Monday, September 22, 2008

Wilson, Irving out for Wolfpack vs. USF

Starting quarterback Russell Wilson and leading tackler Nate Irving will not play Saturday for N.C. State against South Florida because of injuries, coach Tom O'Brien said Monday during his weekly news conference.

O'Brien said both players are out indefinitely but declined to elaborate on Wilson’s specific injury. Wilson suffered a Grade 3 concussion in the Aug. 28 season opener against South Carolina and returned to play at quarterback 16 days later at Clemson.

On Saturday, Wilson, a redshirt freshman, had the best game of his career in a 30-24 overtime win over East Carolina, passing for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

Irving suffered an injury to his right lower leg on Saturday. He leads N.C. State with 34 tackles, including six tackles for loss, and three interceptions.

Harrison Beck is listed as N.C. State's starter, with Daniel Evans as the backup.

Beck is 25-for-44 for 353 yards this season with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. He passed for 246 yards in a little more than two quarters to lead N.C. State to a win over William & Mary on Sept. 6.

But on Saturday, he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by East Carolina's Van Eskridge and lost a fumble in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

Freshman Dwayne Maddox will replace Irving in the starting lineup.

– Ken Tysiac