Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Head coach Bret Bielema discussed some of the key players in Saturday's win over Austin Peay, as well as the Badgers' upcoming game and Big Ten opener at Michigan State.
Bielema began the press conference by stating his excitement for getting into Big Ten play.  He then went on to focus on some of the key players in Saturday's record 70-3 victory over Austin Peay, as well as the team's preparation for rival Michigan State.
Freshman running back James White was the offensive MVP in the team's victory this week, carrying the ball 11 times for 145 yards and scoring a remarkable four touchdowns.  White joins Ron Dayne as the second freshman in Badger history to score four rushing touchdowns in one game.  White was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance.
"[It was] fun to see him grow and get those touchdowns. That was really neat for his confidence," Bielema said.
On defense, Bielema named junior defensive back Aaron Henry team MVP. Henry racked up four tackles and a career-high three pass breakups in the win on Saturday.
"[Henry has] played his most two complete games back to back," Bielema said.
Bielema said he is also very excited about where his team is from a health standpoint.
"Since fall camp started, this is the healthiest we have been ...We were able to rest a few guys in the second half Saturday, which was critical because there were a number of guys that we didn't know if they were going to be able to actually play in the game," Bielema said. "For us to be able to get those things done on Saturday without them being out there was very, very big in our preparation for this week."
The Badgers must have a strong focus this week in preparation for Michigan State.
"We know that going up there is a tremendous challenge.  I think they are rolling pretty good as a 4-0 football team," Bielema said.
This year, the Spartans have shown a very strong running game, racking up over 900 yards already.  They also have a very efficient quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who has completed 67 percent of his passes thus far.
It is not just Michigan State's offense that worries Bielema though, it is their defense as well.  
"To me, they might feature the best defensive player from last year's film, and he is playing at high level this year, Greg Jones.  He is a guy that is just really, really special to watch," Bielema said.
The Senior All-American linebacker was named the Big Ten Defensive Co-Player of the Week after recording the first two interceptions of his career, along with four tackles and a forced fumble, in the Spartans' 45-7 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday.
The Badgers will have their work cut out for them going to Michigan State on Saturday, with the Spartans holding a 14-7 advantage in games played in East Lansing, and hope to improve upon the 2-2 record they have under Bret Bielema in conference openers.
Lets hope the Badgers can win at Michigan State. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Borland is out for the year.

An already banged-up Wisconsin defense took a major blow yesterday, as head coach Bret Bielema announced starting outside linebacker Chris Borland will miss the rest of the season after re-injuring his surgically repaired left shoulder.
“After talking with our training staff and with Chris, we decided that the best thing for Chris was to shut him down for the rest of the year,” Bielema said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. “Obviously Chris is a tremendous player and a ferocious competitor, but after looking at all the options, everyone agreed this was the only option for him.”
Since Borland did not play in more than 30 percent of Wisconsin’s games in the first half of the season, he is eligible to apply for a medical hardship at the end of season. If granted, Borland will retain three years of eligibility.
Borland played in two of the Badgers’ first three games — the season opener at UNLV and last Saturday’s game against Arizona State. However, on his sixth snap of the ASU game, Borland re-aggravated the shoulder while diving to tackle Cameron Marshall and left the game gingerly holding his left arm. He did not return.
Against UNLV, Borland showed why he was last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, recording five tackles — two for loss — and one sack. In 2009, Borland finished with 54 tackles — 10.5 for loss — five sacks, five fumbles caused, three fumbles recovered and one interception. Borland initially had surgery to repair a torn labrum in the shoulder in January, and re-injured the shoulder against UNLV. After sitting out the Badgers’ week two matchup with San Jose State, Borland returned to action wearing two shoulder braces against ASU.
In Borland’s absence, senior Blake Sorenson will likely step into a starting role in the base defense. Already a key member of the linebacker rotation, Sorensen is currently second on the team with 16 tackles. Against UNLV, Sorenson was UW’s co-defensive player of the week, and one week later against SJSU, he recorded his second career interception.
Borland will be especially missed on third downs, where Wisconsin likes to run its “Badger” 3-3-5 package. The 3-3-5 formation allowed Borland to focus on rushing the quarterback and was very much built around his skill set. After Borland exited the ASU game, Sorenson, A.J. Fenton and Kevin Rouse were the three linebackers in the package. For the rest of the season, defensive end David Gilbert may lineup at linebacker in the package, and linebacker Kevin Claxton will also see increased playing time.
Lets hope Borland will be stronger than ever next year.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jared Abbrederis steps up

For a walk-on redshirt freshman wide receiver trying to make a name for himself, getting noticed by the head coach is always a good thing.
Even if it’s for something bad.
That’s the way Jared Abbrederis viewed it one day in during the University of Wisconsin football team’s preseason camp. Abbrederis he failed to make a sliding catch, which caught Bret Bielema’s eye. The Badgers caoch said Abbrederis had to make that catch if he ever expected to play for the Badgers.
“It was really encouraging to hear him getting on me because if he doesn’t say anything, obviously, he doesn’t care,” Abbrederis said.
“I just had to look at it and be positive, just go out and practice and show him I can make every play. Obviously, you’re going to miss some. I’ve got to try to do the best I can to catch everything thrown to me.”
Since that play, Abbrederis has caught nearly everything thrown to him. That’s a good thing for the Badgers, who had to turn to him on Saturday when they were without starting wide receivers Nick Toon and David Gilreath in the second half of their 27-14 victory over San Jose State.
It is great to see  the Badgers have players waiting in the wings just waiting to make their move.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Badgers look good in Vegas

The Badger offense garnered most of the offseason press, and with ten starters returning from the Big Ten’s most prolific attack, it was most likely deserved. After Saturday, though, it may be time to share some of that hype with the guys on the other side of the ball.
Wisconsin almost completely shut down the UNLV attack in the first half, but the team needed more as it held just a three-point edge. The defense delivered more with a turnover and score on the opening series of the second half that ignited a runaway victory.
“Our main focus was coming out of halftime, we need a turnover, and we need to give our offense a short field so they can score,” junior safety Aaron Henry said. “If we get them the ball inside the 50 or inside the 40 they definitely can do some damage and I think that turnover was crucial in setting them up for the rest of the game.”
On the third play of the second half, junior defensive end J.J. Watt hit UNLV’s receiver, Michael Johnson, from behind, jarring the ball free. Henry, in his first start at the safety position, scooped up the ball and went 20 yards to put his team ahead by 10 points.
“I was chasing down the running back at first, but then when I saw the throw went outside and then I retreated outside and got lucky, I guess,” Watt said. “I didn’t even know I stripped the ball, I was just going for the tackle and all of a sudden I saw Aaron in the endzone.”
Watt finished with three pass breakups and four tackles to go along with his momentum-shifting play. UNLV gained just four yards on their next two drives, and the Badgers rolled to two more scores.
But it was the first half where Wisconsin’s defense really shined.
The Rebels only managed 12 yards on 15 plays, and their only offensive score, a 16-yard TD pass, was set up by an 82-yard fumble return. Much of the credit went to the Badger defensive line that sacked junior quarterback Mike Clausen three times and held UNLV to -9 yards on the ground.
Lets hope Bucky can keep it rolling. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Badgers trip to Las Vegas will be all Business

University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema considers all road games to be “business trips.”
While he is allowing one distraction for his players this weekend, he is not going to be as generous as his predecessor, Barry Alvarez, on previous trips to Las Vegas.
“We’ll give the kids an opportunity to get a tour of the downtown Strip,” Bielema said. “But that won’t be more than 45 minutes. Going back to coach Alvarez’s day, he was a little bolder than I was. He actually let the guys get off in one of the casinos and have a buffet lunch or dinner.
“I’m not that bold. We’ll do a bus tour, get a chance to take a couple (pictures), then we’ll go right back to the hotel and business as usual.”
Lets hope we will all be celebrating a Badger Victory this Saturday night.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!