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Wisconsin Badgers: Secondary preview

With an entirely new front seven on defense, Wisconsin football will need to rely on its secondary to provide a stabilizing influence in 2014. The Badgers finished 17th in the nation last season in pass defense, allowing an average of 202 yards per game through the air. Wisconsin’s opponents completed just 53 percent of their passes, the 13th-best figure in the FBS. However, UW...
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin football well represented at NFL Draft

Wisconsin football made its impact known in last weekend’s NFL Draft with five players selected, the seventh straight year multiple Badgers were picked. Though this year marked the first year since 2010 that the program did not have a player taken in the first round, only six schools had more players picked than Wisconsin. The Badgers’ foe for the 2014 season opener, LSU, had...
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Southward first Badger selected in draft, to Falcons in third round

Despite all the talk in Wisconsin about which former Badgers player -- Chris Borland or Jared Abbrederis -- would be selected first in the NFL Draft, another name emerged somewhat unexpectedly: Safety Dezmen Southward. Southward instead became the first former Wisconsin player taken in the 2014 draft when the Atlanta Falcons nabbed him with the 68th overall pick in the third round...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dez Southward is 1st Badger taken in NFL Draft

Dez Southward’s play in 2013 may have seemed sporadic at best, but when he got in front of the NFL scouts during Wisconsin’s pro day, he shined. It paid off for the safety, as he became the 1st Badger to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. With the 4th pick in the 3rd Rd (68th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, Falcons select S Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin #FalconsDraft #RiseUp ...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Making up for lost time, Southward stars at Badgers pro day

MADISON, Wis. -- Devastated doesn't begin to express how former Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward felt when he was informed just hours before participating in the NFL Combine that he had not been medically cleared to perform. Under somewhat mysterious circumstances, Southward learned his x-rays had been red flagged because of a fracture in his fifth cervical vertebrae. The only...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

If Badgers beat Penn State, BCS bowl could be reward

MADISON, Wis. -- The way Dezmen Southward sees it, collegefootball rankings generally have a way of working out for teams good enough towin when it matters most.Southward, the Badgers' senior safety, believes ifWisconsin's football team beats Penn State in the regular-season finale onSaturday at Camp Randall Stadium, BCS rankings will be kind to UW.But what if Wisconsin,...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Badgers hope they have safeties in numbers

This is the ninth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Wisconsin football team's Aug. 5 start of practice. TODAY'S POSITION: SAFETIES Rating (1-to-10 scale): 6 Projected starter(s): Dezmen Southward (redshirt senior) Key backups: Michael Caputo (redshirt sophomore), Jeff Lewis (redshirt junior), T.J. Reynard (sophomore), Michael Trotter (redshirt junior), Kyle...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

UW secondary lacking experience, not courage

MADISON, Wis. If you do the math, it isn't difficult to spot Wisconsin's perceived weak link in the defense as the 2013 football season approaches. Six of the Badgers' front seven will be back. One of the Badgers' back four returns. When opponents study the tape, they're sure to salivate at the prospect of facing an inexperienced secondary. But Badgers safety...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Southward has gone from athlete to player

MADISON, Wis. Dezmen Southward won't soon forget his first day of organized football, if for no other reason than the embarrassing ordeal of properly dressing himself in practice gear. "I actually put my pads on backwards the first day," Southward said. "I had my knee pads on my thighs. It was pretty bad. I had no idea what to do. I was lost." This might...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
March 27, 2012  |  Discuss

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