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Special teams up next as All-Bielema Team voting winds down

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Nortman_Brad_Iowa_10_NA (3).jpg***Vote for the All-Bielema Team on Facebook***

This is the weekend Badger fans across the country have looked forward to for weeks. Selection Sunday, the day when voting for the All-Bielema Team comes to a close (oh, you thought I was talking about a different sort of selection?).

Voting that began with the QB position (Russell Wilson is leading the way) on Feb. 20, will wrap up on Sunday with fans choosing a punt returner. Today the specialists get their day in the sun. During Bielema's head coaching career he has had just two full-time punters and two kickers (though Philip Welch's injury early in 2011 allowed for some cameo appearances by Alec Lerner and Kyle French) so there is not much to choose from. But what we make lack in quantity is definitely made up for in quality.

Punter Candidates:

Ken DeBauche (2006-07)

Four-year starter whose 42.4-yard average is second-best in school history ... honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2006, second-team in 2007 ... team captain as a senior ... ranked second in Big Ten in punting during conference season as a senior ... ranked fourth in the Big Ten in punting as a junior ... completed a memorable pass to long snapper Paul Standring vs. No. 1 Ohio State in 2007 (below)

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Brad Nortman (2008-11)
Two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... ranks third in school history with career punting average of 42.1 yards per punt ... averaged 41.8 yards per punt in 2008 to rank fifth among freshmen in the nation ... ran two fake punts for first downs in 2010, including picking up a key first down during the game-winning drive at Iowa (below)

Kicker Candidates:

Mehlhaff_Taylor_OSU_07.jpgTaylor Mehlhaff (2006-07)
Fourth on school's career scoring list with 295 points ... tied for third on UW's career field goals list with 50 and fourth on career field goal attempts list with 65 ... third on school's career list for field goal percentage (.769) ... second in school history in career extra points (145), extra point attempts (148) and extra-point percentage (.979) ... first-team All-American, Lou Groza Award semifinalist and first-team All-Big Ten as a senior ... Lou Groza Award semifinalist and second-team All-Big Ten as a junior

Welch_Philip_Oregon_2011.jpgPhilip Welch (2008-11)
Ranks second in school history in career field goals made (59), career points (384 - most by a kicker) and field goal percentage at (.776) ... third at UW with 76 career field goals attempted ... Big Ten leader in career extra points made with 207 ... holds school record with 211 extra points attempted and .981 extra point percentage ... three-time honorable mention All-Big Ten ... Lou Groza Award semifinalist and freshman All-American in 2008

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