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Carroll: Wilson 'Earned' Starting Job

Russell Wilson said he has done everything he can to make himself and his team better (Courtesy:KIRO) Russell Wilson said he has done everything he can to make himself and his team better (Courtesy:KIRO)
SEATTLE, Wash. -

The last time Pete Carroll named a rookie his starting quarterback he was the head coach at USC. Now Matt Barkley has become one of the top quarterbacks in college football.

Four years later, Carroll is handing the reins to yet another rookie, Russell Wilson.

Wilson will starting Thursday in the Seahawks preseason finale against Oakland, and once again in the team's regular season opener against Arizona.

The former Wisconsin quarterback was 13-of-19 for 185 yards and two touchdowns last week against Kansas City. Coach Carroll said Wilson got the nod the old fashioned way: he earned it.

"Russell's performance was just so far off the charts that we have to recognize it," said Carroll.

"I was extremely excited for my name to be called for this football team, it's pretty special," said Wilson. "I have tried to do everything possible to prepare myself and prepare out football team to be great, and we've done a pretty good job so far."

Wilson is one of several rookies to be named starting quarterbacks for their teams this season. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), Robert Griffin III (Washington), Ryan Tannehill (Miami) and Brandon Weeden (Cleveland) are the others. Wilson, though, was the only one of the bunch not taken in the first round of the draft.


Seahawks Ship Jackson to Buffalo

With Wilson named the starter and Matt Flynn ready to step if needed, the Seahawks shipped Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo. In return Seattle gets an undisclosed draft pick.

Jackson is a 7-year veteran who went 7-7 with Seattle last season. He put up career numbers with the 'Hawks, throwing for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.


Owens Released

The T.O. Show is over in Seattle. The Seahawks parted ways with the wide receiver.

He broke the new on Twitter, giving thanks to Seattle for the opportunity.

Owens caught two passes for 41 yards in Seattle's 44-14 win over Kansas City in Friday.