Wilson a surprising top, young quarterback

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Wilson a surprising top, young quarterback

I asked a Bears defensive player today if he was surprised anymore by the number of young quarterbacks in the NFL that are continuing to have success, and before I even finished my question, the response was an emphatic, "No!"
The reason given was good coaching.Sunday the Bears will face another rookie signal caller that may be the surprise of this year's crop: Russell Wilson. The former Wisconsin Badger was selected in the third round but so far has arguably performed like a first rounder.
This is what he has done and done relatively quietly while playing in the great northwest. In his game against Miami on November 25 Wilson tossed 16 consecutive completions, an NFL record for a rookie quarterback.
Wilson also basically stole the job from former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn, who was signed for big money to become the Seahawks starter. Wilson won the job before the regular season even kicked off, which means he proved to Pete Carroll and the coaching staff he could handle the job both physically and mentally.
Wilson stands in a group of first and second year quarterbacks that rank in the top half of NFL passing leaders, a number based on ratings points. Robert Griffin III is fourth behind Rodgers, Brady and Peyton Manning with a 104.1 rating. Wilson is 12th on the list, 13 spots above Jay Cutler, and better than respected veterans Rivers, Flacco, Eli Manning and Tony Romo.
Seattle and Wilson have really only faced one very good defense, the 49ers, back on October 18. The Seahawks lost that game, 13-6. Regardless, Wilson has done his part and is the key to his team's offense.
The Bears will make it tough on him like they do most signal callers, but to this point Wilson has proven he's one of the top young quarterbacks in the league.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.