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Wisconsin's Signing of Russell Wilson Makes the Badgers a Big-Ten Contender

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28:  Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack passes the ball during the Champs Sports Bowl against the West Virginia Mountineers at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIJune 27, 2011

Big Ten teams perennially struggle with a good, out-of-the-pocket quarterbacks, and now they've got a problem from an unexpected place: Wisconsin.

The Badgers signed fantastic NC State quarterback Russell Wilson, who wanted a 'Bo Jackson' career in baseball and football. The move made him unable to play in preseason workouts, which disappointed NC State boss Tom O'Brien—so much so that he gave Wilson the heave-ho.

Wilson threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, and rushed for nearly 500 yards and 18 touchdowns more. The Wolfpack finished the 2010 season with a 9-4 record. His best performance was a 3 TD rushing, 1 TD performance in a 28-24 over the Florida State Seminoles.

Wilson will also run behind the usual massive Badgers offensive line and he'll have superb wide receiver Nick Toon to throw to. The usual Wisconsin running game will also make sure defenses will struggle.

Meanwhile, here's what Wisconsin are getting...

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