Player News

Date:

Land of 10's Zach Heilprin writes that when Wisconsin redshirt junior CB Nick Nelson worked on the scout team last autumn, he "generated a similar buzz and excitement level to that of left tackle Ryan Ramczyk."

It's an interesting sideways comparison by Heilprin, who cites the fits that Ramczyk caused the defensive line while on scout team duties in 2015. Nelson caused similar headaches for Badger wideouts while redshirting during the past campaign after transferring over from Hawaii. "He came out to get better. He didn’t just put in the time to [just] try and get through a season," said Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard earlier this offseason. The 5-foot-11, 204-pounder put in an excellent spring and is expected to fill the starting spot vacated by Sojourn Shelton during the coming season. In his final year at Hawaii, Nelson registered 51 tackles (1.5 for loss), one sack and 15 passes defensed.
Source: Land of 10
Jun 27 - 6:50 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Wisconsin redshirt junior G Beau Benzschawel as the No. 5 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Benzschawel (6'6/316) earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches after the 2016 campaign. The media named him to the third team. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell is also intrigued by his potential as an NFL prospect, ranking him as the No. 8 guard prospect for the 2018 draft. At this early stage, Campbell believes that Benzschawel could see love somewhere on Day 2 or early on Day 3.
Jun 26 - 3:58 PM

Wisconsin received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 WR Taj Mustapha.

"His footwork is good, his hands are the size of a 6-foot-7 guy, he has huge mittens and he has worked on coordination, footwork, learning what defense are trying to do," said West Bloomfield HC Ron Bellamy. Because Mustapha (6'1/185) had been focused on baseball prior to truly taking to football, Bellamy believes that he is just scratching the surface of his potential. Scout.com ranks the wideout as the No. 2 receiving prospect in the state of Michigan for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 23 - 8:45 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Wisconsin junior FB Alec Ingold as the No. 4 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Kiper is all in on Badgers fullbacks, having slotted in not only Ingold as a potential prospect of interest for the NFL, but also Austin Ramesh (whom he ranks as the No. 3 senior fullback). For his part, the 6-foot-2, 237-pound Ingold initially joined Wisconsin as a linebacker before moving over to fullback. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team as a sophomore in 2016.
Jun 22 - 9:46 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Wisconsin redshirt senior FB Austin Ramesh as the No. 3 senior draft prospect at his position.

A three-star recruit for the 2013 cycle, Ramesh (6'1/251) has played in 27 games and made nine starts for the Badgers over the past three seasons. He spun 17 carries into 58 yards (3.4 YPC) and three touchdowns last season. Ramesh could potentially land as a Day 3 selection in next spring's draft.
Jun 22 - 5:38 PM

Pitt redshirt senior RB Rachid Ibrahim transferred to Wisconsin as a graduate.

Ibrahim (6'1/195) is reconnecting with HC Paul Chryst, who initially recruited him to Pitt before later accepting the head-coaching gig at Wisconsin in December of 2014. He appeared in nine games last season without logging a carry. A torn Achilles suffered in August, 2015, probably did a fair bit to set back his development. There will be carries available with the Badgers if Ibrahim is able to take advantage of his move. Bradrick Shaw and Chris James (himself a Pitt transfer) are looking like the two lead backs heading into August, but Ibrahim will try to work his way into a backup role along with Taiwan Deal. Wisconsin is out both of their top rushers from last season in Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale.
Jun 20 - 7:38 PM

An opposing Big Ten assistant coach points to Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Bradrick Shaw as a breakout candidate.

"Bradrick Shaw could have a breakout year running with that line, to the point where some SEC coaches will wonder how he got out of the territory," the coach said. Recently, ESPN's Tom VanHaaren proposed that Shaw was the Badgers' best candidate to crack 1,000 rushing yards, even over Pittsburgh transfer Chris James. James and Shaw (457 yards and five scores on 5.2 ypc as a freshman) are joined in the crowded backfield by Taiwan Deal. The Badgers lost leading rushers Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale to graduation, but the cupboard is far from bare.
Source: Land of 10
Jun 16 - 1:41 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren writes that Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Bradrick Shaw is "next in line to carry the torch of outstanding running backs at Wisconsin."

"Given the Badgers' success at running back in recent years, it's almost a given that a Wisconsin back will run for over 1,000 yards," VanHaaren writes, later adding that "[i]f Shaw can take over as the lead back, he'll have plenty of opportunities to hit at least 1,000 yards." Last season, Shaw -- a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle -- rushed for 457 yards (5.2 YPC) and five touchdowns on 88 carries while backing up Corey Clement. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart sees the 6-foot-1, 211-pounder splitting carries with Pitt transfer Chris James during the coming season. Taiwan Deal (164 yards on 32 carries) should also see his fair share of work.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 6:30 PM

Former Wisconsin CB Sojourn Shelton said that redshirt junior CB Nick Nelson is "going to be a special one."

Nelson, who sat out the 2016 season after transferring over from Hawaii, is expected to take over for four-year starter Shelton for the coming season. "He’s going to be really good, especially with the help that Coach Leonhard is giving him, what he didn’t have at Hawaii," Shelton said of the 5-foot-11, 204-pounder. "Just giving him a lot of tools to make his game go to that next level." In his final season with Hawaii in 2015, Nelson recorded 51 tackles (1.5 for loss), one sack, 15 passes defended and a fumble forced. ESPN's Tom VanHaaren views Wisconsin as having the best pass defense in the Big 10 for the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 6:10 PM

Wisconsin senior WR Jazz Peavy's speed "can hurt you on the ground, through the air and in the return game," according to ESPN's Dan Murphy.

The 6-foot-1, 184-pounder had 43 receptions for 635 yards five touchdowns last year, pitching in another 318 rushing yards and a score on the ground. The Badgers' top returning scorer, Peavy averaged 14.8 yards per catch and a ridiculous 15.1 per carry in 2016.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 12:28 PM

Wisconsin junior LB Chris Orr (knee) expects to be medically cleared as a full participant in June workouts.

Orr was sidelined for the entirety of the 2016 campaign after he tore his ACL during the season-opener against LSU (on the first defensive play of the game for Wisconsin, at that). The 6-foot, 228-pounder did take part in spring practice, though only a limited basis. "In all honesty," Orr said, "I feel that if I got a brace I could do spring. But there is no point in pushing it." During a healthy 2015 season, Orr appeared in 10 games (six starts) and registered 48 tackles (2.5 for loss) and a forced fumble in that space.
May 30 - 1:11 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Chris James worked this spring on becoming a bigger factor in the passing game.

The Pitt transfer had one catch for 23 yards on two years for the Panthers. Wisconsin's offense will ask him to become a larger part of the aerial attack. "In my eyes it’s another opportunity to get the ball in my hands," he said. "When I see the ball, and know it’s coming to me, you better catch it because you don’t know when you’re going to get another one." Wisconsin averaged 203.1 rushing yards per game last season and now must replace outgoing backs Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale. James and Bradrick Shaw (who rushed for 457 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries last season) head into the summer as the top two backs on the depth chart.
Source: Land of 10
May 9 - 1:30 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva tossed the Pittsburgh Steelers a "C-" for their draft.

Silva liked their pick of Wisconsin LB T.J. Watt at No. 30, ditto for USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 62), but poured some water on the selections of Pitt RB James Conner (No. 105) and Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs (No. 145), calling the pair "better stories than draft picks." As for dissenting opinion, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline offers up a "B" grade. That is a fair bit more optimistic than the "C+" doled out by Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 6:49 PM

Wisconsin senior edge rusher Leon Jacobs is ready to settle into one position for the 2017 season.

Jacobs has helped the Badgers at fullback and inside linebacker in the 45 games he's seen action. However, Paul Chryst believes the edge will suit him best in 2017. "He works. He's talented. I think he'll be really a big part of what we do defensively," Chryst writes. The Badgers lost both T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel to the NFL, so they are in need of impact players on the edges.
Source: ESPN
May 3 - 9:19 AM

Eagles signed Wisconsin RB Corey Clement.

Clement (5’10/220) made 15 career starts at Wisconsin, amassing 3,092 yards on 576 carries (5.37 YPC) with 36 touchdowns and averaging 24.2 rushing attempts per game as a senior. Clement caught only 29 passes in his four-year college career, however, and his yards-per-carry average dipped (8.2 > 6.5 > 4.6 > 4.4) each season. His Combine was dreadful with a 4.68 forty and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Clement was a solid college back whose pro transition will be difficult.
May 1 - 5:24 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings