First & Goal Archive: Sept. 6-10




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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. 10

The Wisconsin football team plays its first home game of the 2010 season on Saturday morning with a matchup against San Jose State. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game airs live on ESPN.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media after Thursday's practice.

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 Morning Newsstand

The University of Wisconsin football team gets back sophomore Mike Taylor for the game on Saturday against San Jose State, but will be without sophomore Chris Borland.
  • Madison.com: Borland to sit out against San Jose State
  • JSOnline.com: Taylor to start against San Jose State; Borland likely to sit

Despite his frustration over the injuries and lack of practice time, linebacker Mike Taylor is not about to change the way he plays.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' Taylor ready for action

Three-plus years after he arrived at Wisconsin as a highly touted linebacker prospect - and finally free of the shoulder woes that limited his growth - Kevin Rouse appears to have found a home.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin's Rouse is ready to make an impact

Junior Josh Oglesby will remain the starter at right tackle. In fact, Bielema disputed the suggestion he was not pleased with Oglesby's play in the opener.
  • Madison.com: Oglesby to keep starting job

When James White arrived for camp in August, he seemed destined for a redshirt season. After practices started, it became clear White would have none of that.
  • ESPN.com: James White gives Wisconsin 'third gear'

What sets Beau Allen apart from many young players -- besides his physical nature and size -- might be his attention to detail. And that's where he knows he can make the most improvement: on the little things.
  • Madison.com: Mike Lucas' Inside the Huddle with No. 96 Beau Allen

When Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and his staff reviewed video of UW's season-opening victory over Nevada-Las Vegas to recognize team MVPs, the choices on offense were plentiful. The staff, however, chose redshirt sophomore center Peter Konz.
  • JSOnline.com: Center Konz gets high grades for opening performance

Wisconsin wants to shoot down the No. 1 comparison that's sure to be made Saturday when the 11th-ranked Badgers take on San Jose State: How would Wisconsin fare against Alabama? The Spartans lost 48-3 to the top-ranked Crimson Tide last Saturday and San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre believes Wisconsin and Alabama are similar in style.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin riding 14-game home opener win streak
  • BadgerHerald.com: Wisconsin ready to make Camp Randall debut
  • DailyCardinal.com: Wisconsin set to take on SJSU in home opener

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 Scouting San Jose State

After game one, Mike MacIntyre is already seeing the talent gap he was hired to try and close.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Sizing up the competition

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 Badgers in the Pros

Four former Badgers will suit up for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League in 2010: Wendell Bryant, Nick Greisen, Alex Lewis and Donovan Raiola. Also representing UW this year in the UFL are defending league MVP Brooks Bollinger of the Florida Tuskers, Taylor Mehlhaff of the Hartford Colonials and Ross Kolodziej of the Las Vegas Locomotives.
  • Omaha.com: Nighthawks pare roster to 52

Joe Thomas was named as one of six captains for Cleveland in 2010, while Lee Evans earned the same honor from Buffalo.
  • Ohio.com: Browns find plenty of good men
  • NationalFootballPost.com: Bills name six team captains

After watching tight end Owen Daniels practice, coach Gary Kubiak plans to play him 20 to 25 plays against Indianapolis.
  • Chron.com: Kubiak to limit Daniels against Colts

Matt Shaughnessy will not be the starting defensive end for Oakland in week one.
  • SFGate.com: Bush ready?; Shaughnessy loses starting job

Before he was released by Baltimore, Matt Katula taught a sportwriter the art of long snapping.
  • Indianas4.com: Kevin Van Valkenburg learns from Matt Katula

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin head coach Bret Bielema shouts instructions from the sideline during an NCAA college football game against UNLV Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 |  Turnin the iPod on, lights off and visualizing Gameday. Everything from the time I wake up until the second I step off the field.
Posted Sept. 9 at 9:51 p.m.

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

Badger fan Gigi Becker in response to 'Bret Bielema looks ahead to San Jose State' ... "gonna miss watching 44 this week - but look forward to a great, healthy season for him."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

In Bret Bielema's five seasons as UW head coach, the Badgers are 12-0 at home against non-conference opponents, outscoring them by an average of 19.7 points.

UW's complete notes for this Saturday's game against San Jose State are available here.


Thursday, Sept. 9

The Wisconsin football team plays its first home game of the 2010 season on Saturday morning with a matchup against San Jose State. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game airs live on ESPN.

The Badgers practiced on Wednesday and defensive players were available to the media afterward. Mike Taylor, Jordan Kohout and Kevin Rouse stopped to talk to UWBadgers.com.

Defense looks to build on fast start Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

According to the stat sheet, Wisconsin's red-zone performance in the opener at Nevada-Las Vegas was flawless: Six trips inside the Rebels' 20 resulted in six scores. Center Peter Konz and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst know those numbers are flawed.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers want to improve red-zone offense
  • JSOnline.com: Taylor expected to play Saturday

David Gilreath, who majors in family, consumer and community education, took some time recently to talk about his world at UW.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with David Gilreath

University of Wisconsin sophomore center Peter Konz could think of a lot more deserving players than himself to be named the team's offensive player of the week after the opening 41-21 win over UNLV.
  • Madison.com: Konz pans personal praise

It's hard to imagine another player in the program who has come further in the past three years than Ricky Wagner, who never played on the offensive line until moving there midway through his redshirt year in 2008.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' Wagner on right course
  • AP.org: Wisconsin T Wagner gets scholarship, may start

Neither Barry Alvarez, nor Don Davey gave it a passing thought 20 years ago that some day they would be a part of the same induction class for the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame. "That's why getting inducted together makes it extra special,'' Davey said.
  • Madison.com: Alvarez and Davey share UW Hall of Fame stage

Lots of praise for UW from ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. The defensive line's stock is going up, John Clay is ranked No. 3 in the Offensive Player of the Year race and J.J. Watt is No. 1 for Defensive Player of the Year.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten stock report: Week 2  |  Predictions  |  What to watch

John Clay is ranked No. 3 in Pre-Snap Read's Week 2 Heisman Watch.
  • PreSnapRead.com: P.S.R. 2010 Heisman Watch: Week 2

For the 2009 Wisconsin Badgers, 37.0 sacks were enough to push the Champs Sports Bowl victors to the nation's 17th best defense. Those 2.8 sacks per game helped hold eight of UW's 13 opponents under 300 yards, and simultaneously proved exactly what "Wisconsin Defense" is all about. This year, the Badgers are off to an even better start after recording 4.0 sacks in Saturday night's season opener at UNLV.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badger defense dialing up plenty of pressure

When your average starting offensive lineman checks in at 6'5" and 323 pounds and your starting tailback is the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, it's only natural that the lion's share of attention centers on running the football. That does not mean, however, that there is any griping coming from the receiving unit.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Wide receivers look to capitalize on chances

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 Scouting San Jose State

San Jose State, which was picked to finish last in the WAC by coaches and media, faces a daunting task for the second straight week after opening its season - and Mike MacIntyre's coaching tenure - with a 48-3 loss at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
  • SFGate.com: San Jose St.-Wisconsin preview

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 Badgers in the Pros

Nick Greisen and Donovan Raiola have signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
  • Omaha.com: Super Bowl veteran is late roster addition for Nighthawks
  • Omaha.com: Local products among those on Nighthawks' roster bubble

DeAndre Levy's status for Sunday's opener against the Bears remains in doubt after the middle linebacker missed practice Wednesday.
  • FreeP.com: Groin injury jeopardizes DeAndre Levy's status

Jim Leonhard was a guest on the Jim Rome Show yesterday.
  • JimRome.com: Show recap

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin's Chris Borland (44), and Antonio Fenelus (26) celebrate after Borland sacked UNLV quarterback Mike Clausen in the first quarter Saturday in Las Vegas.

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger |  New students, don't miss your chance to learn 5th Quarter tradition w/ those who know it best tonite @ Camp Randall! http://bit.ly/1QlhYK
Posted Sept. 9 at 9:55 a.m.

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

Badger fan Jayme Davenport in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to San Jose State' ... "GET READY BADGERS BIG 10 WILL BE TOUGH!!! keep turnovers down and hold your composure in the red zone n you will do great!!! GO BUCKY!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers have won 25 consecutive regular season non-conference games dating back to the 2003 season. The last UW loss to a non-conference foe came at home to UNLV on Sept. 13, 2003.

UW's complete notes for this Saturday's game against San Jose State are available here.


Wedneday, Sept. 8

The Wisconsin football team plays its first home game of the 2010 season on Saturday morning with a matchup against San Jose State. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game airs live on ESPN.

The Badgers practiced on Tuesday and offensive players were available to the media afterward. Peter Konz and Montee Ball stopped to talk to UWBadgers.com.

Ball and Konz reflect, look ahead to Saturday Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

The Badgers moved up to No. 11 in both polls on Tuesday.
  • JSOnline.com: UW moves up 1 spot to No. 11 in both top 25 polls
  • Madison.com: Badgers up one spot to No. 11 in both polls

Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge hasn't been part of a team where a defensive lineman has finished first in pass breakups. Given the way University of Wisconsin junior defensive end J.J. Watt is going, don't rule out the possibility of it happening with the Badgers.
  • Madison.com: For Watt, breaking up (passes) is not hard to do

John Clay says he's got no shortage of motivation, and his first appearance this season looked a whole lot like last year's dominating stretch.
  • Gazettextra.com: Motivation running high for RB Clay

Ryan Groy, a 6-foot-3, 307-pound redshirt freshman guard from Middleton High School, started at fullback in the opener last week at Nevada-Las Vegas. Although he missed a few blocks and had some technical issues to iron out, the staff appears eager to reprise his role when needed this season, starting Saturday when No. 11 UW hosts San Jose State.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin's new fullback ready to expand his role

Take away the usual first-game miscues - a few missed reads and/or missed assignments - and Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle liked what he saw in the opener.
  • JSOnline.com: Sharing the load may not last for UW backs
  • JSOnline.com: Carrying the load

Head Coach Bret Bielema and the Wisconsin coaching staff did everything possible to prepare for last Saturday's season opener against the Running Rebels. In the season opener, he got the biggest teaching tool of them all: overcoming adversity.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: A in adversity

The burly Badgers on the line of scrimmage -- averaging 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds across the board -- aren't just a bunch of big bodies. In fact, sophomore center Pete Konz insists he and his fellow linemen are using their minds to dominate opposing defenses.
  • BadgerHerald.com: O-line mixing brain, brawn
  • BadgerHerald.com: Grades: Running backs, both lines impress

Jeff Potrykus has a couple highlights from Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema's appearance on the Big Ten Conference weekly coaches' teleconference.
  • JSOnline.com: Borland should play Saturday; Taylor and Phillips close

Dave Heller is back with the Badgers Roundtable. Today's topic is the UNLV game.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers Roundtable - the UNLV game

After watching film of the Badgers, San Jose State had coach Mike MacIntyre believes they compare favorably to the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
  • Madison.com: Badgers 'similar' to Alabama, San Jose State coach says

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 Scouting San Jose State

San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre, most recently the defensive coordinator at Duke, isn't complaining about the opening lines to his inaugural schedule. He thinks the trips to big-time destinations in the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences give his team great exposure and prospective recruits an opportunity to see the Spartans on national TV.
  • Madison.com: Two weeks and two top opponents for San Jose State

Hoping to increase its firepower, San Jose State is turning to the pistol. The Spartans are the latest team to adopt the offensive formation, dubbed the pistol because it's a mini-version of the shotgun (the quarterback is a few steps closer to the center).
  • MercuryNews.com: San Jose State adopts pistol offense

After a 48-3 loss to No. 1 Alabama in week one, the team is just looking ahead and doing what it can to prepare for its next game against Wisconsin.
  • News.SJSU.edu: Spartans learn from Alabama, look ahead to Wisconsin

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 Badgers in the Pros

The Sporting News lists Casey Rabach as one of the three key players for the Redskins' opener.
  • SportingNews.com: Week 1 matchup: Dallas at Washington

With Owen Daniels, Joel Dreessen, James Casey and rookie Garrett Graham, the Texans have what some coaches would call an embarrassment of riches at tight end.
  • MySanAntonio.com: Texans deep, talented at tight end

Tackle Mark Tauscher was on the hot seat during this week's Kwikie Kwiz. Watch the video to find out how #65 did.
  • Fox11Online.com: Mark Tauscher takes the Kwikie Kwiz

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin's Montee Ball (28) falls across the goal line for a touchdown against UNLV in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@UWHomecoming |  has everyone picked up their student football tickets? Get them before the first game on Saturday!
Posted Sept. 8 at 9:54 a.m.

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

Badger fan Derrick Mrozinski in response to 'Defense shines in Sin City Showdown' ... "We were there! Borland looked like a man among boys until he got hurt"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

In QB Scott Tolzien's 14 career starts, UW has scored at least 30 points in 10 games. In those 14 starts, The Badgers are averaging 32.4 points and 421.1 yards of total offense.

UW's complete notes for this Saturday's game against San Jose State are available here.


Tuesday, Sept. 7

The Wisconsin football team plays its first home game of the 2010 season on Saturday morning with a matchup against San Jose State. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game airs live on ESPN.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media on Monday.

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 Morning Newsstand

Sophomore offensive lineman Travis Frederick, who started two games at center and two at left guard last season, is on track to redshirt this season.
  • JSOnline.com: UW staff hopes to get through 2010 without Frederick
  • JSOnline.com: 9/6 Chat

The Badgers are accustomed to having big fullbacks, but UW took the fullback position to a new level on Saturday night at UNLV when it opened the game with 6-foot-5, 307-pound redshirt freshman guard Ryan Groy at fullback.
  • Madison.com: Groy comes up big

Since taking over as Wisconsin's right tackle at the start of last season, only injury has kept Josh Oglesby out of the lineup. That might change, perhaps as early as this week. When UW's Week 2 depth chart was unveiled Monday, Oglesby and redshirt sophomore Ricky Wagner were listed as co-starters.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers unsettled at right tackle

Wisconsin is ranked third in Adam Rittenberg's latest Big Ten Power Rankings, while John Clay looks like one of the nation's most dominating players.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten power rankings: Week 2
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten Heisman update

The Badger offense garnered most of the offseason press, and with ten starters returning from the Big Ten's most prolific attack, it was most likely deserved. After Saturday, though, it may be time to share some of that hype with the guys on the other side of the ball.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Defense shines in Sin City showdown

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 Scouting San Jose State

Mike MacIntyre understood the size of the task before he was named football coach at San Jose State in December. In short, building a program that wins consistently and can become relevant in the state of California will take time and tremendous effort.
  • JSOnline.com: San Jose State coach knows task at hand
  • JSOnline.com: Book on San Jose State

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 Badgers in the Pros

Now that Chris Maragos' football career has been extended after he was signed to the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad Sunday, one can only speculate what the future might hold for him.
  • JournalTimes.com: Big days ahead for Maragos

Safety Jim Leonhard reacts to the end of teammate Darrelle Revis's five-week holdout.
  • ESPN.com: 1050 Podcast: Jim Leonhard

The Saints announced that linebacker Jonathan Casillas was being placed on injured reserve. He injured his foot in Thursday's preseason finale at Tennessee. By placing Casillas on injured reserve, that means he will be lost for the entire season.
  • NOLA.com: Casillas out for the season  |  Saints coach talks Casillas injury Small Video Graphic

Kraig Urbik was cut by Pittsburgh over the weekend, but has since signed with Buffalo. Joining Urbik in Buffalo is Paul Hubbard, who was cut by Oakland, but was added to Buffalo's practice squad.
  • BuffaloNews.com: Bills sign tight end Martin, guard Urbik
  • TheRepublic.com: Buffalo Bills sign WR Paul Hubbard

Jacksonville released defensive back Scott Starks. It was a surprising cut to Jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman.
  • LATimes.com: Jaguars revamp secondary
  • Jaguars.com: Positioning for the future

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin's John Clay (32) breaks free for a touchdown in the third quarter against UNLV during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger |  Welcome back from a long weekend, Badgers, and congrats to UW football for their win against UNLV this weekend! #uwunlv
Posted Sept. 7 at 8:24 a.m.

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

Badger fan Angela Mikkelson in response to 'UNLV Postgame Wisconsin Player Reaction' ... "A great game. A little scary though at times. Thanks Badgers for making us proud!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

DE J.J. Watt was all over the field against UNLV, making four tackles, forcing a fumble (which Aaron Henry returned for a touchdown) and knocking down three passes at the line of scrimmage. Fellow DE Louis Nzegwu also batted down two passes at the line of scrimmage, in addition to recording a sack. Watt and Nzegwu rank 1-2 in the Big Ten in passes defended.

UW's complete notes for this Saturday's game against San Jose State are available here.


Monday, Sept. 6

The Wisconsin football team opened the 2010 season on Saturday night with a 41-21 win at UNLV. UWBadgers.com had complete coverage with highlights, interviews in the locker room and analysis.

Head coach Bret Bielema spoke Monday at Wisconsin Athletics' weekly news conference.

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 Afternoon Newsstand

Josh Oglesby was the clear No. 1 at right tackle for the opener but it appears Ricky Wagner, who is from West Allis Hale High School and was awarded a scholarship last week, is putting the heat on.
  • JSOnline.com: Wagner pushing Oglesby to start at right tackle
  • Madison.com: Wagner pushing Oglesby for starting right tackle job

It's lucky for head coach Bret Bielema he is situated in the state he is in, because defensive linemen are becoming a growth industry in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Madison.com: Home grown: Badgers groom on All-Wisconsin D-line
  • Madison.com: Badgers resurrect '1-0' catch phrase

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren didn't duck the question. Can defensive ends Louis Nzegwu and David Gilbert combine to produce numbers similar to those put up last season by O'Brien Schofield?
  • JSOnline.com: Emerging from Schofield's shadow

Every college football program has some commonly held perceptions that stick with it whether they're right, wrong or somewhere in between. The University of Wisconsin is no exception, writes Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: To exceed expectations, UW needs to buck trends
  • Madison.com: Badgers' stars are aligned for a memorable season

Just about any college football coach in America can share fascinating and vexing stories about recruiting: Coups. Wasted scholarships. Can't-miss prospects who do miss. And late commitments from players who, offered only after a program's higher-rated targets went elsewhere, eventually develop into quality starters. Wisconsin fifth-year senior Scott Tolzien falls into the last category.
  • JSOnline.com: Tolzien, not Badgers' first choice, turns out to be a winner

It didn't take much to keep University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Chris Borland busy and happy as a child. Just give him a ball.
  • Madison.com: Borland still having a ball
  • Madison.com: Borland plans to play through pain

Meet Wisconsin's newest hybrid - reserve offensive guard Ryan Groy.
  • JSOnline.com: Ryan Groy gives fullback job a whirl

An overmatched UNLV rush defense (among the worst in college football last season) didn't offer much resistance to the Wisconsin Badgers tailback rotation, the "Thunder and Lightning" mix of John Clay and Montee Ball (Thunder) and James White (Lightning).
  • Madison.com: UW's James White has special inspiration

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 Morning Newsstand

If the Badgers were anxious holding a three-point halftime lead, it didn't show in the second half, writes Jeff Potrykus. UW scored four times in the third quarter - a defensive touchdown, two offensive touchdowns and a field goal - to pull away.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers blow open close game to win opener  |  Report card
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers learn valuable lessons  |  Badger report: UW at UNLV
  • JSOnline.com: Mistakes tarnish Badgers' win

The Badgers took care of things in the second half, pulling away for a 41-21 victory that was more dominating than the final score looked, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Second-half surge propels Badgers
  • Madison.com: Heavy-duty backfield gets job done for Badgers
  • Madison.com: Tom Oates grades the Badgers against UNLV
  • Madison.com: Tom Mulhern gives his take on the UW-UNLV game
  • Madison.com: Another Vegas oddity -- a tight, one-sided game

The one constant with Wisconsin is the run game, which steamrolled UNLV behind John Clay to a 41-21 win, writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Clay powers Wisconsin to opening win

It took a 24-point third quarter for Wisconsin to separate itself from UNLV, as the Badgers led by just a field goal at halftime, writes Adam Holt. Sparked by a fumble returned for a touchdown by senior safety Aaron Henry, UW would rattle off another 17 unanswered points to close out the quarter.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers double down Rebels in Vegas

For the first thirty minutes Saturday night, Wisconsin's offense looked far from crisp, according to Ben Breiner. Despite rolling up yards, two turnovers put a damper on scoring and directly lead to both Rebel touchdowns in the half. But then came the third quarter and Wisconsin found its groove.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers dominate UNLV in duel in the desert

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 View from Vegas

It seemed only a matter of time before the mirage of a three-point difference at halftime became the reality of a Wisconsin runaway. The 12th-ranked Badgers had dominated everywhere but on the scoreboard, and in the third quarter they took care of business there, too.
  • LVRJ.com: Forgettable debut for Hauck: No. 12 Wisconsin dominates UNLV
  • LVRJ.com: Here's what UNLV must improve on: everything
  • LVRJ.com: Three up, three down

UNLV's attention to detail can partially be credited to the Rebels staying competitive in the first half against the national respected opponent in a 41-21 defeat. There were few dumb mistakes -- a staple of previous coach Mike Sanford's five-year tenure -- and the improvements were glaringly obvious.
  • LasVegasSun.com: Despite loss, Hauck's Rebels headed in right direction
  • LasVegasSun.com: Ground game key for Wisconsin in rout of UNLV
  • LasVegasSun.com: Rebels run down by No. 12 Badgers in Hauck's debut

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 Badgers in the Pros

Rookie free agent Chris Maragos was signed to San Francisco's practice squad.
  • 49ers.com: 49ers sign eight to practice squad

Donovan Raiola was cut by Tampa Bay.
  • OrlandoSentinel.com: NFL roster cuts, trades and transactions

Jim Leonhard talks to NewYorkJets.com about facing his old team, Baltimore, in the Monday night opener.
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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin's Montee Ball crosses the goal line in the third quarter for a touchdown against UNLV during an NCAA college football game between Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 in Las Vegas. Wisconsin won 41-21. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 |  Over 20,000 Badger fans traveled to Vegas with us this weekend to witness the first Win of 2010. Where else do they do that?!? On Wisconsin!
Posted Sept. 5 at 8:42 p.m.

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

Badger fan Jennifer Paulson in response to 'Badger Quarterback Scott Tolzien meets the media following Wisconsin's 41-21 win over UNLV"' ... "awesome game! great way to start the season!! GO BADGERS!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers ran for 278 yards in their season-opener vs. UNLV and are one of just six teams in the country to have averaged at least 200.0 yards rushing per game in each of the last three seasons (2007 - 200.8, 2008- 211.2 and 2009 -203.8). Nevada, Air Force, Navy, Oregon and Florida are the others.

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