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Wisconsin awarded HC Paul Chryst a $500,000 raise.

In total, Chryst will earn $3.2 million. He drew $2.7 million in 2015. The raise is well deserved, as Chryst led the Badgers to a 10-2 regular-season record. His crew would fall to Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game before rebounding with a victory over Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. That Cotton Bowl was their first New Year's Six bowl bid in the last 17 seasons.
Feb 24 - 5:17 PM

Football Scoop reports that Wisconsin will hire Northern Illinois TE coach Bob Bostad to serve as inside linebackers coach.

Interesting, because despite his 27 years in the profession, Bostad has never worked as a defensive coach before. Prior to his gig as TE coach with the Huskies, he held gigs as offensive line coach with the Buccaneers and Titans. Bostad is familiar enough with Madison, at least, having spent five years with the Badgers coaching up the offensive line and tight ends from 2006-2011.
Feb 24 - 4:37 PM

An NFC midwest regional scout warned that medicals could get flagged on Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel.

"Has to get stronger," the scout said. "He's got great makeup and is a great teammate and leader. Medicals with his foot are worrisome. Could be a flag for him." Biegel suffered through a cracked foot last season. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Biegel to Frank Zombo. "Effort-based worker bee with edge-setting hands and attitude, but a lack of power that could lead to inconsistency in play," Zierlein wrote. "Biegel's football character is off-the-charts and he can be counted on to put the effort into improving in areas that need work. He lacks individual rush talent but could be a good fit for teams utilizing exotic rush packages."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:55 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that Wisconsin RB Corey Clement must "[t]ak[e] responsibility for his actions in interviews [at the NFL Scouting Combine]."

Reuter is alluding to Clement's citation on two counts of disorderly conduct for his role in a fight back in the autumn of 2015. He appeared in just four games during that season (his sports hernia surgery was a true handicapping factor), but bounced back in a huge way this past campaign in rushing for 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns across 13 games played. Reuter believes that if Clement tests well and answers questions to the satisfaction of NFL squads at the NFL Scouting Combine, he could potentially "lock down a top-100 slot."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 7:36 PM

One NFL area scout believes Wisconsin edge player T.J. Watt can play in any base defense.

In the binary world we live in, the question is typically 4-3 or 3-4 for NFL prospects. This is mostly incorrect and other questions should be asked, as in 1 gap or 2 gap or if the edge player in a five man front is a designated rush player does he drop on occasion. In this scenario, it is suggested Watt can play on the edge in a traditional four man front.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 10:14 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior C Michael Deiter allowed just one penalty in 2016.

Deiter took a redshirt in 2014 and has started for the Badgers ever since he wrapped that developmental year. The 6-foot-6, 316-pounder not only kept the penalty flags from flying on his account this past season, he allowed a mere 16 pressures in 983 snaps.
Feb 17 - 6:40 PM

Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk (hip) will attend the NFL Combine to take part in the interview and measurement processes.

He won't, however, be on the field after undergoing surgery on Jan. 5 to repair a damaged right hip. "The surgeon said there was less damage than he expected and it went well," Ramczyk said. "I won't be able to test (physically) at the (NFL) combine, but I'll be there for all the interviews and test and measurements." Ramczyk earned First Team All-Big Ten honors and consensus All-American honors last year. He also received a first-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 3:56 PM

Wisconsin signed four-star JUCO DE Andrew Van Ginkel.

The Badgers don't typically dip into the JUCO level for prospects, but this fit makes all kinds of sense. Van Ginkel, the No. 35 overall recruit on ESPN's JC 50, spent last season at Iowa Western Community College. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is an early-contribution candidate following the departures of outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel. Van Ginkel logged 50 tackles and 13 tackles for loss at Iowa Western.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 12:25 PM

Wisconsin promoted DB coach Jim Leonard to defensive coordinator.

Leonhard replaces Justin Wilcox, who accepted the head-coaching position at Cal last month. Remarkably, Leonhard earned the promotion to defensive coordinator despite having just one previous year of coaching experience -- that coming this past season, after he was hired by Wisconsin as defensive backs coach in February. There is a high defensive standard to uphold, here, for the 34-year-old lead coordinating newbie.
Feb 2 - 5:44 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Taiwan Deal will not participate in spring practice after undergoing ankle surgery.

It isn't known just when Deal underwent the surgery beyond that it occurred during the offseason. Regardless of the timing, he won't be taking part in spring practice with the Badgers. In 2016, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Deal rushed for 164 yards (5.1 YPC) in seven games. Presumably, he will be ready for the start of August camp.
Feb 2 - 4:34 PM

Wisconsin signed four-star WR Danny Davis.

Davis picked the Badgers over Kentucky and West Virginia. Wisconsin won his heart with some nifty film sessions. "They actually showed me a lot of clips of when they were at Pitt with Tyler Boyd," Davis said. "Not saying I am Tyler Boyd, but we have similar characteristics. They showed some clips of (Jared) Abbrederis, Nick Toon and the stats that they have with that pro-style offense. It for sure excited me."
Source: Rivals
Feb 1 - 4:14 PM

Wisconsin renewed the five-year contract of HC Paul Chryst.

Well deserved for Chryst, who has posted a 21-6 record with the Badgers since taking over as head coach prior to the 2015 campaign. This past season, they also made it to the Big Ten Championship Game (ultimately won by Penn State). With this contract renewal, Chryst's deal now runs through January 31, 2022.
Jan 20 - 6:05 PM

Wisconsin RB Dare Ogunbowale accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Ogunbowale functioned as the Badgers' passing-down back this year. He finished with 506 yards and five touchdowns on 91 carries, adding 24 catches for 208 yards and another score.
Jan 11 - 1:56 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior Ryan Ramczyk will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

The news was expected all along, but now it is official. Many might view Ramczyk as the top tackle in the class and he made the impressive transition from DIII to starting left tackle for the Badgers. Ramczyk did recently have hip surgery, so it will be interesting to see how that impacts his evaluation process.
Jan 10 - 9:08 AM

Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko reports that Wisconsin redshirt junior T Ryan Ramczyk is undergoing hip surgery on Thursday.

While this surgery is expected to keep Ramczyk out for around four months, Galko additionally relays that "barring a last-second change of heart," the 6-foot-6, 308-pounder plans on declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. CBS Sports ranks him as their No. 2 tackle prospect (second only to Alabama T Cam Robinson) and he is viewed as a first-round talent, though whether his hip procedure causes his stock to drop at all remains to be seen. Encouraging medical checks during the draft process would go a ways toward helping him to keep that Round 1 projection.
Jan 5 - 4:33 PM


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