Posted: 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
By Akula Wolf
Brandon Mitchell didn't even survive one quarter as NC State's starting quarterback. He got rolled up in the early stages of the game, and while he walked off the field under his own power, the injury proved serious--he reportedly fractured a bone in his foot.
Dave Doeren wouldn't elaborate much after the game, but he did admit that Mitchell will be out of action for several weeks.
Coach Doeren confirmed Mitchell is out Multiple weeks with a foot injury.— Pack Pride (@PackPride) August 31, 2013
Doeren says Mitchell injury is a fifth metatarsal— Lauren Brownlow (@lebrownlow) August 31, 2013
Mitchell will need surgery on the foot, according to CBS Sports, and it appears he's looking at a recovery time of four to six weeks. This matches what Mitchell's brother was saying on Twitter not long after the injury occurred, so I don't see any reason to doubt the timetable at this point.
The Central Michigan game is four weeks from now; Wake Forest is five weeks out, and Syracuse is six weeks away. Mitchell will miss the Clemson game, but NC State has a realistic shot of winning every other game it'll play without him. For now, it's your turn, Pete Thomas. He has plenty of starting experience, which is good; he is not the dynamic player around whom the staff structured the offense, which is bad.