Wisconsin Badgers Travis Frederick declares for NFL Draft


Wisconsin Badgers junior center Travis Frederick has elected to forgo his final season of eligibility with the Badgers and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He projects as a round 2-4 level pick, and his ability to play both guard and center helps his draft stock.

In short, if you make the starting five up front in Camp Randall, and you grasp the pro style offense of the Badgers, you’ll probably get your chance to in the NFL after your senior year. It’s an OL factory for the professional ranks.

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For Mitt Romney, Badgers, Wolverines fight songs have political overtones (video)


Mitt Romney is so humorless, he’s hilarious!

Now I’m not saying you need a Chris Rock type as your presidential candidate, I’m just saying Romney is so bland, he’s like a PR department disguised as a human being. In this video clip from the Colbert Report, Stephen references a Romney interview where he tries to be funny by telling a humorous story.

He fails.

But his process talks about how the Michigan Wolverines “Hail to the Victors” was used for political propaganda purposes by his Dad. And how the Wisconsin Badgers “On Wisconsin” had socioeconomic double meaning for his family’s campaign/record of governance.

Who says sports aren’t political?

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Wisconsin unveils new uniforms for match-up with Nebraska (photos)


Adidas and the University of Wisconsin today unveiled new TECHFIT football uniforms that the Badgers will wear on Sept. 29 when they visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

This marquee contest is adidas’ first Unrivaled Game, an annual matchup of top adidas programs.  This year’s Unrivaled Game featuring the Badgers and Cornhuskers is themed “The Quick and the Red” and will kickoff at 7pm CT on ABC.

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Wisconsin Badgers comment on Penn State sanctions


It’s the topic everyone wants to talk about today, and for good reason- Penn State. The sanctions handed down by the NCAA and the Big Ten will dominate sports media today, and the talk of the league media days later this week. Now only four teams within the Leaders division are eligible for the league title game: Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Therefore, all four benefited from the ruling that made PSU in eligible. Of course, you won’t hear the Badgers say that of course. Here’s what the athletic department did have to say:

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Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball arrested for trespassing


Montee Ball returned to the Wisconsin Badgers for his senior season to further build on his already stellar legacy. Last season, Ball was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy as he tied Barry Sanders for the most touchdowns in NCAA single season history.

Early this morning however, Ball did something that won’t exactly help his legacy. This incident will only lead to notoriety, not fame.

Ball attended the Mifflin Street Block Party where he was on the wrong porch, and apparently just wouldn’t leave. He was arrested for trespassing.

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Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick: smartest man in college football?


Last weekend in the NFL Draft, Wisconsin Badgers offensive linemen Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were taken in the first two rounds. Ricky Wagner should be a first round pick in 2013. In 2011, Gabe Carimi, John Mofitt, tight Lance Kendricks, and another guy who didn’t even start during his college football days in Madison were all drafted.

In short, if you make the starting five up front in Camp Randall, and you grasp the pro style offense of the Badgers, you’ll probably get your chance to in the NFL after your senior year. It’s an OL factory for the professional ranks. Another name you can count among them is guard/center Travis Frederick, an incoming junior.

But what makes Frederick so special is that he has the potential to have a very bright future even without football.

He may well be the smartest guy in not just the Big Ten, but all of college football.

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Badgers continue NFL Assembly Line; 6 more Wisconsin players drafted


“It speaks volumes. Last year we put more players in the NFL than anyone in college football,” Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema said following the Badgers spring game.

“I thought it was pretty cool this year we had six players through six rounds. Our kids are excited for it, it’s definitely a great pat on the back for our program, I believe we’ll probably have another at least six sign as free agents, so we’ll probably have 12-14 more guys go to the NFL,” he continued.

That’s right Wisconsin had 6 guys taken through six rounds of the NFL Draft on Saturday. One in each round. If only they had a seventh in the seven round- it would have been a perfect seven for seven.

Still 6 for 6 is almost unheard of.

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J.J. Watt’s brother also signs with Wisconsin Badgers


Wisconsin has it’s own version of the Plumlees. Like how all Plumlee brothers go to Duke, if you’re a Watt, you’re headed to Madison.

According to his Facebook page, and confirmed by a tweet from big brother J.J. Watt, Pewaukee junior tight end/defensive end T.J. Watt (6-4, 198) will be the third member of his family to play football for the University of Wisconsin.

First you had the NFL first round draft choice who’s been an impact player for the Houston Texans. Next you had the middle brother Derek Watt, who’s a current Badger. Now you’ve got a third member of the family.

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Wisconsin Badgers new “free agent signing” at QB: Maryland’s Danny O’Brien


Fresh off the success of last year’s so-called “rent-a-player” or “free agent quarterback signing” Russell Wilson, the Wisconsin Badgers inked another prominent college football transfer: Maryland’s Danny O’Brien. The junior will have two years of eligibility in Madison beginning this fall.

They had been in the hunt for Notre Dame signal caller Dayne Crist, but he choose to follow the coach who recruited him, Charlie Weiss, to the Kansas Jayhawks instead. If O’Brien enjoys even a fraction of the success the last ACC transferdid (new NCAA record for single season passing efficiency, set in the Rose Bowl, greatest year by a quarterback in Badgers, Big Ten history), then this process will have been well worth it.

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Wisconsin Gets New Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada from Northern Illinois


You could make a case that Wisconsin had the greatest running back and quarterback tandem in college football history. Quarterback Russell Wilson broke the season passer rating record, and tailback Montee Ball tied the season record for touchdowns. The Badgers were the first team to ever have a player run for 30 TDs, and another player pass for 30 TDs.

Production like that will no doubt attract attention for the offensive coordinator, and Paul Chryst parlayed the astronomical numbers he generated into a new head coaching gig at Pittsburgh.

Today, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema named Matt Canada his replacement.

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Badgers Russell Wilson Breaks Passer Rating Record


His Badgers may have lost an exciting shootout BCS game to the Oregon Ducks, but Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson literally just completed the best season of quarterbacking in college football history. He entered the 98th Rose Bowl game with a passer rating of 191.6.

His performance today yielded a 193.9, giving him a 191.78 for the 2011 season.

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Russell Wilson Should Break Passer Rating Record in Rose Bowl


Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson will enter the 98th Rose Bowl game with a passer rating of 191.6.

I bring this up because Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III just finished the 2011 season (including the wild Alamo Bowl win) with a pass efficiency of 189.5, which broke the FBS (previously known as college football Division-1A) single season record formerly held by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan.

I think we can officially call this the year of quarterbacking statistics.

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