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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

Wisconsin redshirt junior LB T.J. Watt will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

The last name should be familiar enough, as Watt is the younger brother of NFLers J.J. and Derek. After starting his career with the Badgers as a tight end, the 6-foot-5, 243-pounder ultimately switched to linebacker. He has found his fair share of success this season, registering 63 tackles (15.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller writes that he has assigned a "solid [second round] grade" to Watt.
Jan 3 - 12:30 PM

Wisconsin senior RB Corey Clement rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Monday's 24-16 win over Western Michigan in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Clement entered the contest as hot as any back in the country, having ripped off at least 100 yards rushing in seven of his last eight games. He was unable to find such success in the Cotton Bowl on Monday. Western Michigan limited the 5-foot-11, 227-pound senior to a modest 3.2 YPC. He can now look back to a 2016 campaign in which he rushed for 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games played. He has accepted invitations to both the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the Senior Bowl as he tries for an NFL future this spring.
Jan 2 - 4:26 PM

Wisconsin junior TE Troy Fumagalli caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 24-16 win over Western Michigan in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

In a game which lacked large-scale offensive pyrotechnics, Fumagalli repeatedly brought the heat with a slew of strong catches -- several of them coming in traffic and requiring the 6-foot-6, 248-pounder to twist and maneuver for space. He finishes out his 2016 campaign having caught 47 passes for 580 yards and two touchdowns over the course of 13 games played. Should he declare for the 2017 NFL Draft, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes he could sneak into the third round.
Jan 2 - 4:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Wisconsin redshirt junior T Ryan Ramczyk (hip) will meet with doctors following the Cotton Bowl to discuss his health in relation to the NFL Draft.

Per Pauline, "If the diagnoses has Ramczyk ready for NFL mini-camp after rehabbing the injury he’ll give serious consideration to entering the draft." The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder could also opt for surgery rather than a natural rehab. Should he declare for the draft, his medical checks are going to be of the utmost import, regardless of whether he undergoes the knife.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Wisconsin senior RB Corey Clement accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Clement will be pulling double-duty with his offseason bowls this winter, as prior to accepting the Senior Bowl invite he had accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 227-pounder is sitting on 1,304 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns with one game -- the Cotton Bowl, vs. Western Michigan -- remaining in his collegiate career. He recently drew a comparison to former Indiana RB and current Bears rookie surprise Jordan Howard.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Wisconsin senior RB Corey Clement accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Clement is one of the more high-profile names to opt in for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 227-pounder was marvelous down the stretch during the 2016 campaign, closing out with at least 100 yards rushing in seven of his last eight games. An NFL scout recently compared Clement to current Bears breakout back Jordan Howard, noting that he "could be that guy after a couple games if he popped off a few runs in a reserve role and your starter went down." On the flip-side of that optimistic call, an NFC North scout called Clement "just another back" in November. He could potentially land with an NFL squad on Day 2 of the spring draft, though given this loaded running back class, some runners are inevitably going to end up sliding. It is just a matter of who.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 03:29:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Wisconsin redshirt junior T Ryan Ramczyk would not confirm that he will need to undergo hip surgery this offseason.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn had reported that Ramczyk would undergo surgery following the Badgers' Cotton Bowl showdown with Western Michigan. While the 6-foot-6, 308-pounder has confirmed that he is dealing with a hip injury -- calling it a "hip impingement" -- he indicated that he is still considering his various options and that surgery should not be considered a given. "I've got to do that and see what's the pros, what's the cons, and weigh all that and see what the surgery -- if I have to have it -- see what that's about, how long I could be out," Ramczyk said. He also said that if he does undergo the surgery, that could well have an effect on whether or not he decides to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 03:47:00 PM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn hears that Wisconsin redshirt junior T Ryan Ramczyk will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip following the Cotton Bowl.

This complicates Ramczyk's draft status somewhat. One scout who spoke with McGinn said that he believes that the 6-foot-6, 308-pound redshirt junior will declare for the draft despite his upcoming surgery, but if that is the case, it is unlikely Ramczyk will be ready for the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Even Wisconsin's Pro Day could prove problematic for him later in the process, as this surgery comes with a recovery timetable of around four months. As for his outlook as a prospect, an NFC scout told College Football 24/7 that Ramczyk is "really athletic and he's really smart," adding that "[t]here are a lot of Wisconsin linemen who start in the league because they learn an NFL system and they are taught the right way."
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 02:32:00 PM

One NFL scout told Packers beat writer Bob McGinn Wisconsin RB Corey Clement could be 2017's version of Jordan Howard.

"He’s got quick feet and some burst. He could be that guy after a couple games if he popped off a few runs in a reserve role and your starter went down," the scout shared. Clement's career at Wisconsin featured some bumps, namely a mostly lost 2015 season due to hernia surgery. His final campaign was clearly Clement's top season, and expect to see the runner in the Senior Bowl.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 09:47:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior LB Vince Biegel accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Biegel's season hit a little bit of a snag early on, as he required surgery to repair what beat writer Jesse Temple described as a "cracked foot" in late September. The 6-foot-4, 241-pounder ultimately managed to appear in 11 games, recording 39 tackles (5.0 for loss) and three sacks along the way. He had posted at least 9.5 tackles for loss in each of his previous two seasons. A clean medical check on that foot during the draft process figures to be crucial to his stock.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:47:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Dare Ogunbowle (knee) did not participate in practice on Friday.

Just when Ogunbowle suffered his knee injury isn't quite clear. He did not miss a game during Wisconsin's run to the Big Ten Championship Game. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound redshirt junior's status for the Badgers' Cotton Bowl showdown with Western Michigan on January 2 figures to clarify over the coming weeks. Ogunbowle has been an effective weapon backing up Corey Clement in 2016, registering a pair of 100-yard rushing contests and finishing the 13-game regular-season campaign with 484 rushing yards (5.6 YPC) and four touchdowns.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 07:51:00 PM


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