Name: Austin Wilson
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Camp Hill, P.A.
High School: East Pennsboro
2013 Stats: Zero yards. One redshirt.
2014 Projections: Barring any major developments, Wilson won't get on the field again. Although he looked impressive in the spring game, so did his competition. Terrel Hunt, Mitch Kimble and AJ Long all put on a clinic so it's hard to differentiate one player over another. The coaching staff said Wilson had a slow start to the spring but ended with a strong 7-10 days of practice. I'd expect Wilson to be in close competition for the backup job with Long and Kimble.
How'd He Get Here: Wilson's had one other offer, from Eastern Michigan. But he says that Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers were "on the fence" before he verbally committed.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Three stars from Rivals and ESPN, two from Scout.
Money Quote: On whether a pro-style quarterback can "fit" into Syracuse's new offense
"They don't need someone who is going to go out there and be Mike Vick and run the ball like crazy. And I'm not the slowest quarterback and I'm not the fastest quarterback. I can pick up first downs if we need to. I can run the zone read. I feel like I'm just as capable as somebody else is. Somebody might be faster and shifty, but I can still get the job done."
Links of Wonder: Wilson discusses the battle for the No. 2 spot, saying "I'm not here to sit".
Twitterfeed: We once had MCDubz and now we have @adub555
Tweets of Wonder:
Powers out on the whole campus.... Saweeeet— Austin Wilson (@adub555) January 23, 2014
Shafer Terrel Hunt Think of Him: "He has a cannon. That's the first thing. He can throw. Sometimes I'm like, 'I gotta step my game up."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Wilson played linebacker and offensive line until middle school. He began throwing the ball after practices and realized he could throw farther than anyone on the team. If that isn't enough, his fastball been clocked at 92 m.p.h.
Let's Get a Good Look Atcha: CuseNation.com caught up with Wilson after throwing the QB tossed two touchdowns in the 2014 spring game.