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Status for Wolfpack's Wilson in doubt

N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson (16) is carted off the field after a hit by USC defensive end Jordin Lindsey (41) during the second quarter as the Gamecocks take on N.C. State at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., August 28, 2008.
N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson (16) is carted off the field after a hit by USC defensive end Jordin Lindsey (41) during the second quarter as the Gamecocks take on N.C. State at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., August 28, 2008. The State

N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson was released from the hospital after the Wolfpack football team left Columbia on Thursday night and was on his way back to Raleigh on Friday.

Wilson was hospitalized after being knocked out and suffering a concussion during the second quarter of the Wolfpack's 34-0 loss to South Carolina.

He was released from the hospital into the custody of his mother, Tammy Wilson.

Russell's brother, Harrison Wilson, said Tammy and Russell were traveling to Raleigh to get Russell back to campus late Friday after dropping Harrison off at the airport in Columbia.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman starting in his first game, had a Grade 3 concussion -- the most serious form of concussion, indicating at least a brief period of unconsciousness.

Harrison said Russell was coherent by the time he saw him in the hospital after the game.

According to Harrison, Russell was saying he wanted to play in the Pack's next game, on Sept. 6 against William & Mary.

"But obviously with that concussion, that's probably not the case," said Harrison, a former wide receiver for the University of Richmond.

N.C. State assistant sports information director Pat Norris said N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien would not discuss Wilson's condition or what it means for the team until Monday's regularly scheduled news conference.

But it's a major issue for the team.

Senior Daniel Evans, the backup after a five-player preseason competition to be the starting quarterback, was just 4-of-12 for 37 yards with two interceptions Thursday.

After Wilson was carted off the field, N.C. State's offense did not cross midfield.

Junior Harrison Beck replaced Evans with 6:53 remaining in the game and N.C. State trailing 27-0. Beck did not complete any of his three passes.

Evans started eight games and Beck started four last season. After the game, O'Brien said the staff would have to "re-evaluate" the shortcomings on offense.

O'Brien said he didn't know if Wilson's injury would change the coaches' plans for highly regarded freshman Sean Glennon. Though the coaches were impressed with Glennon in the preseason, O'Brien had announced that Glennon would redshirt because he needed a year of experience to get ready to play.

Evans said he couldn't pinpoint the reason for N.C. State's problems on offense. The Wolfpack managed just 138 yards of total offense.

"It's very disappointing," Evans said, "but I guess I've been around long enough and a lot of the guys here have been around long enough to know that it's the first game of the season, and it's hard to think about moving on after this, but we're going to have to."

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