,377), second in touchdown responsibility (93) and third in touchdown passes (76).

"I am forever grateful to NC State for allowing me the privilege of participating in athletics for four years. I especially appreciate the cooperation among coaches who allowed me to pursue my dream of playing two sports," Wilson said. 

"I also want to thank the great fans of NC State University. Your love and support was a gift that I appreciated every day and will treasure my entire life." 
 

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  • BeastOnTheHill May 4, 10:18 a.m.

    As I recall, Wilson came to NCSU because he was told he could play football and baseball. So... View More

    — Posted by largooverton

    he did that and the deal was to play both sports at NCSU. Playing both sports at two different levels and in two different states is something totally different. He cannot be there to practice with the footaball team in his off hours from baseball. He is being paid by the Rockies so he needs to be in committed to that. If he wanted to play football for one more year then he should not have committed to the Rockies.

  • largooverton May 3, 9:35 p.m.

    As I recall, Wilson came to NCSU because he was told he could play football and baseball. So what happened to that????????????

  • dsalter May 3, 4:57 p.m.

    I heard on ESPN radio last night, he told someone there were 10 schools interested in him. I don't doubt it, but at the same time I can see T.O.B.'s situation too. He wants his players on the field now...and there's no way Russell Wilson can be there. Besides that, he had Glennon committ to State with the promise he would start....likely sooner than he will. It's time to look to the future and go on.

  • caseofthefoo May 3, 2:24 p.m.

    Imagine what Carter Finley will sound like when Glennon throws his first pick. Lotta pressure on that kid next year.

  • gaineycarlton May 1, 4:24 p.m.

    ^i've heard vt fans talk down about glennon and how badly it worked out for vt? i've followed vt more closely since the vick era.. one thing i've noticed is that vt really hasn't had a great qb. vick was very talented, but did beamer develop that talent? imo, no way! so now we bring up glennon? what did beamer and co. do to develop him? nothing, they are just looking for another micheal vick imho! so my question is, does frank "beamer ball" beamer :) develop his qbs? you know my answer.

    as far as mike glennon, all i can do is look back at what TOB has done with his qbs and i say that yes, this glennon may work out. this year, i don't expect him to be phillip rivers.. nor the next. each qb has to have their own identity, even from glennon to glennon.

  • gaineycarlton May 1, 4:17 p.m.

    Wilson was one of the best players in ACC history. He deserves nothing but the best in his... View More

    — Posted by cherokeetomahawk

    by not committing to the TEAM, he chose not to COMPETE for the starting position. dana bible's offense operates off of its personnel.. for the last three seasons, it has been built around RW and his talents. we are a little farther along with personnel.. add a new wr group, mustafa & co. and in this case glennon. there should be noticeable differences in what the qb position is doing this coming season. in order for RW to fit into to the scheme.. he would need to COMMIT to the TEAM around him.

  • jmoore27540 May 1, 4:11 p.m.

    Wilson wouldnt commit to Football completely. I'm sure TOB laid everything out for him in regard. If RW had been given the opportunity to come in and take the job from MG again he would have transferred. If RW had done well in minor league BB and taken that route NCSU would have been doubly screwed because Glennon would have been long gone. TOB had to take the one in the hand versus the two in the bush.

    TOB seems to be a man of his word and he most likely gave Glennon assurances early on that he would be the go to guy this year. RW could have been a back up but I dont blame him for not taking that lying down.

    I'm not saying I like the decision but I understand it. Where ever RW ends up, i hope he ends up setting every single season record at QB that school has.

  • cherokeetomahawk May 1, 3:13 p.m.

    Wilson was one of the best players in ACC history. He deserves nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

    However, can someone bring forth one rational reason why Wilson was not given the opportunity to compete for the starting job? I apologize to the Wolfpack community, but I simply cannot accept why such a talented, professional young man was not given the chance to compete for the job---compete, not handing it to him.

    If you bring in the Glennon Factor, I can't buy it. Glennon may be a great kid and a very likeable person, but I simply do not believe he's in the same universe comparing his talents with Russell Wilson.

    Approximately three years ago, Frank Beamer decided Glennon's brother would be his QB and he would red shirt Tyrod Taylor. If memory serves me correctly, Glennon started the first game for Va Tech. After the first game, Tyrod's red shirt was removed, and he became the starter the rest of the year.

    Since that point, I cannot tell what happened to the Glennon at Va Tech. I don't know if Va Tech dismissed him from the team, tarred and feathered him out of town, killed him, whatever. Incidentally, that Glennon, I am told, was a much better QB than his brother at NCSU.

    I hope this is not the case. If Glennon is to be the Wolfpack's starter, this Tar Heel fan wishes him and the Wolfpack Nation nothing but total success (with the exception of playing my school).

    Well, guess I've said too much. In all the years God's given me, I don't think I have ever seen anyone equal the QB talents and character of Phil Rivers and Russ Wilson.

  • CrossOver Apr 30, 10:05 p.m.

    Since Wilson is close to Boone, App State just saying! lol or Auburn?

  • gaineycarlton Apr 30, 5:03 p.m.

    Don't quite understand TOB's inflexibility on this issue. Russell is a bonafide top shelf QB who... View More

    — Posted by scousler

    i guess i could go either way with this.. naturally i know how great RW was at nc state.. but i... View More

    — Posted by gaineycarlton

    Glennon may be not all that, and as a Tar Heel fan Paulus never panned out but was such a prized... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    offensive line shouldn't be a problem from here on out.. TOB has been redshirting and building a strong nucleus since his arrival. the first few years were brutal but signs of progress last year.

    i always thought sexton was the best qb butch had and don't understand why he cast him aside.. for yates nonetheless.

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