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Rested Badgers look to get Gordon going


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy doled out some good-natured trash talk after outrushing teammate Melvin Gordon.

For once, Gordon wasn’t the top runner for the 19th-ranked Badgers.

After a bye week, Wisconsin (1-1) is rested and ready to get its star tailback going again this weekend against Bowling Green.

Week 2 in DI: Local players update


A Week 2 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:

Player, school Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. H.S.

Badgers pull away from W. Illinois


MADISON (AP) — With its running game stuffed, Wisconsin needed another way to get the offense rolling.

Quarterback Tanner McEvoy took over using his arms and legs.

Wisconsin hosts Western Illinois today

MADISON (AP) — What an odd week for No. 18 Wisconsin.

There was mystery over running back Melvin Gordon’s health and confusion about backup quarterback Joel Stave’s supposed injury.

Stave working through throwing issues


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave isn’t hurt, after all.

But he’s still out of the quarterback mix for now for the 18th-ranked Badgers as he works through throwing issues.

NCAA Division I FBS: Local players glance


A Week 1 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:

Update: Started his 35th consecutive game (39th overall) on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 42-20 win over Eastern Illinois in Minneapolis on Thursday. ... The left guard was on the receiving end of what could only be dubbed a cheap shot by Eastern Illinois linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. The incident was caught by officials and Gruiger-Hill became college football’s first ejection of the season. ... Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota hosts Middle Tennessee State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (BTN).

Gordon: ‘I wanted to be in there’


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has more questions than answers about his offense after his team’s fourth-quarter collapse Saturday.

Dual-threat quarterback Tanner McEvoy struggled in his debut and running back Melvin Gordon had just four carries in the second half of the Badgers’ 28-24 loss to 13th-ranked LSU.

Badgers miss chance to make mark vs. LSU


HOUSTON (AP) — Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon said he can already hear the critics.

After watching a 17-point lead dissolve in dramatic fashion in No. 14 Wisconsin’s 28-24 loss to No. 13 LSU on Saturday night, Gordon said he knew what was coming.

LSU roars back to stun Badgers


HOUSTON — Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter rally for No. 13 LSU in a 28-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin at NRG Stadium on Saturday night.

The Tigers trailed 24-21 when Jalen Mills intercepted Tanner McEvoy’s pass at the LSU 47 with 11:04 left. Hilliard ran for 53 yards on the ensuing drive, capping it with a sprint through a hole on the right side.

No. 13 LSU vs. No. 14 WISCONSIN, at Houston, 8:10 p.m., ESPN

Series: LSU leads 2-0.

What’s at stake

Wisconsin-LSU game features running backs


HOUSTON — The running backs are bringing the star power to tonight’s LSU-Wisconsin game.

There’s Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, a Heisman Trophy hopeful who’s coming off a 1,600-yard season and comes into the season averaging 8.1 yards per carry, tops in the nation. LSU seniors Terrance Magee and Kenny Hilliard are a solid 1-2 punch, rushing for 936 yards and 15 touchdowns together last season backing up the now-departed Jeremy Hill.

Scouting the county


A look at where Kenosha County’s eight remaining NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision players sit on their team’s depth charts, many of which have been released recently, heading into opening week:

No. 1 running back: The Bradford graduate, a redshirt, was listed as Wisconsin’s No. 1 running back heading into Saturday night’s game against Louisiana State in Houston. ... Gordon, who reached 1,000 career yards in the fewest carries in UW history, is on at least five preseason “watch” lists for major national awards. ... Set UW sophomore record and finished second in the Big Ten 1,609 rushing yards last season. ... Wears No. 25.

Jackson calls it a career


It was nearing halftime of the Bradford football team’s season opener against Milwaukee Riverside on Aug. 19, 2011, and Bradford senior running back Vonte Jackson was having a career night.

The University of Wisconsin recruit, fresh off a junior campaign in which he gained 1,283 yards from scrimmage and scored 16 touchdowns, had already racked up 145 total yards against Riverside in less than two quarters when he took a pitch on a hook-and-lateral with less than 30 seconds left before halftime.

Knee woes force Bradford grad Jackson out of football

Bradford graduate Vonte Jackson’s football career is over.

University of Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen met with reporters on Thursday to confirm that Jackson will be walking away from the game due to persistent knee injuries. Jackson suffered an injury to his surgically repaired right knee, his fourth knee injury since 2012, during the Badgers’ practice on Aug. 9.

Badgers’ QB spot up for grabs


MADISON (AP) — Despite the return of starter Joel Stave, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has made it clear that there is a two-person competition for quarterback as the Badgers opened training camp Monday.

Stave, who started all 13 games and guided the Badgers to a 9-4 record last season, is being challenged by dual threat Tanner McEvoy, who eventually started three games at safety last season after moving from quarterback to wide receiver.

Schweitzer adding to his full plate at UW



MADISON — Justin Schweitzer is used to staying busy.

Badgers good example of Kenosha County’s golden age of prep football


MADISON — Kenosha County has a rich tradition of producing quality NCAA Division I football players.

It had been primarily ancient history, with the days of Alan Ameche (Wisconsin), Mario Bonofiglio (Miami), Tom Braatz (Marquette) and Tom Regner (Notre Dame) having long since passed. But on Sept. 1, 2011, I stated in this space, “This year may mark the beginning of a renaissance for county products making an impact (at the Division I level).”

Checking in with Kenosha’s Badgers



MADISON — Not since Alan Ameche has the University of Wisconsin had a player from Kenosha County on its roster of more import than Melvin Gordon.

Bracing for impact



Chris Borland is looking to prove to NFL scouts that good things come in small packages.

Waynes, MSU win Rose Bowl


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State’s season, the storybook ending came with a moral.

After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody’s shadow anymore. And for the first time in 26 years, they’re Rose Bowl champions.

Badgers suffer bowl defeat


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw’s career has been marked by a mix of special moments and others he’d like to forget.

He made sure his final game was one he’ll be able to savor.

New year, new hope


ORLANDO, Fla. — It would be understandable if South Carolina and Wisconsin were a little disappointed when they arrived in Orlando for the Capital One Bowl.

Even after some early season setbacks, both teams had a chance to earn spots in a BCS bowl game before coming up short.

Gulley’s Navy squad nets bowl victory


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Keenan Reynolds ran for 86 yards with two more touchdowns and Navy won for only the second time its last seven bowl games, beating Middle Tennessee State 24-6 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Monday.

Reynolds had a 3-yard score to cap the opening drive for Navy (9-4) and added a 1-yarder in the fourth quarter. Already with the NCAA record for touchdowns rushing by a quarterback, Reynolds upped his total to 31 to match Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, also a sophomore, for the national lead this season.

Gordon to return to Badgers


The Capital One Bowl will not be Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon’s final game as a Badger.

In a statement released by the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department Friday, the sophomore running back announced that he will bypass the 2014 NFL Draft and return to UW for his junior season.

Badgers’ Gordon focusing on South Carolina


MADISON — The NFL might be beckoning sooner than later, but Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon is focusing on Capital One Bowl opponent South Carolina and star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) will face No. 8 South Carolina (10-2) in the Jan. 1 game in Orlando, Fla.

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Wisconsin Football Roster


    Name Ht. Yr. Hometown (High School)

    99 Adeyanju, James DE 6-2 262 RS JR Chicago

    22 Andersen, Chasen ILB 6-0 221 FR Logan, Utah

    12 Armstrong, Thad QB 6-3 215 RS SO Ottawa, Ill.

    49 Arneson, Sam TE 6-4 244 SR Merrill, Wis.

    46 Austin, Matt ILB 6-3 218 FR Fond du Lac, Wis.

    71 Ball, Ray OL 6-7 324 RS JR Columbus, Ohio

    18 Baretz, Lance WR 5-11 195 SR Franklin, Wis.

    66 Benzschawel, Beau OL 6-6 291 FR Grafton, Wis.

    74 Biegel, Hayden OL 6-6 303 RS FR Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

    47 Biegel, Vince OLB 6-4 244 RS SO Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Bondoc, Evan S 6-1 201 FR Madison, Wis.

    24 Brookins, Keelon S 5-10 209 RS FR St. Paul, Minn.

    17 Cadogan, Sherard OLB 6-3 232 RS SR Washington Township, N.J.

    7 Caputo, Michael S 6-1 212 RS JR Imperial, Pa.

    48 Cichy, Jack ILB 6-2 220 SO Somerset, Wis.

    6 Clement, Corey RB 5-11 217 SO Glassboro, N.J.

    19 Connelly, Ryan OLB 6-3 225 FR Eden Prairie, Minn.

    64 Connors, Brett OL 6-6 311 FR New Berlin, Wis.

    54 Costigan, Kyle OL 6-5 319 RS SR Wind Lake, Wis.

    31 Cummins, Connor WR 6-1 200 RS SR Kettering, Ohio

    28 Deal, Taiwan RB 6-0 216 FR Capitol Heights, Md.

    63 Deiter, Michael OL 6-5 317 FR Curtice, Ohio

    55 Denlinger, Trent OL 6-6 308 RS SO Cuba City, Wis.

    14 Dixon, D'Cota ILB 5-10 206 FR Oak Hill, Fla.

    3 Doe, Kenzel WR 5-8 176 SR Reidsville, N.C.

    55 Dooley, Garret DE 6-2 238 RS FR Rochester, Ill.

    89 Eckert, Sam TE 6-5 220 FR East Troy, Wis.

    53 Edwards, T.J. OLB 6-1 229 FR Lake Villa, Ill.

    37 Endicott, Andrew K 5-9 175 SO Roseville, Calif.

    86 Erickson, Alex WR 6-0 196 RS SO Darlington, Wis.

    36 Ferguson, Joe S 6-1 210 RS FR Madison, Wis.

    31 Figaro, Lubern S 6-0 179 FR Everett, Mass.

    56 Fischer, Ben LB 6-0 211 FR Crivitz, Wis.

    29 Floyd, Terrance CB 5-10 191 RS JR Boynton Beach, Fla.

    9 Fredrick, Jordan WR 6-4 214 RS JR Madison, Wis.

    48 Fumagalli, Troy TE 6-5 246 RS FR Naperville, Ill.

    10 Gaglianone, Rafael K 5-11 231 FR Sao Paulo, Brazil

    4 Gaulden, Devin CB 5-10 187 RS JR Miramar, Fla.

    68 Gault, Jaden OL 6-6 310 FR Cottage Grove, Wis.

    7 Gillins, D.J. QB 6-3 201 FR Jacksonville, Fla.

    95 Goldberg, Arthur NG 6-3 290 RS SO Mount Lebanon, Pa.

    25 Gordon, Melvin RB 6-1 213 RS JR Kenosha, Wis.

    50 Harrison, Josh OLB 6-0 223 RS SR Huber Heights, Ohio

    78 Havenstein, Rob OL 6-8 333 RS SR Mount Airy, Md.

    41 Hayes, Jesse OLB 6-3 229 RS JR Cincinnati, Ohio

    72 Hemer, Ben OL 6-4 274 RS FR Medford, Wis.

    45 Herring, Warren NG 6-3 294 RS SR Fairview Heights, Ill.

    5 Hillary, Darius CB 5-11 188 RS JR Cincinnati, Ohio

    96 Hirschfeld, Billy DE 6-6 271 FR Okauchee, Wis.

    13 Houston, Bart QB 6-4 218 RS SO Dublin, Calif.

    27 Hudson, Austin DB 6-2 205 FR Tampa, Fla.

    27 Jackson, Vonte S 6-1 200 RS SO Kenosha, Wis.

    32 Jacobs, Leon OLB 6-2 230 SO Santa Clarita, Calif.

    12 Jamerson, Natrell WR 5-11 180 FR Ocala, Fla.

    6 James, Alec DE 6-3 259 RS FR Brookfield, Wis.

    21 Jean, Peniel CB 5-11 194 RS SR West Palm Beach, Fla.

    1 Jordan, A.J. CB 6-0 190 RS JR Dayton, Ohio

    75 Kapoi, Micah OL 6-4 323 FR Kapolei, Hawaii

    93 Keefer, Jake DE 6-3 269 RS JR Woodville, Wis.

    39 Kelliher, Brady LS 6-8 247 RS FR Sussex, Wis.

    22 Kinlaw, Caleb RB 5-9 180 FR Goose Creek, S.C.

    30 Landisch, Derek ILB 6-0 231 SR Nashotah, Wis.

    73 Lewallen, Dallas OL 6-6 321 RS SR Berlin, Wis.

    16 Love, Reggie WR 6-3 214 RS SO Boynton Beach, Fla.

    84 Maly, Austin TE 6-5 250 RS JR Waunakee, Wis.

    61 Marz, Tyler OL 6-5 321 RS JR Springfield, Minn.

    52 Maxwell, Jacob OL 6-6 295 FR Greendale, Wis.

    5 McEvoy, Tanner QB 6-6 222 RS JR Hillsdale, N.J.

    56 McGuire, James LS 6-0 216 RS SR St. Paul, Minn.

    69 McNamara, Aidan OL 6-4 315 RS FR Madison, Wis.

    90 Meyer, Drew P 6-3 187 RS JR Hartland, Wis.

    19 Musso, Leo S 5-10 194 RS SO Waunakee, Wis.

    38 Neuville, Zander LB 6-5 226 FR Waupaca, Wis.

    34 Obasih, Chikwe DE 6-2 268 RS FR Brookfield, Wis.

    18 Ogunbowale, Dare CB 5-11 188 RS SO Milwaukee, Wis.

    58 Panos, George OL 6-5 301 FR Hartland, Wis.

    92 Patterson, Jeremy NG 6-3 326 FR Screven, Ga.

    11 Peavy, Jazz WR 6-0 187 RS FR Kenosha, Wis.

    20 Ramesh, Austin RB 6-1 247 RS FR Land O' Lakes, Wis.

    11 Reynard, T.J. CB 5-9 175 JR Virginia Beach, Va.

    38 Rosowski, P.J. P 6-3 186 FR Stoughton, Wis.

    57 Ruechel, Ben ILB 6-2 224 RS SR Oconto, Wis.

    17 Rushing, George WR 6-1 190 FR Miramar, Fla.

    97 Russell, Jack K 6-0 176 JR Waunakee, Wis.

    10 Sanders, Krenwick WR 6-1 193 FR Jesup, Ga.

    76 Schmidt, Logan OL 6-4 300 RS SO Gotham, Wis.

    58 Schobert, Joe ILB 6-2 240 JR Waukesha, Wis.

    49 Schweitzer, Justin OLB 6-1 208 FR Silver Lake, Wis.

    14 Senger, Connor QB 5-10 183 RS FR Milwaukee, Wis.

    94 Sheehy, Conor DE 6-5 279 FR Milwaukee, Wis.

    8 Shelton, Sojourn CB 5-9 178 SO Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    36 Spurling, D.J. FB 5-10 212 RS FR Slinger, Wis.

    2 Stave, Joel QB 6-5 220 RS JR Greenfield, Wis.

    44 Steffes, Eric TE 6-3 259 RS SO Mount Calvary, Wis.

    82 Stengel, Jake WR 6-3 203 RS JR Sheboygan, Wis.

    26 Straus, Derek FB 6-0 230 RS JR Waunakee, Wis.

    25 Tindal, Derrick CB 5-11 174 FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    46 Traylor, Austin TE 6-3 248 RS JR Columbus, Ohio

    59 Trotter, Marcus ILB 6-0 226 RS SR Racine, Wis.

    43 Trotter, Michael ILB 6-0 220 RS SR Racine, Wis.

    60 Udelhoven, Connor LS 5-11 211 RS SO St. Paul, Minn.

    70 Voltz, Dan OL 6-3 311 RS SO Barrington, Ill.

    34 Watt, Derek FB 6-2 236 RS JR Pewaukee, Wis.

    42 Watt, T.J. TE 6-5 247 RS FR Pewaukee, Wis.

    15 Wheelwright, Robert WR 6-2 201 SO Columbus, Ohio

    62 Williams, Walker OL 6-7 320 RS SO Tacoma, Wash.

    91 Zagzebski, Konrad DE 6-3 277 RS SR Weston, Wis.

Wisconsin schedule and results


    Aug. 30 — LSU 28, Wisconsin 24

    Sept. 6 — Wisconsin 37, Western Illinois 3

    Sept. 20 — Bowling Green, 11 a.m.

    Sept. 27 — South Florida, 11 a.m.

    Oct. 4 — at Northwestern, TBA

    Oct. 11 — Illinois, TBA

    Oct. 25 — Maryland, 11 a.m.

    Nov. 1 — at Rutgers, 11 a.m.

    Nov. 8 — at Purdue, TBA

    Nov. 15 — Nebraska, TBA

    Nov. 22 — at Iowa, TBA

    Nov. 29 — Minnesota, TBA




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