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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.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had details from the press conference.

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.

Gordon seeks NFL draft opinion


Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon is going to see what the NFL draft advisory board has to say before making a decision on his future.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin confirmed that Gordon was the lone Badgers underclassmen to submit his name to the advisory board, which returns a “grade” or where the athlete could expect to be selected if they entered the draft. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was first to report the revelation.

Badgers draw No. 8 Gamecocks


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It would be easy for both No. 8 South Carolina and No. 19 Wisconsin to dwell on the missteps this season that cost them both spots in the BCS standings.

Instead, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier and the Badgers’ Gary Andersen are embracing what they believe could be one of the better non-BCS pairings when they matchup for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

Two decades ago, Wisconsin football changed direction


Twenty years ago today everything came up roses for the University of Wisconsin, its football program and Badgers fans. That it happened on the other side of the world only added to the wonder of it.

Wisconsin defeated Michigan State, 41-20, in Tokyo to wrap up the Big Ten berth in the Rose Bowl.

Big Ten honors locals


Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was a consensus All-Big Ten second-team selection on Monday when the conference released its media and coaches awards list during a 60-minute special on Big Ten Network.

Gordon, a Bradford graduate, finished the regular season second in the Big Ten with 1,466 rushing yards on 181 carries (8.1 yards per carry) with 12 touchdowns for the Badgers (9-3). The redshirt sophomore was joined on both the media and coaches second team by senior teammate James White (1,337 yards, 13 TDs).

Penn State pulls an upset on Wisconsin


MADISON — Confusion reigned on Senior Day for Wisconsin.

Hungry for a statement win and aware they were considered heavy underdogs, the Penn State Nittany Lions pounced on the mistakes.

Waynes, Spartans hoping to smell the roses


KENOSHA — Michigan State has one of the top-rated defenses in the country and Kenosha’s Trae Waynes is a big reason why.

The Harborside Academy graduate and former Bradford athlete has developed into a solid Big Ten cornerback in his redshirt sophomore season for the Spartans. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Waynes has 41 tackles (11/2 for loss), five passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 11 starts. He also serves on the punt return and kickoff special teams.

Penn State (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) at No. 14 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1), 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)

Series: Wisconsin leads, 9-7.

What’s at stake: Unable to go to a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions, Penn State can avoid a .500 record and enter the offseason on a high note with a statement win over Wisconsin. The Badgers look to keep rolling, one spot from a top 14 BCS ranking that would make them eligible for an at-large berth in one of the big-money bowl games.

Wisconsin seeks BCS boost against Penn State


MADISON — In college football, endings have a way of serving as springboards for the future.

Some teams, such as Penn State, will have to wait another nine months before playing again after the regular season finale Saturday at No. 14 Wisconsin.

Wisconsin wins 10th in a row over Minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS — Wisconsin has been running roughshod over the Big Ten since a disheartening loss to Ohio State almost two months ago.

When its ground game faced a surprisingly spirited challenge from upstart Minnesota on Saturday, all the Badgers had to do was lean on that bone-crushing defense to win their sixth in a row.

Wisconsin at Minnesota

No. 16 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) at Minnesota (8-2, 4-2), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Series: Minnesota leads 58-56-8.

There’s an edge to this Badgers-Gophers game


MINNEAPOLIS — One of the nation’s longest-running rivalries hasn’t been a real rivalry for quite a while.

Wisconsin has beaten Minnesota nine straight times, keeping Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for what seems like an eternity to Golden Gophers fans. The Badgers have dominated for nearly a decade, racking up 39.1 points per game during the streak to Minnesota’s 15.2.

Wisconsin’s offensive line sets its sights on the Golden Gophers


MADISON — For as much as they want to play in short sleeves, Wisconsin’s offensive linemen might need to make an exception this weekend at Minnesota with the forecast calling for highs in the upper teens and winds at about 15 mph.

As long as the 16th-ranked Badgers keep pushing defenses around, things should be just fine.

Epping a stalwart for Gophers


KENOSHA — The standard by which all college football players from Kenosha County are judged is Alan Ameche.

“The Horse” started 37 consecutive games at Wisconsin from 1951-54. Tremper graduate Zac Epping has a chance of breaking Ameche’s mark of consecutive starts at a Big Ten school.

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Wisconsin Football Roster


    No. player pos. ht. Wt. year hometown

    1 Jordan, A.J. WR 6-0 178 RS SO Dayton, Ohio

    2 Hill, Nick OLB 6-2 225 RS SR Texarkana, Texas

    2 Stave, Joel QB 6-5 225 RS SO Greenfield

    3 Doe, Kenzel WR 5-8 170 JR Reidsville, N.C.

    4 Abbrederis, Jared WR 6-2 190 RS SR Wautoma

    5 Hillary, Darius CB 5-11 187 RS SO Cincinnati, Ohio

    5 McEvoy, Tanner QB 6-6 223 RS SO Hillsdale, N.J.

    6 Clement, Corey RB 5-11 210 FR Glassboro, N.J.

    6 James, Alec OLB 6-4 239 FR Brookfield

    7 Arnold, Brett WR 5-11 185 RS SR Sherwood

    7 Caputo, Michael S 6-1 206 RS SO Imperial, Pa.

    8 Watt, T.J. TE 6-5 235 FR Pewaukee

    8 Williams, Isaiah S 6-1 200 RS JR Miami, Fla.

    9 Fredrick, Jordan WR 6-4 210 RS SO Madison

    9 Washington, Jakarrie CB 5-9 180 FR Everett, Mass.

    10 Gaulden, Devin CB 5-10 180 JR Miramar, Fla.

    10 Phillips, Curt QB 6-3 217 RS SR Kingsport, Tenn.

    11 Peavy, Jazz WR 6-0 182 FR Kenosha

    11 Reynard, T.J. CB 5-8 172 SO Virginia Beach, Va.

    12 Armstrong, Thad QB 6-3 194 RS FR Ottawa, Ill.

    12 Southward, Dezmen S 6-2 210 RS SR Sunrise, Fla.

    13 Houston, Bart QB 6-4 217 RS FR Dublin, Calif.

    13 O'Neill, Conor LB 6-0 230 RS SR Delray Beach, Fla.

    14 Hammon, Nate S 6-1 196 RS FR Milton

    14 Senger, Connor QB 5-10 175 FR Milwaukee

    15 Duckworth, Jeff WR 6-0 209 RS SR Cincinnati, Ohio

    16 Ferguson, Joe S 6-1 197 FR Madison

    16 Love, Reggie WR 6-3 210 SO Boynton Beach, Fla.

    17 Cadogan, Sherard OLB 6-3 236 RS JR Washington Township, N.J.

    18 Baretz, Lance WR 5-11 190 RS SO Franklin

    18 Ogunbowale, Dare CB 5-11 186 RS FR Milwaukee

    19 Musso, Leo S 5-10 195 RS FR Waunakee

    19 Wheelwright, Robert WR 6-2 198 FR Columbus, Ohio

    20 Shelton, Sojourn CB 5-9 172 FR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    20 White, James RB 5-10 195 SR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    21 Jean, Peniel CB 5-11 187 RS JR West Palm Beach, Fla.

    22 Lewis, Jeffrey S 6-2 210 RS JR Brookfield

    23 Jackson, Vonte RB 6-1 199 RS FR Kenosha

    23 Ponio, Jerry S 6-1 195 RS SR Chicago, Ill

    24 Brookins, Keelon S 5-10 193 FR St. Paul, Minn.

    25 Gordon, Melvin RB 6-1 207 RS SO Kenosha

    26 Johnson, Matt S 6-1 171 FR Cedarburg

    26 Straus, Derek FB 6-0 235 RS SO Waunakee

    27 Zuleger, Kyle S 5-11 192 RS SR Appleton

    28 Hubley, Matt S 6-0 198 FR Waukesha

    29 Floyd, Terrance CB 5-10 196 RS SO Boynton Beach, Fla.

    30 Landisch, Derek ILB 6-0 230 JR Nashotah

    30 Ramesh, Austin RB 6-1 235 FR Land O' Lakes

    31 Cummins, Connor WR 6-1 196 RS JR Kettering, Ohio

    31 Etienne, Hugs CB 5-11 182 RS FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    32 Jacobs, Leon OLB 6-2 225 FR Santa Clarita, Calif.

    34 Obasih, Chikwe DE 6-2 245 FR Brookfield

    34 Watt, Derek FB 6-2 231 RS SO Pewaukee

    36 Armstrong, Ethan OLB 6-2 225 RS SR Ottawa, Ill.

    36 Spurling, D.J. FB 5-10 225 FR Slinger

    37 MacCudden, Kevin FB 5-11 220 JR Waukesha

    38 Steffes, Eric TE 6-3 252 RS FR Mount Calvary

    39 Kelliher, Brady LS 6-8 230 FR Sussex, Wis.

    41 Fumagalli, Troy TE 6-5 233 FR Naperville, Ill.

    41 Hayes, Jesse OLB 6-3 236 RS SO Cincinnati, Ohio

    42 Walker, Alex TE 6-4 239 RS FR Glendale

    43 Trotter, Michael S 6-0 205 RS JR Racine

    44 Borland, Chris ILB 5-11 246 RS SR Kettering, Ohio

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

    46 Traylor, Austin TE 6-3 243 RS SO Columbus, Ohio

    47 Biegel, Vince OLB 6-4 233 SO Wisconsin Rapids

    48 Cichy, Jack OLB 6-2 208 FR Somerset

    48 Pedersen, Jacob TE 6-5 240 RS SR Menominee, Mich.

    49 Arneson, Sam TE 6-4 254 JR Merrill

    50 Harrison, Josh OLB 6-0 234 RS JR Huber Heights, Ohio

    51 Dippel, Tyler DE 6-4 270 RS SR Slinger

    54 Costigan, Kyle OL 6-5 315 RS JR Wind Lake

    54 Rademacher, Jake LB 6-1 235 RS FR Wales

    55 Denlinger, Trent OL 6-6 297 RS FR Cuba City

    55 Dooley, Garret ILB 6-2 227 FR Rochester, Ill.

    56 McGuire, James LS 6-1 216 RS JR St. Paul, Minn.

    57 Ruechel, Ben ILB 6-2 225 RS JR Oconto

    58 Ninneman, Jacob OL 6-2 288 RS JR Oregon

    58 Schobert, Joe OLB 6-2 230 SO Waukesha

    59 Trotter, Marcus ILB 6-0 233 RS JR Racine

    60 Miller, Matt OL 6-5 275 FR Maumee, Ohio

    60 Udelhoven, Connor LS 5-11 223 RS FR St. Paul, Minn.

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

    62 Williams, Walker OL 6-7 322 RS FR Tacoma, Wash.

    67 Gill, Chris OL 6-5 294 SR Appleton

    70 Voltz, Dan OL 6-3 313 RS FR Barrington, Ill.

    71 Ball, Ray OL 6-7 321 RS SO Columbus, Ohio

    72 Hemer, Ben OL 6-4 274 FR Medford

    73 Lewallen, Dallas OL 6-6 322 RS JR Berlin

    74 Biegel, Hayden OL 6-6 281 FR Wisconsin Rapids

    75 Matthias, Zac OL 6-5 318 RS SR Hemlock, Mich.

    76 McNamara, Aidan OL 6-4 290 FR Madison

    77 Gilbert, Bryce NG 6-2 305 RS JR Brookfield

    77 Keeler, Jackson OL 6-6 302 FR Barrington, Ill.

    78 Havenstein, Rob OL 6-8 327 RS JR Mount Airy, Md.

    79 Groy, Ryan OL 6-5 320 RS SR Middleton

    81 DeCicco, Brock TE 6-5 250 RS SR Jefferson Hills, Pa.

    82 Stengel, Jake WR 6-3 197 RS SO Sheboygan

    84 Maly, Austin TE 6-5 240 RS SO Waunakee

    85 Endicott, Andrew K 5-9 166 FR Roseville, Calif.

    85 Wozniak, Brian TE 6-4 255 RS SR Loveland, Ohio

    86 Erickson, Alex WR 6-0 198 RS FR Darlington

    87 Hemer, Ethan DE 6-6 285 RS SR Medford

    87 Mason, Marquis WR 6-4 224 RS JR Madison

    89 Hammond, Chase WR 6-5 210 RS JR Youngstown, Ohio

    90 Meyer, Drew P 6-3 185 RS SO Hartland

    91 Nethery, Brett P 6-0 200 RS FR Greendale

    91 Zagzebski, Konrad DE 6-3 278 RS JR Weston

    92 Muldoon, Pat DE 6-3 269 RS SR Mason, Ohio

    93 Keefer, Jake DE 6-3 265 RS SO Woodville

    94 French, Kyle K 6-1 200 RS JR Menomonee Falls

    94 Schmidt, Logan DE 6-4 278 RS FR Gotham

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

    96 Allen, Beau NG 6-3 325 SR Minnetonka, Minn.

    97 Kelly, Brendan OLB 6-6 255 RS SR Eden Prairie, Minn.

    97 Russell, Jack K 6-0 172 SO Waunakee

    98 Salata, Stephen K 6-2 199 RS SO Buffalo Grove, Ill.

    99 Adeyanju, James DE 6-2 265 RS SO Chicago, Ill.

    Miller, Carl ILB 6-3 213 FR Northbrook, Ill.


    Gary Andersen — Head Coach; Dave Aranda — Defensive Coordinator/LBs; Andy Ludwig — Offensive Coordinator/QBs; Chris Beatty — Wide Receivers; Bill Busch — Safeties; Jeff Genyk — Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator; Thomas Hammock — Assistant Head Coach/RBs/Recruiting Coordinator; Chad Kauha'aha'a — Defensive Line; Ben Strickland — Cornerbacks; T.J. Woods — Offensive Line; Luke Swan — Graduate Assistant — Offense; Evan Simon — Head Strength & Conditioning Coach; Jamil Walker — Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach; Jeff Zuhlke — Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Wisconsin schedule and results


    Aug. 31 — Wisconsin 45, Massachusetts 0

    Sept. 7 — Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0

    Sept. 14 — Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30

    Sept. 21 — Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10

    Sept. 28 — Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24

    Oc. 12 — Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6

    Oct. 19 — Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32

    Nov. 2 — Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9

    Nov. 9 — Wisconsin 27, BYU 17

    Nov. 16 — Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3

    Nov. 23 — Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7

    Nov. 30 — Penn State 31, Wisconsin 24

    All times are Central




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