On August 28, 2008 an entire stadium was hushed. The West End of Richmond Virginia held their collective breath with anticipation and concern. Russel Wilson lay on the ground face down and still. Russel Wilson went to Collegiate High School located on the West End(my high school). We all watched as the kid who had brought us back to back state championships, the kid who had become a rock star on campuss, the kid who's leadership qualities were unquestioned, the kid seemed invincible lay on the ground motionless. Suddenly, the pride was washed away and a sense of panic took over. Russel was taken off the field, South Carolina handed NC State a 34-0 lashing to start off the college football season. We thought our pride and joy would not be playing college football anymore. Who could have guessed that 3 years, 8454 passing yards, and 93 total touchdowns later, we would see Russel Wilson being the most sought after QB in the country. Wilson had to choose between Wisconsin and Auburn, and he chose Bucky Badger, making them the favorite in the Big 10 and a National Championship contender. There is no doubt Russel was a great Quarterback at NC State, but at Wisconsin Wilson can create a storybook ending to a fantastic college career.
Wilson will get to start his senior season where his college career began, on Thursday night prime time. The Badgers start their 2011 campaign at home against UNLV to kick off the 2011 season. The Badgers first real test will be 5 games in against Nebraska in Madison. Besides this game the Big 10 is not particularly strong this year. This Badgers team is not a one man show, as this backfield is loaded. James White and Montee Ball are going to be getting a lot of touches in Brent Bielma's run first system. Wilson also has Nick Toon who is a great weapon on the outside. The Wisconsin defense is always tough and will keep opponents numbers low, while Wilson and the high powered offense should poor it on offensively. We will learn more about this Wisconsin team as the season approaches, but right now Russel Wilson is giving Badger Nation a lot to Jump Around about.-Josh Neighbors