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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 10, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:35 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

This thread is hilarious. You have an LSU fan throwing stones when he should know better. You have an Iowa fan (who clearly despises the SEC) spouting off inaccurate facts. Then finally you have a Virginia fan pretending to know about football. You guys crack me up.

As for Wilson he is a poor man's Cam Newton. Clearly he has talent, as proven by his stats at NC State, but he doesn't have the same physical ability as Newton (particularly running ability). The offense was dumbed down for Newton so I'm sure Malzhan can do the same for Wilson but I'm not sure he is a better fit than Trotter or Mosely (both should know the system very well by now).  Obviously neither have impressed if Chizik is entertaining the idea but they also have Frazier coming in a few months. Not sure you should continue taking the road of one year wonders because eventually you will get a Masoli.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:07 pm

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

earlier there was some speculation that he might be heading to Wisconsin.  As a badger fan at first this sounded wonderful but the more I think about it the more I say let him go to Auburn.  This is another punk kid looking for special treatment and sooner or later if you recruit kids like this you'll end up like OSU wondering how hard the NCAA is going to come down on you.....

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:09 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.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:16 am

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

how is this coach getting a free pass on all of the...I DIDNT KNOW my players...bullcrap?  while others are being scapegoats for cheating. auburn accepts anything and everything, pays for anything and everything and yet the ncaa doesnt blink over any of it

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. seems the media uninterest in this fraud coach is a little bit mindboggling when they take so much pleasure, especially cbs's little gang of stupid, in blaming the coach while others who do the same...go unscathed?  

gene chizik is like all the rest. time he got NOTICED 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:54 am

Gene Chizik seems open-minded about adding Wilson

Auburn must be paying Wilson,arent they losing scholarships? Probation something..noway NCCA lets these crooks of the hook..

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