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On this date: Pete Carroll names rookie Russell Wilson starting QB
2012: Coach Pete Carroll announces that rookie Russell Wilson will be the starting quarterback. Wilson, who was selected in the third-round of the NFL Draft, wins a three-way competition with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent addition Matt Flynn. Two days earlier, Wilson had completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns for a 134.8 passer rating, while leading six consecutive scoring drives in the team’s third preseason game.
“It’s been a very exciting competition that’s gone on, and Russell has taken full advantage of his opportunities and done everything we could ask on the field,” Carroll says in announcing the decision during a Sunday night conference call with reporters who cover the team. “And more than you guys can know, what’s he’s done off the field in meeting rooms and with our players and how he’s represented himself, he’s earned this job.”