Seattle Seahawks QB race: Badgers Russell Wilson is in the mix!

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The Seattle Seahawks may be located in the Pacific Northwest, but their quarterback derby certainly has an upper midwest feel to it. Tavaris Jackson was a longtime starter for the Minnesota Vikings, and Matt Flynn set Green Bay Packers passing records in his limited time running the offense.

But the starter might be a guy you saw calling the signals for a dairyland state team on Saturdays instead of Sundays last fall. Wisconsin Badgers BMOC Russell Wilson, who set the record for single season college football passer efficiency in 2011 is very much a factor in the race to be the Seahawks starting quarterback in 2012.

He’s showed us enough,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters. “He’s in the competition. And that is going to tax us, as you know. It was already going to be taxing with two. But he’s shown us enough that we need to see where he fits in with these guys.”

Wilson went in the third round, 75th overall. His impressive rookie camp got him a shot for the gig.

Carroll said deciding on the starting qb will be a long process.

“It’s going to take us a long time to do this,” he told media. “It’s going to be frustrating for [the media]. You’re going to keep asking and want to know. I’m just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we’ll just figure it out when we do.”

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