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Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:47 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:49 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

After a three month "free agency" that was kicked off with the release from his scholarship with N.C. State, Russell Wilson has made a decision about his immediate future with football and baseball. On Monday, Wilson confirmed what many people had speculated: that he would use his final year of football eligibility this fall playing for Wisconsin.

Wilson chose the Badgers over Auburn and the Colorado Rockies organization, where Wilson was drafted in the fourth round last summer. He started at second base for the Class A Asheville Tourists this spring, but began to reconsider his future in football back in April. The next months were a whirlwind of reports and discussion, as Wilson visited with the coaching staffs at Auburn and Wisconsin during days off from the Tourists. With fall camp approaching in a little more than a month, and with a growingly frustrated Rockies' front office -- Wilson decided it was time to make a decision.

"I never want to be told I have the starting job, I never believe in that," Wilson explained in an appearance on ESPN's College Football Live on Monday. "I believe that, being the competitor I am, you have to compete every day. Once I found out I would get the opportunity to compete and be the best I could be every single day, I was truly excited about that.

"I think that with [Wisconsin's] coaching staff and the players they have, the tradition they have there in terms of their fans and the players that have played there before -- I am truly excited about it, I think it's a great situation for me."

Head coach Bret Bielema offered his thoughts on the arrival of Wilson in the school's official release.

“Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position,” Bielema said. “This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin. However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team.”

For Wisconsin, Wilson's addition answers one of the biggest question marks heading into the 2011 season. When the Badgers closed spring practice, there still was not an official starting quarterback for the fall. Now Wisconsin gets the addition of a three-year starter with an all-conference resume. With Ohio State now facing a season of uncertain expectations thanks to the offseason scandal, Wilson makes the Badgers the biggest on-field story in the new Leaders Division of the Big Ten.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:24 am

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

The transfer is not an "on-field story". It did not happen on the field.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:28 pm

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

It does not seem like all that long ago that Wisconsin would never have been part of this kind of discussion.  This is a whole new era for Badger football and my how things have changed!  If this kid Wilson can win the starting job...good for him.  I'm sure none of the other quarterbacks on the roster were ever promised the starting job.  It is a team sport.  Barry and Bret are doing what they can (legally) to put the best team they can on the field.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:02 am

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

I'm confused, hdog. You're implying Bielema is a very conservative coach? How does a conservative coach find himself in a position where he has to defend his "agressive" and "relentless" play calling that led to an 83 point game and two 70 point games last year? The "conservative" style Bielemma plays allowed his Badgers to average 40+ points per game. 40+ points PER GAME in the Big Ten conference traditionally known as a black and blue hard-knocks defensive minded conference. Conservative, I think not. 
I'm guessing Russell Wilson is very much so interested in NOT wasting his talents anywhere. His decision to NOT waste his talents is what led him to leave his minor leage baseball career and take a shot at a national championship with the Badgers.
You sound like a bitter OSU fan. I'm sure Wilson's arrival in Madison will cement your hatred of the Badgers. Last year the full-strength OSU team took a whoopin' at Camp Randall. I hope you're ready for a few more years of the same. I can't wait to watch Russell Wilson and the Badgers beat OSU by 20 in Columbus next Halloween.   
Our conservative approach is probably going to continue our winning ways and I'm sure Wilson will feel his talents have not been wasted. Get a clue hdog.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:47 am

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

We will see, I don't think the Badgers will miss a beat, they may have to par down the playbook, but they can get the run game to control the tempo of games, the new QB should be up to speed when they come to the banks of the Red Cedar.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:21 am

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

Wisconsin is only as conservative as their QB and other skill players forcethem to be. When they have great RBs, they pound away at you all day and minimize turnovers. When they have great receivers, they utilize them quite well, as demonstrated by several who have gone onto successful pro careers. Most of ther time, they have excellent RBs, good receivers, and serviceable QBs. Sure, Tolzein led the nation in passing efficiency, but they did not ask him to go deep very often. When it's frequently 3rd and 3 or less, you run as often as pass. Conservative, or maybe just playing the right scheme for your talent?

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:10 am

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

Let get this straight...

It is June 28. There are 8 weeks before the season kicks off.

This kid is going to learn the play book and be integrated into the offense in the 2 weeks of August camp?

This could backfire and cost Wisconsin more than they gain.     

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:05 pm

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

I sense you must have lost money betting against Bucky. 

Have fun watching Madison beat up on your team this year


Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:44 pm

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

As a Bama fan I am glad to see he chose the Badgers over Auburn because I believe he would have been a perfect fit in their offense and for that reason only I say let's slow the train down on how great he will be at Wisconsin!! At  Auburn he would have stepped into a offense that gave Cam total control to do what he wanted and to freelance at will which would have been perfect for a 1year starter like Wilson who had sorta that same leeway at NC State!! He will be learning and running a much more conservative attack at Wisconsin which he hasn't ever had to run!!  From the posts I have read on here who actually seem to know his character I wish him and Wisconsin the best because unless we meet in a bowl game at least we don't have to deal with him..Good Luck and Roll Tide!!!

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:12 pm

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

Wisconsin? What a joke this is. Bielema is more conservative than Tressel ever was at OSU and is a terrible game day coach(see 2011 Rose Bowl) once again as bad as Tressel. Good luck Wilson as you waste your talents in Cheeseland.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:03 pm

Russell Wilson transferring to Wisconsin

Looks like Russell Wilson is just another LeBron James....if I were the other QB's for Wisconsin....I would be totally pissed that Wiconsin let Russell into the mix....

You could man up and COMPETE. Nothing wrong with bringing in more guys to create more competition. As a "fan" of Texas, I figured you would understand this. Afterall, Texas doesn't turn away talented recruits because they have depth at a position. They recruit them just as hard, and my guess is that the only promise that they make is that they will get the opportunity to COMPETE for playing time against the othe 4 and 5 star recruits that the 'Horns already have at their position.

Sounds a whole lot like sour grapes coming from a fan of the team that tried to STEAL the still under contract offensive co-ordinator of the team he is currently dissing.

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