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Big moment in Big House for Epping, Gophers


Four years ago, Tremper graduate Zac Epping made his first collegiate start for the University of Minnesota football team in front of more than 100,000 people at Michigan Stadium.

That may sound like a dream scenario for a young football player, getting your first start at the fabled “Big House.”

The whopping that ensued, however, was more of a nightmare.

No. 17 Wisconsin looking to start faster


MADISON (AP) — Although Wisconsin’s potent offense eventually has shifted into gear during three consecutive victories, the 17th-ranked Badgers may not be able to wait until the second half to get going when they open their Big Ten schedule at Northwestern.

Wisconsin (3-1) is ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing with 343.3 yards per game, and the Badgers’ average of 7.04 yards per carry is the best in the country. Wisconsin, however, has not won at Ryan Field since 1999 and is facing a Northwestern defense that’s allowed just 13 points in its last two games, including a 29-6 victory at Penn State last Saturday.

NCAA DI Locals: Week 5 update


A Week 5 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 39th consecutive game on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 30-14 victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday. ... The left guard, who is battling an ankle injury, helped David Cobb rush for 183 yards as the Gophers captured “The Little Brown Jug” trophy for just the second time since 1986. ... Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota (4-1, 1-0) has off until Northwestern comes to TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 11.

Follow the leaders


MADISON (AP) — Melvin Gordon decided to speak up with Wisconsin off to another lackluster start.

The Badgers’ star tailback couldn’t take it anymore while jogging back to the locker room with his team tied at 3 at the half with South Florida.

South Florida (2-2) at No. 19 Wisconsin (2-1), 11 a.m. (ESPNU)

Series: First meeting.

What’s at stake: South Florida hits the road for the first time looking to build off a three-point victory over Connecticut. Wisconsin gets its last tuneup before Big Ten play begins. The Badgers have won 30 straight nonconference home games, second in the country only to LSU’s 42-game streak.

Wisconsin looks to run past South Florida

MADISON — South Florida offensive lineman Darrell Williams views Wisconsin as a model for the future for his own school’s offense.

Unfortunately for the Bulls, they have to get past the 19th-ranked Badgers today, and Camp Randall Stadium isn’t really the ideal place for South Florida to have its first road game of the season.

Wisconsin making strides on defense


MADISON — Michael Caputo gets the tackles for No. 19 Wisconsin — and makes sure to dish out the credit.

With the linebackers taking up blockers in front of him, the junior safety can swoop in for hits.

NCAA DI Locals: Week 4 update


A Week 4 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 38th consecutive game (42nd overall) on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 24-7 victory over San Jose State in Minneapolis on Saturday. … The left guard helped the Gophers rush for 380 yards and three touchdowns. ... Coach Jerry Kill sung Epping’s praises prior to Saturday’s outgin, “You know right now (he) has an ankle sprain. It’s difficult for him. He didn’t practice much last week, but he’s such a good player. Played well, but then he’s still banged. How much practice will he get this week? So those are the things that concern you.” ... Was named to Big Ten Network.com’s top non-conference offensive performers team on Monday. … Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota plays at Michigan 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. (ABC).

Gordon, Badgers impress vs. BGSU


MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin’s offense is a work in progress with a first-year starting quarterback throwing to receivers placed in more prominent roles this season.

But a 68-17 drubbing of Bowling Green offered positive signs for the road ahead for the Badgers, especially with prominent holdover Melvin Gordon leading the charge on the ground.

Armed and dangerous


MADISON — After Melvin Gordon fumbled on his first carry, teammate Corey Clement gave him a fist bump on the sideline and told his fellow Wisconsin running back to shake off the mistake.

It turned out to be the start of a record-setting day for the 19th-ranked Badgers.

Bowling Green (2-1) vs. No. 19 Wisconsin (1-1), 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

Series: Wisconsin leads 3-0.

What’s at stake: Bowling Green beat Indiana for the Falcons’ first win over a Big Ten team since defeating Minnesota in 2007. Upsetting Wisconsin on the road would really have ripple effects on the already struggling Big Ten. But this is unlikely to happen against the Badgers, who have won 30 straight home nonconference games.

Bowling Green’s up-tempo attack will challenge Wisconsin

MADISON — Wisconsin’s defense is preparing for the football equivalent of a track meet.

Bowling Green rolls into Madison Saturday fresh off a win over Indiana — the 19th-ranked Badgers’ Big Ten brethren — in which the Falcons ran a dizzying 113 plays.

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.

NCAA DI Locals: Week 2 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:

Update: Started his 36th consecutive game (40th overall) on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 35-24 victory over Middle Tennessee in Minneapolis on Saturday. … The left guard was missed some time with an ankle injury during the game, but returned to help running back David Cobb gain a career-high 220 yards, the most for the school in nine years. … Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota plays TCU 3 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas (Fox Sports 1).

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 DI Locals: Week 1 update


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.

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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 — Wisconsin 68, Bowling Green 17

    Sept. 27 — Wisconsin 27, South Florida 10

    Oct. 4 — at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.

    Oct. 11 — Illinois, 11 a.m.

    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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