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Fall Camp: Week 1 (Aug. 10-13)
Fall Camp: Week 2 (Aug. 16-20)
Fall Camp: Week 3 (Aug. 23-27)
• Week 1: UNLV (Aug. 30 - Sept. 3)
• Week 2: San Jose State (Sept. 6-10)
• Week 3: Arizona State (Sept. 13-17)
• Week 4: Austin Peay (Sept. 20-24)
• Week 5: Michigan State (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1)
• Week 6: Minnesota (Oct. 4-8)
• Week 7: Ohio State (Oct. 11-15)
• Week 8: Iowa (Oct. 18-22)
• Week 9: Bye (Oct. 25-29)
• Week 10: Purdue (Nov. 1-5)
• Week 11: Indiana (Nov. 8-12)
• Week 12: Michigan (Nov. 15-19)
• Week 13: Northwestern (Nov. 22-26)

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Friday, Sept. 3

The Wisconsin football team opens the 2010 season on Saturday night at UNLV. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. (CT), and the game airs live on Versus.

The Badgers practiced yesterday and head coach Bret Bielema met with the media afterward.

Bielema talks UNLV, divisions Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema believes the Big Ten Conference's new divisional alignment will help the Badgers in recruiting.
  • Madison.com: Realignment strengthens recruiting hotbeds

University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema handed out scholarships to three walk-ons this week: sophomore backup offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, junior long snapper Kyle Wojta and junior tight end Rob Korslin.
  • Madison.com: Three walk-ons earn scholarships

Mike Taylor isn't sure whether he will be healthy enough to play Saturday night when No. 12 Wisconsin opens the season at Nevada-Las Vegas. The sophomore linebacker insisted, however, that he plans to play no later than Week 2 when UW hosts San Jose State, writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Taylor is nearly back
  • Madison.com: Taylor will travel to UNLV, but unlikely to play

James White was the biggest story to come out of UW's preseason camp, a freshman so precocious, talented and fast -- he has run the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds -- he has secured a spot not only in the backfield but as a potential returner.
  • Madison.com: Overshadowed in high school, White shines as true freshman

Adam Rittenberg reviewed the Big Ten Network's final preview show at Wisconsin.
  • ESPN.com: Nuggets from Wisconsin practice

Like all newcomers, Jared Abbrederis is hoping to make a name for himself. Not that many can spell or pronounce his name (ab-bre-DARE-us). But he figures that will come in time. Saturday night in Las Vegas would be a good starting point.
  • Madison.com: Mike Lucas' Inside the Huddle with Jared Abbrederis

Dave Heller gathered some Wisconsin bloggers for a roundtable discussion, this time about predictions for the season.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers roundtable - Predictions

 One of the perks of being a college football coach is seeing teenagers develop as players, mature into young adults and bond with their teammates in ways fans sometimes can't see. Consider fifth-year seniors Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt, expected to anchor the left side of Wisconsin's offensive line this season, beginning Saturday night at Nevada-Las Vegas.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Carimi, Moffitt are O-line's odd couple

With the new school year starting, the UW student newspapers have started up their coverage.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers kick off season against UNLV
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badger secondary to be more intense, experienced 
  • BadgerHerald.com: Fridge, flash highlight UW's freshman arsenal
  • BadgerHerald.com: Healthy Carimi key to making title dreams a reality
  • BadgerHerald.com: No. 9 could be savior for injured LBs  |  Eyes on the Prize
  • BadgerHerald.com: With all hands on deck, Badgers set to invade Las Vegas
  • BadgerHerald.com: Locked and Loaded

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 View from Vegas

The most recent meeting between Wisconsin and UNLV was like so many between the teams. It's a cross-sectional rivalry between programs with little in common, yet one that has produced unforgettable moments.
  • LVRJ.com: Unlikely Rivals: Badgers make Rebels see red

The Badgers are a top-tier team in the strong Big Ten Conference, and plenty of the buzz surrounding them heading into 2010 stems from a 20-14 victory over Miami in last year's Champs Sports Bowl -- a game which was not as close as the score indicates.
  • LasVegasSun.com: Take Five: Getting to know Wisconsin

UNLV officials are encouraged by the growing ticket sales for Saturday's 8 p.m. season opener against No. 12 Wisconsin at Sam Boyd Stadium, and still hold out hope for an outside shot at a sellout.
  • LVRJ.com: UNLV officials still hoping for sellout

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 Badgers in the Pros

Owen Daniels, who made the Pro Bowl after the 2008 season, said Thursday he hopes to be ready for the regular season opener against Indianapolis after getting medical clearance to play again.
  • ESPN.com: Owen Daniels aiming to play in opener

Lee Evans talks to Norton in the Morning while at training camp about how the team is better this year because of the coaching, and the long process for him to work with Trent Edwards on getting some style
  • 97Rock.com: Evans talks about the team improvements
  • NFL.com: Evans reception Small Video Graphic

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayScott Tolzien is one of six captains for UW in the 2010 season.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@SugarBowlNola |  Sugar Bowl picks from SI incl. Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin, TCU, Pitt, Miami, Oklahoma. http://bit.ly/8ZptDv
Posted Sept. 2 at 12:47 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Wendi Jaeck in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to UNLV' ... "Love that #44!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Head coach Bret Bielema's 38-14 (.731) record in his four seasons is the 12th-best winning percentage among active FBS head coaches (with at least two seasons).

Wisconsin's complete game notes for Saturday's game at UNLV can be found here.


Thursday, Sept. 2

The Wisconsin football team opens the 2010 season on Saturday night at UNLV. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. (CT), and the game airs live on Versus.

The Badgers practiced Wednesday and defensive players met with the media afterward.

Defense looks ahead to UNLV Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

Louis Nzegwu relishes the opportunity to be a starter. The fourth-year junior even said he feels like he's stepped into a leadership role as one of the veterans on the defensive line.
  • THOnline.com: 'Athletic freak' ready to make impact

The UW football radio team of Matt Lepay and Cap Times columnist Mike Lucas run through 10 talking points for Saturday's opener against UNLV.
  • Madison.com: Lucas and Lepay's 1st and 10: Week 1 Small Video Graphic

Lance Kendricks' mentality is that of a grinder. His expression often appears serious, even dour. At 6-foot-4 and 241 pounds, he has worked hard in the weight room to build his body from when he weighed 210 as a freshman wide receiver in 2006.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin's Kendricks ready for a big year

Scott Tolzien has traveled so far that one national publication called him the "perfect quarterback" for Wisconsin because of his demeanor.
  • Gazettextra.com: Tolzien strives for protection

Kyle Wojta recognizes that the best thing about being a snapper is obscurity. Unless, of course, you make a tackle covering a punt. He made a couple last season. "In general," he said, "you don't want anyone to know your name because that means you've messed up."
  • Madison.com: Snap decision pays off for UW's Wojta

John Clay might be the reigning Offensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten Conference, but he knows he has much to prove heading into Saturday night's opener against UNLV in Las Vegas.
  • Madison.com: Skeptics fuel Clay's motor
  • UWBadgers.com: Vote for Clay to win Amazon's Best Cover of the Year

Dave Heller gathered some Wisconsin bloggers for a roundtable discussion, this time about defense.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers roundtable - Defense
  • JSOnline.com: Taylor hopes to be back no later than Week 2

Adam Rittenberg weighs in with what to watch for in Week 1 as well as his predictions.
  • ESPN.com: What to watch  |  Predictions  |  Chat: 9/1 

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Big Ten Network's preview of Wisconsin.
  • Youtube.com: Making of the Big Ten Network Wisconsin preview show Small Video Graphic

Of course, the big news yesterday was the unveiling of the new divisional setup in the Big Ten. Below is a sampling of articles on the subject.
  • UWBadgers.com: Divisional alignments announced
  • JSOnline.com: Tie-breakers in place  |  Breaking down the divisions
  • Madison.com: Q&A on the Big Ten's divisional split  |  Alvarez shares thoughts

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 View from Vegas

Bobby Hauck doesn't talk about wins and losses, and those who closely follow UNLV know this isn't the season to judge a coach based on the bottom line.
  • LVRJ.com: Defining success for UNLV: Foundation key to future

In 2010, the Rebels face the most daunting schedule in school history.
  • LVRJ.com: Rebels face daunting task

UNLV senior linebacker Calvin Randleman will make his first start for the Rebels on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. He is a converted safety, and at 6 feet, 200 pounds, is small for a linebacker. But Rebels coaches like Randleman's athleticism, and they want to make that position more versatile.
  • LVRJ.com: Q&A with LB Calvin Randleman

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 Badgers in the Pros

A fan put together a highlight reel of Chris Chambers' best plays in the NFL.
  • Youtube.com: The Best of Chris Chambers Small Video Graphic

Linebacker DeAndre Levy might miss the Lions' season opener with a groin injury.
  • DetNews.com: Lions LB DeAndre Levy's health remains shaky

Linebacker O'Brien Schofield (knee) was moved to the injured/non-football list by Arizona.
  • AZCardinals.com: Cards make final three moves

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayCulmer St. Jean is one of six captains for UW in the 2010 season.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger |  Future Badgers are happy campers! Check out head football coach Bret Bielema & Bucky Badger at Big Ten Fan Camp! http://bit.ly/9jYA8O
Posted Sept. 2 at 9:55 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Benjamin Widen in response to 'Vote for Clay to win Amazon's Best Cover of the Year' ... "Lets gt it done badger fans"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin will play host to Nebraska's first Big Ten Conference game as the Cornhuskers travel to Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 1, 2011.

Wisconsin's complete game notes for Saturday's game at UNLV can be found here.


Wednesday, Sept. 1

The Wisconsin football team opens the 2010 season on Saturday night at UNLV. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. (CT), and the game airs live on Versus.

The Badgers' offensive players met with the media after Tuesday's practice.

Offense looks ahead to UNLV Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

Aaron Henry, the junior free safety for the Badgers, is one of the most thoughtful interview subjects you'll find on the UW campus. It's more than his unending politeness and candor. There's a power behind his words.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Aaron Henry

Shelton Johnson probably won't crack Wisconsin's starting lineup in 2010. Yet that doesn't mean UW secondary coach Chris Ash isn't pleased with the progress the redshirt sophomore displayed during preseason camp, writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Safety Johnson makes good impression

Junior guard Kevin Zeitler worked for two years to win a starting job with the University of Wisconsin football team, then spent 13 games last season holding the spot. An ankle injury suffered in camp has caused him to fight again for that starting spot.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' Zeitler vows to be ready when needed

With UW looking to replace four of its top five tackles from last season, Ethan Hemer took advantage of ample playing time in the spring, continued to improve in preseason camp and enters the opener Saturday night at Nevada-Las Vegas as the No. 3 defensive tackle.
  • JSOnline.com: Walk-on redshirt freshman Hemer competing for playing time

After a thorough examination, and a battery of tests, including one which measured his blood sugar level, Jake Byrne heard these chilling and definitive words from the doctor, "Jake, you have diabetes.'
  • Madison.com: UW tight end Jake Byrne deals with diabetes

No matter what kind of offense UNLV runs on Saturday, this week of preparation should help the University of Wisconsin defense for the following two games. That's because each of the first three UW opponents features more questions than answers on offense.
  • Madison.com: Badgers defense prepares for unknown

Dave Heller gathered some Wisconsin bloggers for a roundtable discussion.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers roundtable - Offense

No league as a whole embraces traveling trophies like the Big Ten, writes Scott Dochterman.
  • GazetteOnline.com: Traveling trophies woven into Big Ten football fabric

Pat Forde of ESPN.com lists Wisconsin's offensive line as one of "Ten things that could reshape the season."
  • ESPN.com: The most interesting Dash in the world

John Clay is one of the Big Ten's Heisman candidates, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten's Heisman contenders

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 View from Vegas

Some eyebrows were raised Monday when Hauck tabbed junior Mike Clausen to be the starting quarterback over senior Omar Clayton, writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: New UNLV coach gambling on inexperienced QB

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was on the Big Ten Conference teleconference Tuesday morning answering questions about the No. 12 Badgers' football game against UNLV on Saturday.
  • LVRJ.com: Wisconsin coach expecting well-coach Rebels team

UNLV junior defensive end B.J. Bell knows the challenge facing the Rebels Saturday won't be easy.
  • LasVegasSun.com: Emergence of B.J. Bell could provide UNLV defense with spark

Highlights of UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck on Tuesday morning's Mountain West Conference teleconference.
  • LVRJ.com: Hauck acknowledges challenges against Wisconsin

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 Badgers in the Pros

The New York Giants have placed former University of Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday due to an injured right shoulder.
  • Madison.com: Giants place ex-Badger Sorgi on season-ending injured reserve

Paul Hubbard has been released by the Oakland Raiders.
  • SFGate.com: Campbell looks fine

Like Matt Shaughnessy in the AFC West yesterday, Jonathan Casillas is named one of the breakout players to watch in the NFC South this season.
  • SportingNews.com: NFC South breakout players

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLance Kendricks, one of six captains for the 2010 season, dives into the end zone in front of Troy Woolfolk for a touchdown during the second half of last season's game against Michigan.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckysLR  |  Tailgate with us at Badger Blast from 5:30-7:30pm -Sam Boyd Stadium. Can't wait to see the sea of red in Las Vegas! Go Badgers! #uwunlv
Posted Sept. 1 at 8:16 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Joshua Briles in response to 'Wisconsin offense looks ahead to UNLV"' ... "saturday will be awesome i will be sitting right behind you guys 20yd line first row"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers open their 122nd season of college football on Sept. 4 at UNLV. UW is 93-25-3 in season openers, including 10-9-1 away from home. Wisconsin has won 12 consecutive season-openers. The last time the Badgers opened a season with a true road game was a 24-17 win at West Virginia on Aug. 30, 2003.

Wisconsin's complete game notes for Saturday's game at UNLV can be found here.


Tuesday, Aug. 31

The Wisconsin football team opens the 2010 season on Saturday night at UNLV. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. (CT), and the game airs live on Versus.

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 Morning Newsstand

The Badgers take pride in their ability to both run the ball and stop the run. The inside drill in practice enhances both of those areas.
  • Madison.com: The running game is key, and both offense, defense know it
  • AP.org: Clay, No. 12 Wisconsin getting healthy before UNLV

The University of Wisconsin football team still has five starting jobs up for grabs heading into its first game of the season Saturday night in Las Vegas against UNLV.
  • Madison.com: Five starting jobs are still undecided
  • JSOnline.com: UW starters against UNLV not quite set

UNLV's head coach, Bobby Hauck, worked his way up the football coaching ladder for more than two decades.
  • JSOnline.com: Rebels' Hauck hopes hard work creates wins
  • JSOnline.com: The book on UNLV

Wisconsin is looking to improve its special teams play in 2010.
  • Madison.com: Multiple voices rule UW special teams

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel held a chat on JSOnline.com last night about the Badgers.
  • JSOnline.com: UW football chat transcript

In less than a week, college football teams across the country will put themselves and their reputations on the line. Therefore, the Wall Street Journal felt they should too.
  • WSJ.com: The down and distance crystal ball
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten season predictions

Gabe Carimi was named first-team All-American by CBSSports.com. John Clay, Lance Kendricks and John Moffitt all made second-team.
  • CBSSports.com: 2010 Preseason College Football All-America Team

The Badgers are ranked 12th on Yahoo's Blog Poll, while John Clay is listed at No. 5 on Pre-Snap Read's initial Heisman list.
  • Yahoo.com: Blog poll countdown, 11-15: The Darkhorses
  • PreSnapRead.com: P.S.R. 2010 Heisman Watch: Preseason

Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN ran his annual Herbie Awards yesterday. Jay Valai was named the country's second biggest hitter, while Wisconsin's band was ranked No. 3, the student section was chosen fourth, head coach Bret Bielema was named as one of the country's most candid coaches and Gabe Carimi was named to the All-Herbie team.
  • ESPN.com: 10th annual Herbie Awards

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 View from Vegas

The Rebels named junior Mike Clausen the starting quarterback for Saturday's opener against No. 12 Wisconsin at Sam Boyd Stadium.
  • LVRJ.com: Clausen wins Rebels' QB derby
  • LasVegasSun.com: Clausen named as UNLV's starting quarterback

The UNLV coaching staff also made several significant decisions regarding other spots for the 8 p.m. game against No. 12 Wisconsin at Sam Boyd Stadium.
  • LVRJ.com: UNLV coaches announce other starting positions

First-year coach Bobby Hauck will keep the same captains all season. Under previous coach Mike Sanford, the captains changed each week.
  • LasVegasSun.com: Paulo named one of four captains for UNLV

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 Badgers in the Pros

Sports Illustrated chose Troy Vincent as the best player in NFL history to wear No. 23.
  • SI.com: Best player by Jersey Number: 00-49

Even though he should be reasonably safe from being purged, Tampa Bay fullback Chris Pressley is not taking anything for granted.
  • HeraldTribune.com: Cutdown week has arrived

Matt Shaughnessy made the Sporting News' list of AFC West breakout players
  • SportingNews.com: NFL team reports: AFC West breakout players

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayJay Valai, seen here making a leaping tackle against Michigan last season, is one of six captains for UW in 2010.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger |  Only a few days until we head to Vegas! Here's a brief history of the UW-UNLV series by Mike Lucas http://bit.ly/bIENal #uwunlv
Posted Aug. 30 at 4:00 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Sara Scott in response to 'New time, new channel for The Badger Sports Report"' ... "every single time i hear the jingle of my keys... i secretly with that i was watching a kickoff :( only two more weeks until bucky comes home!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Since 1995, the Badgers are 24-3 in their last 27 night games. That includes three wins at UNLV (1996, 2002 and 2007) and three night victories in 2009.

Wisconsin's complete game notes for Saturday's game at UNLV can be found here.


Monday, Aug. 30

The Wisconsin football team opens the 2010 season on Saturday night at UNLV. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. (CT), and the game airs live on Versus.

Head coach Bret Bielema spoke with the media Monday as part of UW Athletics' weekly press conference:
Bielema Press Conference Small Video Graphic  |  Transcript

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 Afternoon Newsstand

Jeff Potrykus takes a look at the Badgers' 2010 schedule and more.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin's 2010 schedule at a glance
  • JSOnline.com: Five keys to the Badgers' success
  • JSOnline.com: UW by the numbers
  • JSOnline.com: Highlights from UW's initial 2010 depth chart

As the Badgers prepare to open the season at UNLV on Saturday night, Josh Oglesby knows what is expected of him. He does not want to be a weak link on what could be UW's best offensive line since the 1999 Rose Bowl team.
  • Madison.com: Oglesby knows he must prove himself
  • Madison.com: Nagy-Zeitler one of several battles continuing into game week
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers boast depth, experience on o-line

The emergence of freshman running back James White in the University of Wisconsin football team's crowded backfield means senior Zach Brown will likely be redshirted this season.
  • Madison.com: Zach Brown's decision to take redshirt could be academic

University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor seems like a long shot to play in the season opener at UNLV, although defensive coordinator Dave Doeren listed him as "day-to-day."
  • Madison.com: Taylor a longshot to play in opener
  • Madison.com: Bielema pleasantly surprised by D's answer to question marks

Mike Lucas provides a quick overview of the eight-game history between Wisconsin and UNLV.
  • Madison.com: Upon further review: A brief history of the UNLV-UW series
  • JSOnline.com: Preparation takes a detour

Jon Budmayr was profiled by his hometown paper, the Northwest Herald.
  • NWHerald.com: Badgers QB Budmayr ready if needed

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 Morning Newsstand

When Chris Borland's on the field, anything's possible. He has only played one season of college football, but he already can be labeled one of the nation's most versatile players.
  • ESPN.com: Chris Borland a blast from the past

Lance Kendricks got a lot of recognition coming out of high school. Now in his senior season, Kendricks is getting his chance to shine, writes Mike Lucas.
  • Madison.com: At long last, it's Lance's big chance

Thanks to an expanded repertoire, and the natural maturity most players enjoy, Brad Nortman believes he can make a significant jump in 2010.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Nortman perfecting the pooch punt

It's hard for a football defensive coordinator to be creative on first and second downs. But third downs are where a coordinator can let his imagination soar. For the UW football team, that's the Badger package, which is what it uses in obvious passing situations. The electricity on the sidelines -- even in practice -- when the coaches call for the Badger package is palpable.
  • Madison.com: Badger package showcases Doeren's defensive wizardry
  • Madison.com: Young defensive linemen progressing quickly

For the Badgers to live up to expectations, its veteran offense can't merely repeat its 2009 performance, when it led the Big Ten in scoring and yards gained. At times, the Badgers will need Scott Tolzien to put the game on his shoulders.
  • Madison.com: The burden's on Tolzien to elevate his game
  • Madison.com: When winning isn't the only thing

Barry Alvarez's recipe for a championship team is "Five great players and no weak players. You can't have anyone on your team that will hurt you," he told Andy Baggot. "If you have five that are really great players, you've got a chance to have a championship team."
  • Madison.com: In Alvarez's mind, Badgers have the magic number
  • JSOnline.com: Core of a champion: Five outstanding players

The University of Wisconsin football team opens on the road at Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday, but that didn't prevent coach Bret Bielema from naming freshman running back James White as the team's No. 1 kickoff and punt returner.
  • Madison.com: Freshman White to return kickoffs and punts
  • JSOnline.com: UW special teams gets help from starters, key reserves

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 View from Vegas

UNLV fell short in many areas the past several football seasons, and no shortcoming was more pronounced than the Rebels' inability to stop opposing running attacks. Heck, forget stopping them, the Rebels often failed to even slow them, writes Mark Anderson in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  • LVRJ.com: Rebels' run defense faces big challenge from Badgers' Clay

UNLV's new coaches, who made the running game an integral part of their success at Montana, have shown during training camp they believe in a strong ground attack, which starts up front.
  • LVRJ.com: Offensive line could put Rebels on the run

Last Tuesday UNLV began installing its game plan for the Sept. 4 season opener against No. 12 Wisconsin at Sam Boyd Stadium. But coach Bobby Hauck still hasn't announced which quarterback will help implement that game plan: senior Omar Clayton or junior Mike Clausen. Hauck said he hopes to decide on a starting quarterback by Monday.
  • LVRJ.com: Clayton, Clausen still doing battle

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 Badgers in the Pros

DeAndre Levy left Saturday night's preseason game with a pulled groin.
  • FreeP.com: Lions show wows on offense, plenty of woes on defense

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post thinks Jeff Stehle has done enough to earn a spot on the Broncos' practice squad.
  • DenverPost.com: Playing on the bubble for a roster spot a cruel part of the game

Colin Stephenson of NJ.com calls Jim Leonhard the "stabilizing force" of the Jets' secondary.
  • NJ.com: Jim Leonhard emerges as stabilizing force for Jets' defense

The way Owen Daniels sees it, he picked the right guy from whom to take advice. And these days, the Houston Texans are glad he did.
  • Fanhouse.com: Texans' tight end Owen Daniels happy with post-injury approach

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayGaber Carimi and John Moffitt, seen here during fall camp, are two of the team's six captains for the 2010 season.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenNetwork |  DiNardo calls Badgers "most physical team in conference" in tonight's Wisconsin Preview Show (8 PM ET). Watch: http://tinyurl.com/2cqc9k5
Posted Aug. 30 at 7:30 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Scott Fisher in response to 'Game week officially kicks off today!"' ... "I live in Arizona. My wife and I are making the road trip up to Las Vegas to go to the game against UNLV. Go Badgers!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The National Collegiate Football Awards Association recognizes 15 awards that have announced watch lists. Ten different Badgers appear on those watch lists, trailing only Ohio State and North Carolina in terms of number of different players to be honored. Only Georgia has players on more lists (13) than Wisconsin (12).


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