With the 2011 season just around the corner, the Wisconsin Badgers are still in need of a quarterback that can perform up to last season's Big 10 Championship standards and achieve a needed bowl victory. While the Badgers are solid in every other position, their biggest challenge is finding a quarterback who can lead the team.
With Jon Budmayr currently the only Badger quarterback with game experience, the Badgers are going to need someone to challenge Budmayr. According to ESPN, Budmayr struggled in the spring practice and in the spring game, completing 10-of-23 passes for 113 yards, with one interception and a fumble. Head coach Bret Bielema had this to say about the quarterbacks, "The three guys that got the majority of the reps today aren't anywhere where we need them to be for us to be a competitive team in the fall," according to Inside Wisconsin Sports.
With Curt Phillips out for the 2011 season recovering from his third knee surgery, the Badgers are weak at the quarterback position. This is where Russell Wilson comes into the picture.
Wilson has been granted release from NC State after the head coach became tired of Wilson splitting time between football and playing baseball for the Colorado Rockies through their Class A, Asheville (N.C.) Tourist team. Wilson has one year left of eligibility, which would allow the Badgers to not only give themselves another shot at a bowl, but would also give them someone who could challenge Budmayr at the quarterback position.
By going after Wilson, the Badgers could get their opportunity to finally control the Big Ten (after the Ohio State scandal). This could make the Badgers the team to beat in the following seasons.
By adding Wilson the Badgers will also have a solid backup. Currently Budmayr is starting for the Badgers, but if he gets hurt this season the Badgers will be in big trouble. Wilson could be the answer to this problem. Wilson could make a lot of fans feel more comfortable about this upcoming season and might be the first step in establishing a great team. One thing is for sure though, if Wilson does plan on leaving the ACC/SEC he is going to have to catch up fast and work hard.