O'Brien: Greene Cleared

O'Brien: Greene Cleared

NC State's offensive backfield is now that much more deeper. The Wolfpack found out today that sophomore tailback Mustafa Greene is cleared academically and ready to go this year after final summer school grades were posted this week.

NC State's offensive backfield is now that much more deeper. The Wolfpack found out today that sophomore tailback Mustafa Greene is cleared academically and ready to go this year after final summer school grades were posted this week.

"Mustafa's grades are in, and he's cleared," Tom O'Brien said tonight following practice. "We went two for three, so that's not bad."

O'Brien was referring to the fact that Greene and defensive tackle A.J. Ferguson are good to go academically while quarterback Tyler Brosius didn't make the grade and is no longer a part of the program.

As a true freshman in 2010, Greene led the Wolfpack with a team-high 597 yards and four scores. He also caught 30 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns, flashing soft hands out of the backfield and an explosiveness they lacked at times last year.

He missed the 2011 season with a foot injury and off-the-field issues limited him in the spring, but Greene is now back practicing. What does Greene give State? O'Brien says they aren't sure right now.

"We don't know," said O'Brien. "He hasn't played in a year. He's got to get back, and he's got to get into practice. He's got to be able to now make it through the next three weeks to game time and see if we can get him back into game shape.

"He's way behind right now. He looks quick because he has fresh legs compared to everybody else right now. He's got to lose his legs and everything else. We'll see how it goes."

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