Big Ten

The Decision II: Russell Wilson Picks Wisconsin, Rejects Auburn

| by Alex Groberman

According to North Carolina State, Russell Wilson is taking his talents to Wisconsin.

Wilson, who threw for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdowns last year in North Carolina State’s 9-4 campaign, was arguably the most sought after quarterback prospect of the summer. Having already graduated from N.C. State, he was eligible to join and play for the program of his choosing, something that made the experienced passer all the more desirable to the two schools he was rumored to be most enamored with: Auburn and Wisconsin.

After losing two-year starter, Scott Tolzien, Wilson is exactly what the Badgers were hoping for in the follow-up effort to their Rose Bowl-reaching season. Prior to his arrival, Jon Budmayr was elected the starter after Curt Phillips injured his knee.

"Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position," coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "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."

A multi-sport talent, Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round and has played this year with the Asheville Tourists. To date, he has put up totals of three home runs, 15 RBIs and a .228 average in 61 games.

North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien gave Wilson an unconditional release after the star passer decided to play baseball.

Wisconsin kicks the year off on September 1 versus UNLV.