As the quarterback contest continues resulting from former Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib moving toward realizing an NFL career, freshman quarterback Austin Wilson anxiously awaits his opportunity to get involved.
"I was just up there," said Wilson, who attended one of Syracuse's Spring practices.
Wilson also mentioned that he followed the Orange men's basketball team through to the Final Four. "I was surprised how we came out against Michigan," Wilson offered. "Everybody here thought they would win."
When discussing his first season on its way with Syracuse, Wilson remarked, "It's coming up fast. I've been preparing like it's in a week."
The young quarterback has his playbook and been studying it diligently, as incoming Orange wide receiver Corey Cooper and soon-to-be roommate of Wilson shared.
"Formations and motions," Wilson stated of what he is studying. "It's pretty hefty."
Wilson expressed that he looks forward to being able to "see it live", stating, "I think that'll help me get the visual."
As a quarterback, Wilson is included in the open competition that involves Charley Loeb, Terrel Hunt, and John Kinder, all already on the team, and, thus, already practicing. When asked if having these quarterbacks already on the field creates a disadvantage to him, Wilson remarked, "Definitely it's a disadvantage...snaps, get to be in the meetings, get to be with coaches every day."
But Wilson also mentioned that, "Everybody's new with the offense and all the coaches."
"Some will fit in the system and some won't," Wilson went on to say.
"I talked to pretty much all," Wilson shared when speaking on keeping in touch with the coaching staff, which included head coach Scott Shafer, offensive coordinator George McDonald, and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester.
The incoming quarterback stated that Shafer told him he put on a good amount of weight when seeing him recently. Wilson shared that he is standing at 6'3" and between 210 and 215 pounds currently.
Looking into the backfield, Wilson expressed, "They're some freakish athletes," referring to the running backs currently on the Orange roster, including Jerome Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley, Adonis Ameen-Moore, DeVante McFarlane, and George Morris, III.
Turning his focus to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Wilson remarked, "It makes me feel excited to play against this competition."
Before playing in the ACC for the first time for both the Orange and Wilson, the Orange will meet the Nittany Lions of Penn State on Saturday, August 31st, at MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets. This game will place Austin opposite his brother Bryce who plays tight end for Penn State.
Wilson shared that this game has been on his mind "ever since I came for my first visit and they let us know that's who we're playing." His brother was with him when he received that news while at Syracuse.
"My parents got t-shirts made with split down the middle," said Wilson to support both him and his brother in the upcoming Syracuse-Penn State match.
Prior to that happening, Wilson will be attending the Syracuse Spring game and taking a special guest with him.
"I think he's got a lot of upside to him," Wilson continued. "He's fast. He runs a 4.5 40."
Wilson offered that Marshall is 6'4", 195 pounds, and has good leaping ability.