Wilson completed 38-of-51 pass attempts for 328 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Boston College, completing passes to 10 different receivers. That number might surprise some people, but NC State fans have heard it often in 2010.
Sixteen different players have caught passes this season for the Wolfpack, and six have tallied double-digit reception totals. Amazingly, in four of the six games in 2010, passes have been caught by 10 or more different players, and ten different players have at least one touchdown catch.
"I think it makes it difficult to say you're going to stop any one guy," said head coach Tom O'Brien. "It's a confidence factor with the quarterback and with the wide receivers, tight ends, and the running backs. If I do what I'm supposed to do, they can't cover us all. Somebody is going to get open and catch the ball, make a play."
The spreading of the wealth also shows a confidence the coaching staff has in all its skill position players. NC State routinely substitutes multiple wide receivers, tight ends, and tailbacks, regardless of the situation, down, or distance. On a critical third down play you might see a trio of reserve wide receivers lining up.
That is because NC State's coaches believe that if you're on the field you can be regarded as a starter and expected to perform as one.
"Coach O'Brien has said to our team and our players that if you're on the field you're the starter," said offensive coordinator Dana Bible. "That makes a lot of sense. It has taken a while to sink in but that's the truth.
"If you're on the field, you're the starter, you're the guy. We are confident that you will make the play and the players that are out there have earned the right to compete and make the play. If they are out there they have earned it and have done in practice what is necessary to put the offense in a position to be successful."
The competition all starts for the offense in practice, as players are competing to earn their way into games. O'Brien feels that the success Wilson has had spreading the ball around has enabled his weapons to work even harder during the week leading up to gameday.
"The most important thing for us is it makes them practice hard," he said. "They know they are going to get an opportunity to catch the ball in the game if they are doing what they are supposed to do in practice.
"As I said all along, the quarterback has confidence in you if you're going to catch the ball."