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Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 10:37 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The "free agency" of former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson took another interesting twist last week when the he took his off-day from the Asheville Tourists to visit with the coaching staff at Auburn. Wilson is currently playing second base for the single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, and since being released from his scholarship at N.C. State has been exploring the possible options for playing one more season of football in 2011.

First, the Colorado Rockies believe that Wilson will finish his first full season with the Tourists, which concludes after the kickoff of the football season. At the same time, reports from people close to Wilson believe that he will be playing football this fall for a BCS-conference school. There is also the question of if a team would want Wilson. Last season we saw how a one-year transfer could pay off (Cam Newton) as well as burn out (Jeremiah Masoli).

ESPN's Joe Schad reported that Wilson's visit was like a "job interview" with Auburn. Wilson supposedly wants the treatment of big-time football, and he must sell himself as a candidate to a big-time program. While speaking to the media on Tuesday at the SEC Meetings in Destin, head coach Gene Chizik suggested that he was not opposed to adding a talented player to the roster in 2011.

"When it comes to the recruiting part of it, my job as the head coach at Auburn is to make sure we're going to develop our roster the best way we see fit to help Auburn win," Chizik said when asked specifically about adding a transfer quarterback. "So as we go down the recruiting road, whoever gives us that opportunity to win at Auburn -- whether it's a junior college transfer or high school (player) or whoever we feel fits the bill to continuously improve Auburn's football team to give us a chance to compete for a championship -- then obviously that's my job and I"m for it."

NCAA rules prohibit Chizik from mentioning Wilson by name, since he has not signed with a school.  There is no denying that a dual-threat playmaker with a big arm can work in Gus Malzahn's system, I think we all know what happened last year. But Auburn does have two returning quarterbacks, Barrett Trotter and Clint Mosely, who are still engaged in ongoing competition for the starting job. Some have suggested that an experienced quarterback like Wilson could come in and pick up Auburn's offense fast enough to be ready to lead the team in the fall. If you are the defending national champions, and still don't have a starting quarterback in May: that might not be a bad option.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:47 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

I guess the Tigers should just curl up in the fetal position and not try to deal with the loss of talented personnel?  You ignorant Bammers never cease to surprise me with your towering level of empty-headedness about football outside of Tuscaloosa.  If you paid attention to recruiting over the past three years, you'd know that 'the barn' is stacked with talent.  Will Auburn have some unproven skill players take the field come late August?  Of course, they will.  Will many of them become stars?  Of course, they will.  Bama', of all schools, should know what rebuilding is all about (see the early part of the last decade). 
Russell Wilson accounted for over 4,000 yards last year and threw twenty-eight TD's.  The ACC isn't the SEC but it certainly represents solid D-1 compeition.  For you to say that he 'sucked at NCst' is ridiculous and pathetic.  He threw some picks but that should improve with age and maturity.  Please do yourself a favor and resist the temptation to illustrate your callowness by making desperate posts about a team who came into your house and erased a 24-point deficit to remain undefeated and ultimately go on to win the National Championship.
You sound like another Bammer who's shaking in his boots at the prospect of another dual-threat QB coming here and wreaking havoc under Malzahn.  And, please don't try to take anything away from the Tigers' Championship season that came right through Tuscaloosa by talking margin of victory.  Auburn won every game it played in 2010.  The Tigers are #1, period. 

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:39 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

AUBURN will be ok, alabama well.....

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:34 am

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

I have never in my life seen a more delusional bunch of people as the barn fans. This guy sucked at NCst and that was in tha ACC so do you really thing he can handle the SEC?? He is not even 6' tall I don't think, he is no where as big or talented as $cam was and he will get killed behind an entirely new O-line. You guys lost over 30 players that palyed meaningful snaps last year and you better be focusing on not breaking the record for the worst post-championship team ever. With all the talent the barn had last year there were 4 games that were decided by 3 points or less and the defense that lost almost every key player still gave up more points than any barn team in the last 30 years.......that is the truth

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:45 am

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson


Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:31 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

Based on your comment it is clear you don't know Wilson. He graduated in three years, has high character and is a good QB. He isn't a diva any team would be glad they picked him up.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:14 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson


Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:26 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

"first and foremost why is chizik not getting the wrath of the media like the rest of the coaches who we know are every bit a part of the cheating as the other the media is targeting"

Ummmmmmmmm.....maybe because he didn't do anything to deserve it? Just a guess since nothing has been proven etc...Just putting two and two together here.

I do love IOWA tho' I own some land up there. But come'on 2011 seaon is on it's way...let's move on.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:19 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

Chizik is a tool, I still dont know why Auburn hired him, he had a terrible record before he got there and he owes last year entirely to Cam Newton. Without Newton, everyone will see how bad he really is as a coach.


I agree completely.  I mean, did you see Cam Newton stop that high octane Oregon offense?  I mean, wow, when Oregon still only had 11 points with 2 minutes in the game I said, man, we owe this entire year to Cam Newton.  When Cam Newton constructed the goal line stand against Oregon I was like wow.  When Cam Newton shut down an Alabama team that embarrassed Michigan State in their bowl game to 3 points the second half in their own stadium, I was really impressed.  When Cam Newton transofrmed himself and also ran the 1200 yards the freshman Michael Dyer had and 900 yards that Oneterio Mccalebb had I was super impressed.  And finally, when Cam Newton threw the ball, entered Darvin Adams body and caught 1000 yards himself I knew Cam had done it all. 

Football is a team sport dude.  Cam was great and we wish him well.  But the 2010 Auburn team was hitting on all cylinders. 

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:46 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

I would imagine a lot of teams would've had it a little harder without thier starting QB, or without 2 other 1,000 yd rushers. But don't let those pesky facts get in the way of your absolutely CLUELESS rant. Your opinion has been noted. Move along now.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:38 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

You guys are Hilarious!!!

Did I miss the PROOF????  Oh, you're still talking about rumors and allegations??? OK LOL

And it's not AUBURN that's even remotely in trouble ... That would be Miss St. that was in the "Negotiations" for the Pay for play with Cam's Dad.

At least get it right

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