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Badger Bits: Russell Wilson named Seahawks starter, and all seems whole

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Russell Wilson was named the Seahawks' starting quarterback Sunday night to kick game week off perfectly for the Badgers.
Russell Wilson was named the Seahawks' starting quarterback Sunday night to kick game week off perfectly for the Badgers.

Russell Wilson was named the starter for the Seattle Seahawks' season opener late Sunday night, overcoming the debilitating affliction known as "being 5'11 or so." It's been said before, but Mel Kiper is truly the worst. Todd McShay is kind of the worst, though he knew enough to stop trolling when draft day rolled around. For Wisconsin fans the announcement was sweet vindication for being told for months that what they saw on the field in 2011 was a product of "the system" or something, because Wilson-to-Duckworth apparently went exactly as Paul Chryst drew it up.

Wilson earned the job by playing as well as any of the nine other (now 10 total) first- or second-year quarterbacks set to start for an NFL team this season. He went 36-for-56 passing for 464 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception over the course of three preseason games. On Friday, Wilson ran away with his first starting opportunity, going 13-for-19 for 185 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs. He added 58 yards on the ground to bump his total to over 100 for the preseason.

Everybody wins (except for Matt Flynn, sadly) and now we all get to kick off our game weeks with some Good Vibes. Wisconsin has an NFL starting quarterback, one that appears to have some longevity, and could potentially be adding more down the road. It's a good time to be a fan, and it's an even better time to be Russell Wilson.

But perhaps most importantly, draft analysts now have one less annoying trope to fire about aimlessly from their quiver. Thank goodness for that. /shakes fist towards Mel Kiper's undisclosed bunker hair salon.

Links after the jump:

Russell Wilson says he's the "best short quarterback in the National Football League." Which, sure, why the heck not.

Speaking of Messiah-like Badgers, Montee Ball says he is going to channel his anger over his assault onto the field. If that's actually possible, then poor Northern Iowa.

Pre-Snap Read's odyssey through every single team in college football finally reaches Wisconsin at No. 11.

ESPN's Big Ten blog rolls out its first set of bowl predictions and Brian Bennett says ... Gator Bowl?

Mike Taylor and Chris Borland talk about engaging in friendly competition during practice.

Derek Landisch has been impressive throughout spring and fall camps.

Kyle French is taking over both kickoff field goal duties. Also, Peniel Jean spotted with leg brace and crutches. Starting RG spot still wide open.

This article is written about every team in football at some point during the offseason, but yes this would be nice: Wisconsin looking to prevent big plays on defense.

Chase Knox receives glowing praise from pretty much everyone who has ever been in contact with him.

Northern Iowa will start redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen at quarterback for the season opener.

Marquette head coach Buzz Williams suspended one game for NCAA violations committed by assistant.

OTE's closing arguments on Nebraska.