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Notre Dame has allowed QB Malik Zaire his transfer and ultimately could end up at Wisconsin. Zaire is graduating from Notre Dame in December and has one year of playing in college left.
To Badger fans, this could seem familiar as back in 2011 a graduate transfer came to the Badgers and took the team to the Rose Bowl. Can you name him? If you guessed Russell Wilson then you would be correct.
Russell Wilson is one of the most known Wisconsin QB’s of recent years, he had the best year out of any Wisconsin QB in the last few years. As a senior for Wisconsin, Wilson threw for 3,175 yards with a 72.8 completion percentage and to go with he had a 33:4 TD to INT ratio. He threw for more yards in 2010 with NC State but he also threw 14 INT, to tell you the difference of the seasons he had a 58.4 completion percentage in 2010 but in 2011 with the Badgers, he bumped it up to 72.8. Wilson’s first season in Wisconsin put him 11th on the Heisman Trophy Voting.
As for Zaire, his numbers don’t pop off the stat sheets. One big reason is because Zaire has yet to attempt more than 40 passes in one single season.One stat that jumps out is Zaire’s TD:INT ratio in 3 years, which is 6:0. I won’t even start to compare him to Wilson but Zaire hasn’t had the chance to put up any numbers like Wilson.
One thing is that Wisconsin is not a for sure landing spot for Zaire. Some Wisconsin fans ask if Zaire would even play because of Redshirt Freshman Alex Hornibrook who had a decent season this year. People in Wisconsin remember Joel Stave was a Freshman when Russell Wilson came in and took Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl. Zaire could be Rusell Wilson 2.0 for the Badgers next season and make a huge impact for the team.