Russell Wilson had a productive career in the ACC with NC State to say the least. However, when he was released from his scholarship earlier this Spring, it left many scratching their heads, and just as many foaming at the mouth at the chance of adding him to their 2011 roster.
Today it was the defending champions from Auburn. The Tigers are obviously looking to replace Heisman winner Cam Newton at quarterback. Newton was a dual threat, one man wrecking crew, which is similar to that of Wilson.
While at NC State, Wilson was no stranger to putting up numbers. As a freshman, he was the ACC freshman of the year, and last year he threw for over 3600 yards and 28 scores a junior. However NC State has opted to go with Mike Glennon at quarterback instead of the dual sport Wilson, who is spending the summer with the Rockies single A affiliate in Asheville.
So what would this mean to an Auburn team looking to keep it rolling heading into the 2011 season?
It simply means that the Tigers and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn would be able to continue with a similar offense in 2011, one that Newton excelled in, and one that former QB Chris Todd had as well.
In an interview with ESPN, Todd said,
"It's possible to have success in the offense starting out in the summer."
But before the Auburn faithful can start to prepare for the one-year era of Russell Wilson, they must also contend with the faithful of Bucky in Madison. It is said that the Badgers are also interested in Wilson for the 2011 season.
However, if Wilson comes to Auburn, many feel that the chance of both a title and SEC West repeat are few and far beyond.
Auburn is said to have the fewest amount of returning starters in 2011, leaving many to put them in the middle of pack at best. However, the Tigers return 19 players with at least 20 games of experience, who were either starters or played a role in the 2010 title run.
Either way, Wilson takes what appears to be an average to okay Auburn team and makes them look better on paper, and wasn't that what Cam Newton did last year before the season too, according to the experts anyway.....