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Badgers elect captains for 2011


Bradie Ewing is one of UW's four captains for 2011.

Four seniors will carry the tag of team captain for the Wisconsin football team this season after a vote of their teammates Sunday.

Fullback Bradie Ewing and first-year quarterback Russell Wilson will represent the Badgers' offense as captains, with defensive lineman Patrick Butrym and defensive back Aaron Henry elected on the other side of the ball.

The announcement of captains by head coach Bret Bielema in a team meeting capped a busy day for the Badgers.

Despite the fact the team had a day off from practice, the players spent more than two hours signing autographs and posing for photos as part of Football Family Fun Day at Camp Randall Stadium. The annual team photo, as well as shots of each position group, followed before the Badgers met as a team.

Ewing played in all 13 games as a fullback last season and scored three touchdowns -- one rushing and two more receiving.

Wilson transferred to UW from NC State, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback and a three-time All-ACC selection. He totaled 93 touchdowns in his Wolfpack career -- the second-best mark in ACC history.

Butrym has played in all 39 games the past three seasons for UW and started on the defensive line in all 13 games in 2010, when he recorded 28 tackles -- including 3.0 for loss.

A second-team All-Big Ten pick last year, Henry started all 13 games, recorded 58 tackles and picked off a pair of passes.