ACC Notebook: Brosius leaves ‘Pack in bind

Tyler Brosius’ decision to end his football career and leave N.C. State to concentrate on baseball at another school has put the Wolfpack in a potentially huge bind.

Brosius ended spring practice as the Pack’s second-string quarterback behind prolific starter Mike Glennon. As a third-year sophomore, Brosius’ experience in the program and understanding of the system made him a viable alternative in case something happened to Glennon, even though he attempted just 13 passes in his N.C. State career.

But now the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has transferred to Walters State, a junior college in Tennessee, so he can immediately begin concentrating on baseball. His hope is for a Major League team to draft him next summer.

Brosius’ departure leaves N.C. State extremely thin behind Glennon. The only other quarterbacks on the roster are true freshman Manny Stocker and walk-on Garrett Leatham. Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas won’t be eligible until next season.

N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien made the most obvious of all obvious statements Monday:

“We have to keep Michael healthy,” he said, referring to Glennon.

Stocker is an interesting prospect, though. He was a 3-star recruit and the No. 64 quarterback in the class of 2012, according to But he enrolled in January, has already been through spring drills and the coaches believe he has a much higher ceiling than his high school rankings would suggest.

Given O’Brien’s work with Glennon and Russell Wilson at N.C. State and Matt Ryan and others at Boston College, where he coached before moving to NCSU in 2006, Stocker may just be the quarterback of the future. He should know most of the playbook by now. But how else he adapts will be the key if Glennon goes down.

Injury Hits UNC Again

North Carolina suffered its second important injury in recent weeks when kick returner and wide receiver T.J. Thorp broke his left foot Tuesday. First-year UNC coach Larry Fedora has a policy that he doesn’t discuss injuries unless a player is out for the season, and Fedora hasn’t said Thorp is done for the year, so he’s expected to return at some time.

In the meantime, losing one of the more explosive players in the ACC hurts the Tar Heels. Thorp, a 6-foot, 190-pound true sophomore, registered just two receptions a year ago, but he was slated to play a much larger role in the passing game this fall. His greatest contribution last fall came on kickoff returns.

Thorp averaged 26.7 yards on 36 kickoff returns, including one that went for 100 yards and a touchdown at Clemson.

All Fedora would say Wednesday was, “We haven’t lost him for the season, so I really don’t have anything to say for him.”

Linebacker Darius Lipford suffered an ACL injury during workouts last month and is out for the season. He injured the knee in the Independence Bowl loss to Missouri and then re-injured it in July.

Price Prefers Texas BBQ

Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price is perhaps the most worldly of the ACC’s many talented signal callers. He was born in Wisconsin, spent a few years near Toronto and in England, and had two stints living in Texas, which is where he’s from.

He doesn’t remember being in cheese country and has faint memories of living in Canada. In England, Price, whose father works for the Dell computer company, attended an American school with kids in similar situations. He vividly recalls many of his experiences overseas.

Texas, however, is where Price prefers to draw his roots from. After all, anyone who plays quarterback in the Lone Star State is through and through Texas. It’s part of the culture.

So is barbeque. But now that Price has spent the last few years in North Carolina, where BBQ is also king, he’s had quite a sampling of the rivaling eats. So, what’s his preference, the beef-based brisket of Texas or the vinegar-based pork from the Old North State?

“I have to go with Texas,” Price said last month at the ACC Kickoff, smiling and knowing he was in enemy territory in Greensboro, NC. “Sorry, it has a little bit of a leg up in barbeque.”

By the way, Wake is located in Winston-Salem, NC, which is also the home of the North Barbeque Society, whose stated mission is to “secure North Carolina as the barbeque Capital of the World.”