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Badgers basketball: Big Ten schedule released

Aug 21, 2014 -- 8:44pm
 
MADISON - New Year’s Eve at the Kohl Center. That’s how the University of Wisconsin will open Big Ten play this season.
 
The conference released the full schedule Thursday night, and it features the Badgers hosting Penn State on Dec. 31.
 
Other highlights include a visit from last year’s surprise team, Nebraska, on Jan. 15 followed by a three-game stretch of hosting Iowa, going to Michigan and then a trip to Iowa City to play the Hawkeyes.
 
UW will finish the regular season with a visit from Michigan State on March 1, going to Minnesota on March 5 and closing out the schedule at Ohio State on March 8.
 
Play twice: Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern
Only home: Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Illinois
Only away: Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Maryland
 
Here is Wisconsin’s full schedule:
 
Wisconsin Men's Basketball 2014-15 Schedule
Day
Date
Game
 
SUN.
OCT. 26
RED/WHITE SCRIMMAGE
1 PM
WED.
NOV. 5
UW-PARKSIDE (exhibition)
 
FRI.
NOV. 14
NORTHERN KENTUCKY
 
SUN.
NOV. 16
UT-CHATTANOOGA
 
WED.
NOV. 19
GREEN BAY
 
SAT.
NOV. 22
BOISE STATE
 
 
Battle 4 Atlantis - Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Wed.
Nov. 26
vs. UAB
6 pm
Thu.
Nov. 27
vs. Florida/Georgetown
 
Fri.
Nov. 28
vs. UNC/UCLA/Okla/Butler
 
 
WED.
DEC. 3
DUKE
8:30 PM
Sat.
Dec. 6
at Marquette
11:30 am
Wed.
Dec. 10
at Milwaukee
8 pm
SAT.
DEC. 13
NICHOLLS STATE
 
Mon.
Dec. 22
at Cal
8 pm
SUN.
DEC. 28
BUFFALO
 
WED.
DEC. 31
PENN STATE
 
 
Sun.
Jan. 4
at Northwestern
 
WED.
JAN. 7
PURDUE
 
Sun.
Jan. 11
at Rutgers
 
THU.
JAN. 15
NEBRASKA
 
TUE.
JAN. 20
IOWA
8 PM
Sat.
Jan. 24
at Michigan
 
Sat.
Jan. 31
at Iowa
 
 
TUE.
FEB. 3
INDIANA
6 PM
SAT.
FEB. 7
NORTHWESTERN
 
Tue.
Feb. 10
at Nebraska
8 pm
SUN.
FEB. 15
ILLINOIS
 
Wed.
Feb. 18
at Penn State
 
SAT.
FEB. 21
MINNESOTA
 
Tue.
Feb. 24
at Maryland
6 pm
 
SUN.
MAR. 1
MICHIGAN STATE
 
Thu.
Mar. 5
at Minnesota
 
Sun.
Mar. 8
at Ohio State
 
 
Big Ten Tournament - Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
Wed.-Sun.
Mar. 11-15
at Big Ten Tournament
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Badgers football: Vonte Jackson's football career ends

Aug 21, 2014 -- 7:46pm
 
MADISON - Vonte Jackson’s football career is done.
 
On Thursday, University of Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen delivered the news of the running back deciding to end his career before it really ever got started due to numerous knee injuries.
 
“It looks like Vonte is going to have to take a medical, unfortunately,” Andersen said following Thursday’s practice.
 
Jackson, a highly recruited player from Kenosha Bradford, tore his ACL in his senior season. He would later tear the ACL twice more – bringing his total to two in his right knee and once in his left.
 
In the offseason, Jackson made the switch from running back to safety, and though he wasn’t in contention for playing time this season, the coaching staff liked his progress. However, when injuries hit the running back spot early in fall camp, he moved back to his original position. The move didn’t last a day, as he appeared to reinjure his right knee on a cut and left the field with trainers. That was the last time the media saw him at practice.
 
“He’s in a good spot,” Andersen said. “We’ve discussed it. We’ve spent time together. His family is onboard. Everybody knows it’s the best thing. And he’s pretty much made that decision as we continue to move forward.
 
“I feel bad about it, but I feel good that he can move on in life now. He can finally close that chapter and let’s go onward.”

Badgers football: Warren Herring on the move

Aug 21, 2014 -- 7:27pm
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Senior Warren Herring is moving from nose guard to defensive end for the Badgers.
 
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin just got even smaller at their nose guard spot.
 
After trotting out 315-pound Beau Allen last season, the Badgers asked their returning defensive linemen to shed some weight in an effort to be quicker and cause more issues for the offensive line. That resulted in the projected starting nose guard, senior Warren Herring, going from 294 pounds last year, to 283 when fall camp started earlier this month.
 
On Thursday, UW coach Gary Andersen revealed that when the Badgers are in their base 3-4 defense, 6-foot-3, 277-pound Konrad Zagzebski would be the starter at nose guard, with Herring replacing him at one of the defensive end spots.
 
“I don’t know if (Zagzebski) really does anything different at the nose guard position, but it’s just the natural ability, and where those two kids are sitting in their progression in their college career,” Andersen said. “It’s just the best spot for them to be at this point. (Zagzebski) excited about it.”
 
Andersen estimated that UW only plays their nose guard directly over the center on 40-percent of the snaps, and with as many three and four wide receiver sets they see, the Badgers often have only two defensive linemen on the field at any one time.
 
“Now that’s a package,” Andersen said of the base defense. “Is that all the time with Warren? No. He’ll be an inside tackle a lot of times, but in certain packages he will play end and (Zagzebski) will play at the nose guard spot. Both of those kids have to be on the field a lot.”
 
Still, it’s a surprise move after going the entire offseason and two weeks of camp having Herring at one spot and Zagzebski at the other.
 
“(Zagzebski) hopped in there and did a tremendous job with it,” Andersen said of the first two days at a new position. “There’s a lot of carryover (from the defensive end spot).”
 
Sophomore Arthur Goldberg will serve as the backup at the nose guard spot.

Badgers football: Different uniform options unveiled

Aug 21, 2014 -- 3:16pm
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MADISON - The University of Wisconsin unveiled several new uniform looks last season and could add several more this year.
 
Adidas, which provides every uniform for UW athletics, was in town this summer for a photo shoot. On Thursday, a picture from the company hit the Internet showing all the different uniform options the Badgers could use this season.
 
 

Badgers football: Two players named to Senior Bowl watch list

Aug 21, 2014 -- 3:09pm
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UW tight end Sam Arneson is one of two Badgers to be named to the watch list for the Senior Bowl.
 
MADISON - The Senior Bowl isn’t until late January, but the folks that run the event have released their watch list, which consists of 350 names. And among the names is a pair of players from the University of Wisconsin – right tackle Rob Havenstein and tight end Sam Arneson.
 
Havenstein has started the last 27 games for the Badgers and was named second-team All-Big Ten last year by the coaches. The Maryland native is on nearly every award watch list an offensive lineman can be on, including the Outland Trophy (best offensive linemen) and Lombardi Award (best linemen or linebacker).
 
Arneson’s inclusion on the list says a lot about his future potential. The tight end has just 10 career catches and four touchdowns. But based on the recent history of the position at Wisconsin, it’s likely Arneson will be heavily involved in the offense.
 
The 2015 Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 24, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama.
 
You can find the full watch list here:

Badgers football: Projected depth chart

Aug 21, 2014 -- 2:07pm
 
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin opens the season against LSU in Houston in just nine days, and on Monday they’ll release their first depth chart of the season.
 
Here is how we think it might look (edited following Gary Andersen's post-practice press conference on Thursday):
 
OFFENSE
 
 
 
 
QB
2
Joel Stave (Jr.)                  OR
5
Tanner McEvoy (Jr.)
RB
25
Melvin Gordon (Jr.)
6
Corey Clement (So.)
FB
34
Derek Watt (Jr.)
20
Austin Ramesh (Fr.)
WR
86
Alex Erickson (So.)
9
Jordan Fredrick (Jr.)
WR
3
Kenzel Doe (Sr.)
16
Reggie Love (So.)
TE
49
Sam Arneson (Sr.)
44
Eric Steffes (So.)
TE
46
Austin Traylor (Jr.)
48
Troy Fumagalli (Fr.)
LT
61
Tyler Marz (Jr.)
62
Walker Williams (So.)
LG
73
Dallas Lewallen (Sr.)
71
Ray Ball (Jr.)
C
70
Dan Voltz (So.)
63
Michael Deiter (Fr.)
RG
54
Kyle Costigan (Sr.)
55
Trent Denlinger (So.)
RT
78
Rob Havenstein (Sr.)
74
Hayden Biegel (Fr.)
DEFENSE
 
 
 
 
DE
45
Warren Herring (Sr.)
6
Alec James (Fr.)
NG
91
Konrad Zagzebski (Sr.)
95
Arthur Goldberg (So.)
DE
34
Chikwe Obasih (Fr.)
93
Jake Keefer (Jr.)
OLB
58
Joe Schobert (Jr.)
48Jack Cichy
ILB
59
Marcus Trotter (Sr.)
43
Michael Trotter (Sr.)
ILB
30
Derek Landisch (Sr.)
32
Leon Jacobs (So.)
OLB
47
Vince Biegel (So.)
41
Jesse Hayes (Jr.)
CB
8
Sojourn Shelton (So.)
4
Devin Gaulden (Jr.)
SS
7
Michael Caputo (Jr.)
1
A.J. Jordan (Jr.)
FS
31
Lubern Figaro (Fr.)
21
Peniel Jean (Sr.)
CB
5
Darius Hillary (Jr.)
25
Derrick Tindal (Fr.)
SPECIAL TEAMS
 
 
 
 
P
90
Drew Meyer (Jr.)
38
P.J. Rosowski (Fr.)
K
10
Rafael Gaglianone (Fr.)
97
Jack Russell (Jr.)
PR
3
Kenzel Doe (Sr.)
86
Alex Erickson (So.)
KR
3
Kenzel Doe (Sr.)
12
Natrell Jamerson (Fr.)
 
Breakdown: 11 seniors, 17 juniors, 12 sophomores, 11 freshmen
 
Other true freshmen that could see the field this season: WR George Rushing, WR Krenwick Sanders, TB Taiwan Deal, NG Jeremy Patterson OR NG Conor Sheehy, ILB D’Cota Dixon and S Austin Hudson.
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