Found August 20, 2012 on Madtown Badgers:
The news of Danny O'Brien winning the starting quarterback job probably came as little to no surprise to anyone, but the other bit of news coming out of Badgers camp this weekend probably does surprise a few people and that news is there is a real battle going on at the Kicker spot. A lot of people (myself included) assumed that Kyle French had the starking place kicking duties all to himself after seeing game action last season and having a strong showing this spring. But, apparently this needs a "Not so fast my friends," as freshman Jack Russell has stepped up in fall camp and is giving French a real challenge at the spot. According to Head Coach Bret Bielema after Saturday's scrimmage Kyle French has been struggling as of late, but that's not the case for Russell, the Waunakee native. "On the flip side of it Jack Russell did very well today," said Bielema. The competition between the French and Russell is real and apparently has been since ca...

O'Brien named Badgers' starting QB

MADISON, Wis. It took longer than many would have suspected, but Danny O'Brien is officially the new starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin. Badgers coach Bret Bielema made the announcement Sunday night on his Twitter account following two weeks of fall practices. O'Brien now has 13 days to prepare as the starter for Wisconsin's season opener against Northern...

Badgers Announce Garner & Wright to Transfer

Late on Tuesday afternoon the Badgers football team announced via release that wide receiver Manasseh Garner and defensive back Jameson Wright will transfer from the program and explore opportunities elsewhere. "I met with Manasseh and Jameson and they both informed me they wanted to pursue their options of playing somewhere else,” Bielema said in a press release today. “In...

The Significance of Starting O'Brien

Ever since the departure of Russell Wilson, Badger fans and college football pundits alike asked, “Who will be the Badgers next starting quarterback?” There’s Curt Phillips, a strong athlete but returning after three ACL injuries. There’s Joel Stave, a promising but inexperienced walk-on RS freshman. Also Joe Brennan, the most experienced of the group, but reliably unreliable...

Bielema picks transfer O'Brien as starting QB

Danny O'Brien will start at quarterback when No. 12 Wisconsin opens its season. Badgers coach Bret Bielema announced the decision on his Twitter account Sunday evening. O'Brien, a transfer from Maryland, came into camp as the favorite to win the job, and beat out redshirt senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave. Bielema posted, ''Both Curt and Joel...

Wisconsin Tabs Transfer O’Brien as Starting QB

Wisconsin Tabs Transfer O’Brien as Starting QBphoto credit: For the second year in a row Wisconsin has named a high profile ACC transfer as their starting QB. Last season Russell Wilson left NC State after head coach Tom O’Brien wanted his starting QB to focus solely on football (Wilson played minor league baseball for the Rockies during the Summer of 2011) to earn...

The Crystal Ball: Week Twelve

             Hey, I'm no longer the newbie on the staff, yet I'm seeing a pattern develop here... Allen gets the Crystal Ball, does something strange to it (get your minds out of the gutters guys!!) and ships it my way. I see how it is... still new guy hazing time, huh?  Well, jokes on all of you as you've given me the Crystal Ball for one of the biggest...

The MTB Brain Trust: Surprises on the Depth Chart?

Watt is Looking to Step into new role as starting FB? Hopefully you're reading this site on a daily basis and chances are if you have done that in any amount of time you've probably wondered what the hell is going through our heads from time to time, right? Well today we're introducing our newest weekly feature called The Brain Trust were we'll give...

Garner, Wright Explore Transfer Options

Wisconsin announces Tuesday that junior receiver Manasseh Garner and redshirt sophomore defensive back Jameson Wright - two members of the Badgers' 2010 signing class - have decided to leave the program.

Freshman may kick field goals for Badgers

MADISON, Wis. Each day on the Camp Randall Stadium turf this August, two hours of practice comes down to four field-goal attempts. For Kyle French and Jack Russell, the moments are especially nerve-wracking. Members of Wisconsins football team encircle the special teams units, screaming and heckling in the direction of French and Russell. How they handle the jeers and more specifically...
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