Injuries Threatening To Derail NC State's Season

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It's almost October, and North Carolina State still hasn't beaten a team from the Bowl Subdivision.

The Wolfpack (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are in danger of being eliminated from bowl consideration well before Halloween.

They've taken a clear step backwards following their breakthrough 2010 in which they won nine games and claimed a victory in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Coach Tom O'Brien said Monday that "we're not where we thought we would be or could be," and pointed to an ever-growing list of injuries -- particularly on the defensive line -- as the prime culprit.

N.C. State will start its third different group of defensive linemen this week against No. 21 Georgia Tech and is down to two healthy defensive tackles.

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  • by Bud Location: Washington on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    Russell Wilson for Heisman! Man doesn't Wisconsin just look like a juggernaut powerhouse?! I wouldn't blame injuries for the losses, you can just look at the accuracy of your Elite 11 quarterback for the source of all your problems. Cincy exposed that kid bigtime.
  • by Pack Man Location: Knightdale on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Well Anonymous, I didn't expect to have so many key players to get injured while players from other schools, especially UNC, ECU, and Wake Forest would stay so healthy this year. If State was healthy enough, yes I would still say they would compete for the ACC title.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:32 AM in reply to Pack Man
      What does ECU have to do with it? They are not in the ACC
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Pack Man, where are you? You were so sure State was going to compete for the ACC title werent you? Where are you hiding at? Let us hear from you...GO HEELS!
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      by Fred on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to
      Anon. I don't see the heels competing for the title either. Just saying.
  • by Chuck on Sep 26, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    It is going to be a long,long season.Lol,i am so glad. With a sorry coach & wacked up Ad The injuries ,i say 4-8,or 5-7. It ain't gonna be pretty. Maybe O'brien needs to send put some resumes. He might want to get some moving van lines Quotes. Russell Wilson & I are laughing out loud.

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