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Russell Wilson is also a 2010 fourth round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies
Before the transfer of Russell Wilson, Wisconsin' staff and fans caught a glimpse of their potential future as Joel Stave, Joe Brennan, Nate Tice and then-expected starter Jon Budmayr combined for just 22 completions on 61 attempts with three interceptions and no touchdowns in the spring game.
This prompted many Badger fans to take a more agreeable stance on a one-and-done transfer like Russell Wilson with the expectations of a repeat Rose Bowl trip.
Despite being touted as one of the better collegiate quarterbacks in the country during his tenure at NC State, Wilson also had an inferior supporting cast in comparison to his counterparts. His offensive line struggled as Wilson was sacked 94 times in three seasons, and often found himself throwing on the run.
As well as having a backfield derailed by injuries and inconsistency, Wilson was forced to do more than he maybe had to, attempting over 500 passes in 2010. The problems he encountered in the past will not be repeated in Madison, as the Badgers have boasted one of the top backfields and offensive lines in the country each year for the past 15 seasons.
Fans and critics salivate at the opportunity to criticize Wilson for his decision making in comparison to Badger quarterbacks of the past; Brooks Bollinger, Jim Sorgi, John Stocco, and Scott Tolzien were all considered game managers.
Their job was to win the Badger way—taking advantage of the offensive line and talented backs by running first, passing second. They were put in position to limit mistakes and let the plays be made by the offensive line and backfield in order to control the clock.
This runs opposite of Russell Wilson's time at NC State, which saw him force many throws and try making something out of nothing more times than not. This may be a product of his poor offensive line and inconsistent running backs, but he is a smart man who graduated in three years at NC State, and came from a family that saw his late father play two sports and graduate from Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school.
He has the intelligence to know that he does not have to do too much and it showed in Wisconsin's first live scrimmage of fall camp. The first six plays were all runs that combined for 98 yards, including a 14-yard scamper from Wilson off an option, a new fold to Wisconsin's offense.
The issue of chemistry with his new teammates can be put to rest as well.
Not only did his teammates vote him as a team captain, but within his first days in Madison, Wilson called a team meeting stating he is there to work hard and not expect anything to be given to him.
This was reiterated by center, Peter Konz, who told the Wisconsin State Journal: “The first thing you always have to do is show someone, it’s not only talk, it’s what you do,” Konz said. “That’s pretty much what (Wilson) has done. He hasn’t really said, ‘I’m the starting quarterback.’ He hasn’t done anything like that. All he has done is his best. How can you not like that? How can you not respect someone who gives everyone respect right back?”
Russell Wilson's accolades as one of the most decorated ACC quarterbacks to ever play, the chemistry he has established with his teammates, and his intelligence are one of the big reasons why Wisconsin is a sleeper to win a BCS title in 2011.