2015 National Signing Day: Kraig Howe profile

High School Accolades: 2014 AP Ohio (Div IV) Co-Defensive Player of the Year, 1st team Senior Stats: 84 tackles, 1 FF, 1 FR Video Proof: Our View: Kraig Howe was the second commit that head coach Paul Chryst and his staff flipped from Pitt to the Badgers. He also happens to fit an interesting profile as an underrecruited player out of Archbishop Alter high school in Dayton, Ohio...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 National Signing Day: Nick Thomas profile

High School Accolades: Wendy’s High School Heisman recipient at his school, Academic Scholar-Athlete as a senior Senior Stats: 88 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks Video Proof: Our View: He may not be the flashiest player in the Badgers 2015 class, but there are so many comparisons to one Chris Borland it’s ridiculous. His production at the high school level and high...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Kraig Howe becomes Badgers’ 25th commit for 2015 class

It didn’t take long at all for former Pitt defensive tackle commit Kraig Howe to pledge to the Badgers. In fact, it was just hours in to his visit to the Madison campus, but the Badgers are back up to 25 commits in the class. Our recruiting partners at Badger247 (if you aren’t subscribing you should be) are reporting that Howe has committed to the Badgers on Saturday afternoon...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Front Office Insider: Despite Gruden's criticisms, RG3's mechanics are sound, says QB guru

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden's public critique of Robert Griffin III on Monday has cast doubt on whether the third-year quarterback has the mettle of a franchise cornerstone. Griffin, who united a fan base and electrified the league during his 2012 rookie season, has posted a 3-13 record in games he has finished since sustaining ligament tears to his right knee. During...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

'Chevy Bad Boys' say they're 'tough, dependable' Badgers linebackers

MADISON, Wis. -- The way Marcus Trotter sees it, Wisconsin's entire linebacker unit found itself facing an identity crisis of sorts this offseason. A veteran group that featured Chris Borland, Ethan Armstrong, Brendan Kelly and Conor O'Neill was gone, which left the remaining Badgers to search for their own unique characteristics to mesh as a unit. "We had a lot of guys that I don...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Inside man: Jacobs using insight from Borland to play LB

MADISON, Wis. -- When Wisconsin's coaching staff switched Leon Jacobs to inside linebacker for the first time last spring, he sought out the one man he believed could help ease the transition more than any other. And with Chris Borland remaining on campus simply to train before the NFL Draft, he had plenty of time to offer some much-needed wisdom. Jacobs and Borland met two or three...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Safety Caputo has come a long way to be Badgers' top tackler

MADISON, Wis. -- For the past decade, the list of Wisconsin's leading tacklers at season's end has been one talented linebacker after another. Chris Borland. Mike Taylor. Blake Sorensen. Jaevery McFadden. Jonathan Casillas. Mark Zalewski. Dontez Sanders. Not since safety Jim Leonhard, who co-led the Badgers with 98 tackles in 2003, has a Wisconsin player ranked first on the team...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers' Landisch trying to 'play within myself,' not be Chris Borland

MADISON, Wis. -- Chris Borland could standstill box-jump 51 inches, kick 40-yard field goals, punt 50 yards, safely land standing-backflips, catch passes with one hand and throw the ball 50 yards downfield. He was every bit the athletic freak that legend made him out to be, a seemingly superhuman combination of strength and smarts that forced opponents to game plan ways to avoid...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

New leaders look to shape Wisconsin defense in '14

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Star tailback Melvin Gordon is still on the run at Wisconsin, but new leaders must emerge on defense in 2014. Coach Gary Andersen's team lost eight defensive starters from a squad that finished 9-4 last year. The most notable loss was star linebacker Chris Borland, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers. But what helps the returnees is that Andersen rotated a...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Wisconsin Badgers Fall Camp Preview: Linebackers

Welcome to our second position preview of our 2014 Fall Camp Preview. The Badgers open fall camp on Monday, so it’s only appropriate we begin looking at where things stand at each position group early on in camp. After taking a look at perhaps the most up in the air position group, Wide Receiver, its time to switch sides of the ball and look at a group that will pivotal to Wisconsin’s...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

5 freshman x-factors for Wisconsin Badgers football in 2014

We’re under a month until the Wisconsin Badgers put the pads on and begin the journey to Houston, Texas to take on LSU. After ending the 2013 season on a two-game losing streak, this spring and summer has been all about forging a new path forward under Gary Andersen. UW faces life without James White, Jared Abbrederis, Chris Borland, Beau Allen and a host of other major contributors...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Orr becomes Badgers 3rd Texas commit in 2015 class

Wisconsin had it’s big camp going on this weekend and it has already paid dividends as the Badgers got their third commitment from the state of Texas. Linebacker Chris Orr gave his verbal pledge to the Badgers according to Badger247. UW moved up to No. 28 nationally and No. 4 in the Big Ten according to 247Sports with the commitment of Orr, who joins fellow inside linebacker Nick...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Replacing B1G Stars: Wisconsin Badgers Have Work To Do

Everyone loses players to graduation or the NFL Draft every year, but few teams across the country lost the star power that the Wisconsin Badgers did this offseason. In the third round of the draft, the 49ers took inside linebacker Chris Borland. Borland was a former Big Ten freshman of the year, a three-time First Team All Conference selection and the Big Ten defensive player of...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Most Important Badgers No. 20: Marcus Trotter

  FOX Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple analyzes the 25 most important players to the Badgers' success in the 2014 season. Check back each weekday to see the latest player on the list. You can find every report here. Note: This is not a list of the team's 25 best players or a series about past success, but rather which of them means the most to how Wisconsin will fare this year. Criteria...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Badgers land in NFL with plenty of opportunities

Wisconsin's football program had five players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, adding to the growing list of former Badgers taken by professional teams. Storylines abound, with safety Dezmen Southward 's third-round selection perhaps the biggest shocker of the three-day draft. Southward went No. 68 to Atlanta, linebacker Chris Borland No. 77 to San Francisco, James White No. 130 to...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Locally Sourced Talk: opining on the Badgers in the 2014 NFL Draft

It was a long wait for the first Badger to come off the board, but when Mr. Irrelevant was finally announced the University of Wisconsin added five more players to the ranks of the NFL. For all five players and their families this weekend is all about celebration of lifelong dreams. However, on the field is what is really going to matter and we all know that not everyone will be...
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May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to know about San Francisco 49ers third round selection Chris Borland

The 49ers made their second third-round selection Friday night, taking Chris Borland out of Wisconsin. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the 49ers. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the newest Niners linebacker: 1. The 5-foot-11 Borland has been compared to former Dolphin linebacker Zach Thomas due to his lack of height...
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May 10, 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...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft 2014: Badger mock draft edition

Wisconsin football doesn’t play another game for three more months, but come this weekend there will be a group of Badgers hoping their NFL dreams come true. As many as seven former Badgers are on the NFL’s radar over the three day extravaganza, but when and where is always the question. So, that’s where we come in, because we’ve got all the mock drafts with all the Badgers...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking back: Badgers in the last five NFL drafts

The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night with the first of seven rounds. No former Wisconsin players are expected to be taken so soon, but plenty of Badgers could find their niche in the later rounds: linebacker Chris Borland, receiver Jared Abbrederis, running back James White, safety Dezmen Southward, offensive lineman Ryan Groy, tight end Jacob Pedersen and nose guard Beau Allen...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Football: who will be the first Badger drafted?

On the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft, college players across the country will anxiously wait in their homes or hotels before the most important weekend of their athletic careers. Three Wisconsin Badgers were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, which was the least amount of Badgers taken in the draft since 2010. The last three NFL Drafts have seen a Wisconsin player selected in the first...
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline scouting report on Badgers players

I've known Tony Pauline for a long time. He has turned himself into one of the best draft analysts and experts by churning through game film and attending the postseason all-star games. Tony was kind enough to supply some of his time and give analysis of some former Wisconsin Badgers players who are hoping to get drafted this year. You can read more of Tony's stuff at his website...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Two weeks before NFL Draft, where mocks have Badgers going

Two weeks from today the NFL Draft begins. Of course, only the first round is Thursday, with rounds 2-3 Friday and 4-7 Saturday. Judging from the latest mock drafts, if you want to hear the name of a former Wisconsin Badgers player called, don't tune in until Friday. With likely not too much changing between now and the draft (teams can't visit with players after April 30, most free...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Badger Spring Game Preview: What to watch on defense ☆

Its just about 24 hours until Camp Randall fills up a bit for the first time since November and the annual Badgers spring game gets underway. Yesterday we began looking at what we should be watching for on Saturday afternoon, checking in on the offensive side of the ball. Today, it’s the defense getting the same treatment, and if spring practice tells us anything this defense could...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Draft Breakdown: Packers needs at inside linebacker

As discussed in last weeks article the Packers will use this years draft to address their talent and depth deficiencies on defense. And while Kyle Van Noy addressed both areas at the outside linebacker position it is likely that the Packers will need to select more that one player at inside linebacker to address their need for talent and depth. So which players will help fill those...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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