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Report: Russell Wilson favoring Wisconsin

Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:11 am
Edited on: June 9, 2011 9:12 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

During his off-time with the Asheville Tourists, former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson has been exploring the possibilities of being a starting quarterback at a BCS school this fall. After head coach Tom O'Brien stuck by junior Mike Glennon as his starter, Wilson was granted a release and has been visiting schools to discuss using his last year of eligibility in the 2011 season. Wilson drew a lot of attention with his first visit to Auburn, but it was this week's trip to Wisconsin that has caused quite a stir in Madison.

"It was a home run - a grand slam in baseball terms," a Wisconsin source told "He definitely liked Madison better than Auburn."

According to the report, Wilson arrived on campus Tuesday and wrapped up his visit Wednesday afternoon. He spent a significant amount of time with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, learning about the team's personnel and offensive system. For the Badgers, who are still lacking a true starting quarterback, Wilson's arrival could be the final piece to making a return to the Rose Bowl this season.

The Colorado Rockies organization has acknowledged Wilson's visits, but maintains their stance that they expect Wilson to complete his season with Tourists - which runs until at least Sept. 5. The Badgers will kick off fall camp Aug. 4 and open the regular season against UNLV Sept. 1. If Wilson does leave the Rockies' farm system early to return to college football, he will likely have to repay the signing bonus he received as a fourth round pick in the MLB draft. That number has been reported to be as high as $250,000.

Some have argued that Wilson might not make a good fit in Wisconsin's hard-nosed offense. The athletic playmaker who has made a habit of extending plays with his feet does not look very similar to last year's starter Scott Tolzien. Tolzien was the perfect game manager, completing 72.9 percent of his passes. But Wilson is a smart quarterback, more than capable of adjusting his game to fit Wisconsin's system. Now whether Wilson, who has been considered soft-spoken at times, can come in and lead the Badgers to a Big Ten Championship will depend on his relationship with the team. But it easy to see why Wisconsin is interested in adding the all-conference quarterback to their roster in 2011.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:43 pm

Report: Russell Wilson favoring Wisconsin

Buck OSU, funny, did you join CBS just to respond to me?  I like the Badgers a lot myself, but just don't see him fitting in Bielema's schemes...oh wait where did Bielema come from again?  Ok, and yeah Alvarez too?

Sure it is going to be hard to replace Tolzein, but you think this kid from NC State is better than what you have?  Now I agree he is not going to have to throw a lot, but we have seen your backs get banged up and Tolzein was able to take over when that happened.  I just don't see that in Wilson moving from the ACC to the Big 10. 

As you say, you have some good guys coming all means good luck, hope we see you in the championship game this year, with OSU hurting so much, I expect the Badgers to take their division.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:46 pm

Report: Russell Wilson favoring Wisconsin

Will he really be willing to give up that signing bonus if not he will be way behind if he does commit to wisky!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:19 pm

Report: Russell Wilson favoring Wisconsin

ill put it this way... russell wilson is far more talented than the last few qbs wisconsin has had starting for them, and he is already a proven qb at the college level. The way i see it this is a match made in heaven

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:50 pm

Report: Russell Wilson favoring Wisconsin

Of course coming from an Iowa fan you don't think this is the answer.  Fact is, Budmayr hasn't looked good throughout training camp and I don't think he's ready to start.  Wilson if he committs right away will have plenty of time to fit in and learn the pro style offense which he needs to learn if he wants to get to the NFL.  Besides, he won't be relied upon to ever throw more than 20 times a game.  Take a flyer on him for one season and then the next season they have Bart Houston coming in.  GO BADGERS!!!!!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:02 am

Report: Russell Wilson favoring Wisconsin

No offense to Russell Wilson, but if Bielema reaches for this, he is not as smart as I thought.  I don't think Wilson is his answer.

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