NC State Football Spring Game

Allen LoppCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

Last Saturday afternoon the Inaugural Kay Yow Spring football game was the end of spring practice for the NC State Wolfpack.

They showed their respect for Kay Yow by wearing pink along with hats by the coaches, pink pompoms by the cheerleaders, and pink tape around players' ankles and wrists. There was also a pink ribbon painted on the 50-yard line.

There was a total of 21,075 Wolfpack fans, the largest in recent memory, if not the history of Wolfpack Football.

Tom O'Brien asked all the attending fans to contribute a dollar to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Prior to the game a brief moment of silence was observed for Kay Yow and Corey Smith.

The main attraction was on the the performances of starting quarterback Russell Wilson along with backup Mike Glennon.

Wilson put on a passing and running exhibition for the Red Squad going 10 for 14 for 195 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to Owen Spencer.

Glennon is a red-shirt freshman and seemed to be just as sharp. He begin for the White team completing 15 out of 24 for 170 yards, including a 40-yard completion and a touchdown pass to sophomore Steven Howard.

In the second half he competed for both teams for certain part of the second half. On the afternoon Mike Glennon was 23 of 38 for 272 yards, and one touchdown.

Coach O'Brien wanted to make sure that Russell Wilson went into spring looking for the No. 2 receiver, not just the primary receiver like most young and inexperienced quarterbacks have a tendency to do.

They are still encouraging him to buy time with his feet, instead of taking off with the ball, and passing it to the No. receiver.

Glennon was a highly recruited player from Centrevill, Va. who was red-shirted last season and this was his Wolfpack debut and a very memorable one at that. With Glennon and Russell we will have a very good one-two punch.

Of course their are more than just a QB on a team and the offensive line is still going through development and the progress of the defensive secondary is a bit concerning.

The defense was strong throughout the day with Clem Johnson and Audi Augustion recording game-high seven tackles for the Red team. The White team was lead by Robert Bell's six tackles and Nate Irving's five tackles. Eight different players recorded touch-only sacks of the quarterback including Augustin, JR Sweezy, Wille Young, Shea McKeen, and Sterling Lucas each having two..

Overall the team looked good and the turn out of fans was impressive. It is obvious the team is a tougher along with more experience.