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Ex-N.C. State quarterback considers transfer to UW

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Jeff Potrykus
May 12, 2011
— Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson, a three-year starter who was a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick as a redshirt junior last season, continues to look for a program at which he can use his final season of eligibility.

Wisconsin is set to enter the 2011 season with two scholarship quarterbacks, neither of whom has started a college game.


According to sources familiar with both programs, UW is one of the programs Wilson has contacted about joining.


UW officials cannot comment on Wilson’s status because per NCAA rules he is considered an unsigned recruit.


Wilson, taken in the fourth round of Major League Baseball’s draft last summer by the Colorado Rockies, recently was granted his release by North Carolina State.


Because he already has graduated from North Carolina State, Wilson can transfer to another Bowl Championship Subdivision school and play immediately.


A one-year marriage between Wilson, who passed for 8,545 yards and 76 touchdowns in three seasons with the Wolfpack, and UW on the surface appears to be the ideal situation for both.


Jon Budmayr, who closed spring as UW’s No. 1 quarterback, played in only three games as a redshirt freshman last season. Backups Joe Brennan and Joel Stave will be a redshirt freshman and a freshman, respectively.


However, a source cautioned that the chance of Wilson transferring to Wisconsin and winning a starting job does not look promising.


Wilson currently is playing baseball with the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists, a Class A affiliate of the Rockies. Officials for the Rockies have said their plan is for Wilson to finish the regular season. Asheville’s regular-season finale is set for Sept. 5.


UW is set to open camp sometime in early August and its regular-season opener is Sept. 1.


Even if Wilson is able to reach an agreement with the Rockies that would allow him to leave the Tourists early to prepare for the 2011 college football season, there is no guarantee he would win a starting job.


UW’s pro-style offense is complex and Wilson would have three weeks to learn the system and show he would be a better option than Budmayr, Brennan or Stave.



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