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N.C. State set to decide starting QB

Freshman Mike Glennon will redshirt at N.C. State, leaving football coach Tom O'Brien and his staff to choose between senior Daniel Evans and redshirt freshman Russell Wilson at quarterback.

O'Brien said Glennon struggled during a scrimmage Friday that tested the quarterbacks in special situations such as the two-minute and four-minute drills. O'Brien has discussed the redshirt with Glennon and said Glennon is satisfied with it.

Today, O'Brien plans to gather with his assistant coaches to decide which players should start at quarterback and other positions that have been up for grabs during the preseason. O'Brien plans to announce starters at all positions after N.C. State trades depth charts with South Carolina, its opponent in the Aug. 28 season-opener in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina media relations director Steve Fink said Wednesday that coach Steve Spurrier still was sorting out his own depth chart after the Gamecocks held their final scrimmage Tuesday. Fink said he would like to trade depth charts with N.C. State as soon as possible because he needs the Wolfpack's chart for the game program that goes to press Friday.

Fink said he doesn't have a problem with the way N.C. State is handling the situation.

"I don't think there's any gamesmanship going on," he said.

Nonetheless, there's still plenty of secrecy surrounding N.C. State's choice after Tuesday's final preseason scrimmage. For the second straight scrimmage, O'Brien withheld passing statistics from the media.

He said there's a chance both quarterbacks could play, particularly if Wilson gets the starting job. He envisioned a situation in which Evans might replace Wilson in the second quarter so Wilson could get a look at the defense from the sideline. O'Brien used a two-quarterback rotation at times at Boston College.

"If it's Russell Wilson, maybe we'll take him out and put Daniel in just so [Wilson] can settle down and look at the defense," O'Brien said. "I can't answer that now. But I've done it before."

Junior Harrison Beck, who along with sophomore Justin Burke began the preseason in a five-player race for the starting job, will be the third-team quarterback. Burke is in the process of transferring to Louisville.

NOTES: Andre Brown (11 carries, 33 yards) and Curtis Underwood (12-43) were the lone tailbacks whose statistics from Tuesday's scrimmage were provided to the media.

O'Brien was asked if starting tailback Jamelle Eugene is hurt.

"He's not hurt any more than anybody else has been," O'Brien said. He said Eugene will be ready to play in the opener

* Reserve linebacker John Ware is on academic suspension, O'Brien said. Ware is not practicing but will have a chance to improve his academic status and return to the team.

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