As Super Bowl week kicks off, take a look back at where it all started for five of the participants in Super Bowl XLVIII:
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With five former Badgers participating in Super Bowl XLVIII and the immense amount of coverage that the big game receives, it will be tough to get a handle on all the things written and said about Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, Chris Maragos, O'Brien Schofield and Darrell Bevell this week. Well, we have you covered.
Each day we'll provide a wrap-up of news gathered from around the web. Here are today's entries:
-- SI.com - Super Bowl XLVIII shaping up to be a Wisconsin Badger Bowl
-- Denver Post - Super reunion awaiting ex-Badgers Montee Ball, Russell Wilson
-- NJ.com - Former Wisconsin teammates, Russell Wilson and Montee Ball, prepare to face off
-- ESPN.com - This moment isn't too big for Wilson
-- Reuters.com - Super Bowl-bound Wilson defies quarterback prototype
-- DenverBroncos.com - Broncos Pride Flows Deep for Montee Ball
-- FoxSports.com - Ex-Badger Maragos on 'surreal' trip to Super Bowl, Seahawks teammate Sherman
Be sure to check out our complete coverage of Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday as we will be on-site at the Prudential Center in New Jersey as both teams meet the media.
The month of November can be rough on kickers in the Big Ten, what with the cold temperatures, hard footballs and windy conditions. For UW kicker Jack Russell and punter Drew Meyer, the 70-degree weather in Orlando is very welcomed.
Mike Lucas caught up with both kickers after a couple days in Florida to get their thoughts on the Capital One Bowl and how the improved conditions will affect their games.
"It's like Christmas all over again," said placekicker Jack Russell on the day after Christmas.
"The ball is definitely jumping off the foot a little more, we're excited," said punter Drew Meyer.
Russell has made eight of his last nine field goal attempts over the last four games.
"Jack is playing now with much more confidence," Meyer said of Russell. "He's kicking the ball great; it's really jumping off his foot. I'm excited to see what he's going to do in the bowl game."
Meyer, on the other hand, is looking to build off a solid performance in the Badgers' last bowl game, the 2013 Rose Bowl.
In last season's Rose Bowl, Meyer averaged 44.6 yards on seven punts. He had three downed inside the 20. It was his first appearance on the postseason stage and he acquitted himself well.
Read the entire story: Specialists warm up to kicking in Capital One Bowl
Take a spin around the web for the latest from Orlando as the Badgers prepare to take on South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1:
- Wisconsin State Journal: Running back James White hoping to go out on top
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ethan Armstrong returns to UW practice field
- Orlando Sentinel: Wisconsin eager to avenge Penn State loss by bouncing back in Cap One Bowl
Each year when the bowl matchups are announced, media outlets scramble to make a list of the best, most watchable and most intriguing games.This year is no different and the Capital One Bowl between the Badgers and South Carolina ranks high among the 35 bowl games this year. Here's a rundown of what people around the country are saying about this Big Ten-SEC matchup:
- Athlon - No. 5
- SI.com - No. 6
- ESPN.com - No. 6
- CBSSports.com - No. 6
- SBNation - No. 7
- USA Today - No. 9
Following Thursday's practice, the Badgers' first in Florida, head coach Gary Andersen met with the media:
What are the keys to the Badgers coming out on top vs. South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl? Who will make the difference on offense and defense? What's the Badgers' mindset, especially the seniors, heading into another showcase game on Jan. 1?
All those questions and more are answered in this week's edition of 'Varsity' Magazine.
Find out who said, "I like the matchup. We're a physical team; heavy in the run game and play-action. They're physical up front with great talent and speed."