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TFD: Wisconsin picks up college free agent quarterback for 2011

Posted by: Michael Rand under College football Updated: June 27, 2011 - 4:26 PM

This is Russell Brand, not Russell Wilson.

This is Russell Brand, not Russell Wilson.

In college football, you are usually stuck when you haven't properly developed depth at a key position. Thankfully for the Badgers, they were able to exploit the system and fill a huge need at quarterback. Via ESPN.com:

Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson is headed to Wisconsin, potentially solving one of the biggest hurdles standing between the Badgers and a Big Ten title. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Monday that Wilson will compete for the Badgers' starting job in the fall. The two-sport star most recently played in the Colorado Rockies' minor league system but apparently is ready to hang up his baseball spikes.

"This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin," Bielema said in a statement released by the school. "However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team." Wilson has one year of eligibility remaining and can play right away. He will attend graduate school at UW. Wilson also considered Auburn before settling on Wisconsin. ... Still, Wilson's arrival could fill a glaring need for the Badgers, who must replace the solid play of quarterback Scott Tolzien after their run to the Rose Bowl. Wilson could make the Badgers a favorite in the conference. Wisconsin's offense failed to score a touchdown in the spring game in April as prospective starters Jon Budmayr and Joe Brennan both struggled under center. Joel Stave appeared to be the sharpest quarterback of the bunch in the spring game, but he is a true freshman. ... In his three seasons with the Wolfpack, Wilson threw for 8,545 yards and 76 touchdowns with 26 interceptions.

That's right. Even though Wilson played last year for a different college team, he is eligible to play immediately for the Badgers because he already has his undergrad degree and will now be a grad student. Ain't college football grand?

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