Friday, August 22, 2008

Evridge Named Starting QB

As expected, Allan Evridge will be the University of Wisconsin football team's starting quarterback when the Badgers open the season Aug. 30 against Akron at Camp Randall Stadium.
Evridge, a fifth-year senior, beat out junior Dustin Sherer and sophomore Scott Tolzien for the starting spot.
``He's definitely got a lot of ability that he's able to use,'' UW coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday. ``And what he's been able to do during these first couple weeks of camp is just separate himself (by) being able to manage and handle the game.
``We want him to make good decisions. We don't need him to be an all-star. We just need to make the plays that are out there (and) make the right throws.''
A transfer from Kansas State, Evridge sat out the 2006 per NCAA transfer rules and spent last season as Tyler Donovan's backup. He appeared in seven games, completing 5-of-12 passes for 66 yards.
Evridge missed part of training camp with a hamstring injury and looked shaky during last Saturday's scrimmage. However, neither Sherer nor Tolzien did enough in camp to move past Evridge, who threw for 1,365 yards and six touchdowns -- both school records for freshman -- at Kansas State in 2005.
Sherer is listed as Evridge's backup.
``Obviously, we listed a two-deep, but really Dustin Sherer, Scott Tolzien and (freshman) James Stallons are kind of in a competition mode even as we speak,'' Bielema said.
``If we had to play a game (Thursday), Dustin would be the guy based on experience.''
Bielema also announced the team's four captains, all seniors: fullback Chris Pressley and right guard Kraig Urbik on offense, and tackle Mike Newkirk and linebacker DeAndre Levy on defense.
Elsewhere on the depth chart, junior Matt Fischer and freshman Philip Welch are listed as co-starters at kicker.
David Gilreath is listed as the starter at one wide receiver spot, while Maurice Moore and Kyle Jefferson are listed as co-starters on the other side.
Jaevery McFadden is listed at the starter at middle linebacker, ahead of Culmer St. Jean.
Freshman Mario Goins is listed as the starter at one cornerback position, while senior Allen Langford and sophomore Niles Brinkley are listed as co-starters at the other corner spot.
O'Brien Schofield is listed as the starter at defensive end opposite Matt Shaughnessy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Badger Host Family Fun Day

It Is nice to see the Wisconsin Badger Football program to give back the to the community. Also to let the kids get up close and personal to the coaching staff and the players. I believe public relations can be the cornerstone of a strong fan base. In the case of the Badgers this is evident in the city of Madison where everything is red & white. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Badger Football Ranked 12th In Nation

The University of Wisconsin football team is ranked No. 12 in the USA Today preseason Top 25 coaches' poll, which was released Friday.
The Badgers, who went 9-4 last season, are the second-highest ranked team among Big Ten Conference programs. Ohio State is at No. 3, while Illinois (19), Penn State (22) and Michigan (24) also cracked the Top 25.
Georgia is No. 1, followed by USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida. LSU, Missouri, West Virginia, Clemson and Texas round out the Top 10.
The Badgers began preseason training camp on Monday and open the season on Aug. 30 against Akron at Camp Randall Stadium.
Fresno State, which will host UW on Sept. 13, is ranked No. 25.
I was just checking out prices for the 1st Badger Football Game at Camp Randall. There were tickets starting at $59 each. Sounds like a good deal for the 12th best team in the country. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!