Wilson: I'm going to keep throwing it

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell Wilson met with the media Tuesday morning and discussed the Wake Forest and Duke games along with his interception streak which ended this past Saturday.

Can you talk about stepping up in the pocket. Coach O'Brien was saying you've had a tendency to back out and go around rather than step up. Take me through that.
"I just have to keep getting better at it. I hang in there as long as I can for the most part but there are times I could probably hang in there a little longer. It helps me see downfield a little more and make some throws right away. It could allow me to make more tight throws. I'm definitely going to work on that."

When you watch the film of your interceptions, what did you see? What do you take away from those plays?
"I need to make a better throw. I'm going to keep throwing it so I'll keep believing in my wide receivers, keep believing in my offensive line, keep believing in my running backs and believe in my tight ends and keep throwing the ball."

You were a two-star recruit out of high school on a scale of one to five, how much does the star rating system really mean when it comes to recruiting? Did it matter to you in high school?
"I don't really know about that, I'm not the one that judges that. I've always believed in my talents, I've always believed in my arm and my ability to run and just my knowledge of the game. So I think stars are irrelevant in my opinion. It doesn't matter until you step on the field. I didn't really even notice. I just wanted to give my best effort wherever I went or whatever camp I went to. I didn't really look at rivals. I didn't really think anything of it. I knew I had an opportunity to play here and it's an ACC school so I must be okay."

How many schools in the ACC recruited you?
"There were a good amount of schools that recruited me. Not too many offered [scholarships]. Duke offered me, N.C. State offered me. UNC never officially offered me and Virginia never officially offered me. Neither did Virginia Tech."

Who was your favorite team growing up?
"You know it's tough to say I used to like Miami a lot. I was a big Miami fan just because of all the players they had. It was so exciting to watch their national championships and all the amazing players they had. Each and every time they stepped on the field you felt like you were watching pro game. You felt like they could beat the Cleveland Browns or something. I always loved watching them. Now my favorite team is N.C. State."

On Saturday you and Riley [Skinner] seemed to have a real mutual respect for each other. How do you feel about Thad Lewis?
"I think he's a great player. It's going to be a great game. He takes control of his offense which is definitely important. He has good composure and he battles and you can definitely see that."

Do you have to be smart to be a good quarterback in today's college game?
"Oh yea, definitely. There are so many things that fly around, so many pieces that happen all at once. You have to know what's going on and understand your offense and understand the situations. When it comes to book smart not necessarily but you have to be smart knowing your plays, knowing your offense and knowing the situation."

Looking back at the streak, what do you think about it?
"I feel like that's what I'm supposed to do. I'm expected not to turn the ball over and I'm expected to be successful every time we step on the field and that's what I expect of myself. I expect to try and put my team in position to win. I'll never give up no matter what the situation is. As far as the streak, it's definitely a good thing. It's an NCAA record and that's pretty cool. But I want to try and beat that again."

Have you given anymore thought to what your plans are for next year?
"No, I'm thinking about Duke right now. I won't think about that until the time comes. I'm trying to live every day one day at a time, that's all I can do."

Do you forget about Wake or do you use it as motivation?
"You never forget about a game completely. I learned things. I'll have to forget some things and let some things go but you have to use that as motivation. You have to use that as a teaching tool. You never completely forget it but you move on."

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