Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Badger Makes it Big

Garrett Graham has signed a maximum-value deal with the Houston Texans, where he will join another former University of Wisconsin tight end on the roster this fall.
According to the National Football Post website, which cited a league source, Graham agreed to a four-year, $3.115 million contract with the Texans.
The fourth-round draft choice will net a signing bonus of $480,100, the report indicated.
The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Graham caught 121 passes for 1,492 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Badgers, and was a two-time, second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection.
Graham received a lot of reps during the Texans' OTA practices, in part because former UW standout Owen Daniels remains sidelined following reconstructive knee surgery.
Daniels, a former Pro Bowl pick, had 40 catches for 519 yards and five touchdowns in eight games last season before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
A restricted free agent entering his fifth season in the NFL, he signed a $3.2 million, one-year tender in June, Daniels is projected to miss all of training camp but told the National Football Post earlier this month that he expects to be on the field for Houston's season opener.  It is great to see that Badgers can make a splash in the NFL.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Badger Hockey Roster Set

Near as University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves can tell, his roster for next season is set.
In addition to the signings Thursday of two freshmen — defenseman Joe Faust and winger Gavin Hartzog — junior winger Jordy Murray has told Eaves he intends to return.
Murray, the top returning goal-scorer for the Badgers with 12, had weighed the possibility of leaving school to play professionally in Europe. His older brother, Brady, took a similar career path in 2005 after two seasons at North Dakota.
"I don't foresee anyone else leaving (early)," Eaves said.
Faust and Hartzog are byproducts of a volatile offseason that saw four underclassmen leave UW for the NHL teams that own their rights: sophomore center Derek Stepan (New York Rangers) and junior defensemen Cody Goloubef (Columbus), Ryan McDonagh (Rangers) and Brendan Smith (Detroit).
Faust was added after McDonagh signed, but not before he backed out of an oral commitment to attend Princeton. Faust, listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, was a standout the past two years at Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High School and was a fourth-round NHL draft pick of New Jersey in June.
Hartzog, from Pewaukee, was added after Stepan's somewhat surprising decision to turn pro. Hartzog, listed at 6-3 and 210 pounds, played last season with Fargo (N.D.) of the U.S. Hockey League and Bismarck (N.D.) of the North American Hockey League.
Faust (uniform No. 24) and Hartzog (No. 13) are part of a 10-member freshman class that includes center Tyler Barnes (No. 7), winger Jason Clark (No. 29), center Jefferson Dahl (No. 14), defenseman Chas Drake (No. 5), winger Sean Little (No. 18), winger Mike Mersch (No. 25), defenseman Frankie Simonelli (No. 27) and center Mark Zengerle (No. 9).
Lets hope Bucky can return to the Frozen Four. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tolzien on watch list

tolzienonwatchlist University of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has been named to a number of preseason watch lists for college football awards.
The returning starter, coming off a junior season in which he led the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency, was tabbed for watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Manning Award.
The Davey O'Brien Award is the nation's oldest quarterback honor. The Manning Award, presented by the Sugar Bowl, was created prior to the 2004 season and also seeks to recognize the nation's top quarterback.
The Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.
Tolzien was named to the Big Ten coaches' All-Conference honorable mention team. A surprise starter coming out of fall camp, the Rolling Meadows, Ill., native started all 13 games, leading the Badgers to a 10-3 record and a victory in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Tolzien threw for 2,705 yards, the second-best total in UW history, while his 211 completions set a new school record. His passing efficiency rating of 143.0 was the third-best mark in school history. It is great to see a Badger quaterback receive the credit he deserves. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Badgers place six in Big Ten Player Rankings

Here is the complete list of the Best 25 players in the Big Ten according to ESPN:
No. 25: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt
No. 24: Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure
No. 23: Iowa DT Karl Klug
No. 22: Northwestern LB Quentin Davie
No. 21: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
No. 20: Ohio State LB Brian Rolle
No. 19: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien
No. 18: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi
No. 17: Ohio State WR DeVier Posey
No. 16: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland
No. 15: Wisconsin G/C John Moffitt
No. 14: Indiana WR Tandon Doss
No. 13: Purdue WR Keith Smith
No. 12: Ohio State LB Ross Homan
No. 11: Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi
No. 10: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
No. 9: Ohio State G Justin Boren
No. 8: Penn State G/C Stefen Wisniewski
No. 7: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
No. 6: Penn State RB Evan Royster
No. 5: Iowa S Tyler Sash
No. 4: Wisconsin RB John Clay
No. 3: Ohio State DL Cameron Heyward
No. 2: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
No. 1: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
It is great to see the Badgers have six in the top 25 and better yet to see Heisman Hopeful John Clay is in the top four. I think the Badgers are going to crush it this year at Camp Randall. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Badgers get thier picture taken

badgersgetthierpicturetaken The 2010 Wisconsin football season is quietly approaching as we're less than two months away from the opening of fall camp. Another indication that the season is almost upon us is that the 2010 senior class met on Wednesday night to shoot the team poster.
The 13 seniors were joined at Quarry Park in Madison around 7:30 p.m. last night by the photographer, stylist, members of the marketing department, a couple managers and director of operations, Mark Taurisani.The players donned their jerseys and game pants upon arrival before making the short trek from the park entrance to the shoot location. Before reaching the actual shoot, the players gathered at an opening in the park to ready themselves.The goal was to have the players looking dirty and grimy so the guys were instructed take mud off the dirt path and rub it on themselves, likely much to the chagrin of the equipment room staff who will end up having to wash the uniforms.Lance Kendricks got things started by dropping right to the ground and rolling around in the mud. Others were more cautious and either had the stylist help apply mud or chose to simply rub some into their pants or jersey. Isaac Anderson followed Kendricks' lead and rolled around in the mud as well, while others made liberal use of the eye black. Jay Valai took to rolling around on the ground too, but ended up finding himself in a big puddle, soaking his entire backside.After the players were finished prepping themselves, we walked a little further down a path to where the photographer had all his equipment set up. Surrounded by trees and rocks, the players positioned themselves on a small hill.It took a few minutes to get everyone in the right position as the terrain provided adequate space, but not necessarily the best footing for guys to keep their balance. Once everyone was finally set, the dry ice was brought in to provide some effects.The dry ice added an extra challenge to the shoot as not only was there a race to get the shots in before the sun went down, but also to get the shots before the ice dissipated or ran out entirely. After some quick maneuvering to get the ice in a better position, the rest of the shoot went off without a hitch.The players seemed pretty happy with how things worked out.Gabe Carimi called it a success, adding that the dry ice provided a little bit of chaos but it all worked in the end.The 2010 posters will make their debut at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago on Aug. 2.
Lets hope the Badgers can live up to the hype. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!