Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pack's Wilson still confident in receivers

N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson said he still has confidence in his receivers even after five of his passes were dropped in Thursday's 7-3 loss to South Carolina.

Three times in the Wolfpack's final four plays on offense, Wilson delivered balls that receivers got their hands on but couldn't secure. Two of those missed opportunities came in the end zone.

"I just try to keep it positive, let them know that I'm going to keep coming to them," Wilson said during his weekly conference with reporters Tuesday. "I don't care if they've already dropped six balls in a game. I'm going to keep throwing the ball to them."

N.C. State plays again at 6 p.m. Saturday against Murray State at Carter-Finley Stadium. Wilson said one of the fun things about football is trying to find ways to get better when things have gone bad.

He said he's not satisfied with losing, but said the team's problems from the South Carolina game can be fixed. He said the team needs to do a better job of taking advantage of what he called "game-altering plays."

"The score was 7-3," Wilson said. "We lost 7-3. It's not like we got blown out or anything. It was a good game. We should have won. We'll make sure we capaitalize on those opportunities more often."

Ken Tysiac