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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)
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• 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. 17

The Wisconsin football team hosts Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The game airs live on ABC.

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

Bielema offers take on Arizona State Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

The University of Wisconsin campus will be the first stop on a tour of Big Ten country for ESPN2's SportsNation next week, with the show broadcasting from Madison on Monday.
  • UWBadgers.com: Bielema, Clay to join live SportsNation broadcast on ESPN2

Wide receivers Nick Toon (turf toe) and David Gilreath (concussion) are out for the game Saturday against Arizona State.
  • JSOnline.com: Toon and Gilreath out; Wagner to start at right tackle
  • Madison.com: True freshman WR Garner likely to see first action

Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren can't wait for Saturday to arrive. Barring illness or a freak accident during the team's walk-through on Friday, Doeren should be able to deploy for the first time this season his top four linebackers: Sophomores Mike Taylor and Chris Borland along with seniors Blake Sorensen and Culmer St. Jean.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin linebackers are reunited
  • Madison.com: Sorensen has been Badgers' 'ace in the hole'

Ricky Wagner doesn't have to look far for inspiration and instruction. He need only look to his left at Bill Nagy and Kevin Zeitler, the tag team at right guard. Their spirited competition for playing time has set an example for Wagner, who will be replacing the injured Josh Oglesby and making his first collegiate start at right offensive tackle Saturday for the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • Madison.com: Mike Lucas' Inside the Huddle with No. 58 Wagner
  • JSOnline.com: Line to face devil of a time

The drive charts for the University of Wisconsin and Arizona State football teams tell the story of two divergent offenses.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' defense preparing for Devilish pace
  • AP.org: Tempo key when No. 11 Wisconsin plays Arizona St.

Adam Rittenberg expects Arizona State to start fast behind Steven Threet, but there are a few reasons why he thinks Wisconsin will beat the Sun Devils on Saturday.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin-Arizona State preview Small Video Graphic  |  Debate: Pac-10 vs. Big Ten

This week has something extra-special mixed in for Jay Valai. Not only will the Badgers be facing their toughest test of the young season, but Valai finally will get a chance to wipe the awful memory of Steven Threet celebrating a shocking victory over UW.
  • Gazettextra.com: ASU QB burnt Badgers before
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers hope to bedevil Threet 2nd time around

Peter Konz spoke with Fox Sports Wisconsin.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Building a better Badger Small Video Graphic

To keep a zero in the loss column, the Badgers will have to clean up the miscues on both sides of the ball, because the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0) have the team speed to capitalize on any lingering problems.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers set to face off against athletic ASU

 Assessing Arizona State

John Clay will look to extend his nation leading streak of 100-yard rushing games to nine against Arizona State on Saturday. He is averaging 130 yards after games against UNLV and San Jose State and has ASU reliving nightmares of last year when Stanford's Toby Gerhart put up 125 yards and the Cardinal rushed for 237 in a 33-14 win.
  • AZCentral.com: Wisconsin's Clay will be a big load for ASU defense
  • AZCentral.com: ASU vs. Wisconsin scouting report

The ASU football team has taken two first-grade math tests to prepare itself for the SAT. Ready or not, the match-up that the Sun Devils have been waiting for is finally here. With two wins over FCS teams in 2010, no one knows if the Sun Devils are ready for their road match-up with No. 11 Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
  • StatePress.com: Match-up with Wisconsin could define season

 Badgers in the Pros

It was good news for the Lions when starting middle linebacker DeAndre Levy joined his teammates for practice on Thursday. Levy was limited, but it was the first time he'd been allowed to be out on the practice field since he injured his groin in the preseason game on Aug. 28.
  • TheMorningSun.com: Levy returns, status for Sunday not known

Jim Sorgi's right arm is in a sling. The career understudy quarterback underwent surgery on a torn capsule in his shoulder and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list over two weeks ago. Nevertheless, this Sunday, Sorgi might produce for the Giants.
  • NYPost.com: Former Colts QB Sorgi a Giant help

When his football playing days are over, Lee Evans could probably turn to a career in public relations. It'd be hard to find anybody in the NFL who does a better job of putting on a happy face than Evans, the former University of Wisconsin record-breaking wide receiver who is stuck in a miserable situation -- he'd never describe it that way, of course -- in his seventh season with the Buffalo Bills.
  • Madison.com: Buffalo's Evans puts on happy face

Mark Tauscher wrote his first entry from TravelWisconsin.com.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: I love going back to Auburndale

Have you been wondering what former Ravens long snapper Matt Katula was up to after the team cut him during the preseason?
  • BaltimoreSun.com: What's Matt Katula up to?

Check out UWBadgers.com's brand new "Badgers in the NFL" page. You'll find weekly recaps of the players' performances, as well as headlines updated daily and more.

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayCaptains (from left to right) Lance Kendricks (84), Jay Valai (2), Culmer St. Jean (15) and Gabe Carimi (68) pose with honorary captain Pat Richter prior to the Badgers' game against the San Jose State Spartans on September 11, 2010. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@JJWatt99  |  BADGER FANS RT: We're lookin for NOISE and LOTS of it on every Defensive possession Saturday. Lets get The Camp ROCKIN!!!
Posted Sept. 16 at 7:42 p.m.

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Badger fan James Cabell in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to Arizona State' ... "smash mouth football will slow that offense down!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Running back John Clay rushed for 137 yards on 23 carries in the win over San Jose State, marking the eighth-consecutive game in which the junior has topped the 100-yard milestone. That is the longest active streak in the country (Lance Dunbar of North Texas is second with five straight 100-yard games).

Thursday, Sept. 16

The Wisconsin football team hosts Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The game airs live on ABC.

Patrick Butrym and Antonio Fenelus talked to UWBadgers.com after practice on Wednesday. Butrym spoke of how the defensive line needs to get its pass rush going on Saturday, while Fenelus explained what the team was doing in practice to simulate Arizona State's hurry-up offense.

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 Morning Newsstand

University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Chris Borland has been cleared to play on Saturday against Arizona State.
  • Madison.com: Borland given go-ahead to play Saturday  |  Toon likely a no-go
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Borland eager to return to lineup against Arizona State
  • Yahoo.com: Toon's status uncertain for Saturday  |  Borland set to return

It's not like Jared Abbrederis was an overnight sensation, but the versatile redshirt freshman wideout from Wautoma certainly grabbed the attention of UW football fans during his award-winning effort against San Jose State last week.
  • JSOnline.com: Five good minutes with Jared Abbrederis

Tougher tests lie ahead on the schedule, probably beginning this week against Arizona State. However, early returns indicate Wisconsin's kickoff-coverage unit will be an asset rather than a liability in 2010.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers have it covered

Spend five minutes with James White and you'll notice the freshman from Florida is anything but lacking in confidence. It's not a cocky confidence or a sly arrogance, either. In fact, were you to try and rig together a list of topics or events that could shake his confidence, you'd likely induce a laugh from White.
  • Yahoo.com: White not shaken by lost fumble

Wisconsin offensive lineman John Moffitt lets out a little sigh when he tries to explain what he saw on the sidelines two years ago when he watched quarterback Steven Threet. Even now, most of the Badgers would prefer to forget.
  • AP.org: No. 11 Wisconsin guards against Threet repeat

Apparently the favorite quote section of a high school yearbook has some significance after all. For junior defensive end J.J. Watt, the quote he submitted as an 18-year-old has stuck with him through his years as a collegiate athlete.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Chasing down a dream

This could be the week Badger fans finally get to see two of the defense's most exciting playmakers on the field at the same time. Sophomore linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland both appear to be healthy and ready to roll, and just in time with the high-powered Arizona State Sun Devil passing attack paying a visit to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
  • DailyCardinal.com: 'Backers healthy, primed for success

After a down year in 2009, Big Ten running backs, including John Clay, are off to a fast start this fall.
  • ESPN.com: RBs off to a fast start Small Video Graphic  |  Chat  |  Predictions  |  Scout preview
  • ESPN.com: What to watch

Fans now can vote for all the key Big Ten candidates for best quarterback and best running back. The SportsNation folks have updated the lists, and here they are.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten Quarterbacks  |  Big Ten Running Backs

Gabe Carimi is the front-runner for the Outland Trophy, while John Clay is No. 3 for the Doak Walker Award in Olin Buchanan's view.
  • Rivals.com: Heisman Watch: Robinson clear-cut leader

 Assessing Arizona State

At this point, through two games, ASU defensive coordinator Craig Bray isn't impressed with Arizona State's defense. The potential is there. The results are not.
  • AZCentral.com: ASU defensive coordinator Craig Bray unimpressed with ASU defense

Doug Haller has a report from Wednesday's practice.
  • AZCentral.com: Wednesday's practice report

The Wisconsin Badgers' offense has held one thing constant over the years: They love to run the football and they do it well. With the reigning Big Ten offensive player of the year and Heisman Trophy candidate John Clay in the backfield, ASU's focus on Saturday will be slowing the UW ground attack.
  • StatePress.com: Badger run game poses challenge for ASU
  • StatePress.com: In ASU, Badgers facing first true test  |  Edge to Wisconsin

Arizona State's website has posted a photo gallery of the last time the two teams met: Sept. 21, 1968. Take a look back now on ASU's 55-7 victory over UW.
  • TheSunDevils.com: Back in time: ASU vs. Wisconsin, 1968

 Badgers in the Pros

Middle linebacker DeAndre Levy still hasn't practiced since straining his groin in the Lions' third exhibition game, but Levy said Wednesday there's a chance he could return for Sunday's home opener against the Eagles.
  • FreeP.com: LB DeAndre Levy could break into lineup on Sunday

The Giants' have the ultimate spy in their locker room this week and Jim Sorgi, the former backup to Peyton Manning, isn't afraid to divulge every secret he knows.
  • NYDailyNews.com: Jim Sorgi: Super spy ... but can he help?
  • NJ.com: Sorgi knows Colts' offense, but it might not matter
  • Trentonian.com: Sorgi has unique view of Manning Bowl

Having a roster with little experienced depth, the Bills believe they've found great value in versatile offensive lineman Kraig Urbik.
  • BuffaloBills.com: OL Urbik settling in

Right tackle Mark Tauscher is listed as one of three key Packers for their game against Buffalo.
  • SportingNews.com: Week 2 matchup: Buffalo at Green Bay

Check out UWBadgers.com's brand new "Badgers in the NFL" page. You'll find weekly recaps of the players' performances, as well as headlines updated daily and more.

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDE Louis Nzegwu (93) looks to avoid a blocker during the Badgers' game against the San Jose State Spartans on September 11, 2010. (Photo by David Stluka)

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@JJWatt99  |  Saw a kid wearing an Arizona State jersey on campus today... Thought about tackling him, but then realized it was a Tillman jersey. #Respect
Posted Sept. 15 at 1:06 p.m.

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

Badger fan Tom Patchak in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to Arizona State' ... "BTW, GET BETTER TOON AND GILREATH!!! WE NEED YOU!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

In Bret Bielema's five seasons as UW head coach, the Badgers are 13-0 at home against non-conference opponents, outscoring them by an average of 19.2 points.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

The Wisconsin football team hosts Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The game airs live on ABC.

John Clay and Nick Toon talked to UWBadgers.com after practice on Tuesday.

Clay and Toon reflect on performance, look to Saturday Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Based on what transpired at practice Tuesday, Wisconsin likely will be without wide receivers Nick Toon and David Gilreath when it hosts Arizona State Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • JSOnline.com: Toon, Gilreath held out; Wagner works at RT with No. 1 line
  • JSOnline.com: Two wide receivers short

Jacob Pedersen is starting to establish his own identity with caches in each of the first two games this season. What he has done is taken advantage of the graduation loss of Garrett Graham and an injury to Brian Wozniak (a redshirt freshman from Loveland, Ohio). That has led to more reps at the Y (tight end) and H-Back positions in a rotation that features Lance Kendricks and Jake Byrne.
  • Madison.com: Inside the Huddle with No. 48 Pedersen
  • Madison.com: Lucas and Lepay's 1st and 10 - Week 3 Small Video Graphic

Scott Tolzien made his 15th career start in the 27-14 victory over San Jose State on Saturday, but this one was different. It was the first game Tolzien started without Toon, who didn't play due to a turf toe injury. If that wasn't enough, Tolzien is still getting adjusted to the loss of his other favorite target, tight end Garrett Graham, who was a senior last season.
  • Madison.com: Tolzien adapting without security blankets

From being a high school wide receiver, quarterback and free safety, to scout team quarterback, and finally back to wide receiver at the Division I level, Jared Abbrederis hasn't followed the most conventional path to becoming a member of the Wisconsin Badgers.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Abbrederis opens eyes, possibilites for Badgers

Freshman running back James White may find himself behind the reigning Big Ten offensive player of the year, co-listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart with sophomore Montee Ball, but sharing a backfield is nothing new for the talented rookie out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Freshman back has pedigree, looking for production

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will drop a few F-bombs in practice this week, but not the kind you think. OK, probably the kind you think, too. But Chryst will relay a clear message to his players as they prepare to host Arizona State on Saturday.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin focuses on finishing  |  Big Ten title contenders Small Video Graphic
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten stock report

Because Lance Kendricks stays in to block so much, it is easier to catch the opposition sleeping on Kendricks in running formations. UW's second touchdown Saturday against San Jose State was a perfect example of that. Adam Hoge breaks down the tape.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Breaking down Kendricks' TD catch

 Assessing Arizona State

This is the third time -- and the third school -- Dennis Erickson has brought to Madison in the past 25 years.
  • Madison.com: Badgers have been bedeviled by some of these Sun Devils
  • Madison.com: A (Sun) Devil of a hypothetical

If Arizona State first-year offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone were given the option, he'd probably prefer to see the Sun Devils face No. 11 Wisconsin at the McClimon Complex rather than Camp Randall Stadium. Mazzone coaches football like a track coach who works with sprinters: speed, speed and more speed.
  • JSOnline.com: Speedy Sun Devils keep Badgers hopping

No school in America is more eager to beat Steven Threet than Wisconsin. That's because the Badgers were on the losing end of the largest comeback in Michigan Stadium history, in 2008, when Threet overcame a disastrous first half to engineer a 27-25 Michigan victory.
  • AZCentral.com: Threet tries for second win over Wisconsin with second team
  • AZCentral.com: Marcisz could start at left guard against Wisconsin

Redshirt junior quarterback Steven Threet has seen it. The ASU football team (2-0)? Not so much. Threet, who played against Wisconsin when he was with Michigan, and his Sun Devils teammates spent Tuesday preparing for their upcoming road game against the No. 11 Badgers (2-0) at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
  • StatePress.com: Football preparing for hostile environment

 Badgers in the Pros

Jeff Stehle was signed to Denver's practice squad on Tuesday.
  • DenverBroncos.com: Ten days later

Joe Thomas spoke about Cleveland's loss and more.
  • Cleveland.com: Thomas talks Delhomme, Kansas City and more Small Video Graphic

Kraig Urbik may see time at right tackle in the near future for Buffalo.
  • BuffaloRumblings.com: Bills GM Nix not satisfied with RT play

Like many of you, Mark Tauscher was camped out in front of a TV when the Green Bay Packers opened the season a year ago.
  • Madison.com: Tauscher eager to get off and running

As he prepared to play his first game in more than 10 months, the Texans' Owen Daniels was anxious.
  • Chron.com: Daniels nervous in return to playing field
  • CBSLocal.com: Daniels with Marc and John 9/14/10 http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

Travis Beckum complements Kevin Boss, the top tight end on the Giants' roster. But after Boss suffered a concussion early in Sunday's victory over the Panthers, the 6-3, 239-pound Beckum must start until Boss returns.
  • NJ.com: With Boss injured, Beckum ready to step into void  |  Beckum gets his shot, now must stay healthy

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRB Montee Ball (28) runs around the outside as C Peter Konz (66) looks for a block during the Badgers' game against San Jose State, Sept. 11, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenNetwork |  We're always happy to help; we need your help too. www.bigtennetwork.com/Gamefinder helps you find your FB game on TV. Pls RT
Posted Sept. 14 at 10:14 a.m.

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

Badger fan Cathryn Caballero Pierce in response to 'Wisconsin offense looks ahead to Arizona State' ... "This is going to be a tough game. AZ State is a tough team and the Badgers need to re-focus, hang onto the ball and if they run the game plan they will come out victorious!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers are 17-25-1 all-time against teams currently in the Pac-10. However, since 1993 UW is 9-1-1 against Pac-10 teams.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

The Wisconsin football team hosts Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The game airs live on ABC.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media at Monday's press conference.

Watch Archived Video Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Playing good pass defense takes a team effort but there's no doubt the group of University of Wisconsin football players who will be in the crosshairs against Arizona State on Saturday.
  • Madison.com: Arizona State could be a test of the Badgers' pass defense

Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has been around football long enough to understand coaches can't ever stop reviewing fundamental dos and don'ts, no matter how mundane, with their players. If the eyes of the players glaze over because they've been reminded about ball security 1,000 times, remind them one more time.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers aim to clean up mistakes

J.J. Watt's plan is to create after-school sports programs for Madison-area elementary and middle schools lacking athletic funding, while also keeping his hand in children's hospitals by busing inpatient kids to see their favorite Wisconsin teams.
  • SI.com: Giant work of heart

Deve Heller is back with another Badgers Roundtable featuring select UW football bloggers. Today's discussion recaps the San Jose State game and looks ahead to Arizona State.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers Roundtable -- San Jose State/Arizona State

A record of 2-0 is a record that any football coach would like to have two games into a season. But when those two wins come against opponents with inferior talent and your team makes major mistakes in both games, it's a cause for concern. Bret Bielema understands however, that this can be a learning tool.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema evaluates home opener, prepares for ASU

Wisconsin prepped John Clay in the offseason for the spotlight, the potential Heisman Trophy talk and the accolades. All the while, the 11th-ranked Badgers maintained that they'd use more than just Clay in the running game. Not so far.
  • AP.org: No. 11 Wisconsin giving RB Clay more work
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten Heisman update: Week 3
  • PreSnapRead.com: P.S.R. 2010 Heisman Watch: Week 3

In case you missed Wisconsin's appearance on Big Ten Network's "Big Ten Tailgate" last weekend, here are a couple highlights, including John Moffitt and Gabe Carimi playing "The Teammate Game" and A.J. Fenton showing off a hidden talent.
  • BigTenNetwork.com: The Teammate Game Small Video Graphic  |  Who Knew? Small Video Graphic

The Big Ten Network is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history for Big Ten Icons. Alan Ameche was named No. 30, while Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch is No. 25.
  • UWBadgers.com: Ameche  |  Hirsch

 Assessing Arizona State

Jay Valai still can see Steven Threet celebrating Michigan's 27-25 victory over UW in the 2008 Big Ten Conference opener. Threet, a redshirt junior who transferred to Arizona State from Michigan after the '08 season because he didn't fit Rich Rodriguez's spread-option attack, is the Sun Devils' starting quarterback.
  • JSOnline.com: QB who led '08 Michigan win over Badgers starts for ASU
  • JSOnline.com: The book on Arizona State

For more than a year, all the questions surrounding Arizona State football focused on its offense. This week, the concern shifts to the defense. The Sun Devils on Saturday visit No. 11 Wisconsin, which features one of the better rushing offenses in the country.
  • AZCentral.com: ASU defense in spotlight Saturday at Wisconsin

It's becoming an epidemic and a major cause for concern: ASU simply can't avoid the yellow penalty flag. Through two games, ASU has committed a whopping 24 penalties, which is tied for the most amongst Division I FBS teams.
  • StatePress.com: Familiar penalties plaguing ASU football team

 Badgers in the Pros

Jim Leonhard had six tackles and returned two punts for 54 yards, but the New York Jets opened the 2010 season with a 10-9 loss to Baltimore on Monday night.
  • NFL.com: Baltimore 10, New York Jets 9  |  Leonhard's 32-yard punt return Small Video Graphic

Chris Chambers caught one pass for 14 yards in Kansas City's 21-14 win over San Diego on Monday night.
  • NFL.com: Kansas City 21, San Diego 14

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayEthan Hemer (87), Jordan Kohout (91), Louis Nzegwu (93), Jean St. Culmer (15) and Mike Taylor (53) converge on Spartans running back David Freeman during the Badgers' game against San Jose State, Sept. 11, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@BigTenScott |  Crazylegs Hirsch played from 1942-44, led WIS to 8-1-1 mark, career interrupted by World War II, then helped MICH to titles in 3 sports
Posted Sept. 14 at 9:49 a.m.

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Badger fan Mary Eastlick in response to ''Crazylegs' Hirsch earns place among Big Ten Icons' ... "Had the pleasure of meeting this fine individual when I worked for another WI Badger great...Fred W. Negus, Sr."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW's defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher since Fresno State's Ryan Matthews ran for 107 yards on Sept. 12, 2009, a span of 13 games. In the past 12 games, only one TEAM has rushed for more than 100 yards (UNLV - 112 yards on Sept. 4, 2010, including 23 yards in the final 38 seconds).

Monday, Sept. 13

The Wisconsin football team improved to 2-0 with its 27-14 win over San Jose State on Saturday. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, locker room reactions, analysis and more.

Head coach Bret Bielema meets with the media at Monday's press conference at 12:30 p.m.

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 Afternoon Newsstand

J.J. Watt is becoming a major disruption. That's just what No. 11 Wisconsin wants from its junior defensive end. Watt has put together strong back-to-back performances to start the season and is proving to be one of the most dependable defensive stars for the Badgers.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin's Watt disrupting opponents' offense

Bret Bielema believes this might be the best freshman class in his five years as head coach of the University of Wisconsin football team.
  • Madison.com: Badgers equipped for deep run

At the top of the plaque honoring Don Davey as one of the newest members of the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame, it says he is the only four-time Academic All-American in NCAA history.
  • Madison.com: Ex-Badger Davey still at head of class

Rob Korslin isn't unnerved by a demanding workload - in the classroom or in the athletic arena.
The Wisconsin redshirt junior tight end doesn't mind being asked to take on additional responsibility, no matter how stressful, when circumstances dictate.
  • JSOnline.com: Korslin doesn't shy away from more responsibility

For the second consecutive week, Wisconsin walks off the field with a win but knowing it has a lot to clean up.
  • ESPN.com: Thoughts on...  |  Power rankings  |  Rewind/preview

Can a team effectively use three tailbacks at one time?
  • Madison.com: Numbers might not add up for UW at tailback

This shouldn't be too surprising but senior wide receiver/return specialist David Gilreath, who suffered a concussion Saturday against San Jose State, is not listed on UW's Week 3 depth chart, writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Gilreath not listed on depth chart, status for Arizona State TBD

Football coaches are fond of saying "film doesn't lie." After two games, the film on the University of Wisconsin football team's offense could not spell out a harsher truth.
  • Madison.com: Fumbling away red-zone chances takes its toll
  • JSOnline.com: Konz says time for a return to basics

 Morning Newsstand

Wisconsin has a couple things to clean up, according to head coach Bret Bielema, after Saturday's win.
  • Madison.com: Badgers scrap for sloppy win in home opener  |  Grades

UW coach Bret Bielema wanted to see a cleaner performance from the offense in Week 2 than the unit gave in the opener at Nevada Las-Vegas. Instead he saw regression - on both sides of the ball.
  • JSOnline.com: Bumbling Badgers manage a victory
  • JSOnline.com: Report Card  |  Badger Report

Despite two turnovers and a scary head injury to receiver David Gilreath, the Wisconsin football team improved to 2-0 after defeating the San Jose State Spartans 27-14 Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Sloppy Badgers improve to 2-0  |  Reasons for optimism
  • BadgerHerald.com: Offense fumbles chance to dominate

The Badgers may have moved to 2-0 on Saturday, but the performance did not overwhelm many- including the San Jose State Spartans.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Adequately mediocre -- Badgers stumble to win
  • DailyCardinal.com: Ball security issues not a big concern for Bielema

Jared Abbrederis didn't catch a pass in the opener, being used mostly as a blocker when the Badgers went to two backs and two tight ends. It was a big jump to make, going from UW's fifth receiver to the top two in a week, but Abbrederis showed he was ready.
  • Madison.com: Abbrederis steps up after Gilreath is knocked out
  • Madison.com: Postgame reaction Small Video Graphic

Players won't be available to reporters until Tuesday but Jeff Potrykus bumped into senior wide receiver David Gilreath on Sunday and can report he didn't look like a player who had been knocked unconscious, suffered a concussion and spent time in a hospital one day earlier.
  • JSOnline.com: One day after ugly hit Gilreath is walking, talking and grinning
  • Madison.com: Gilreath taken from field in ambulance
  • JSOnline.com: Gilreath's tests come back negative

After two games, the Badgers are only a handful of plays away from having blown out each of their first two opponents in the first half. But today, they wind up scoring 17 in the first half and leaving a lot more points on the field.
  • Madison.com: Too early to be anxious over mistakes  |  Gametracker

While the University of Wisconsin football team gave itself mixed reviews for its performance Saturday against San Jose State, Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre continued to give the Badgers high praise after his team's 27-14 loss to UW, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Spartans say Badgers could hang with No. 1 Alabama

 Scouting San Jose State

It was nowhere near a depressing defeat, nothing like the 48-3 thumping absorbed at No. 1 Alabama the previous week in the season opener.
  • MercuryNews.com: San Jose State falls 27-14 to No. 11 Wisconsin  |  Grades

 Badgers in the Pros

Matt Shaughnessy had three tackles and one sack as Oakland lost to Tennessee, 38-13. In addition, Michael Bennett had one rush for six yards and two receptions for nine yards for the Raiders.
  • NFL.com: Tennessee 38, Oakland 17  |  Shaughnessy's sack Small Video Graphic

Jim Sorgi underwent shoulder surgery last Tuesday to repair a torn capsule suffered in the preseason opener against the New York Jets.
  • NJ.com: Sorgi undergoes surgery on his shoulder

DeAndre Levy went through a pre-game workout, running sprints and working on his backpedal, but the middle linebacker missed the Detroit Lions' season opener against the Chicago Bears Sunday with a groin injury.
  • FreeP.com: Lions' DeAndre Levy misses season opener

Beginning Friday, Mark Tauscher, who hails from Marshfield, Wis., and was a member of two straight Rose Bowl championship teams for the Wisconsin Badgers, will be offering weekly musings about all the great attractions his home state has to offer.
  • Packers.com: Tauscher talks of Wisconsin's highlights

Be sure to check back to UWBadgers.com on Tuesday to see the revamped "Badgers in the NFL" section of the website and read all about what happened in week one.

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Jared Abbrederis (4) runs a route during the Badgers' game against San Jose State, Sept. 11, 2010 (Dave Stluka photo)

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 Note of the Day

Among active FBS quarterbacks with at least 15 games played, Scott Tolzien ranks fifth in career completion percentage (65.1 percent) and sixth in pass efficiency (143.6).

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