Auburn Football: Ex-Wolfpack Leader to Tame the Tiger Offense?

Brennan ThomasContributor IIIMay 24, 2011

Quarterback Russell Wilson while at NC State
Quarterback Russell Wilson while at NC StateStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson visited the Auburn campus today. If he were to choose to attend Auburn. Wilson would be eligible immediately since NC State granted his release and he has already graduated.

During his tenure at NC State, he was one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Last season alone he had 3500 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. Along with that he showcased his mobility with over 400 yards rushing and 9 more touchdowns.

By no means is Wilson a Cameron Newton fit, but he would definitely be a short term solution.

The Tigers will have Clint Moseley, Barrett Trotter and Kiehl Frazier. Moseley and Trotter are simply poor fits in the offense while Frazier will be a true freshman next season. Thus, the current quarterback situation is a bit foggy.

That is why Wilson is crucial to the Tigers making another run at an SEC championship. He brings experience, an extremely accurate arm and good mobility.

However, since he only has one more year of eligibility, he would be the third straight new starting quarterback under Malzhan in three seasons.

With that being said, that may not be an entirely bad thing. Wilson would in all likelihood be the last for a while, as Frazier should be ready by his sophomore season.

Finally, if Gus Malzahn has proven one thing during his time at Auburn, it is that he can extract the maximum talent from each player on his team. Next season the Tigers should have a stacked backfield with Dyer and Mccalebb and a decent offensive line. 

If Malzahn gets a premier dual-threat quarterback like Wilson, he will surely be able to get similar results as last season with Cameron Newton. Malzahn will not have as many options in the running game with Wilson, but since he is a much more accurate quarterback, they will surely have an expanded passing playbook.

Overall, if Wilson does actually commit to Auburn, he will certainly be an improvement. Though by no means is he Cameron Newton, he could carry the Tigers to a second straight SEC championship.