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Cirminiello: The Greatness of Russell Wilson
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 3, 2011


Russell Wilson is what the college game needs right now.


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5 Thoughts, Oct. 3


- Fiutak: Will LSU vs. Bama be for the title?
- Cirminiello: Russell Wilson is what the game needs 
- Zemek: The time problem at South Carolina
- Sallee: Georgia is back in the SEC title hunt
- Mitchell: What's wrong with South Carolina
- Harrison: What went wrong with Ohio State  
 
By Richard Cirminiello

I drifted off last night thinking about the impact Russell Wilson has had on Wisconsin, the University and the state. I woke up this morning wondering if he’s become this year’s version of Cam Newton, a transformational figure who’ll wind up spending just one season on campus. Heck, when was the last time, pre-Newton, that a player was so pivotal in his only season at a particular school?

It takes a special young man to impact a community so quickly after arriving in town. Wilson is that kind of unique individual. In fact, he only belongs in the same sentence as Newton because of the brief tenure he’ll have before turning pro … either in the National Football League or Major League Baseball. Wilson, it needs to be noted, is better than Newton in ways that won’t show up in any NFL Combine testing.

No, he doesn’t physically fit the model of a next-level quarterback, but he’s the prototype in terms of intangibles—the unmistakable maturity, the poise, in and out of the pocket, the leadership skills and the presence to bring a sense of calm to the huddle. Wilson is the BASF of college football; he didn’t make Montee Ball, James White and Nick Toon, but he sure has made the Wisconsin skill players better. So, too, will backup quarterbacks Joe Brennan and Jon Budmayr benefit from spending a semester around him.

No. 16 has become a gift to Madison, with NC State head coach Tom O’Brien deserving a thank you card from the entire town once the season has ended. Remember, Wilson wanted to play one more year in Raleigh, but O’Brien wanted a player who was committed to football and football only.

Wilson is the quarterback Wisconsin has been seeking for years as the ideal complement to its power running game and massive front wall. Once the bowl game has ended, it’s too bad he’ll only make his way through the state in the future when his Colorado Rockies are visiting Miller Park.

The game needs more young men like him, especially on the heels of an offseason fraught with so much controversy and so many unsavory characters.

- Fiutak: Will LSU vs. Bama be for the title?
- Cirminiello: Russell Wilson is what the game needs 
- Zemek: The time problem at South Carolina
- Sallee: Georgia is back in the SEC title hunt
- Mitchell: What's wrong with South Carolina
- Harrison: What went wrong with Ohio State