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 Status  Name Video Position Height Weight  Hometown (High School)
 Scholarship James Adeyanju Small Video Graphic DE 6-3 230 Chicago, Ill. (Curie Metropolitan)
 Scholarship Sam Arneson Small Video Graphic TE 6-4 241 Merrill, Wis. (Merrill)
 Scholarship Ray Ball Small Video Graphic OL 6-7 330 Columbus, Ohio (Westerville South)
 Scholarship Michael Caputo Small Video Graphic DB 6-1 198 Imperial, Pa. (West Allegheny)
 Scholarship Kenzel Doe Small Video Graphic WR 5-8 165 Reidsville, N.C. (Reidsville)
 Scholarship Terrance Floyd Small Video Graphic DB 5-11 190 Boynton Beach, Fla. (Santaluces)
 Scholarship Jordan Fredrick Small Video Graphic LB 6-3 230 Madison, Wis. (Madison Memorial)
 Scholarship Devin Gaulden Small Video Graphic DB 5-10 180 Miramar, Fla. (University School)
 Scholarship Nate Hammon WR/DB 6-2 210 Milton, Wis. (Milton)
 Scholarship Jesse Hayes Small Video Graphic DE 6-3 225 Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller)
 Scholarship Melvin Gordon Small Video Graphic RB 6-0 190 Kenosha, Wis. (Mary D. Bradford)
 Scholarship Darius Hillary Small Video Graphic WR/CB 5-11 175 Cincinnati, Ohio (Sycamore)
 Scholarship A.J. Jordan Small Video Graphic WR 6-1 175 Dayton, Ohio (Trotwood Madison)
 Scholarship Jake Keefer Small Video Graphic LB 6-3 218 Woodville, Wis. (Baldwin-Woodville)
 Scholarship Derek Landisch Small Video Graphic LB 5-11 213 Nashotah, Wis. (Arrowhead)
 Scholarship Austin Maly Small Video Graphic TE 6-5 216 Waunakee, Wis. (Waunakee)
 Scholarship Tyler Marz Small Video Graphic OL 6-7 285 Springfield, Minn. (Springfield)
 Scholarship Eric Steffes Small Video Graphic TE 6-4 220 Mount Calvary, Wis. (St. Mary's Spring Academy)
 Scholarship Austin Traylor Small Video Graphic TE 6-4 215 Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)
 Scholarship Derek Watt Small Video Graphic LB 6-3 220 Pewaukee, Wis. (Pewaukee)
 Scholarship Fred Willis, Jr. Small Video Graphic WR 6-2 192 Milwaukee, Wis. (Brookfield Academy)
 Walk-On Lance Baretz
QB 5-10 184 Franklin, Wis. (Franklin)
 Walk-On Jonathan Coon
OL 6-7 273 Franklin, Wis. (Pius XI)
 Walk-On Miles Groeschel
RB 5-10 191 Fond Du Lac, Wis. (Fond Du Lac)
 Walk-On Tyler Leonhard
DB 6-0 158 Tony, Wis. (Flambeau)
 Walk-On Drew Meyer
P/K 6-3 168 Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
 Walk-On Joel Stave
QB 6-5 204 Greenfield, Wis. (Whitnall)
 Walk-On Jake Stengel WR 6-2 180 Sheboygan, Wis. (North)
 Walk-On Derek Straus
FB 6-0 205 Waunakee, Wis. (Waunakee)

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Class of 2011 Highlights

Bret Bielema's Signing Day News Conference

 James Adeyanju
 Defensive End  |  6-3  |  230  |  Chicago, Ill. (Curie Metropolitan) Adeyanju, James

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High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... rated as the No. 18 defensive end in the country by Rivals, No. 39 by Scout, and No. 77 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... top-ranked defensive end in Illinois according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. and 11th-best player in the state according to Rivals ... in career, totaled 159 tackles, 35 sacks, 53 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries ... as a senior, tabbed first-team all-state by Chicago Tribune, first-team all-city by Chicago Sun Times and CPLFCA and named consensus first-team all-conference ... placed on Chicago Sun Times all-area team ... team's defensive MVP in 2010 ... participated in National Underclassmen All-Star Game ... posted 73 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 23 TFLs, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in senior year ... all-conference and Chicago Sun-Times All-City as a junior after recording 51 tackles, 16 sacks, 21 TFLs, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... tallied 35 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 9 TFLs as a sophomore ... two-time team captain ... academic all-state as a senior ... head coach was Tyson LeBlanc

Personal: Parents are Joseph and Deborah Adeyanju ... brother, Victor, played football at Indiana University and has played in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals

 Sam Arneson
 Tight End  |  6-4  |  241  |  Merrill, Wis. (Merrill) Arneson, Sam

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High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... rated as the No. 22 tight end in the country by Rivals, No. 27 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 33 by Scout ... second-ranked player in Wisconsin by Scout and third-best player in the state according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Rivals ... for his career on offense, totaled 40 receptions for 457 yards and six touchdowns, 189 rushes for 907 yards and 14 scores, 90-of-170 passing for 1,445 yards and 14 touchdowns ... defensive career saw 240 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, six sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick ... in senior season, passed for 1,445 yards on 90-of-170 passing with 14 touchdowns ... also rushed 189 times for 907 yards and 14 touchdowns ... on defense, made 83 tackles with nine TFLs, one interception and two forced fumbles ... as a senior, WFCA all-state as linebacker and honorable mention as quarterback ... second-team A.P. all-state as linebacker ... all-region and first-team all-conference as quarterback and linebacker ... conference defensive MVP ... in his junior season, honorable mention all-state at tight end, all-region and first-team all-conference at tight end and linebacker ... conference and team defensive MVP ... as a tight end, caught 37 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns and as a linebacker had 84 tackles, five TFLs and sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and a blocked kick ... as a sophomore, named first-team all-conference and his team's defensive MVP at linebacker ... caught three passes for 31 yards and one touchdown and added 73 tackles, four TFLs, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble  ... three-year letterwinner in football, basketball and track and field ... won the Merrill Scholar Gold Medal with a 4.0 GPA ... member of National Honor Society ... head coach was Tom Tourtillott

Personal: Parents are Dave and Marge Arneson ... father, Dave, played football at Wisconsin and lettered in 1983-84 ... grandfather, Don Jirschele, played football at the University of Kentucky from 1951-53 under legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ... volunteers his time at youth football camps and basketball tournaments, Special Olympics and serves as mentor and tutor for students with cognitive disabilities ... participates in Read Across America and Relay for Life ... Link Crew Leader, which helps freshmen make the transition to high school

 Ray Ball
 Offensive Lineman  |  6-7  |  330  |  Columbus, Ohio (Westerville South) Ball, Ray

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... rated as the No. 48 offensive tackle in the country by Scout and No. 71 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... recorded 94 pancakes during his career ... as a senior, named first-team all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference ... posted 40 pancakes as a senior, 22 as a junior, 17 as a sophomore and 15 as a freshman ... invited to play in Ohio North/South All-Star game, Big 33 All-Star game and Offense/Defense All-American Bowl ... Westerville Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... head coach was Rocky Pentello

Personal: Parents are Ray and Aleithra Ball ... relative, Robert Austin, played football at Mississippi Valley State ... nominated and elected to Westerville 50 First Cats and was Key Note Speaker at the Cats Award Program ... is a Big Brother and Junior Mentor, speaking to middle school students ... active in 100 Black Men in Columbus ... volunteer Coach for youth team of children with disabilities ... active in Caring and Sharing program which raises funds and buys Christmas presents for underprivileged children

 Michael Caputo
 Defensive Back  |  6-1  |  198  |  Imperial, Pa. (West Allegheny) Caputo, Michael

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Scout and Rivals as a safety ... rated as the No. 42 outside linebacker in the country by Scout and No. 83 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... Rivals ranks him as the No. 44 safety in the country and No. 13 player overall in Pennsylvania ... finished career with 377 carries for 2,759 yards and 38 touchdowns and 10 receptions for 140 yards and four touchdowns ... suffered season-ending injury in first quarter of first game of senior season, but had already scored two touchdowns and rushed for 40 yards on five carries ... team MVP and 2009 Western Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year as a junior, rushing for 2,611 yards and 34 touchdowns on 360 carries and catching 10 passes for 140 yards and four scores; on defense made team-leading 89.5 tackles ... also chosen as player of the year by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Beaver County Times and Pittsburgh Sporting News ... named to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL FAB 22 team ... conference MVP and first-team all-conference as running back and linebacker ... all-state selection by A.P. and Harrisburg Patriot News ... as a sophomore, carried 17 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns ... won three letters in football and two in track and field ... three-year member of the school's honor roll ... head coach was Bob Palko

Personal: Parents are Richard and Cynthia Caputo ... father, Richard, played football at Bucknell from 1967-68 ... uncle, John Caputo, played football at DePauw from 1965-68 ... hobbies are drawing, sketching, boxing and camping ... coached basketball at Special Olympics, member of JROTC Marines and was a D.A.R.E. instructor

 Kenzel Doe
 Wide Receiver  |  5-8  |  165  |  Reidsville, N.C. (Reidsville) Doe, Kenzel

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... ranked as the No. 130 wide receiver in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 183 by Scout ... in senior season, caught 54 passes for 980 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed 22 times for 224 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 124 yards and one touchdown on 6-of-10 passing ... on defense made 71 solo tackles and added five interceptions, two touchdowns and 17 passes deflected ... as a senior, named first-team all-conference, all-region, all-area and all-county ... named team MVP and was placed on NC Preps All-State team ... first-team all-conference, all-region, all-area and all-county in junior season after catching 49 passes for 906 yards and six touchdowns, adding 27 rushes for 223 yards and five scores and nine completions in 13 attempts for 229 yards and two touchdowns ... defensively, made 52 solo tackles with two interceptions, two touchdowns, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 13 passes deflected and two blocked kicks ... four-time team captain ... lettered three times in football and two each in basketball and track and field ... has not lost a football game since he was 13, going 103-0 over that time ... head coach was Doug Robertson

Personal: Mother is Myra Blackwell, stepdad is Dale Blackwell and father is Kenneth Doe

 Terrance Floyd
 Defensive Back  |  5-11  |  190  |  Boynton Beach, Fla. (Santaluces) Floyd, Terrance

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Rivals ... ranked as the No. 78 athlete in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and the No. 153 cornerback by Scout ... in career, caught 113 passes for 1,820 yards and 11 touchdowns, 85 carries for 825 yards and eight touchdowns, 23 pass breakups, 138 tackles, seven interceptions, seven kickoff returns for touchdowns and three punt returns for touchdowns ... as a senior, tabbed first-team all-district, all-conference and all-county and was named team MVP ... in senior season, broke up 10 passes, recorded 52 tackles with one sack and had three interceptions; special teams saw him bring back two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns ... on offense, caught 30 passes for 580 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 60 times for 530 yards and four touchdowns ... first-team all-district, all-county and all-conference in junior year ... recorded 45 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns, 10 rushes for 115 yards and two scores, eight pass breakups, 47 tackles, two interceptions, three kickoff returns for touchdowns and one punt return for a touchdown ... earned first and second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore after catching 35 passes for 550 yards and three touchdowns, carrying the ball 15 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns ... on defense, broke up five passes, recorded 37 tackles and recorded two interceptions and on special teams brought back three kickoffs and one punt return for touchdowns ... two-time team captain ... lettered in football, basketball and track and field ... Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an honor roll student ... head coach was Daryl Drinkwater

Personal: Parents are Verryl and Theresa Floyd ... father, Verryl, played football at Florida A&M (1972-75) ... mother, Theresa, won national championship playing softball at Lake City Community College (1980-82) and a national championship playing volleyball at Jacksonville University (1982-84) ... grandfather, Vernon, played football at Florida A&M ... hobbies listed include volunteering for the underprivileged children, reading and mentoring to elementary children ... acts of community service include volunteering for the African-American Summer Institute, GALA, American Red Cross and church activities

 Jordan Fredrick
 Linebacker  |  6-3  |  230  |  Madison, Wis. (Memorial) Fredrick, Jordan

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Rivals and Scout ... ranked as the No. 62 linebacker in the nation by Scout, the No. 87 safety by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and the 10th-best player in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals ... over his career, caught 113 passes for 1,216 yards and 15 touchdowns, made 163 tackles with 14 interceptions, four defensive touchdowns, 50 passes defended and five tackles for loss ... in senior season, named first-team all-state by the A.P. and honorable mention all-state by WFCA after making 40 catches for 516 yards and six touchdowns and posting 65 tackles, three interceptions, five tackles for loss, eight passes defended and 2.5 sacks ... also returned 12 kicks for 289 yards and one touchdown ... first-team all-region, all-area, all-city and all-conference as linebacker and wide receiver ... All-City Offensive Player of the Year and unanimous pick as Big 8 Conference Outside Linebacker of the Year ... as a junior, named first-team all-state by the A.P. and WFCA, first-team all-region, all-area, all-city and all-conference ... unanimous pick for Big 8 Conference Defensive Back of the Year ... on the season, had 50 receptions for 500 yards and nine touchdowns, and, on defense, recorded 62 tackles with 23 passes defended, nine interceptions (including three in one game to set a school record) and three defensive touchdowns (a single-season school record) ... in sophomore year, caught 23 passes for 200 yards and made 36 tackles with two interceptions, one touchdown, 19 passes defended and two fumble recoveries ... lettered in football three times and once in basketball and track and field ... member of school's honor roll in 2009

Personal: Parents are Craig and Andree Fredrick ... father, Craig, played football at Wisconsin (1979-81) ... grandfather, Fred Kubsch, played football at Marquette (1954-56) ... grandfather, Ron Einerson, played basketball at UW-Platteville (1951-52, 54-56) ... uncle, Mike Radke, played basketball at UW-Eau Claire (1980-83) ... hobbies are basketball and golf ... volunteered at youth football and basketball camps and at Captains Club

 Devin Gaulden
 Defensive Back  |  5-10  |  180  |  Miramar, Fla. (University School) Gaulden, Devin

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Rivals and Scout ... No. 34 cornerback in the country according to ESPN.com/Scouts Inc. and No. 83 according to Scout ... named first-team all-county as a senior by the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald after recording 36 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered ... selected to play in NUC All-World Gridiron Classic All-Star game and Dade vs. Broward All-Star game ... lettered in football, basketball and track and field ... head coach was Roger Harriot

Personal: Parents are Stevie and Pam Gaulden ... volunteers in program aimed to get kids off the street and also in youth basketball

 Melvin Gordon
 Running Back  |  6-0  |  190  |  Kenosha, Wis. (Mary D. Braford) Gordon, Melvin

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High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and three-star by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... No. 24 running back in the nation according to Rivals, No. 27 according to MaxPreps, No. 38 according to Scout and the No. 39 athlete according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... top-ranked player in Wisconsin according to ESPN/Scouts Inc., No. 2 according to Rivals and No. 3 according to Scout ... first-team all-state selection by A.P. and WFCA as a senior, also WFCA's Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 38 touchdowns and 2,009 yards on 158 carries and catching three touchdowns passes ... Gatorade Player of the Year and conference player of the year ... as a junior, tallied 1,098 yards and 11 scores on 99 carries and had five receiving touchdowns ... honorable mention all-state and all-region by WFCA, first-team all-area by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and first-team all-county by Kenosha News as a junior ... rushed for 1,200 yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore ... gained over 500 yards rushing and scored 15 touchdowns as a freshman ... head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Father is Melvin Gordon ... served as teacher's assistant in high school and volunteered serving food at a homeless shelter ... coached youth football

 Nate Hammon
 Wide Receiver/Defensive Back  |  6-2  |  210  |  Milton, Wis. (Milton) Hayes, Jesse
High School: Honorable mention all-state as a senior by the A.P. and WFCA ... named all-area by Madison.com ... passed for 2,077 yards and 19 touchdowns on 113-of-190 passing, adding 819 yards rushing and 16 rushing touchdowns ... also all-conference as a punter, averaging 36.1 yards per kick ... two-time first-team all-conference ... head coach was Scott Walker

Personal: Parents are Kay Leibel and Don Hammon

 Jesse Hayes
 Defensive End  |  6-3  |  225  |  Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller) Hayes, Jesse

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Rivals and Scout ... No. 18 weakside defensive end in the county by Rivals, No. 23 defensive end by MaxPreps, No. 37 defensive end by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 58 defensive end by Scout ... No. 20 player in Ohio by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 26 by Rivals ... second-team USA Today All-American ... second-team all-state, first-team Greater Catholic League and first-team all-district after recording 60 tackles with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss ... selected to play in Ohio North-South Game ... second-team GCL as a junior after making 50 tackles with six sacks and 11 TFLs ... lettered in football, wrestling and track ... head coach was Jon Rodenburg

Personal: Parents are Jay and Suzanne Hayes ... father, Jay, was an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1995-98; played football at Idaho and later played in the USFL; currently the defensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals ... uncle, Jon Hayes, played football at Iowa and later for 12 years in the NFL with Kansas City and Pittsburgh; currently the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals ... hobbies include drawing ... worked in church organizations that helped urban churches feed the needy

 Darius Hillary
 Wide Receiver/Cornerback  |  5-11  |  175  |  Cincinnati, Ohio (Sycamore) Hillary, Darius

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Rivals and Scout ... No. 60 cornerback in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 82 by Scout ... No. 56 player in Ohio according to Rivals ... named to 2010 Cincinnati Enquirer all-star team and named first-team all-conference  and all-district on defense as a senior ... second-team defense on All-Ohio football team ... caught four passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns as a senior with 40 rushes for 237 yards  and six scores and recorded one interception on defense ... all-conference first team on defense as a junior ... in junior year, caught 15 passes for 131 yards ... as a sophomore, recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... two-time team captain ... lettered in football, basketball and track and field ... head coach was Scott Datillo

Personal: Parents are Ira and Cassandra Hillary ... father, Ira, played football at South Carolina (1981-85) and then in the NFL for Minnesota and Cincinnati ... brother, Brandon Hillary, plays football at Campbellsville University ... relative, Coco Hillary, played football at Appalachian State (2005-10) ... relative, Aramis Hillary, plays football at Coastal Carolina after spending two seasons at South Carolina ... served as youth usher at local church, volunteered at Marvin Lewis Youth Football Camp and was member of Sycamore Student Leadership Initiative and Northeast Community Challenge Youth Coalition

 A.J. Jordan
 Wide Receiver  |  6-1  |  175  |  Dayton, Ohio (Trotwood Madison) Jordan, A.J.

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High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout ... No. 39 wide receiver in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc., No. 52 by Scout and No. 80 by Rivals ... No. 12 player in state of Ohio by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 39 by Rivals ... in career, caught 91 passes for 1,521 yards and 18 touchdowns ... first-team all-conference as a senior and junior ... caught 35 passes for 756 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... in junior season, caught 26 passes for 315 yards and six touchdowns ... all-state honorable mention, first-team all-conference as a sophomore after catching 30 passes for 450 yards and four touchdowns ... lettered in football, basketball and track and field ... head coach was Maurice Douglass

Personal: Parents are Michael and Sonia Jordan ... cousin, Nathan Peavy, played basketball at Miami of Ohio ... hobbies include playing chess ... served as mentor to incoming freshmen at his high school ... member of the Ram Shepherd program which provides mentors to elementary students 

 Jake Keefer
 Linebacker  |  6-3  |  218  |  Woodville, Wis. (Baldwin-Woodville)
Keefer, Jake

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High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and Scout and a three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... eighth-ranked outside linebacker in the country by MaxPreps, No. 10 by Rivals, No. 22 by Scout and No. 47 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... top-ranked player in Wisconsin according to Scout and Rivals, No. 2 according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... over his career, caught 80 passes for 1,364 yards and 24 touchdowns, rushed 224 times for 1,184 yards and 23 touchdowns, while on defense made 424 tackles (214 solo) with nine fumbles forced, 12 fumbles recovered and four interceptions ... for his senior season, named a U.S. Army All-American, as well as first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference at tight end and linebacker and the conference player of the year ... senior season totals included 23 receptions for 383 yards and 10 touchdowns, 91 rush attempts for 482 yards and 11 touchdowns, 134 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, one interception, three fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered ... in junior year, named first-team all-state by the WFCA, all-region and all-conference at both tight end and linebacker ... in eight games as a junior, tallied 21 receptions for 350 yards and five touchdowns, 101 rushes for 482 yards and eight touchdowns, 75 tackles, two interceptions, three fumbles forced and two fumbles recovered ... as a sophomore, earned first-team all-conference honors and all-region honors as a tight end and linebacker ... sophomore year saw him haul in 24 passes for 427 yards and six touchdowns and rush 35 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns; on defense made 134 tackles with three fumbles forced and recovered ... named second-team all-conference at tight end and linebacker as a freshman ... caught 12 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns, while making 81 tackles with four sacks, one interception for a touchdown, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles ... two-time team captain ... won four letters in football, three in basketball, two in track and field and one in baseball ... four-year member of the school's honor roll ... head coach was his father, Dan Keefer

Personal: Parents are Dan and Deb Keefer ... father, Dan, played football at Augustana College (S.D.) from 1985-88 ... uncle, Tim Keefer, also played football at Augustana (1991-95) ... uncle, Tom Keefer, wrestled at UW-Parkside (1989-91) ... coached youth football and basketball ... volunteered for those in need and was a motivational speaker for elementary school students

 Derek Landisch
 Linebacker  |  5-11  |  213  |  Nashotah, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Landisch, Derek

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High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout, two-star by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... No. 11 player in Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 12 by Scout and No. 13 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... No. 47 inside linebacker in the nation according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 102 outside linebacker by Scout ... WFCA Defensive Player of the Year, Classic Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference as a senior ... also named first-team all-state by WFCA and A.P., all-area by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Waukesha Freeman and Lake County Publications ... winner of the John Anderson Award, given to the state's top senior linebacker ... in nine games as a senior, made 92 tackles with 27 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... all-area linebacker as a sophomore ... four-time letterwinner in football ... head coach was Tom Taraska

Personal: Parents are Robert and Nancy Landisch ... sister, Nicole, is a senior swimmer at Louisville ... father, Robert, played baseball at UW-Milwaukee ... volunteered for three years working youth football camps

 Austin Maly
 Tight End  |  6-5  |  216  |  Waunakee, Wis. (Waunakee)
Maly, Austin

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High School: Three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... ranked as No. 32 tight end in the country by Rivals, No. 53 by both Scout and ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... fifth-ranked player in Wisconsin by Scout and Rivals, eighth-ranked player by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... named first-team all-state by WFCA and A.P., also named first-team all-area, all-conference and all-region ... caught 31 passes for 870 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... first-team all-conference and all-area as a junior, catching 13 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns ... two-time state champion ... lettered in football, basketball and track and field ... honor roll member ... head coach was Pat Rice

Personal: Parents are Dale and Judy Maly ... volunteered for Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser and helped package food for the Kids Against Hunger Foundation ... talked to elementary students about importance of a good education and volunteered at youth football camps and clinics

 Tyler Marz
 Offensive Lineman  |  6-7  |  285  |  Springfield, Minn. (Springfield)
Marz, Tyler

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High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals ... No. 7 player in Minnesota by Rivals, No. 10 player by Scout and No. 17 player by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... in 29 career games, posted 193 tackles, 13 sacks and three interceptions ... all-conference player as a senior and junior ... recorded 53 tackles, seven sacks and one interception in seven games as a senior ... as a junior, had 110 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions in 11 games ... made 14 tackles in six games as a sophomore ... played in five games as a freshman with 16 tackles ... two-time team MVP ... four-time letterwinner in football and basketball, won two letters in baseball ... member of the National Honor Society and named to school's `A' honor roll ... head coach was Paul Dunn

Personal: Parents are John and Dawn Marz ... lists hobbies as snowmobiling and motorcycling ... helped at local Sunday school and youth football camps ... worked with Kids Against Hunger for five years

 Eric Steffes
 Tight End  |  6-4  |  220  |  Mount Calvary, Wis. (St. Mary's Spring Academy)
Steffes, Eric

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High School: Three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... No. 36 tight end in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 67 by Scout ... fourth-ranked player in Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 5 player by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 8 by Scout ... caught 48 passes for 818 yards and 13 touchdowns during his high school career ... named first-team all-state by the WFCA and all-conference and all-region as a tight end during senior campaign after catching 25 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns ... second-team all-state selection by the A.P. at defensive end and honorable mention all-state at tight end by the WFCA as a junior ... conference defensive player of the year and first-team all-conference and all-region as a defensive end and tight end in junior season ... made 16 receptions for 313 yards and six touchdowns in junior year ... first-team all-conference at defensive end as a sophomore ... as a tight end, caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns ... won three letters in football and baseball and four in hockey ... member of the National Honor Society and was on high honor roll throughout high school ... head coach was Bob Hyland

Personal: Parents are Dan and Jill Steffes ... likes hunting, fishing and golfing ... participated in various school fundraisers and coached youth hockey ... volunteered at Camp Wawbeek, a camp for children and adults with disabilities

 Austin Traylor
 Tight End  |  6-4  |  215  |  Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)
Taylor, Austin

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High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and three-star by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and Scout ... No. 15 tight end in the country according to Rivals, No. 63 athlete according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 90 defensive end by Scout ... 11th-ranked player in Ohio by Rivals and No. 24 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... for his senior season, honored as all-city, all-district, all-metro, all-state, a Super 25 player and a Buckeye blue chip ... totaled 639 receiving yards and four touchdowns, 99 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior ...  as a junior, named all-city, all-district, all-state and a Super 25 player after recording 541 total yards (389 receiving, 152 rushing), seven touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing, one passing), 80 tackles and 14 sacks ... made 34 tackles with five sacks and had 289 receiving yards with three touchdowns as a sophomore ... two-time team captain ... lettered three times in football and track and field and four times in basketball ... standout basketball player that was a two-time team captain and winner of the Columbus County Slam Dunk Contest ... member of the school's honor roll ... head coach was Byron Mattox

Personal: Mother is Antonia Traylor ... brother, Alvin Busbee Jr., plays football at Edinboro University ... volunteered in an after-school program and at his church helping to feed the homeless ... serves as a school mentor to underclassmen

 Derek Watt
 Linebacker  |  6-3  |  220  |  Pewaukee, Wis. (Pewaukee)
Watt, Derek

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High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Rivals and Scout ... No. 74 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 110 by Scout ... sixth-ranked player in Wisconsin by Rivals and ESPN/Scouts Inc. and No. 14 by Scout ... during his high school career, rushed for 2,685 yards and 44 touchdowns, had 625 receiving yards and five touchdowns, forced five fumbles, had 140 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, three interceptions, one kick return for a touchdown and one punt return for a touchdown ... second-team USA Today All-American at linebacker as a senior ... A.P. State Player of the Year as a senior and named first-team all-state at linebacker and honorable mention all-state as a running back ... named conference player of the year on both sides of the ball and named Waukesha County Player of the Year, as well as earning all-region honors ... in senior campaign, rushed for 1,506 yards and 25 touchdowns, recorded 277 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and made 80 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, forced two fumbles, converted 32 extra points and returned a punt for a touchdown ... first-team all-conference on both sides of the ball as a junior and named to all-county team, recording 665 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns and recording 266 yards receiving and catching three touchdowns ... on defense as a junior, made 60 tackles with 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble returned for a score ... honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore running back after rushing for 514 yards and eight touchdowns with 82 yards receiving ... lettered in football and basketball three times and in track and field four times ... member of the National Honor Society and high honor roll and was named academic all-conference in all three sports he played ... head coach was Clay Iverson

Personal: Parents are John and Connie Watt ... brother, J.J., was a second-team All-American at Wisconsin, lettering in 2009 and 2010 ... member of the Leadership Club and coached at youth developmental camps ... also volunteered with Special Olympics bowling, unloading gifts for Christmas Clearing House and helping people in need in the community

 Fred Willis, Jr.
 Wide Receiver  |  6-2  |  192  |  Milwaukee, Wis. (Brookfield Academy)
Willis, Fred

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High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout ... No. 177 wide receiver in the country by Scout ... No. 12 player in Wisconsin according to Rivals and No. 16 according to Scout ... in senior season, recorded 26 receptions for 262 yards and five touchdowns and added 114 rushing yards and one touchdown on 13 attempts ... caught 30 passes for 444 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries ... as a sophomore, caught 16 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns and rushed nine times for 98 yards and two scores ... lettered in football, basketball and track and field ... head coach was David Jaynes

Personal: Mother is Alicia Harwell ... helped with cleanup in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ... part of Marquette University Upward Bound program

 Lance Baretz
 Quarterback  |  5-10  |  184  |  Franklin, Wis. (Franklin) Baretz, Lance
High School: In his career, passed for 7,048 yards and 75 touchdowns while running for 2,524 yards and 38 touchdowns, tallying 9,472 yards of total offense and 113 career scores ... touchdown total is second-most in state history, while total offense is third-most and passing yards and passing touchdowns are each fourth-most ... threw for 2,763 yards and 34 touchdowns, the fifth-highest single-season passing touchdown total in state history, as a senior ... also ran for 810 yards and 16 touchdowns ... named first-team all-conference and all-suburban as a senior ... area player of the year and first-team all-area by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ... first-team all-state by WFCA and A.P.... winner of the Wisconsin Sports Network's Dave Krieg Award, given to the state's top senior quarterback ... first-team all-conference and all-suburban as a junior, passing for 2,339 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 784 yards and 11 touchdowns ... as a sophomore, named SEC All-North and all-suburban honorable mention after passing for 1,946 yards and 20 touchdowns and running for 830 yards and 11 scores ... three-time team MVP and two-time captain ... lettered three times in football and baseball and four times in track and field ... member of National Honor Society ... head coach was Jeff Klemp

Personal: Parents are Doug and Amy Baretz ... father, Doug, played football at Augsburg College from 1984-1988 ... mother, Amy, played softball at Augsburg College from 1983-1987 ... member of Peers with Impact ... volunteers his time at youth football camps and giving quarterback lessons to youths in the community

 Jonathan Coon
 Offensive Lineman  |  6-7  |  273  |  Franklin, Wis. (Pius XI) Coon, Michael
High School: Second-team All-Classic 8 Conference as a senior ... 2010 team advanced to second round of playoffs in just second playoff appearance in school history ... semifinalist for the Joe Thomas Award, given annually to the state's top senior offensive lineman ... honorable mention all-conference as a junior ... won four letters in football and two in hockey ... participated in track as a junior ... head coach was Joe Koch

Personal: Parents are Ryan and Kelly Coon ... mother, Kelly, played volleyball at St. Mary's University ... hobbies include snowboarding ... community service included participating in Jesus Days, which helps second graders, TLS Dinner, which benefited those with mental disabilities and Big Buddy Class which helped freshmen adjust to high school ... volunteers at Ted Lang Speed Camp working with younger children ... selected to State Leadership Conference in summer of 2010

 Miles Groeschel
 Running Back  |  5-10  |  191  |  Fond Du Lac, Wis. (Fond Du Lac) Groeschel, Miles
High School: For his career, gained 2,984 yards and scored 34 touchdowns ... in senior season, named first-team all-conference at running back after gaining 978 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns ... second-team all-conference at running back and linebacker as a junior, rushing for 16 touchdowns and 1,180 yards ... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore after gaining 722 yards rushing with six touchdowns ... became first freshman in school history to start on varsity and finished the year with 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns ... two-time team captain and team MVP ... set school and conference record in the 4x100 relay during track season ... spent seven semesters on the honor roll ... head coach was Nate Lehman

Personal: Parents are Ken and Kathy Groeschel ... hobbies include hunting, fishing and golf ... has volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, at concession stands for youth basketball tournaments, for the YMCA youth football program and at an assisted living center

 Tyler Leonhard
 Defensive Back  |  6-0  |  158  |  Tony, Wis. (Flambeau) Leonhard, Tyler
High School: Over his career, scored 74 touchdowns with 5,500 all-purpose yards and had eight interceptions to go with 124.5 tackles ... as a senior, named first-team all-conference and All-Northwest at defensive back and second-team all-conference as a quarterback ... made 39 tackles as a senior with four tackles for loss, while adding 1,394 yards of total offense and 20 touchdowns, three punt returns and two kick returns for touchdowns and one interception ... earned first-team all-conference honors at defensive back and quarterback in junior season; all-region and All-Northwest at DB .... as a junior, rushed for 15 touchdowns and 818 yards, passed for 720 yards and six touchdowns, returned three punts for touchdowns and added 29 tackles and two interceptions ... first-team all-conference at defensive back and second-team all-conference as a quarterback as a sophomore ... in sophomore year, ran for 1,306 yards and 21 touchdowns with 430 yards passing and four touchdowns, also had 228 punt return yards, 145 kickoff return yards, 27 tackles and two interceptions ... second-team all-conference as a freshman at defensive back after making 18 tackles with three interceptions and one touchdown ... two-time team captain and one-time team MVP ... earned four letters in football and basketball and two in baseball and track and field ... member of student council and was on honor roll ... head coaches were Mark Stamper and Darrell Gago

Personal: Parents are Don and Deb Leonhard ... brother, Jim, was a three-time first-team All-American at Wisconsin (2001-04) and currently plays for the New York Jets in the NFL ... brother, Brian, played football and ran track at UW-Eau Claire (1999-02) ... sister, Amanda, played basketball at UW-Green Bay (1999-02) ... relative, Nick Mouthe, played football at Northern Michigan (2001-05) ... hobbies include swimming, tubing and jet skiing ... volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and delivered food baskets at Christmas

 Drew Meyer
 Punter/Kicker  |  6-3  |  168  |  Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead) Meyer, Drew
High School: Two-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... ranked as No. 13 punter in the nation and No. 30 kicker by Kohl's, No. 33 kicker according to ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... No. 17 player in Wisconsin by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... went 16-of-28 on field goals in his career with a long of 50 yards and was 74-of-76 on extra points ... made nine out of 14 field goals as a senior with a long of 46 yards and was eight out of 10 from inside 45 yards, also made 39 out of 40 extra point tries ... recorded touchbacks on 30 of 47 kickoffs during the regular season and averaged 40.4 yards per punt ... as a senior, named first-team all-state by WFCA and first-team all-region, all-district, all-conference and all-area as a kicker ... first-team all-conference and all-area as a punter, also a first-team all-area and second-team all-conference selection as a defensive back ... winner of the Kevin Stemke Award as the state's top senior kicker or punter ... honorable mention all-county as a junior by Waukesha Freeman after making 7-of-14 field goals, including a long of 50 yards, and 35-of-36 extra points ... first-team all-area and second-team all-conference as a punter and honorable mention all-conference as a kicker ... lettered three times in football and twice in lacrosse ... member of the National Honor Society ... head coach was Tom Traska

Personal: Parents are Carl and Amy Meyer ... coached youth lacrosse and volunteered at youth football camps

 Joel Stave
 Quarterback  |  6-5  |  204  |  Greenfield, Wis. (Whitnall) Stave, Joel
High School: Two-star recruit by Scout and Rivals ... No. 17 player in Wisconsin and No. 110 quarterback in the country by Scout ... in his career, threw for 5,094 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 12 rushing touchdowns ... as a senior, earned first-team all-state honors by the WFCA and honorable mention A.P. all-state honors ... tabbed as unanimous conference player of the year, first-team all-conference and second-team all-region ... in his senior year, threw for 2,635 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for an additional seven touchdowns ... honorable mention all-state by WFCA as a junior, also named first-team all-region, all-suburban and all-conference and second-team all-area ... passed for 2,459 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for five more scores as a junior ... two-time team MVP ... won three letters in football and track and field and two in basketball ... made the high honor roll each quarter since sixth grade ... member of the National Honor Society ... head coach was Rob LeBouef

Personal: Parents are Karl and Barb Stave ... plays the piano and the guitar ... member of the Civil Air Patrol for two years

 Jake Stengel
 Wide Receiver  |  6-2  |  180  |  Sheboygan, Wis. (North) Stengel, Jake
High School: Over his career, caught 67 passes for 1,256 yards and 15 touchdowns, rushed 12 times for 148 yards and returned 29 kickoffs for 845 yards with two touchdowns ... in senior season, named first-team all-conference as a wide receiver and second-team all-conference at safety... also named team MVP for senior year as he had 30 receptions for 517 yards and six touchdowns and returned 19 kickoffs for 576 yards with one touchdown ... first-team all-area and All-Sheboygan Press as a wide receiver, as well as second-team all-conference and team MVP as a junior ... caught 25 passes for 561 yards and six touchdowns as a junior and added 10 kickoff returns for 269 yards, averaged 101.6 all-purpose yards per game on the season ... in four games as a sophomore, caught 12 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns and scored once on special teams ... two-time team captain ... three-time letterwinner in football, basketball and track and field ... member of the National Honor Society and was on the school's high honor roll each semester ... head coach was Ed Thompson

Personal: Parents are Edward and Lisa C. Stengel ... brother, Connor, runs track at Marquette ... volunteered at youth football camps and as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army ... also donates his time to setting up and tearing down various events like the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, the Sheboygan Hispanic Festival, the Wisconsin Family Picnic Festival, the Freedom Run and the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

 Derek Straus
 Fullback  |  6-0  |  205  |  Waunakee, Wis. (Waunakee) Straus, Derek
High School: In high school career, rushed 134 times for 1,048 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 628 yards and six touchdowns ... as a senior, named all-region and honorable mention all-state by the WFCA after rushing 90 times for 707 yards and 12 touchdowns and catching 19 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns ... first-team all-conference on offense and defense as a senior and put on the Wisconsin State Journal's all-area team ... as a junior, rushed 39 times for 241 yards and five touchdowns and caught eight passes for 257 and four touchdowns ... set a state record with 127 receiving yards in the D-II Championship game during his junior year ... rushed five times for 100 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore ... two-time state champion in football ... lettered twice in football and baseball and once in hockey ... played three years with the Madison Capitols, an independent AAA hockey organization, during high school ... member of the National Honor Society ... head coach was Pat Rice

Personal: Parents are Kent and Michelle Straus ... father, Kent, played baseball at Wisconsin (1982-83) ... cousin, Jaquilyn Edwards, plays softball at Stanford ... hobbies are fishing and pond hockey ... volunteers at local food pantry and youth sport camps

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