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John Clay has been one of the Big Ten’s best running backs over the past few seasons, and would have been a pick in the first two rounds had his season been as successful as predicted.

John Clay is the newest Pittsburgh Steeler

Of course, the Wisconsin Badgers had a three-headed monster at running back last year, so a dip in production by Clay would have been understandable.  Clay was hurt more by being essentially the third option in the backfield towards the latter part of the season.



Russell Wilson won't have to change colors, and he has a real shot at the BCS

Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson will transfer to Madison to play for the Wisconsin Badgers this fall in his final year of college eligibility.

Wilson was drafted in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies and was released from his scholarship at NC State in the Spring. The arrival of Wilson in Madison makes them arguably the leading favorites to come out of the Big Ten this year. Despite losing a lot of experience defensively, the Badgers boast one of the top running games in the country, and that just got even better with the arrival of Wilson.

“Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position,” Badgers coach Bret Bielema said Monday according to the school’s website. “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 former All-ACC quarterback graduated from NC State in  three years, making him eligible immediately for the Badgers. He needs only 24 touchdowns to reach 100 for his career. This is a huge pickup for the Badgers.

Russell Wilson in Wisconsin could mean a B1G Title for the Badgers

Per reports from’s Keith Arnold and NBC12 (Richmond, VA), it appears as though former North Carolina State quarterback and Colorado Rockies draftee Russell Wilson is headed to Madison to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. Wilson has already earned his degree, so he is eligible to play this fall. Not only that, but this report characterized his visit to Madison a “grand slam” and apparently Wilson prefers Wisconsin to Auburn.

Adding the former N.C. State star would go a long way for the Badgers’ hopes of capturing a B1G Title in 2011 as the biggest weakness on the roster right now is the uncertainty at quarterback. Wilson has been excellent for NC State over the last few years, but Wilson has been playing professional baseball in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system, and if he chooses to play football (which appears more than likely) he will have to pay back almost all of his $250,000 signing bonus he received.

Wilson has been an absolute shining star on a very underachieving NC State team, where he has this career stat line: 8,545 yards, 76 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions. Furthermore, the 5’11” 201 pound signal caller has shown an ability to be a dual threat, running for 1,089 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. The problem for Wilson has always been accuracy, as he has not hit on 60 percent of his passes yet in his career. Still, NC State had him drop back a whopping 527 times last year, which ranked fifth in the nation.

The addition of Wilson could and probably would put Wisconsin over the top, in my opinion. He is a playmaker at the quarterback position who would add an element to the Wisconsin offense that I don’t know they have really ever had. Despite the success Scott Tolzien had in his Badgers career, I don’t think he provides anything close to the type of impact that Russell Wilson would. This is a guy who is undersized, but getting a veteran quarterback to a Wisconsin team that needs one badly would be a huge boost for them in the fall.

This is a huge move for the Badgers if they can pull it off, and right now, that’s where all roads are leading.

March Madness has come to Big Ten Country

The Big Ten fared very well on selection Sunday sending seven of eleven teams to the Big Dance.  Only the Big East fared better, sending eleven teams albeit with a much bigger conference. 

Earning the overall number one seed and playing in the East region is the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes have been impressive all season and should make a deep tourney run.  Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who will likely make the jump to the NBA after this season.  No reason not to expect at least an elite eight appearance by the Buckeyes this season.

Two Big Ten teams will be making an appearance in the West region this year.  The eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines will be facing the ninth seeded Tennessee Volunteers to start off.  This is an intriguing match-up as both teams are very solid so it should be one of the better round two games this year.