NCAA College Football Betting: Russell Wilson to Play at Wisconsin
Monday, June 27, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
With the likely downfall of the Ohio State Buckeyes program in the wake of Jim Tressel’s resignation and that QB Terrelle Pryor has left school, the Big Ten football title is there to be had this season. And it looks like the Wisconsin Badgers are the team to beat now that they have landed arguably the top "free agent" in college football in former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson could have played one more season at North Carolina State Wolfpack but essentially wasn’t welcomed back because Wilson spent all spring playing baseball in the Colorado Rockies’ organization – he was drafted in the fourth round by Colorado last year. But because he wouldn’t totally commit to football the Wolfpack decided to move on. But he doesn’t have to sit out a season like most D-I transfers because he has already graduated from N.C. State and thus will be eligible to play right away because he is attending graduate school at Wisconsin. And he has officially left his minor-league baseball team, the Asheville Tourists.
At North Carolina State Wolfpack last season, Wilson threw for 3,563 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 435 yards and another nine scores. Overall Wilson, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, completed 682 of 1,180 passes (57.8%) for the Wolfpack. He finished with 8,545 passing yards, 76 touchdowns and only 26 interceptions. He also rushed 362 times for 1,089 yards (3.0 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-ACC pick as a freshman in 2008 and a second-team pick as a fourth-year junior last season. The other school Wilson was contemplating was Auburn.
Wilson will replace Scott Tolzien, who threw for 2,459 yards at Wisconsin last season with 16 TDs and six interceptions. Jon Budmayr, who threw 10 passes last season, was the top returning quarterback for Wisconsin, which finished 11-2 last year with a season-ending loss to TCU in the Rose Bowl. But Budmayr had never started a game in his career.