Tape It Up: NC State: Another Star Falls

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NC State: Another Star Falls

NC State's offense has been absolutely decimated by injury, and things took another turn for the worse on Sunday. Top running back Toney Baker injured a knee in the Wolfpack's 25-23 season opening loss to Central Florida on Saturday, and the injury is severe enough that Baker will not return to the field in 2007.

During arthroscopic surgery on Sunday, doctors found cartilage damage in the junior's knee, sidelining him indefinitely. Baker was the team's leading rusher in 2006, averaging more than 57 yards per game on the ground. He will most likely be eligible for a medical redshirt, but the injury is bad news for an already ailing NC State team.

The news comes at a particularly sore time for the Wolfpack, as head coach Tom O'Brien's debut was spoiled by the same UCF upset that took Baker off the roster. NC State is also without its leading pass catcher this season, as tight end Anthony Hill tore his ACL during fall camp.

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