RALEIGH Daniel Evans is in at quarterback and Anthony Hill is out at tight end as N.C. State's injury problems grow more devastating each week.
Coach Tom O'Brien listed Evans as the starter and Harrison Beck as the backup at quarterback for Saturday's game against William & Mary.
Redshirt freshman Russell Wilson, who won the quarterback job in the preseason, suffered a concussion in Thursday's opener at South Carolina and is out for an indefinite period.
Hill, a senior elected a co-captain by his teammates, will miss Saturday's game with a chest injury. His is the latest in a debilitating string of injuries for the offense:
Donald Bowens, the team's top wide receiver, is out for the season with a lower back stress fracture.
Running back Toney Baker is out indefinitely after having preseason surgery to repair cartilage in his knee.
Jamelle Eugene, the starting running back, missed the opener with an ankle injury. O'Brien said Eugene might play Saturday if he is healthy enough to practice this week.
Wilson is back on campus and attending class. O'Brien said the staff will follow doctors' instructions and treat Wilson as day-to-day as he recovers from the hit that knocked him out of the opener in the second quarter.
N.C. State added a read-option package on offense to utilize Wilson's rushing skills, but might call more pro-set dropback plays with the less mobile Evans.
“With Russell, he has the option to pull it back and run,” said running back Andre Brown. “Daniel, it's more of, give it to (the running back). I guess when Russell's in the game it's more of an option, it's a threat with the (quarterback) running.”
Evans, a senior, is 6-11 in 17 starts over the past two seasons. He struggled after replacing Wilson in the second quarter of the 34-0 loss to the Gamecocks. Evans was 4-for-12 for 37 yards with two interceptions.
He was hardly the only one to blame for N.C. State's woeful 49-yard passing effort.
“Anybody involved in the passing game was not very good,” O'Brien said during his weekly news conference. “When we had to get into the situation to throw the ball, we didn't protect very well, we didn't throw very well and we didn't get open very well.”
Evans started eight games last season, and Beck, a junior, started the other four. On Thursday, O'Brien hinted that he might re-evaluate the status of freshman Mike Glennon, who has been scheduled for a redshirt.
He said Monday the team is moving ahead with Evans and Beck while heeding the doctors' advice on Wilson.
Reserve offensive guard Curtis Crouch served what appears to be a one-game suspension when he did not travel to South Carolina. O'Brien said he reinstated Crouch on Monday. … Shea McKeen, the former South Carolina player who made two tackles with one sack against the Gamecocks, has vaulted over Markus Kuhn into a starting spot at defensive end.
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