Russell Wilson Will be a Badger

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on June 28, 2011



According to ESPN.com, former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson has decided to play football next season for Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

Wilson spent the first three years of college football career as part of the NC State Wolfpack before he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of 2010 MLB Draft and decided to become a two-sport star. During his time at NC State, he was an all-ACC quarterback, throwing for 8,545 yards, 76 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He also ran for 1089 yards and 17 touchdowns.

 

After spending some time with the Asheville Tourists, a minor-league affiliate of the Rockies, he has decided to call it quits on baseball and will continue his pursuit of a career in football. The Tourists made his departure from the team official on Monday morning. The Rockies, however, will maintain rights to him if he ever decides to return to professional baseball.

 

During his short tenure with the Tourists, he was released from the Wolfpack by head coach Tom O’Brien due to his inability to participate in off-season workouts. So when he decided to come back to the college football ranks, he had a choice to make.

 

His two options off the bat were Auburn and Wisconsin. Auburn, who had just lost 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, was in need of a suitable replacement. Wisconsin, who lost starter Scott Tolzien, was also in search of an upgrade at quarterback considering their three current quarterbacks were unable to score a single touchdown during the Badgers’ spring game. None of them looked prepared to lead a talented team like Wisconsin into a season that should be full of promise.

 

Wilson still has one year of eligibility and will attend graduate school at Wisconsin, allowing him to not have to wait a year to play.

 

Now that the Badgers have a quarterback like Wilson in their arsenal to go along with their elite running game and tremendous defense, there’s no question that they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2011. Don’t be surprised to see the Badgers at the top of the Big Ten when all is said and done in 2011 with Wilson now at the helm.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.