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Wisconsin signed four-star DT Garrett Rand.

Rand's one of just two players in the ESPN 300 to join the Badgers on National Signing Day, checking in at No. 152 (the other is No. 264, T Cole Van Lanen). As for Rand, he measures 6-foot-3, 282 pounds and played his high school football at Hamilton High School in Arizona. ESPN calls him a "solid athlete with excellent playing strength" and notes that he "demonstrates a nice initial burst." He projects as either a defensive end or--with a bit more bulk added--a defensive tackle once he begins to matriculate through his Badger career.
Feb 5 - 9:15 PM

Wisconsin hired former USC DC Justin Wilcox as defensive coordinator.

He will replace Dave Aranda, who left for LSU. It seems like an eternity ago, but as recently as June NFL Media ranked Wilcox as the No. 11 hottest assistant coach in the country. And why not? The then 38-year-old had been a hotshot young defensive coordinator at Boise State (2006-'09), Tennessee (2010-'11), Washington (2012-'13) before taking over at USC before the 2014 season. But then the Sark hit the fan for the Trojans in 2015. Wilcox was among four assistants canned by new head coach Clay Helton in the ensuing fallout. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Badgers head coach Paul Chryst first offered the job to Houston DC Todd Orlando before turning to Wilcox. He's a strong consolation prize.
Jan 27 - 7:25 PM

Wisconsin S Michael Caputo intercepted two passes in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Caputo nearly had himself a pick-six when he intercepted QB Joel Stave shortly before the half. He took it back 64 yards, but couldn't quite make the end zone. We're sure the 6-foot-1, 212-pounder's tormented Stave before in practice--the two were in the same class at Wisconsin, so they should know each other's games well enough by now. On the second interception, Caputo savaged Jake Rudock in the red zone as the Michigan grad looked to make the game a closer affair. He'll be a likely mid-round selection in the draft due to his (per NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter) "good size and toughness." He'll still have to perform well at the combine, but is off to a nice start with the draft process.
Jan 24 - 6:17 PM

Wisconsin QB Joel Stave completed 7-of-12 passes for 31 yards and an interception in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Stave did a nice enough job completing passes. They just didn't go very far. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Wisconsin product averaged a cringe-inducing 2.6 YPA. The performance does little to dissuade the general opinion that he's just not an NFL quarterback. An AFC East executive said as much during the practice week, noting that "when the bullets start flying, he just can't hang in and make winning plays."
Jan 24 - 3:15 PM

Wisconsin signed HC Paul Chryst to an extension through 2021.

This isn't exactly a world-shaking extension, as Chryst's previous contract had already been set to run through January, 2020. He'll also earn an escalating $100,000 bonus each season. At this time, he makes $2.3 million annually. The Badgers posted a 10-3 record for the 2015 campaign, including a win over USC in the Holiday Bowl.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 7:24 PM

Wisconsin redshirt freshman LB T.J. Edwards led the school with 84 tackles as a frosh.

He also posted 6.5 TFL and a forced fumble. ESPN's Travis Haney ranks Edwards as the No. 49 returning player in college football. The Badgers lost both star senior LB Joe Schobert and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Next year, they'll rely on a tremendous linebacking unit to stay strong on that side of the ball. Edwards, Vince Biegel and Jack Cichy are the linchpins of that unit.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 3:05 PM

An AFC executive doubts Wisconsin QB Joel Stave's ability to play in the NFL.

So do we. "He's good-looking in the uniform and on air, but when the bullets start flying, he just can't hang in and make winning plays," the exec said. Stave infamously dealt with the "yips" last season, meaning he was hesitant to pull the trigger on throws when pressured. He does have a 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, a sweet delivery and a high release, though, so some scouts will dream on his potential. After having watched Stave's college work, we don't think he has much of that. Stave is currently at the East-West Shrine Game.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 2:32 PM

Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert was compared by an NFL scout to Shea McClellin.

"He could be an inside guy in a 3-4," the scout said. "He could play outside as well because he does rush the passer a little bit. He's just a good football player. Shea McClellin comes to mind. Very similar in a lot of ways." The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Schobert is viewed as a third- or fourth-round selection. The 6-foot-2, 236-pounder will play in the Senior Bowl.
Jan 18 - 10:12 PM

The East-West Shrine Game added Wisconsin T Tyler Marz to the roster.

Wisconsin's left tackle was the Badgers' only senior up front this past season. Marz is a run-blocking monster who's too mechanical to stick on the left side in the pros. He may actually be ticketed for guard. The 6-foot-7, 318-pound Marz is projected to go between Rds. 3-5 by Walter Football. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Marz "has enough of the base traits to be a draft pick and possibly surprise when given playing time in the NFL."
Jan 15 - 7:37 PM

Wisconsin junior RB Corey Clement rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Wednesday's 23-21 win over USC in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

Clement put Wisconsin up 10-0 with a second quarter touchdown run. The injury-plagued junior would be waylaid by injury once more in the second half, though, hurting his ankle in the third quarter. He wouldn't return after that. Prior to the ankle woes, the 5-foot-11, 217-pounder averaged 3.5 YPC with a long run of 12 yards. 2015 has been something of a lost campaign for Clement, who underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia early in the season and was cited for disorderly conduct in November after an altercation with authorities at an off-campus location. When all was said and done, Clement appeared in just four games this season.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 02:50:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave completed 18-of-27 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 23-21 win over USC in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

Stave and USC QB Cody Kessler finished with almost identical passing lines, but it was Stave who came away with the victory. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt senior's lone touchdown pass wouldn't come until he hooked up with Austin Traylor on a four-yarder just after the halftime break. That extended the Badger lead to 20-7. USC would counter-punch, ultimately taking a 21-20 lead in the fourth quarter before the Badgers fought back for a go-ahead (and game-winning) field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. For the season, Stave finishes with 2,687 passing yards and an 11/11 TD/INT ratio. He failed to surpass 250 yards through the air in all but two games. Next up, the East-West Shrine Game.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 02:32:00 AM

Wisconsin junior RB Corey Clement is expected to play Wednesday against USC.

Clement fully practiced for an entire week, which is a rarity this season as he dealt with a number of injuries, namely a sports hernia. His position coach, John Settle, expects Clement to return to school for the 2016 season.
Source: Wisc News
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:26:00 PM

Wisconsin junior RB Corey Clement said that he's "truly embarrassed" for the disorderly conduct citation he received in late November.

Said Clement, "Just based on my actions from that night of the incident that everybody saw on the video, I'm truly embarrassed from it. I just wish it never happened." The altercation with authorities occurred at an off-campus location. When the depth chart was released this week, the 5-foot-11, 217-pound junior was listed as second to junior RB Dare Ogunbowale. Even beyond the non-football issues, Clement's also recovering from a sports hernia surgery and indicated that he felt at around 85% health. It's uncertain whether he'll play against USC in the National Funding Bowl on December 30, but he did practice on Thursday, a positive sign.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave has been added to the East West Shrine game roster.

The Shrine Game now has all six of its quarterbacks: Stave, Brandon Allen, Nate Sudfeld, Blake Frohnapfel, Vernon Adams Jr. and Brandon Doughty. Stave was once diagnosed with the "yips" at Wisconsin, meaning he could not bring himself to pull the trigger and throw to open or covered receivers.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Wisconsin junior RB Corey Clement told Badgers position coach John Settle he will return to school in 2016.

It has been a difficult season for Clement. He missed a ton of action due to a sports hernia injury that took a long time to heal. Then Clement was given two citations for his involvement in an off-campus fight. Clement told reporters he would declare for the draft if he received a first- or second-round grade, so it seems the running back was handed a "return to school" designation. Clement showed talent in 2014 and will return as one of the best ball carriers in the Big 10.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 08:42:00 AM


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