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Wisconsin senior LB Andrew Van Ginkel accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Van Ginkel came to the Badgers as a four-star commit out of Iowa Western Community College, and the 6-foot-2, 236-pound linebacker has has been a playmaker for the Wisconsin defense. He finished last season with 7.5 tackles for loss -- 4.5 of them sacks -- and he was also able to help in the run with 51 overall stops. Van Ginkel gets a 'tweener rep -- too small for defensive end, too slow for linebacker -- but he'll have a chance to prove those critics wrong at this event and likely the combine.
Dec 11 - 2:11 PM

Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Connelly is a former walk-on who has become one of the more productive members of the Wisconsin defense, and was on the preseason Butkus Award watch list. He made 89 tackles last year after making 88 the previous season, and he had three tackles for loss in each season. He projects as a late-round pick at this point, but his production in the Big Ten will certainly keep him on radars.
Dec 10 - 6:02 PM

Wisconsin senior FB Alec Ingold accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Fullbacks are not often high draft picks, and Ingold (6'2/242) isn't likely to be an exception. He has been a lead-blocker for some excellent rushing attacks, however, so a strong showing there -- and hopefully for him the ability to play special teams and catch the ball out of the backfield -- could help him be one of the first fullbacks drafted.
Dec 10 - 11:59 AM

Wisconsin redshirt senior OL Michael Deiter accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Deiter (6'6/315) was one of several Badgers that returned to school after considering a foray into the NFL, but he ultimately returned. It was a disappointing season for Wisconsin, but Deiter helped Jonathan Taylor rush for nearly 2,000 yards. He's mostly played tackle for the Badgers, but with that size, he'll make the move to guard. How he handles the position will be something to keep an eye on during the practices and game in Mobile.
Dec 10 - 11:56 AM

Wisconsin redshirt senior G Beau Benzschawel accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Benzschawel (6'6/315) considered leaving for the NFL, but after getting Day 2 and Day 3 grades from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, he elected to return for his final season with the Badgers. He likely still has those grades, as while he's viewed as a mauler, there are concerns about how the athleticism will transfer, and he's battled health issues as well. That being said, a strong showing in Mobile this January -- and strong combine results -- could help change that perspective.
Dec 10 - 11:53 AM

Wisconsin sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award.

The Doak Walker is awarded annually to the best running back in the country. Taylor beat out Memphis' Darrell Henderson and Clemson's Travis Etienne for the honor. The 5-foot-11, 211-pound sophomore wrapped the regular season having rushed for 1,989 yards (7.1 YPC) and 15 touchdowns across 12 games played. You could make a very compelling case for Henderson, here, as while he finished with 80 fewer rushing yards than Taylor, he also averaged 8.9 (!) yards per carry while scoring seven more touchdowns than the Wisconsin star.
Dec 6 - 8:12 PM

Wisconsin sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries in Saturday's 35-17 loss to Minnesota.

Taylor ground away at Minnesota's front seven, but the Gophers held him to a long of 20 yards and utterly erased Wisconsin's feeble aerial attack. In rosier news for the Badgers, Taylor (5'11/221) pulled within 11 rushing yards of 2,000 in this one. He'll top the two-century mark in the first quarter of Wisconsin's bowl game.
Nov 24 - 6:47 PM

Wisconsin junior QB Alex Hornibrook (concussion) completed 22-of-33 passes for 189 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 35-17 loss to Minnesota.

Hornibrook was questionable to play as in previous weeks. This time, after sitting out three of the last four games, he drew the surprise start. After this performance, the Badgers may have wished they'd let him rest once more. Hornibrook couldn't get anything going downfield and he was mistake-prone even amid the conservative aerial strategy. The Badgers limp into bowl season 7-5, a potentially special season now just a bummer.
Nov 24 - 6:46 PM

Wisconsin junior RT David Edwards (left arm) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Minnesota due to a left arm injury.

Edwards managed to play through the injury, which was suffered during fall camp, for most of the season prior to his missing Wisconsin's Nov. 17 win over Purdue. With the junior set to miss his second consecutive game, redshirt freshman Logan Bruss will make the start at right tackle.
Nov 23 - 3:07 PM

Wisconsin junior QB Alex Hornibrook (concussion) is still listed as questionable ahead of Saturday's game against Minnesota.

While the questionable designation leaves the door open for Hornibrook to play against Minnesota, it's far from a sure thing that he'll be able to go. Jack Coan would be in line to lead the Wisconsin offense if the junior signal-caller is unable to play.
Nov 23 - 3:03 PM

Wisconsin sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor has picked up 1,109 yards after contact according to Pro Football Focus.

This is ridiculous, but let's make it more ridiculous. There are a total of 17 players that have a total of 1,100 yards rushing. So in other words, just the yards Taylor (5'11/221) has picked up after contact would rank in the top 20 in rushing. Sixteenth if you wanna be specific. Taylor probably isn't going to win the Heisman, but there hasn't been a better running back in college football.
Nov 19 - 7:47 PM

Wisconsin sophomore RB Jonathan Taylor was named one of the finalists for the Doak Walker Award on Saturday.

The other finalists, you ask? Memphis's Darrell Henderson, and Clemson's Travis Etienne. Taylor was also a finalist last year -- losing to Bryce Love of Stanford -- and considering his numbers -- he's closing in on a 2,000 yard season -- he should be considered the favorite, with all due respect to Henderson and Etienne.
Nov 19 - 4:47 PM

Wisconsin junior QB Alex Hornibrook (head) is listed as questionable in advance of Saturday's game against Minnesota.

New week, same story. Hornibrook has sat out three of the last four games -- including Saturday's win over Purdue -- with lingering concussion symptoms. Jack Coan will draw another start if Hornibrook can't go.
Nov 19 - 12:47 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior RB Taiwan Deal (leg) is questionable for Saturday's game versus Minnesota.

Deal didn't travel with the team to last week's game against Purdue. Deal's availability in practices this week should give us a good indication of his progress.
Nov 19 - 12:33 PM

Wisconsin sophomore QB Jack Coan completed 16-of-24 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 47-44 triple overtime win over Purdue.

Coan had his best game of his career, and it was narrowly enough for a win. The sophomore quarterback threw both of his touchdowns to Danny Davis in regulation, before letting stud running back Jonathan Taylor take over in overtime. It was a gutsy win for Coan and the Badgers, and they will look to bring their win total to eight when they take on Minnesota. It's unclear if it will be Coan or Alex Hornibrook (concussion) at quarterback next week.
Nov 17 - 8:05 PM


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