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Wisconsin redshirt sophomore OLB Jack Cichy was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

Perhaps you remember Cichy most vividly from his three-sack national coming out party to help beat USC in the Holiday Bowl. On the whole, he had 60 tackles and eight TFL last season. As for the off-field work that the Lott folks consider when awarding the hardware, Cichy has volunteered with Amnesty International and as a camp counselor. He's also volunteered at local homeless shelters and the Ronald McDonald House.
May 20 - 6:53 PM

Wisconsin HC Paul Chyrst indicated that he was pleased to see senior RB Corey Clement make it through all 15 spring practices without a health concern.

"I think that this was good for [Clement] to finish out. He was excited to be back and practicing and feeling healthy," Chyrst said. The 5-foot-11, 217-pound senior had himself a tumultuous 2015 season, lowlighted by a sports hernia at the end of August camp (that ultimately required surgery) and a citation for disorderly conduct in November. He actually changed his number from 6 to 24 this offseason, hoping that he could scrub clean the remnants of his previous being. As for his health, Clement said, "I think I just needed to get hit a little bit, run around, execute some blocks and just feel like football again." In a healthy 2014 campaign, Clement rushed for 949 yards (6.5 YPC) and nine touchdowns while backing up Melvin Gordon. 2016 should provide the largest workload of his collegiate career, assuming he can stay healthy and clear from the law.
May 15 - 2:59 PM

Pro Football Focus' grades show Wisconsin redshirt senior C Dan Voltz regressed from a +13.7 (3rd in the 2017 class) to a -9.8 (30th) grade between 2014 and 2015.

To be fair, Voltz missed the second half of the season because of a torn ACL. But prior to that injury, his run-blocking was in shambles, with a 2014 grade of +8.2 dropping to -8.0 last year. Voltz, who struggled badly against the interior bad boys of Alabama and Nebraska, also allowed nine pressures on 255 pass snaps compared to seven on 295 in 2014.
May 11 - 4:02 PM

Wisconsin is paying Western Kentucky $1.35 million for a scheduled non-conference home game in 2018.

The contest is scheduled for September 1, 2018 and will take place at Camp Randall Stadium. While there is no home-and-home series scheduled between the two football squads, the universities have set up home-and-home match-ups for the Hilltopper and Badger basketball teams in 2017 and 2018.
May 9 - 5:59 PM

Pittsburgh junior RB Chris James transferred to Wisconsin.

The true junior will take a redshirt and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017. Curiously phased out of the Pitt offense last fall even though James Conner was injured, James decided to follow former Panthers HC Paul Chryst, OC Joe Rudolph and RB coach John Settle to Madison. "It was funny because everybody who I knew was wearing red now," James said. "It was kind of weird but I’m glad I got to chance to go back up there. Things really haven’t changed that much. Stepping into Camp Randall, I got chills, man. As crazy as it feels, it felt like home." The Badgers' top three runners are all seniors, so James is in a good position to produce big as starter in the run-heavy scheme beginning in 2017.
Source: Scout
May 6 - 6:16 PM

Titans signed Wisconsin OL Tyler Marz.

Marz (6'7/316) made 40 starts as the Badgers' left tackle, earning third-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Marz was exposed as a sub-NFL-caliber athlete at the Combine, running 5.54 with a 27 1/2-inch vertical and only 19 bench-press reps. He also has fairly short arms (33 1/8"). Marz got the job done at Wisconsin, but he isn't physical, powerful or athletic enough to make it in the pros.
May 6 - 4:46 PM

Bengals signed Wisconsin WR Alex Erickson.

Erickson (6'0/195) walked on at Wisconsin before becoming the leading receiver as a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 141/1,877/6 (13.3 YPR) receiving line. His Pro Day workout was predictably mediocre, running 4.54 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. A career overachiever, Erickson did show well in agility tests and is a quicker-than-fast slot prospect who's drawn some optimistic comparisons to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker.
May 3 - 3:00 PM

Saints signed Wisconsin S Michael Caputo.

Caputo (6'1/207) had a ho-hum college career, spreading 10 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and three INTs across 40 starts. He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick as both a junior and senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Caputo didn't help himself by running 4.70 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Badgers' Pro Day. Caputo draws high marks for his leadership and run support, but he isn't athletic enough to function in the back half of an NFL defense. He'd do well to carve out a Chris Prosinski-like career.
May 2 - 4:56 PM

Vikings signed Wisconsin QB Joel Stave.

Stave (6'5/236) made 41 starts for the Badgers, posting a 31-10 record, 59.5% completion rate, 7.41 YPA, and 48:37 TD-to-INT ratio. Stave looks the part with ideal NFL size, big hands (10 5'8"), plus Combine measurables, and plenty of arm strength, but his accuracy and decision making were problematic in the Big Ten, leading to more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (20) over the past two seasons. NFL coaches may be intrigued by his traits, but Stave is a fundamentally flawed quarterback with little chance of making it in the pros.
May 2 - 2:07 PM

Chargers selected Wisconsin FB Derek Watt with the No. 198 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Watt (6'2/235) was Wisconsin's starting fullback all four seasons, managing 369 yards with one touchdown on 43 career touches. He's a very average athlete with 4.75 speed and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Although Watt has something of a big name for being J.J.'s younger brother, Derek is a low-impact jack of all trades and master of none. He'll have to hang around the NFL on special teams.
Apr 30 - 4:53 PM

Browns selected Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Schobert (6'1/244) made 28 starts at outside linebacker, tallying 35.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. He earned Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and second-team All-America as a senior. Schobert showed above-average athleticism in Indy, running 4.76 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Described by Mike Mayock as "not flashy" but "always around the ball," Schobert is a high-intensity, hard-hat overachiever who would fit best inside in the pros. He'll begin his career on special teams and is instinctive enough to push for a starting job down the line.
Apr 30 - 12:16 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word that Wisconsin QB Joel Stave could be a third round pick.

Stave is terrible, so this is amazing. Pauline notes he has heard of late third round grades since the East West Shrine Game. Many teams hope to drafted third round grades in the fourth or fifth round, so keep that in mind. Stave is a "tools" prospect who has a very, very long way to go.
Apr 29 - 10:07 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert is "one of this year's best examples of a prospect who is a much better football player than athlete."

"Schobert may lack ideal traits but he possesses terrific instincts and body control," Rang wrote, "slipping by would-be blockers and wreaking havoc behind the line of scrimmage as well as in coverage." The 6-foot-1, 244-pound linebacking prospect is a former walk-on who ultimately finished out his collegiate career as 2015's Big Ten Linebacker of the Year on the strength of 79 tackles (19.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles for the campaign. Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo sees his pass-rushing prowess as a potentially legitimate weapon in the NFL.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 10:04 PM

The Packers have not selected a true ILB before the fourth round in seven years with Dom Capers in charge of the defense.

Jake Ryan was recently selected in the fourth round. The Packers have a tendency to select players who line up on the edge in college and convert them to inside linebackers. See Clay Matthews in recent seasons and Carl Bradford, among others. Many feel inside linebacker is a major need, and it would allow for Matthews to rush more from the outside. Just keep in mind this tendency when mocking Packer selections.
Apr 20 - 10:36 AM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert "can have an impact at the next level."

Pro Football Focus pegs Schobert as one of the 10 most underrated players in the entire class. "He’ll likely earn a chance to play as a traditional linebacker, but his pass-rushing ability should not be ignored," Palazzolo wrote. "Even with a large chunk of his pressures coming unblocked, Schobert’s shoulder dip and hand usage allowed him to have plenty of success against offensive tackles." Schobert had one pressure every 13 attempts last year, good for No. 17 in this class. "He’s not your classic edge defender against the run, but his every-down production gives him a chance to succeed in the right role at the next level," Palazzolo wrote.
Apr 18 - 11:16 PM


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