Despite losing a former Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year to the NFL, you won’t find much anxiety aimed at the Wisconsin football team’s running game for the upcoming season.
As John Clay prepares for the next stage in his career, the long bloodline of great Wisconsin running backs continues to produce its thoroughbreds, and the backfield is once again primed to be the offense’s strength.
Two-thirds of the famed “Three-Headed Monster” that was Wisconsin’s running attack last season returns for more this spring, along with a new face and a forgotten one.
Junior Montee Ball and sophomore James White — who together churned out 2,008 of the 3,060 total yards of the “Monster” — are now joined by redshirt freshman Jeffrey Lewis and rejoined by redshirt senior Zach Brown.
Clay, however, is not the only member of the running back family freshly departed from the Badgers. John Settle, the running backs coach for the last five years, ended his tenure at Madison by accepting the same job with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL.
Thomas Hammock, a former running back at Northern Illinois and running backs coach at Minnesota, replaces Settle as the running back patriarch. According to all four of Wisconsin’s running backs, Hammock brings a much less laid-back approach to coaching than his predecessor.
“A lot more punishment man, a lot more punishment,” Lewis said of Hammock’s style.
And under Hammock, all four players are looking to improve their game in various ways this spring.
Let's hope the Badgers can return to a BCS Bowl Game. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!