August 31, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren on the sidelines during the game against Louisiana Tech at Carter Finley Stadium. North Carolina State defeated Louisiana Tech 40-14. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

NC State QB Brandon Mitchell close to returning

Senior quarterback Brandon Mitchell’s excitement about being named North Carolina State’s starting quarterback didn’t last long. In the opener, he broke his foot and hasn’t played since. Before being injured, Mitchell was 3-of-3 for 93 yards.

Junior Pete Thomas replaced Mitchell in the opener and has started the last three games. The Wolfpack have gotten off to a 3-1 start despite Thomas’ struggles. Thomas is 73-of-114 for 906 yards with just one touchdown pass, two rushing touchdowns and five interceptions.

On Monday, Mitchell got some good news – he could be returning soon.

First year Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren told reporters that Mitchell’s most recent x-rays showed a lot of healing.

“This is a big week for him,” Doeren told Joe Giglio. “When they tell me he can practice, he’ll start practicing.”

“There’s hope for next week and we’ll see where it is.”

Over his four-year career, Mitchell is 28-of-46 for 425 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

The Wolfpack will hit the road to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday at 3:30 pm EST.


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