North Carolina State's Russell Wilson is an outstanding football player. Too bad most of the nation outside the Atlantic Coast Conference have never heard of the junior quarterback.
However, Wilson put a show on for the nation last night under the bright lights of the ESPN cameras. He completed 26-of-40 passes for 333 yards including three touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 yards in the Wolfpack's 30-19 victory over Cincinnati.
These guy is a joy to watch. He is just an athlete. He throws a catchable ball, has a rocket right arm and can scramble and put up valuable rushing yards. Wilson is a total quarterback package.
Wilson has started for the Wolfpack for three years. He has been plagued with injuries and inconsistency. He has made first team ACC but has also offered forgettable performances where you ask why can a guy with this much talent be this bad?
NC State has started 3-0 this season. It has a solid offense and a good, serviceable defense. But if the Pack is to surprise folks in the conference and the country, Wilson will lead them. He is the type of player who can definitely carry a team.
Wilson's best sport may not even be football. He has played middle infield for the Pack baseball team and performed this past summer in the Colorado Rockies chain.
So in the future, he will have a decision. Right now, Pack fans are hoping they have another ACC first-teamer that will lead NC State to many victories this fall.