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NC State finally two-deep at quarterback

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There's an old saying that when a team has two quarterbacks, it doesn't have one, and usually, it holds true.

That's not the case for NC State this year.

The Wolfpack, at least according to the way coach Tom O'Brien has been talking, really does have two legitimate quarterbacks on the roster in starter Russell Wilson and backup Mike Glennon, and O'Brien's not afraid to play them both. In fact, O'Brien has already stated his plans to get Glennon some playing time during the first month of the season. There are two good opportunities for an inexperienced quarterback to take his first collegiate snaps in home games against Murray State and Gardner-Webb.

The question, though, is how O'Brien will continue to use them, considering they both bring different strengths to the position. Glennon has a strong arm and natural physical ability. The staff has already compared him to former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. He completed 23 of 38 attempts for 272 yards and one touchdown in the spring game. Wilson, on the other hand, gave defenses headaches last year by making plays with his feet. O'Brien wants Wilson to take the next step this season and make better decisions in the passing game.

It could turn into a remarkably similar situation to what Glennon's older brother, Sean, went through at Virginia Tech when he split time with the more mobile Tyrod Taylor. Or, Glennon could simply be the backup who is used sparingly.

Considering how good Wilson was last year -- and only in his first season as starter -- Glennon would have to be extremely impressive to unseat the ACC's Rookie of the Year. There's no question right now Wilson is the starter, even though he has dedicated significant time to baseball this offseason.

There's no reason for NC State fans to panic over Wilson's participation with the Gastonia Grizzlies, a collegiate team in the Coastal Plain League, which features 14 teams from the Carolinas and Virginia. Wilson is only playing there until the second summer session begins later this month, and Wilson will be around for seven-on-sevens and the usual offseason conditioning and workouts. It's not like his decision to focus on baseball right now earned him a black mark in O'Brien's book.

Regardless of how the snaps are divided this fall, one thing is for sure -- NC State will be twice as good at quarterback as it was this time a year ago.