Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Badgers Football Prospects For 2013 | T.J. Watt Comes To Wisconsin

2013 Badgers football prospects
Another season of recruiting behind us, and another run of the mill recruiting class for the Wisconsin Badgers. Still, they picked up some names of interest that will become household names a few years from now. Here are four names to keep an eye on down the road.

Alec James/DE/Brookfield, WI- James, one of the handful of players in this recruiting class that I have had the pleasure of covering their games, is an athletic freak from the defensive end position, and is one of those players who is truly a speed rusher. He, like almost every high school lineman, needs to bulk up as he currently stands just 6’4”, 220 pounds. If he does, he will be a great asset to the Badgers down the road. I’ve interviewed James and I can tell you he is a terrific young man, as I asked him a question about something he did in the first half of a game, and all he wanted to talk about was the great play of the offensive line.

Corey Clement/RB/Glassboro, NJ- Another Badgers running back from New Jersey. Seems like the Badgers can’t go two recruiting classes without grabbing one of those. The Badgers backfield is always one of the deepest in America, so it remains to be seen if, when, and how much playing time Clement will get.

Keelon Brookins/DB/Oakdale, MN- Brookins, a defensive back out of Minnesota, brings raw speed to the Badgers, which is something this program needs badly. In all likelihood Brookins will end up at corner back as he lacks the size to play safety.

T.J. Watt/TE/Pewaukee, WI- T.J. Watt is yet another one of these players I’ve had the pleasure of covering as a journalist in person. Watt, the younger brother of NFL star J.J. Watt, is a high school quarterback who is being converted to tight end. Having watched him play, the transition should be flawless. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Daktronics Screen Comes To Camp Randall And Kohl Center

Camp Randall Daktronics
Fans at Camp Randall will enjoy one of the best video-displays in the country next season. Construction began Monday to replace the decade-old existing system with a state-of-the-art Daktronics unit, considered the standard of stadium entertainment. At five-million dollars, the system is also one of the most expensive of any in the NCAA. The Kohl Center is also receiving the same set-up.
The steep price-tag includes the latest in technological design. Four times the size of the previous board, the main-screen of the new unit measures five-stories high and 170-feet across. Another pair of complementary advertisement panels coming in 50-feet across and 25-feet tall will straddle the larger screen. To further ease viewing of the screens, Daktronics has created a slightly bowl-shaped panel. Revolutionizing the industry, the inward facing perimeters avoid the usually flat surface that is hard to view at angles. Other displays in Camp Randall are also undergoing renovations, including larger secondary displays which feature the score, time, and occasional advertisements.