RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Russell Wilson has made his decision - he is not finished playing football. Today the University of Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema announced that Wilson had committed to UW, and will attend graduate school this fall.
Bielema said in a release from the University that "Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position. 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."
The Collegiate School product played quarterback for three seasons at NC State before playing baseball this summer with the Asheville Tourists in the Colorado Rockies farm system. He was batting just .230 for the Tourists this season. Wilson left Asheville this morning, and will not return to the team. The Rockies have not announced how this will effect his contract status.
Last month, Wilson took visits to both Wisconsin and Auburn. The Badgers Offensive Coordinator, Paul Chryst, visited Richmond earlier this year to meet with Collegiate Athletic Director Charlie McFall, to talk about Wilson's character and his upbringing.
In his three seasons with the Wolfpack, Wilson earned All-ACC honors each year and threw for 8,545 yards and 76 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.
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.
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.
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).