THE DRIVE with MARK PANICHELLI / **BREAKING NEWS**

Russell Wilson transferring to Badgers 

Wilson, taken in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's draft last summer by the Colorado Rockies, was released from his scholarship by the Wolfpack in the spring.

"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."

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Wilson was playing for Class A Asheville (N.C.) until Monday morning, when the team announced he was leaving.

Wilson was an All-ACC quarterback at North Carolina State, where he threw for 8,545 yards and 76 TDs in three seasons.

Wilson, who has one year of eligibility left in football, received a release from the Wolfpack in order to have the opportunity to play a final season at another school.

Because he graduated in three years at NC State, he can go to another school and be eligible immediately.

"We appreciate all of Russell's contributions to NC State, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future," Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien said.

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