NC State coach says Russell coming back

April, 14, 2010
4/14/10
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NC State coach Tom O'Brien put an end to any speculation that quarterback Russell Wilson might leave football to pursue a dream of playing professional baseball.

"Russell's coming back, so I don't know why there's ever any question," O'Brien told reporters after Tuesday’s practice. "He said it again this week that he's coming back, so write it down. He's coming back."

Wilson is not practicing with the football team this spring and is instead playing his third season with the Wolfpack baseball team as an infielder. He’s hitting .311, and also has pitched in eight games with an ERA of 6.35 and one save.

Wilson was actually picked in the 41st round by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2007 baseball draft and is once again draft eligible in June.

As a quarterback, Wilson led the ACC with 31 touchdown passes last season and was an All-ACC pick.

If Wilson is drafted and chooses baseball, Mike Glennon likely would be the Wolfpack starter. Glennon has been taking all of the starter reps in practice this spring.

Graham Watson | email

College Football
Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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