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3-star safety Cycoby Burch commits to Badgers 2016 class…sorta

The Wisconsin Badgers coaching staff is having a good last month on the recruiting trail. After landing a commitment from in-state prospect Mason Stokke near the end of April, Wisconsin got commitment No. 5 in the 2016 recruiting class from Cycoby Burch, a three-star athlete out of Orlando, Fla. announced his verbal pledge to the Badgers on Twitter: Im a officially committed to...
Via Madtown Badgers
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Wisconsin Badgers Recruiting Update: Defense

Earlier this week we took a gander at where things stand for the Wisconsin Badgers 2016 recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball. Today, we take a look at the other side, as Dave Aranda begins to really transition the defense in his image and take players that were all his on the recruiting trail. The 2016 class will be very important, especially in the back of the defense...
Via Madtown Badgers
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Badgers Spring Recap: Safety

(Over the next few days we’ll be taking a look at each position on the Badgers roster and breaking down what took place during the 2015 spring camp) If there was one position few worried about this spring football camp it was the safety position. That’s because depth, experience and talented youth all existed. Previous Positions: Quarterback | However, that doesn’t mean there...
Via Madtown Badgers
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers Spring Preview 2015: What’s old is new again in Chryst era

Few players or coaches ever get the chance to go home again and be where the heart is. Then again, few coaches are like Paul Chryst and have had the long-term ties to Madison, Wis. either. However, with Gary Andersen bolting for Oregon State it was an easy call to make for athletic director Barry Alvarez. Will the obvious choice be the right one for the Wisconsin Badgers? Previous...
Via Talking 10
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers Spring Football 2015 Preview: Secondary

If the last two games were any indication, you would have believed the Badgers didn’t have much in the way of a secondary. Wisconsin gave up 257 yards passing to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, while the UW defense also gave up 216 yards passing to Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Still, Wisconsin’s pass defense was one of the best in the country and the best in the Big Ten...
Via Madtown Badgers
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 National Signing Day: Arrington Farrar profile

High School Accolades: 1st team Class AAAA All-State (GA), 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Game Senior Stats: 107 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 2 INTs, 7 passes defensed Video Proof: Our View: Given the loss of highly-rated linebacker Jordan Griffin, the Badgers needed some good news to end national signing day. They got jus that with Arrington Farrar coming on board as the 20th and last...
Via Madtown Badgers
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 17 Wisconsin hopes program back on steady ground

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Wisconsin Badgers have received a crash course in just how much of a business college sports can be. The hiring of new coach Paul Chryst has them hoping the program is back on solid footing - again. Now the No. 17 Badgers can return to focusing on football. The team is scheduled to arrive in Florida on Friday to begin preparation for the Outback Bowl on New...
Via AP on Fox
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Motivation not an issue as Badgers set sights on bowl game

MADISON, Wis. -- One of the favorably spun tidbits to emerge this week about Wisconsin's football team is that it will appear in a fifth consecutive New Year's Day bowl game on Jan. 1. And only one other FBS program -- Alabama -- can say the same thing. That certainly is quite an accomplishment in itself. Until, that is, one points out Alabama -- which will play in its seventh straight...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Championship Game: How Wisconsin Badgers win

Here we are again, the Wisconsin Badgers back in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game. Since the inception of the game four years ago, no team in the Big Ten has made more appearances in the game than Wisconsin. It will be the program’s third trip in the four-year history of the game, but this one feels a bit different. For the first time, Wisconsin comes in as the favorite...
Via Talking 10
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Andersen: Winner of Paul Bunyan's Axe will have to wait to chop down goal posts

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's football players broke from a team huddle and bounded toward the end zone in TCF Bank Stadium last season, axe in hand, ready to continue a longstanding tradition of the fictional chopping of an opponent's goal post. Wisconsin had won Paul Bunyan's Axe for a 10th consecutive season against bitter rival Minnesota, but when players arrived at the goal post...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers treating critical Nebraska game as 'one-week playoff'

MADISON, Wis. -- It is no stretch to suggest the electricity coursing through Camp Randall Stadium the last time Nebraska came to town was a phenomenon that has not been matched since. Given the stakes of that night -- a nationally televised primetime game with ESPN's College Gameday on site, Nebraska's inaugural Big Ten game and a chance for Russell Wilson and Montee Ball to capture...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Purdue latest victim in Badgers' quest for November to remember

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The slogan began percolating in team meeting rooms this week, a rallying cry to galvanize Wisconsin's football players with the meat of the schedule dangling before them. Five games over a five-Saturday period would determine whether this season should be deemed a success or a failure, and the importance could not be overstated. But just in case players needed...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Andersen: Badgers' defense starting to click

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen spoke with the media Tuesday morning on the Big Ten's weekly coaches teleconference ahead of the Badgers' game against Purdue. Andersen briefly recapped Wisconsin's 37-0 victory against Rutgers, looked ahead to Purdue, discussed the stellar play of his defense, the Big Ten West race, recruiting kickers and the play of Badgers running back Corey...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin defense lifts team

MADISON, Wis. (AP) When Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and his staff had to replace seven starters on defense, there was concern the lack of experience would hinder the Badgers this season. As the regular season winds down, it turns out that No. 25 Wisconsin is playing some of the best defense in the nation. The Badgers, who shut out Rutgers 37-0 on the road Saturday, boast the No...
Via AP on Fox
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Andersen: Badgers confidence has never changed

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen spoke with the media Tuesday morning on the Big Ten's weekly coaches teleconference ahead of the Badgers' game against Rutgers. Andersen recapped Wisconsin's 52-7 victory against Maryland, discussed the return of nose guard Warren Herring, the team's confidence level as November approaches, the play of running back Melvin Gordon and the resurgence...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Maryland not a traditional rival, but Saturday still a must-win game

MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin-Maryland football matchup doesn't exactly stir the masses with a rich tradition of memorable games between the two programs. Fans may find it difficult to raise their excitement level, after all, for a Big Ten team the Badgers have never played. But in the ever-expanding world of college football conferences, this is the new reality. Schools that reside...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers control their own path to a Big Ten West title

MADISON, Wis. -- Safety Michael Caputo said he held no rooting interest whatsoever when Nebraska played Northwestern on Saturday. Right tackle Rob Havenstein, meanwhile, insisted he rooted only for a good game. It has become routine for players in general to offer politically correct responses so as to avoid offending anybody. But really, who are they kidding? If Nebraska won, Wisconsin...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Ten Week 8 proves Badgers still control own destiny in West division

After losing to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. two weeks ago, there has been a general feeling of the season being over amongst the Badger fandom. Yet, taking a break from Badger coverage this weekend only served to prove that Wisconsin is far from out of the race for a Big Ten championship. We saw Purdue nearly go to Minnesota and win, Nebraska struggle in the first half against...
Via Madtown Badgers
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Big plays, missed tackles a blight on Badgers defense

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Gary Andersen says he'll have to examine the game tape to confirm his suspicions. But really, what is there to see that he doesn't already know about the performance of his team's defense on Saturday afternoon? "I'm guessing now -- it appeared to me without seeing the tape -- that's the worst tackling game we had this season," Andersen said. Northwestern upended...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers' road to winning Big Ten West starts at Northwestern

The assumption from most when the Big Ten split into East and West divisions before this football season was that one side would hold a distinct edge in tradition, talent and, ultimately, scoreboard triumphs. And a week into conference play, one division has shown itself to be plenty tough -- just not the one many expected. The East may possess bigger names, but the West has four...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Determination, passion driving Badgers' retooled defense

MADISON, Wis. -- To understand why Wisconsin's defense has quickly developed into one of the top units in college football this season, start with perhaps the Badgers' worst play from Saturday's game. There was South Florida fullback Kennard Swanson streaking down the left sideline, headed for a touchdown thanks to a blown assignment from linebacker Vince Biegel. Swanson had leaked...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Florida Preview: Breakdowns, predictions and prognostications

When: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 11am CTWhere: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.TV: ESPNURadio: Badger Sports NetworkAll-Time Series: First meetingLast Meeting: First meeting Wisconsin will welcome head coach Willie Taggart and his South Florida Bulls to Camp Randall for the first time on Saturday. It may end up being a bit of a rough welcome though, as the Badgers and Bulls appear...
Via Madtown Badgers
September 26, 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...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Andersen hopes youth serves Badgers well, especially at WR

CHICAGO -- Questions abound at this stage of the college football season, and Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is no different than many fans in his desire to find some answers about his team. Who will play quarterback? Who will start opposite Michael Caputo at safety? Who will emerge as a third running back behind Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement to provide his stars some relief? But...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers positional preview: Safeties

  This is the ninth in a series of 11 previews leading up to the Wisconsin football team's Aug. 4 start of practice. You can find the entire series here.   Today's position: safeties Rating (1-to-10 scale): 6 Projected starters: Michael Caputo (redshirt junior), Peniel Jean (redshirt senior) Key backups: Leo Musso (redshirt sophomore), Nate Hammon (redshirt sophomore), Austin Hudson...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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