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August 30, 2011
Russell Wilson's change of address didn't necessarily require a change in wardrobe, but he might want to think about adding a winter coat.
Wilson's old school (North Carolina State) and new school (Wisconsin) have the same general red-and-white color scheme, but he will be leaving behind the relatively favorable climate of ACC country for the harsh winters of the Big Ten.
Consider this the new world for Wilson: Lower temperatures but higher expectations.
Wilson left a program that generally finishes in the middle of the pack in the ACC -- though the Wolfpack did go 9-4 last season -- for a team with legitimate BCS aspirations. Wisconsin reached the Rose Bowl last season and heads into Thursday's season opener with UNLV ranked 10th in the coaches' poll and 11th by The Associated Press.
What are the Badgers expecting from Wilson? Wilson, a former All-ACC selection, has been named a co-captain before ever playing a down for his new team.
Wilson has earned the most attention of the 2011 class of transfer students, but he's not the only prominent player starting over with a new school after beginning his career at another Division I program. Here's a look at 15 notable Division I transfers who should make major impacts with their new teams.