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Tremper grad Peavy likes where he’s at with Badgers


When Jazz Peavy verbally committed to play football at the University of Wisconsin in June of 2012, Paul Chryst was the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, still two coaching changes away from taking over in Madison.

There’s no way that Peavy, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver who graduated from Tremper, could’ve known then that he’d be playing under Chryst and his staff now.

It seems to have worked out fine.

Waynes progressing at Vikings’ pace



The Twitter universe often has no capacity for context or perspective, and armchair football coaches typically don’t care for patience.

Gordon eager to show Chargers more



One quick answer revealed that San Diego Chargers rookie running back Melvin Gordon has high expectations for himself.

Bullmore hunts game action


SOMERS — Following the Northwestern football team’s scrimmage on Saturday morning at UW-Parkside, Graham Bullmore might suddenly become the most popular player in the Wildcats’ locker room.

The team will be free after the scrimmage, and a bunch of hungry football players will want to know where to eat. Who better to ask than Bullmore, a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman who played at Bradford and grew up about a mile down the road from Parkside?

Gordon signs contract with Chargers


Kenosha’s Melvin Gordon made his NFL career official Thursday when he signed a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers, according to media reports.

As a first-round draft pick, the contract includes a standard team option for a fifth year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Epping invited to Vikings’ rookie mini-camp


Kenosha’s Zac Epping won’t have to go far for a crack at the National Football League.

There is also a chance the Tremper graduate will be reunited with former teammate Trae Waynes.

Talk of the Town


Natural athleticism was a huge factor, of course, but it wasn’t a simple stroke of luck that got Trae Waynes, Melvin Gordon and Zac Epping this far.

This is their story, not just from the players themselves, but from those who watched them closest:

Scouts’ remarks on Waynes, Gordon, Epping

The Kenosha News obtained some of the following quotes on Trae Waynes, Melvin Gordon and Zac Epping in a phone interview with Dave-Te’ Thomas, the director of operations for NFL Scouting Services. Thomas, the godson of legendary Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, has scouted the NFL since 1968 at age 14 and provides reports on players to 27 of the league’s 32 clubs.

The other comments are from a conference call with NFL Network analyst/draft expert Mike Mayock in which the Kenosha News participated and those published in Sports Illustrated’s NFL draft issue.

Bradford teammates recall Gordon and Waynes

If all goes as expected, Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes will be joining an exclusive club on Thursday night.

Projected as first-round choices in the 80th annual NFL draft, the former Bradford Red Devils would become only the fifth set of high school teammates selected in the first round of the same draft since 1990.

Clement gets up to speed


MADISON — Wisconsin running back Corey Clement was taking a break at spring practice when a former teammate leaned over with a question.

Kenosha’s Melvin Gordon is still trying to make Clement better even if the runner-up for this year’s Heisman Award is no longer a Badger.

Gordon: Combine ‘was a great experience’


The NFL scouting combine is a test of body and mind.

It is as much a physical showcase as it is a mental marathon and Kenosha native Melvin Gordon ran the gauntlet of tests at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last week.

Photo gallery: Gordon at the NFL Combine


Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon was the center of attention at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Here is a look in photos at the former Wisconsin running back’s day with the media as he prepares for an NFL career.

Gordon thanks Wisconsin fans


MADISON (AP) — Running back Melvin Gordon is giving thanks to Wisconsin fans before turning his attention to getting ready for the NFL draft.

The Bradford graduate posted a thank-you letter on his Twitter account and on Wisconsin’s athletic Web site on Wednesday.

Waynes headed to draft



Trae Waynes made it official: Thursday’s Cotton Bowl was his final game as a Michigan State Spartan.

A record-setting exit for Gordon


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Wisconsin hoisted Barry Alvarez into the air for one more victory ride.

The school’s career victory leader called it quits — again — after the 17th-ranked Badgers took down No. 19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime in the Outback Bowl on Thursday.

Outback Bowl game capsule

No. 17 Wisconsin (10-3) vs. No. 19 Auburn (8-4), 11 a.m. Thursday (ESPN2)

Series: Tied 1-1-1.

Badgers and Tigers eager


TAMPA, Fla. — Auburn and Wisconsin began the season with aspirations of competing in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

While the 19th-ranked Tigers and No. 17 Badgers fell well short of that goal, they’re hardly disappointed to be playing in today’s Outback Bowl.

Waynes, Spartans ready for Cotton Bowl


Trae Waynes would not confirm if the Cotton Bowl Classic will be his last game for the Michigan State University football team when the eighth-ranked Spartans face fifth-ranked Baylor at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.

He only made it clear that he’s just focused on the game itself.

Epping, Gophers set for Citrus Bowl


Zac Epping vowed that this year’s bowl game won’t be a repeat of last year’s for the University of Minnesota football team.

Not that Epping — a Tremper graduate and redshirt senior left guard who’s started 46 straight games for the Golden Gophers — guaranteed victory, but he did guarantee that the team would be better prepared for its bowl game than last year, when Epping admitted that the Golden Gophers weren’t as prepared as they should’ve been before a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl.

Gordon, Badgers brace for Outback Bowl


MADISON — Not that he needs any extra motivation, but Melvin Gordon has a few options when he plays in his final football game for the University of Wisconsin.

The dynamic fourth-year junior will look to cement his legacy as one of the top running backs in program history when the No. 17 Badgers take on Auburn in the Outback Bowl 11 a.m. Thursday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Most memorable runs



MADISON — In Sunday night’s 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch delivered the knockout punch with an amazing 79-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Otto, Minnesota St. fall in D-II final


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Colorado State-Pueblo didn’t have a football program seven years ago.

Now, there is none better in Division II.

Bradford grad Otto seeks title with Minnesota St.


As the Kansas-bound bus carrying the Minnesota State University football team rolled through Iowa on Wednesday night, Justin Otto shared a sparkling personal statistic with a teammate.

“Between my junior and senior year of high school and my first three years here, I’ve lost five games total,” the fourth-year junior cornerback said. “That’s pretty unreal.”

Chryst seems a good fit for Wisconsin


MADISON — Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.

This time, with a bigger office.

Gordon second to Mariota in Heisman


Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.

The understated star quarterback became Oregon’s first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football’s most prestigious individual award.

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Wisconsin Football Roster


    No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

    2 Joel Stave QB 6-5 219 RS SR Greenfield

    3 Tanner McEvoy S 6-6 231 RS SR Hillsdale, N.J.

    5 Darius Hillary CB 5-11 187 RS SR Cincinnati

    6 Corey Clement RB 5-11 219 JR Glassboro, N.J.

    7 D.J. Gillins QB 6-3 198 RS FR Jacksonville, Fla.

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

    8 Sojourn Shelton CB 5-9 176 JR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

    9 Jordan Fredrick WR 6-4 208 RS SR Madison

    9 Titus Booker CB 5-11 187 FR Round Lake Beach, Ill.

    10 Rafael Gaglianone K 5-11 240 SO Sao Paulo, Brazil

    11 T.J. Reynard CB 5-10 170 SR Virginia Beach, Va.

    11 Jazz Peavy WR 6-0 189 RS SO Kenosha (Tremper)

    12 Alex Hornibrook QB 6-4 211 FR West Chester, Pa.

    12 Natrell Jamerson CB 6-0 191 SO Ocala, Fla.

    13 Evan Bondoc S 6-1 201 RS FR Madison

    13 Bart Houston QB 6-4 224 RS JR Dublin, Calif.

    14 D’Cota Dixon S 5-10 203 SO Oak Hill, Fla.

    14 Thad Armstrong QB 6-5 213 RS JR Ottawa, Ill.

    15 Robert Wheelwright WR 6-3 202 JR Columbus, Ohio

    16 Reggie Love WR 6-3 216 RS JR Boynton Beach, Fla.

    19 Leo Musso S 5-10 186 RS JR Waunakee

    20 Austin Ramesh FB 6-1 246 RS SO Land O’ Lakes

    21 Arrington Farrar S 6-2 215 FR Atlanta

    21 Mark Saari RB 6-0 208 RS FR Montrel

    22 Caleb Kinlaw RB 5-10 190 RS FR Goose Creek, S.C.

    23 Dare Ogunbowale RB 5-11 200 RS JR Milwaukee

    24 Keelon Brookins ILB 5-11 213 RS SO St. Paul, Minn.

    24 John Damrow TE 6-3 225 SO Delavan

    24 Ricky Finco WR 5-8 185 SO Hartland

    25 Derrick Tindal CB 5-11 176 SO Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    26 Derek Straus FB 6-1 227 RS SR Waunakee

    26 Elijah Strong CB 6-0 170 FR Oak Creek

    27 Bradrick Shaw RB 6-1 205 FR Birmingham, Ala.

    28 Taiwan Deal RB 6-1 220 RS FR Capitol Heights, Md.

    29 Max Praschak OLB 6-2 198 FR Somerset

    29 Terrance Floyd CB 5-10 198 RS SR Boynton Beach, Fla.

    30 Jake Whalen OLB 6-1 229 FR Wausau

    30 Serge Trezy RB 6-2 202 RS JR Orlando, Fla.

    31 Lubern Figaro S 6-0 181 SO Everett, Mass.

    32 Leon Jacobs ILB 6-2 233 JR Santa Clarita, Calif.

    32 Noah Stengel WR 6-2 201 RS FR Sheboygan

    34 Derek Watt FB 6-2 236 RS SR Pewaukee

    34 Chikwe Obasih DE 6-3 268 RS SO Brookfield

    36 Troy Laufenberg RB 5-10 190 FR Waunakee

    36 Joe Ferguson S 6-1 195 RS SO Madison

    37 Andrew Endicott K 5-9 172 JR Roseville, Calif.

    37 Bret Verstegen S 5-11 182 FR Kimberly

    38 P.J. Rosowski P 6-3 199 RS FR Stoughton

    39 Zach Hintze K 6-0 170 FR Fond du Lac

    41 Hayes, Jesse OLB 6-3 233 RS SR Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller)

    41 Henry Houden WR 6-4 194 FR Madison

    42 T.J. Watt OLB 6-5 244 RS SO Pewaukee

    43 Peter Roy WR 6-0 186 RS FR Muskego

    43 Ryan Connelly ILB 6-3 233 RS FR Eden Prairie, Minn.

    44 Eric Steffes TE 6-5 255 RS JR Mount Calvary

    45 Nick Thomas ILB 6-2 224 FR Bradenton, Fla.

    46 Austin Traylor TE 6-4 245 RS SR Columbus, Ohio

    47 Mitchell Herl TE 6-4 217 FR Middleton

    47 Vince Biegel OLB 6-4 246 RS JR Wisconsin Rapids

    48 Jack Cichy OLB 6-2 223 RS SO Somerset

    49 Kyle Penniston TE 6-4 233 FR Orange, Calif.

    50 Chris Orr ILB 6-0 228 FR Desoto, Texas

    51 Alec Ingold ILB 6-2 237 FR Green Bay

    52 Jacob Maxwell OL 6-6 309 RS FR Greendale

    52 Kellen Jones ILB 6-0 230 RS SR Houston

    52 David Pfaff DE 6-2 257 FR Mequon

    53 T.J. Edwards ILB 6-1 238 RS FR Lake Villa, Ill.

    54 Ty DeForest ILB 6-0 220 FR Marshall

    55 Garret Dooley OLB 6-3 234 RS SO Rochester, Ill.

    56 Zack Baun OLB 6-3 221 FR Milwaukee

    57 Alec James DE 6-3 264 RS SO Brookfield

    58 Joe Schobert OLB 6-2 236 SR Waukesha

    58 George Panos OL 6-5 321 RS FR Hartland

    59 Tyler Johnson OLB 6-3 234 FR Menasha

    60 Connor Udelhoven LS 6-0 225 RS JR St. Paul, Minn.

    61 Tyler Marz OL 6-7 325 RS SR Springfield, Minn.

    62 Walker Williams OL 6-7 321 RS JR Tacoma, Wash.

    63 Michael Deiter OL 6-6 316 RS FR Curtice, Ohio

    64 Brett Connors OL 6-6 310 RS FR New Berlin

    65 Ryan Ramczyk OL 6-6 297 JR Stevens Point

    65 Olive Sagapolu NT 6-2 332 FR Huntington Beach, Calif.

    66 Kelly Thomas DE 6-6 246 FR Racine

    66 Beau Benzschawel OL 6-6 308 RS FR Grafton

    67 Jon Dietzen OL 6-6 329 FR Black Creek

    68 David Moorman OL 6-5 288 FR Northville, Mich.

    69 Aidan McNamara OL 6-4 314 RS SO Madison

    70 Dan Voltz OL 6-3 301 RS JR Barrington, Ill.

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

    73 Kevin Estes OL 6-5 273 FR San Marcos, Calif.

    74 Hayden Biegel OL 6-7 299 RS SO Wisconsin Rapids

    74 Gunnar Roberge NT 6-4 299 FR Seymour

    75 Micah Kapoi OL 6-3 330 RS FR Kapolei, Hawaii

    76 Logan Schmidt OL 6-4 303 RS JR Gotham

    77 Ian Dretzka OL 6-6 312 FR Delafield

    78 Jason Erdmann OL 6-6 326 FR Richfield

    79 Ben Hemer OL 6-6 299 RS SO Medford

    81 Troy Fumagalli TE 6-6 247 RS SO Naperville, Ill.

    82 A.J. Jordan WR 6-0 195 RS SR Dayton, Ohio

    84 Andrew James WR 6-0 166 FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    85 Krenwick Sanders WR 6-2 204 SO Jesup, Ga.

    86 Alex Erickson WR 6-0 197 RS SR Darlington

    87 George Rushing WR 6-1 180 SO Miramar, Fla.

    89 David Edwards TE 6-7 239 FR Downers Grove, Ill.

    90 Drew Meyer P 6-3 189 RS SR Hartland

    91 Zander Neuville DE 6-5 255 RS FR Waupaca

    92 Jeremy Patterson NT 6-3 335 RS FR Screven, Ga.

    93 Jake Keefer DE 6-3 273 RS SR Woodville

    94 Conor Sheehy NT 6-4 272 SO Milwaukee

    95 Arthur Goldberg DE 6-3 296 RS JR Mount Lebanon, Pa.

    96 Billy Hirschfeld DE 6-6 287 RS FR Okauchee

    96 Connor Allen P 6-0 170 FR New Berlin

    97 Jack Russell K 6-0 175 SR Waunakee

    97 Andrew Ruzek DE 6-6 258 FR Stevens Point

    98 Kraig Howe DE 6-3 241 FR Dayton, Ohio


    Paul Chryst, Head Coach; Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator/ILB; Joe Rudolph, Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/OL; Inoke Breckterfield, Defensive Line; Ted Gilmore, Wide Receivers; Chris Haering, Special Teams; Daronte’ Jones, Defensive Backs; John Settle, Running Backs; Tim Tibesar, Outside Linebackers; Mickey Turner, Tight Ends; Ethan Armstrong, Graduate Assistant Defense; Antonio Fenelus, Graduate Assistant Defense; Jon Budmayr, Graduate Assistant Offense; Bill Nagy, Graduate Assistant Offense; Taylor Mehlhaff, Quality Control Special Teams; Ross Kolodziej, Head Strength & Conditioning; Shaun Snee, Assistant Strength & Conditioning; Jamil Walker, Assistant Strength & Conditioning; Bradie Ewing, Assistant Strength & Conditioning; Kyle Costigan, Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant.

Wisconsin schedule and results


    Sept. 5 — Alabama 35, Wisconsin 17

    Sept. 12 — Wisconsin 58, Miami (Ohio) 0

    Sept 19 — Wisconsin 28, Troy 3

    Sept. 26 — Wisconsin 28, Hawaii 0

    Oct. 3 — Iowa 10, Wisconsin 6

    Oct. 10 — Wisconsin 23, Nebraska 21

    Oct. 17 — Wisconsin 24, Purdue 7

    Oct. 24 — Wisconsin 24, Illinois 13

    Oct. 31 — Wisconsin 48, Rutgers 10

    Nov. 11 — Wisconsin 31, Maryland 24

    Nov. 21 — Northwestern 13, Wisconsin 7

    Nov. 28 — at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)




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