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Russell Wilson, despite Andrew Luck's success, still may be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year

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The Seahawks' rookie signal caller is quietly putting together a special season in the Pacific Northwest.

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Otto Greule Jr

Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is putting together a season that deserves consideration for the NFL's Rookie of the Year Award.

Wilson's Week 9 performance was just about perfect, where he threw for 173 yards through the air and added three touchdowns in a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. But he remains overshadowed by his 2012 classmates Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Wilson has led the Seahawks to a 5-4 record, and in those nine games, he's completed 145 of his 234 attempts and thrown 13 touchdown passes against just eight interceptions.

He's also been fleet of foot, rushing for 155 yards in the Seahawks' seventh-ranked rushing attack, powered by Marshawn Lynch. He's been the model of efficiency and served as his team's leader despite his relative inexperience. The Seahawks are currently second in the NFC West behind the San Francisco 49ers and have a legitimate shot to make the postseason.

Because of Seattle's third-ranked defense, there hasn't been a lot of pressure on Wilson in the early going, but he's managed to surpass the expectations bestowed upon a third-round pick and join the conversation among the league's top rookies.