Coming off of a 7-6 season, there was some optimism for the NC State football program surrounding their new starting quarterback, Brandon Mitchell. However, less than three quarters into his career with the Wolfpack, Mitchell headed to the sidelines with an injury, and he may not be back for 6 weeks.
Mitchell exited NC State’s 40-14 win over Louisiana in the 3rd quarter with a diagnosed foot fracture, and multiple outlets are reporting that he will need surgery to correct the issue. The most common timeline for recovery is approximately 6 weeks, and that would take Mitchell deep into the ACC season before he could return.
The senior quarterback transferred from Arkansas, where he appeared in a handful of games as a backup, but expectations were high for his first full-time role as a starter. While he is recovering, NC State is set to turn to backup QB Pete Thomas, and Thomas has very little experience also, after transferring from Colorado State.
Until there is a defined timeline for Mitchell’s recovery, we can’t speculate on the impact in terms of wins and losses for the Wolfpack. However, a home game with highly-ranked Clemson looms in less than two weeks, and suddenly, that looks like an automatic loss without Mitchell under center. Stay tuned.