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MADISON, Wis. -- Kyle French lost more than his starting kicking job when he missed a 38-yard field goal wide left against Northwestern last week. Apparently, he also will lose his scholarship.
French, a redshirt junior from Menomonee Falls, Wis., posted on his Facebook page Thursday night that he would not be back with the team for his senior season.
"I want to personally thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career in football," French wrote. "The coaches have asked me to forgo my senior season and focus on my career outside of football after this season. It has been a great ride, a time I'll never forget and I'm excited for what is to come."
French followed up his Facebook post with a tweet Friday that read: "Thanks for all of the support. It was a mutual agreement that is best for everyone."
French has struggled to maintain control of his starting kicking duties for the past two seasons, and his inconsistency has tested the patience of the Badgers' new coaching staff. He lost his role as the team's kickoff man to freshman Andrew Endicott earlier this season. And last Saturday, sophomore Jack Russell replaced him for extra points following French's field-goal miss.
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen announced Russell would be the team's starter moving forward on field goals and extra points. He said Thursday that linebacker Chris Borland would be called upon for field goals tries of 45 yards or longer.
In his career, French has hit 18 of 29 field-goal attempts. He is 5-for-8 this season.
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Last week the Badger faithful saw Kyle French miss a 38-yard field goal attempt against Northwestern. It led to Jack Russell taking the rest of the kicks for the game and a new plan to have Russell be the kicker of choice this week at Illinois.
However, it appears that French's time with the program is coming to an end at the end of this season, at least according to his...
MADISON, Wis. -- And so Wisconsin's kicking situation has come to this: A linebacker, who has never attempted a field goal in his entire college career, is now the Badgers' long-range kicker should the scenario arise in an actual game.
Yes, there is very little Wisconsin senior Chris Borland can't do, it seems. But how well does he kick field goals? We may soon find...
No. 25 Wisconsin is on the road and going against an Illinois team that has a good quarterback.
Yet, the Badgers are favored by as many as 14 12 points. Finding someone to pick the Illini to win was nearly impossible (even from Illinois fans - look at the comments from the Champaign article).
Of course, Wisconsin is 0-2 in night games this season and have struggled defensively against...
Well, this is something you don’t see every day. Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has confirmed that starting linebacker Chris Borland will kick all field goals longer than 45 yards in Saturday’s game against Illinois. Really.
#Badgers Gary Andersen says LB Chris Borland will handle FGs of 45+ against Illinois. Jack Russell will handle inside of that.
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MADISON, Wis. -- Deep in the recesses of Ohio Stadium, Gary Andersen somberly addressed the possibility that Wisconsin's Big Ten championship hopes had been crushed for good. It was only late September, yet he acknowledged Ohio State's 31-24 victory against Wisconsin meant the Badgers no longer controlled their path to a fourth straight conference title.
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When a starting linebacker is also named the field goal specialist for kicks longer than 45 yards, you just know there are going to be some jokes in response. Last night, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen announced that the Badgers will be using linebacker Chris Borland on long field goal tries – a move that, needless to say, is interesting. The team is moving away from using Kyle...
Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown says No. 25 Wisconsin's offense has it all.
Big offensive line, a pair of big-game backs and a passing game that can make a defense loosened up by the run game pay.
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Melvin Gordon runs against Northwestern in last weekend’s game. (AP Photo)
It has been nearly three years since the Wisconsin football team won a road game against a ranked opponent.
On Oct. 23, 2010, Wisconsin defeated Iowa, 31-30, in Iowa City. However, it’s worth noting that the Badgers were ranked No. 10 at the time, and the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 13.
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The No. 25 ranked Wisconsin Badgers will travel to play against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday.
At 4-2 Wisconsin has shown both the good and bad this season they hope for more of the former as they play against a 3-2 Illinois team this weekend.
Coverage of the game between Wisconsin and Illinois will air on the Big Ten Network beginning at 8:00 pm ET from Memorial Stadium...
The Illinois Fighting Illini will be wearing an all-orange uniform for their Saturday night contest against the Wisconsin Badgers.
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