Russell Wilson Interview on ESPN CFB Live

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With Wilson comes HUGE Expectations for UW

MADISON, Wis– Now that it’s official and Russell Wilson is a Badger, the expectations have been raised for a team that was considered by many to be a very strong contender in the Big Ten, but most felt the QB position might keep this team from playing in the first ever Big Ten

Wilson and the Badgers Big Ten Favorites

Title game.  Now after the signing of Wilson the bar hasn’t just raised to winning the Big Ten Title, but some feel this team needs to be in the conversation for the BCS Championship!  That is a statement that Badger fans are not used to hearing, and is also the statement that has all Wisconsin fans filled with excitement and anticipation today!  It’s great to think about, and would be fun trip for me, but I wanted to really look into the thought a little deeper, and I found that October will make or break the hopes for a BCS Title birth.

Let’s now take a quick look at the Badger schedule and I’ll walk you through how I feel things will shape up, and please don’t hold me to these thoughts as it is still just June.  Wisconsin will roll through their non conference schedule and the four games will be a great tune up for Russell Wilson, and Wisky will finish September with a 4 – 0 mark.  Then October rolls in as does Conference play, and the Badgers get to introduce Nebraska to the Big Ten right out of the gates, this game is at Camp Randal and because of that Wisconsin will win.  With the win Wilson and the Badgers will be getting some serious praise heading into the bye week.  The Badgers will come out of the bye week with a trouncing of Indiana, and with the win UW will be 6 – 0 and ranked in the top 5 or so.  The two games following the Indiana game will determine if Wisconsin will be playing for a BCS Championship.  Wisconsin will travel to Michigan State and Ohio State in back to back weeks to finish the month, this is where I get a little worried.  I’m not sure if the Badgers can win both of these road games, however this doesn’t end their BCS chances, but will put a damper on their BCS Championship hopes!  They finish off the season with four games in which they should win all four with the toughest test being at Illinois.

NOW with all that said I figure my real expectation for the Wisconsin Badger football team is 11 – 1 with a chance of being 10 – 2 and a less chance to run the table and finish 12 – 0!  No matter how you shake it out, with the addition of Russell Wilson the expectations for this team should be no worse than another Rose Bowl appearance and YES I could see this team playing in the BCS Title game!  Camp opens August 4th and it should be quite the scene!

Wilson Commits to Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Russell Wilson has committed to Wisconsin and plans to play football for the Badgers and attend graduate school at UW beginning this fall, head coach Bret Bielema announced Monday.

Wilson played quarterback for three seasons at NC State before playing baseball this summer with the Asheville Tourists in the Colorado Rockies farm system. In his three seasons with the Wolfpack, Wilson earned All-ACC honors each year and threw for 8,545 yards and 76

Wilson picks UW over Auburn

touchdowns (against just 26 interceptions). That yardage total is third-best in NC State history and his TD total is second-best in school annals and third-best in ACC history.

Heading into this season, his 76 TD passes are third-most among active players, trailing only Case Keenum of Houston and Kellen Moore of Boise State. Wilson completed 682-of-1180 passes (57.8 percent) and had a 135.5 pass efficiency rating in 36 career games at NC State.
Wilson also ran for 17 career scores, making him responsible for 93 TDs in his career, the second-best mark in school and ACC history. His 682 career completions trail only Philip Rivers in the Wolfpack record book.

A second-team All-ACC performer and team captain in 2010, Wilson led the ACC in passing yards per game (274.1) and total offense (307.5). That total offense mark ranked 10th in the FBS ranks while his passing mark ranked 15th.  As a sophomore, Wilson was an honorable mention All-ACC performer. He ranked fourth nationally in touchdown passes with 31, a mark that led the ACC. He attempted 379-straight passes without throwing an interception, dating from the Clemson game of 2008 to the Wake Forest game of 2009, the longest streak in NCAA history.

A native of Richmond, Va., Wilson burst on the scene in 2008, becoming the first freshman ever to be named the first-team All-ACC quarterback and also earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award. He led the ACC in passing efficiency (133.9), touchdown passes (17) and total offense (213.0).

Wisconsin opens fall camp on Aug. 4 with practice starting the next day. The Badgers’ first game is Thursday, Sept. 1 vs. UNLV. The game is in prime time (7 p.m. CT) on ESPN.

“Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position,” Bielema said. “This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin. However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team.”

Four Badgers Selected in NHL Draft Saturday

SELDEN, N.Y. —  One current and three incoming Badgers earned selection on Saturday at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Wisconsin’s four selected student-athletes were split among the fourth and seventh rounds of the

Michael Mersch

draft.

Joseph LaBate went highest, going 101st to the Stanley Cup runner-up Vancouver Canucks. The fourth-round pick arrives this fall in Madison from Academy of Holy Angels in Minnesota. An Eagan, Minn., native, the 6-4 forward was one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award. He posted 27 goals and 49 points in 25 games this past season.

Just nine picks later, sophomore forward Michael Mersch went 110th to the Los Angeles Kings. A Park Ridge, Ill., native and a product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, he scored eight goals and 19 points in 41 games at Wisconsin last season.

The second two Badgers selected came eight picks apart in the seventh round as defenseman Patrick Daly and forward Brad Navin went 189th to the New Jersey Devils and 197th to the Buffalo Sabres, respectively.

Daly, another 2011 Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist, attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s in Richfield, Minn., this past season, collecting 40 points and going plus-52 in 27 games as a team co-captain. The Victoria, Minn., native also excelled at baseball during his high school career.

Navin, a Waupaca, Wis., native, led all juniors in Wisconsin in scoring with 53 goals and 92 points in 25 games played, then followed that up with 29 goals and 52 points in an injury-shortened 14-game senior season. He was named Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association First-Team All-State for both campaigns.

Navin attended the Sabres combine in Buffalo earlier this month and spoke to Sabres.com about the experience. 

“Everybody I met was awesome,” Navin said. “All the coaches that ran drills and interviewed me were awesome. I really enjoyed it.”

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