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Wisconsin sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor rushed for 1,349 yards after contact, according to Pro Football Focus.

Those 1,349 yards are the most of any running back that will return to college football last year. The Badger breakout star rushed for a total of 1,977 yards on the year, so over 66 percent of his total yardage came after making contact with a defender. He's a legitimate Heisman contender, and he makes Wisconsin a contender in the Big Ten in 2018.
Feb 11 - 6:19 PM

Wisconsin hired former Buffalo Bills LB coach Bobby April III to serve as outside linebackers coach.

Barring any late shuffling, Wisconsin's sideline outfit is now complete. April has been working in the NFL ranks since 2011 (putting in time with the Eagles, Jets and Bills), with this new gig at Wisconsin his first in the Power 5. His only previous FBS experience came with Tulane as a graduate assistant from 2005-06 in what was his first foray into the coaching.
Feb 7 - 6:50 PM

Wisconsin received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Hayden Rucci.

Rucci (6'5/225) is ranked the 11th best tight end in the class by 247 Sports, and the third best player out of the state of Pennsylvania. He also had offers from Virginia, Boston College, Michigan State, Syracuse, and several other FBS schools. We've seen several tight ends from Wisconsin become NFL players. It sounds like Rucci has the talent to be one of the next to do so.
Feb 5 - 12:32 PM

Wisconsin received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 WR Nolan Groulx.

Groulx chooses Wisconsin over South Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and Texas A&M, among several other SEC and ACC schools. 247 Sports scouting report calls him a natural playmaker who runs good routes and has quality hands, but needs to get stronger to play at the Big Ten level.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 28 - 3:01 PM

Wisconsin S Natrell Jamerson was named the defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game.

Jamerson made the biggest play of the game; a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown off a backwards pass that turned into a fumble by J.T. Barrett. He made a few more plays on the game, but the reason he's the MVP is that scoop-and-score. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell says that Jamerson has made plays all week, and calls him a potential sleeper on Day 3 of the draft.
Jan 20 - 8:52 PM

Wisconsin has extended HC Paul Chryst through the year 2023 with a five-year extension.

Chryst gets the deal after a 13-1 season and a win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. He'll make $3.3 million starting in 2018, with raise of $100,000 after each season. In his time with Wisconsin, he's gone 34-7, and the Badgers have gone 3-0 in bowl games under his leadership.
Jan 19 - 6:12 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Wisconsin LB Leon Jacobs has looked "solid" in Shrine practices.

Pauline notes that Jacobs (6'1/245) has been used as a more traditional linebacker, as compared to his time at Wisconsin where he normally played close to the line of scrimmage. "His footwork scraping laterally and dropping into coverage needs work, says Pauline, "but Jacobs has held his ground against tight ends and running backs who come across the field."
Jan 16 - 10:57 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior T Michael Deiter will return to school for the 2018 season.

Dieter (6'6/316) received a "return to school" grade from the draft advisory board and has opted to heed that advice. He's started 41 games during his time with the Badgers. For the past campaign, the redshirt junior earned first-team All-Big Ten recognition. With Deiter deciding to stick in Wisconsin's corner, the team will be returning its entire starting lineup from the 2017 season.
Jan 10 - 6:59 PM

Wisconsin has promoted Jon Budmayr to QB coach.

Budmayr played at Wisconsin from 2010-2012, and spent the last three years as an an offensive quality control coach.
Jan 4 - 6:32 PM

Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson says he received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Nelson has already declared for the draft, but the second round evaluation is notable and likely played a major factor in his decision. The NFL awards first-round, second-round and go back to school designations. Nelson produced his finest collegiate season in 2017.
Jan 3 - 11:05 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior LB T.J. Edwards will return for the 2018 season.

Edwards (6'1/238) had sought council from the NFL's College Advisory Committee. They came back to him with a "return to school" grade. The redshirt junior linebacker is heeding that advice. He turned in 81 tackles (11.0 for loss) and a quartet of interceptions across 14 games this season. Edwards has made at least 80 tackles in all three of his active campaigns with the Badgers.
Jan 2 - 1:17 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior T Michael Deiter received a "return to school" grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Deiter (6'6/316) said after Wisconsin's Orange Bowl victory over Miami that he has not yet made a decision on the draft. A three-year starter at Wisconsin, the redshirt junior was named first-team All-Big Ten for his work at left tackle this year. He's a hard-nosed, competitive lineman, but will likely be kicking inside for pro purposes should he declare.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 01:56:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior G Beau Benzschawel will return to school for the 2018 season.

"I was going to be a Day 2, Day 3 guy, so I just wanted to make sure that I can increase my chances of next year to be higher," Benzschawel said. He received a "return to school" grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, the designation they hand out when they do not grade a player as either a first- or second-rounder. The 6-foot-6, 316-pounder is a three-year starter for the Badgers.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 01:26:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior CB Nick Nelson will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Nelson (5'11/204) made his intentions known in the locker room -- while sporting a turnover chain -- following Wisconsin's 34-24 win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. He logged a stellar 20 passes defended during the regulars season. While Nelson does not possesses prototypical size or long speed, he's quick in short bursts and is an economical performer with his movements in coverage. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Nelson as the No. 11 cornerback in the class. He should be considered a borderline Day 2 prospect.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Wisconsin freshman WR Danny Davis caught five passes for 56 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 34-24 win over Miami in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Davis (6'2/180) blew up the Hurricanes for two touchdown grabs in the second quarter and later capped off the Orange Bowl win with a six-yard score midway through the fourth quarter -- the final points by either team in the game. The true freshman wideout finishes his inaugural campaign in Madison the owner of a 26-418-5 receiving line. He's already proven himself a big-play threat, having averaged 17.2 yards per reception entering action on Saturday. Davis was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle and this year proved an encouraging start to his career.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 12:38:00 AM


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