If you could build a team using the players that have suited up for the Badgers during Bret Bielema's six years at the helm of the Wisconsin program, who would you choose?
That was the question we posed during three weeks of voting by fans on the official Wisconsin Football Facebook page
. The result is a list of the best to line up at each position during the Bielema era, as chosen by the fans -- the All-Bielema Team.
In the last five NFL drafts, a total of 16 UW players have been selected. That number will grow in a big way this year, with a school-record eight players invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine -- the second most of any school in the nation.
Over the past six seasons, the Badgers have had finalists for the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award, John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, Manning Award and Lou Groza Award. In addition, Scott Tolzien won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, J.J. Watt won the Lott IMPACT trophy, and Gabe Carimi and Joe Thomas both won the Outland Trophy.
Leads to some tough choices, huh?
Tough enough, in fact, that a number of players who have gone on to play in the NFL didn't even sniff inclusion on the All-Bielema Team.
Garrett Graham was a distant third in the voting at tight end, while other pros -- like FB Chris Pressley, LT Carimi, RG Kraig Urbik and QB Scott Tolzien -- didn't make the cut, either.
With that in mind, here's the All-Bielema Team, which was originally released in the March 15 issue of Varsity magazine
* Russell Wilson (2011)Running Back
* Montee Ball (2009-11)Fullback
* Bradie Ewing (2008-11)Tight End
* Travis Beckum (2006-08)Wide Reciever
* Nick Toon (2008-11)
* Jared Abbrederis (2010-11)Left Tackle
* Joe Thomas (2006)Left Guard
* John Moffitt (2007-10)Center
* Peter Konz (2009-11)
* Kevin Zeitler (2009-11)Right Tackle
* Josh Oglesby (2008-11)DEFENSE
* J.J. Watt (2009-10) Defensive Tackle
* Nick Hayden (2006-07)Defensive Tackle
* Patrick Butrym (2008-11) Defensive End
* O'Brien Schofield (2007-09) Outside Linebacker
* Mike Taylor (2009-11) Middle Linebacker
* Chris Borland (2009, 2011) Outside Linebacker
* Jonathan Casillas (2006-08) Corner Back
* Jack Ikegwuonu (2006-07)
* Antonio Fenelus (2008-11)Strong Safety
* Jay Valai (2007-10)Free Safety
* Aaron Henry (2007, 2009-11)
* Taylor Mehlhaff (2006-07)Punter
* Brad Nortman (2008-11)Returns
* David Gilreath (2007-10)