Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson Named Week 1 Starter
Late Sunday night, Pete Carroll announced that former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson would be the week one starter for the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson, who was drafted in this year’s NFL draft in the third round, started training camp the third quarterback on depth chart. Since then he has surprised many and is taking the NFL by storm. Through three preseason games Wilson has dazzling stats. He is 35 of 52 for 464 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception.
That was good enough to land him the starting job over, Tarvaris Jackson who was traded to the Buffalo Bills earlier in the day and Matt Flynn, who has been less than stellar so far and is not living up to his three-year $19.5 million.
Heading into the draft, many teams shied away from Wilson. His stats were great. In one year with Wisconsin (transferred from NC State) he threw for 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and completed 72.8 percent of his passes. However, size was the big issue. Unlike most quarterback who are over the 6 foot mark, Wilson is listed at 5-foot-10 5/8. Some scouts believed that Wilson wouldn’t be able to see over the offensive and defensive line when going back for a pass.
Still, he hasn’t been fazed by his size so far and his confidence makes him play bigger than his size.
Many like myself cannot wait for the season to start. Is Russell Wilson the real deal? Is he the solution to the slew of Seattle’s problems the past couple of years? Only time will tell, but if Wilson can put up the numbers he has this preseason, Luck and RGIII won’t be the only rookie quarterbacks in the discussion for Rookie of the Year.
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