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UW QB Wilson says height not a factor at all

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson officially measured at 5-foot-11 at the NFL combine. He was the nations most efficient quarterback with a 191.78 rating as he threw for  3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and four interceptions with a 72.8 completion percentage. Wilson also ran for 338 yards and six touchdowns. Still that height is the reason he’s projected as a late-round prospect. “Honestly, I believe the height’s not a factor at all,” Wilson said. “I have great feet in the pocket, Drew Brees has unbelievable feet. I watched tons and tons of film on him, and the things he does in the pocket are just remarkable. So I truly believe the height’s really not a factor. You have to be able to understand the offense, know the whys of football. Play with rhythm and timing and just be athletic. “I definitely believe I’m one of the most athletic guys here, without a doubt in my mind, and so I think that gives me an advantage. I have a high, quick release, which when you play with rhythm and timing, it’s hard to stop.” Wilson said no teams have asked him to switch positions and they believe he can make all of throws. “To be honest with you, nobody really has any concerns,” Wilson said. “They’ve seen me do a variety of things. I was in a West Coast style of offense when I was at N.C. State, then I went to a vertical play-action game at the University of Wisconsin, so in terms of knowledge of the game, in terms of knowing protections, in terms of the concepts and stepping into a brand new huddle like I did at the University of Wisconsin, teams really know that my leadership is there, my understanding of the game and obviously my ability as well.” Wilson said he’s studied Brees, Doug Flutie and Fran Tarkenton – all quarterbacks of smaller stature. But he’s done the same with taller QBs, also. “I just try to watch the best,” Wilson said.

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