Leader in the clubhouse

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Day one of voting for the All-Bielema Team is in the books and it looks like we have our quarterback. To the surprise of very few, unless there is a huge groundswell of support for either Scott Tolzien or John Stocco over the next three weeks, Russell Wilson will be under center when the team is revealed on March 15.

No one can argue that Wilson had a tremendous impact on the Badgers in his one season. He set an NCAA record for pass efficiency, set school records for passing yards, completions, passing TDs and total offense and led UW to the Rose Bowl. He was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten choice and won the league's inaugural Griese-Brees QB of the Year Award.

However, his competitors were no slouches either. In his only season under head coach Bret Bielema, Stocco led Wisconsin to its only 12-win season in school history. That year he was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. While not in the Bielema era, he held the single-season school records for passing yards, completions and passing TDs until Wilson smashed them this year. And for his career, he led the Badgers to a 29-7 record (second-most wins in school history) and ranks second at UW in passing yards, attempts, completions and passing TDs.

Before Wilson's amazing season, Tolzien probably would have been the runaway winner. He led the Badgers to a 21-5 record in his two years as a starter, including an appearance in the 2011 Rose Bowl. He owns the best career pass efficiency mark in school history, two of the top five passing yardage seasons in school history and nearly set a Big Ten record with a .729 completion percentage in 2010. As a senior, he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, becoming the only UW quarterback to win a major national award in school history.

Today, we move on to the running backs, perhaps the deepest position of the Bielema era. All three candidates rank among the top 10 in school history in career rushing yardage. Combined they have accounted for six 1,000-yard rushing seasons. And they each scored more than 40 TDs in their career (one almost did it in a single season).

The Running Back Candidates:

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ball_Montee_Oregon_2011 (3).jpgMontee Ball (2009-present)
2011 Heisman Trophy finalist ... 2011 Doak Walker Award finalist ... 2011 Chicago Tribune Silver Football winner ... 2011 Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year ... 2011 Ameche-Dayne Big Ten RB of the Year ... 2011 consensus first-team All-American ... scored 39 TDs in 2011, tying the NCAA record held by Barry Sanders ... led the NCAA with 1,923 rushing yards in 2011 ... career totals of 3,310 rushing yards (9th in school history), 5.8 ypc. (2nd), 55 rushing TDs (2nd), 16 100-yard rushing games (8th) 3,836 all-purpose yards (10th) and 61 total TDs (2nd)


Clay_John_TCU_2010 (2).jpgJohn Clay (2008-10)
2010 Doak Walker Award finalist ... 2010 AP third-team All-American ... 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year ... 2009 consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... 2009 Champs Sports Bowl MVP ... ranked eighth in the country with 1,517 rushing yards in 2009 ... rushed for 100+ yards and scored at least one TD in 10 straight games ... career totals of 3,413rushing yards (7th in school history), 5.4 ypc. (4th), 41 rushing TDs (6th) and 18 100-yard rushing games (5th)


Hill_P.J._CIT2_07.jpgP.J. Hill (2006-08)
2006 national Freshman of the Year ... 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... 2006 first-team All-Big Ten ... 2006 Doak Walker Award semifinalist ... seventh-best rushing total for a freshman in NCAA history ... ranked sixth in the country with 1,569 rushing yards in 2006 ... joined Billy Marek and Ron Dayne as the only Badgers to rush for at least 1,000 yards in three-straight seasons ... career totals of 3,942 rushing yards (3rd in school history), 5.1 ypc. (T7th), 42 rushing TDs (T3rd) and 20 100-yard rushing games (3rd)



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