First & Goal Archive: Dec. 20-24



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Friday, Dec. 24

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

 Morning Newsstand

Mike Lucas catches up with Chris Borland and Josh Oglesby, two Badgers that saw their seasons come to an end due to injuries.
  • Borland, Oglesby watch Rose Bowl run from sidelines

"University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema said at the beginning of the week he wanted to see more consistency out of junior tailback John Clay during bowl practices," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Clay putting on a kick in bowl practices
  • Bielema not expecting any academic issues

"As he prepares for his final college football game, fifth-year senior guard John Moffitt ponders what might have been," in this story by Jeff Potrykus.
  • Wisconsin's Moffitt sticks around for all the right reasons

Former football administrative assistant and current associate athletic director John Chadima offers his Rose Bowl memory.
  • My Rose Bowl Memory: John Chadima

"Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema expects UW to be at full strength for the 2011 Rose Bowl," writes Jeff Potrykus in a notes column.
  • Wisconsin Badgers set for a healthy Rose Bowl

"If there is some dirty work to be done for the University of Wisconsin football team's offense, senior wide receiver Isaac Anderson is a leading candidate to do it," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Anderson's big spirit helps him get the job done downfield

 Tracking TCU

"The Frogs are practicing two fewer times in preparation for the Rose Bowl, and that's not because the Rose Bowl is three days earlier than the Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 4)," according to Stefan Stevenson.
  • Fiesta loss in mind, TCU changes Rose Bowl practices

This is the third of a four part series in which Bucky's 5th Quarter exchanges five questions with Ben Findley, who covers TCU for SBNation's Mountain West Connection. This week they take a look at when TCU has the ball.
  • Get to know TCU, Part 3: When TCU has the ball

 Badgers in the Pros

"In his second game as a Bengal, fullback Chris Pressley  opened some eyes with his blocking while helping running back Cedric Benson get to 150 yards last Sunday against the Browns," writes Geoff Hobson.
  • Last dance?

"Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy - tied with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly with a team-high seven sacks - will be counted upon to bring pressure more than ever," writes Vittorio Tafur.
  • Matt Shaughnessy may fill some big shoes

"Detroit Lions middle linebacker DeAndre Levy said today he'll undergo surgery sometime this off-season to repair the groin injury that has nagged him since August," according to Dave Birkett.
  • Levy expects to have groin surgery

"Owen Daniels  is looking like Owen Daniels again," John Oehser writes.
  • Owen Daniels returning to form
  • TE Daniels thinking about contract again

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDB Jay Valai (2) brings down Denard Robinson during the Badgers' game at Michigan on Nov. 20, 2010. (photo by Bob Campbell)

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@UWBowlCentral | Heading to California for the Rose Bowl Game? Use Bowl Central to get answers to your fan-related questions. #rosebowluw
Posted Dec. 23 at 10:52 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook

Badger fan Aj Wojtowicz, in response to "What event are you looking forward to most?" ... "Not even game related. Bucky being in the Rose Bowl Parade. Game related: Can TCU stop our 3 headed monster that runs behind that great wall led by carimi and moffitt"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers have been ranked at least 20th in the Associated Press Poll every week this season. UW has accomplished that only four previous times in school history (1952, 1954, 1958 and 1998). Wisconsin's No. 4 ranking in the current A.P. poll is its highest since Nov. 7, 2004. The highest the Badgers have ever been ranked in the post-bowl A.P. poll is second following the 1962 season.

Thursday, Dec. 23

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

Junior defensive back Antonio Fenelus and senior linebacker Blake Sorensen spoke with following practice Wednesday to offer their take on TCU's potent offense and what it means to play in the Rose Bowl

Fenelus, Sorensen look at challenge of defending TCU Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"UW quarterback Scott Tolzien received an early scouting report on what to expect when he steps on the field in the Rose Bowl from Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy who experienced the environment last season," writes Mike Lucas.
  • Tolzien gets Rose Bowl advice from Tide's McElroy

Former UW graduate assistant and current UW-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold offers his Rose Bowl memory.
  • My Rose Bowl memory: Lance Leipold

"It was difficult for sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor to watch himself on video early in the season. Taylor didn't recognize the player he had become. The suddenness and athleticism that marked his career as a football player were gone. His confidence was in tatters, too," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Taylor's return has been key for the Badgers' defense

"The UW coaches, knowing how much time [Pat] Muldoon missed in the off-season while recovering from two knee surgeries and sold on both his physical ability and high football IQ, are confident he is moving toward an expanded role," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • UW conditions Muldoon for bigger role  |  Video of the Day Small Video Graphic

Dave Heller "had a chance to talk with former Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger about his experiences surrounding the 2000 Rose Bowl."
  • Rose Bowl memories: Brooks Bollinger O-line

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg hosted a chat on Wednesday to discuss the Big Ten bowl season.
  • Chat with Adam Rittenberg

 Tracking TCU

Tom Mulhern offers a game-by-game recap of TCU's season.
  • TCU game-by-game season recap  |  By the numbers

 Badgers in the Pros

"For the first time since last season Sunday, the Bengals got heavy duty work out of a fullback when Chris Pressley took 30 of the 68 snaps in their season-high 188-yard rush effort," writes Geoff Hobson.
  • Class of '10 going to school; Pressley impresses

"New York Jets S Jim Leonhard, who suffered a severely broken leg Dec. 3 in a practice collision, spoke for the first time Wednesday on his rehab and recovery," Rich Cimini writes.
  • Leonhard has 3-4 months of rehab

"A fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin, [O'Brien] Schofield is the kid in class with his hand in the air, the one who will stay late just to make sure he understands the material," according to Kent Somers.
  • Schofield hoping to contribute

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Nick Toon (1) looks in a pass during the Badgers' game vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010.

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@UWMadison | Be sure to check the map at, mark your spot-- already visits from 48 states, 43 countries. (C'mon, MT AK!) #rosebowluw
Posted Dec. 23 at 9:19 a.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook

Badger fan Jeff Williams, in response to "Going to the Rose Bowl - Willow Bend Elementary" ... "Good job kids!Go Scotty,Go Bucky.Almost time to put on our game face!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW will be making its ninth-straight bowl appearance, including all five of head coach Bret Bielema's seasons. There are only 11 schools in the country, including just one Big Ten team (Ohio State), with longer active streaks.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif. caught up with sophomore tailback Montee Ball and sophomore center Peter Konz after practice on Monday to discuss staying fresh over the Badgers' break from games, facing TCU's defense and what it mean to play in the Rose Bowl.

Ball and Konz reflect on staying fresh, taking on TCU Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Former UW QB Brooks Bollinger offers his Rose Bowl memory.
  • My Rose Bowl memory: Brooks Bollinger

"Brooks Bollinger belongs to an exclusive club. He's one of three starting quarterbacks to win a Rose Bowl for the University of Wisconsin football team. Bollinger would like nothing better than to welcome senior Scott Tolzien into the group," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • To Bollinger, Tolzien has what it takes to win at the Rose Bowl

The Badgers' offensive line is "the embodiment of a longtime national trend toward bigger and bigger football players, an athletic arms race that Wisconsin is winning up front," writes Shawn Doherty.
  • Biggest men on campus

"If discipline on the football field is measured in avoidance of both penalties and turnovers, no team in America has been more disciplined in 2010 than Wisconsin," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • UW has limited flags, turnovers this season

Here's a photo gallery of John Clay as well as a Rose Bowl Video of the Day.
  • Clay   |  Rose Bowl Video of the Day Small Video Graphic

"J.J. Watt walked away from a football scholarship and delivered pizza to reach his dream," writes Jerry Barca.
  • Delivering pizza for the dream

 Tracking TCU

"If you want to gain an appreciation for [Jeremy] Kerley, check out this link, to a punt return he had for a touchdown against Colorado State," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • TCU has plenty of standouts, just check link for evidence

"His 5-foot-9, 200-pound frame isn't the most imposing figure that lines up in the backfield. But Ed Wesley has certainly been an imposition to opposing defenses this season," Stefan Stevenson writes.
  • TCU running back glad to be a part of Horned Frogs tradition

TCU moved its practice outside to work on a grass field, Stefan Stevenson says in this notes column.
  • Horned Frogs move outdoors in 'change of scenery'

 Badgers in the Pros

"If [Joey] Porter is out, rookie O'Brien Schofield is in line to make his first NFL start," according to Darren Urban.
  • A very painful year

Donovan Raiola has been cut by Tampa Bay.
  • News and notes

A photo of Jonathan Casillas from the 2010 NFC Championship Game was chosen by the Denver Post as one of the top sports photos of the year (#9).
  • The Game: 2010 Sports Photos of the Year

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR David Gilreath (85) runs after making a catch during the Badgers' game vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010 (David Stluka photo).

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@JJWatt99 | Can't Stop Laughing!! I feel like I should send him some Chocolate Pudding and a milkshake!
Posted Dec. 21 at 5:46 p.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook

Badger fan Bart Crabbe, in response to "This Week in Badger Athletics 12/20" ... "I attended the Rose Bowl in '94 when the Badgers beat UCLA. It was AWESOME to be there and feel the atmosphere of that big event. This Rose Bowl I will be watching the game on my HDTV but cheering just as much as ever. GO BADGERS!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

In addition to making nine straight bowl appearances, the Wisconsin men's basketball team has also played in the NCAA tournament 12 consecutive years. UW is the only school in the country to make a bowl game and the NCAA tournament in every season since the 2002-03 academic year. The next longest such streak is four years by both Michigan State and BYU.

In the last 15 years, Wisconsin's football (14 bowl games) and men's basketball (13 NCAA tournaments) teams have combined to play in 27 bowl games and NCAA tournaments, the most in the country. The next two schools on that list are Texas (26) and Florida (25).

Tuesday, Dec. 21

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema met with the media after practice on Sunday to offer his take on the Badgers' Rose Bowl opponent, TCU, as well as the state of his team.

Bielema scouts TCU Small Video Graphic

 Afternoon Newsstand

Tom Mulhern spoke with strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert during the summer to get a sense for what the 2010 season had in store. "Right now, they're ready," Herbert said.
  • Badgers ready for prime time before their time

"Wisconsin's football program will be getting plenty of airtime on the Big Ten Network during the ramp-up to the Rose Bowl," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • BTN to blanket UW with roses from Pasadena  |  Video of the Day

"Having five weeks to prepare for a football game usually feels like overkill. But for the University of Wisconsin football team's defense, it seems just about right to brace for all that Texas Christian will do offensively in the Rose Bowl," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • TCU offense one of the best faced by Badgers this season

"It was graduation day at the University of Wisconsin on Sunday and seven fifth-year seniors on the football team walked across the stage to receive diplomas," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Seven graduating players, each with a story to tell

"As he prepares for his final game at Wisconsin, defensive coordinator Dave Doeren isn't about to tip his hand regarding his replacement," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • No word on the Badgers' next defensive coordinator

The Voice of the Badgers, Matt Lepay, shares his favorite Rose Bowl memory.
  • My Rose Bowl memory: Radio reporter Matt Lepay

"Is the team that will play undefeated TCU on Jan. 1 be the best team UW has ever sent to the Rose Bowl?" asks Tom Oates.
  • Past stars agree -- present gives best impression

"Despite never playing a down, Travis Frederick has had a hand in every offensive play Wisconsin has run this season," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • Badgers' Frederick waits his turn

"Former University of Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger was chosen to speak on behalf of the former players at the reception for Barry Alvarez prior to his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in New York City earlier this month," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Bollinger reflects on playing for Hall of Fame coach

"Pro Football Weekly announced its All-America college football team this week, which provides insight as to what NFL scouts think of UW players. The Badgers have two first-team selections in senior tight end Lance Kendricks and junior defensive end J.J. Watt," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • NFL scouts are high on Kendricks and Watt
  • Big Ten players on PFW All-America squad

Bucky's 5th Quarter's Monday Film Sessions "serve as a friendly reminder of what got the Badgers to the Rose Bowl and what they need to continue to work on to make sure they win the Rose Bowl."
  • Monday Film Session: Year in Review

 Morning Newsstand

"UW senior Lance Kendricks learned the meaning of "mentoring" at a very early age," writes Mike Lucas.
  • Family helps Kendricks complete the journey

"It was prior to the Ohio State game when former University of Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Panos surprised the members of this season's offensive line and met with them in the weight room. Panos' message was blunt and to the point: A lot of people were calling this one of the best offensive lines in UW history. It was time to prove it," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Is this year's O-line one of the team's best ever?

"Most folks tuning in to the Rose Bowl will do so primarily to watch [Wisconsin's offense and TCU's defense] match up. But don't be surprised if the game is decided differently. Wisconsin safety Jay Valai thinks it'll come down to TCU's offense vs. the Badgers' defense," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • Rose Bowl could hinge on overlooked units

"With a showdown against unbeaten Texas Christian in the 2011 Rose Bowl less than two weeks away, Wisconsin's tailback rotation looks just as it did in the regular-season finale against Northwestern: Sophomore Montee Ball, freshman James White and fourth-year junior John Clay," Jeff Potrykus writes in this notes column.
  • UW tailbacks competing for bowl action

"As Bret Bielema and his assistants closed preseason football camp and prepared for the opener nearly four months ago, it became clear the talent was in place for Wisconsin to make a run at a Big Ten Conference title," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • Badgers get solid efforts from Tolzien, Carimi and others

"Every once in a while, running backs coach John Settle sneaks a peek at the opposite end of the practice field to get a glimpse of the future of the University of Wisconsin football team," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • When it's time for a new RB, Badgers have Lewis has more Rose Bowl memories, including Mark Tauscher, Scott Nelson, Al Fish and Steve Malchow.
  • My Rose Bowl Memory: Tauscher  |  Nelson  |  Fish  |  Malchow

Andy Baggot looks back at the Badgers' season, game-by-game.
  • UNLV  |  SJSU  |  ASU  |  Austin Peay  |  MSU  |  Minnesota  |  OSU  |  Iowa  |  Purdue  |  Indiana  |  Michigan  |  NU

Dave Heller has added two more photo galleries to and a Rose Bowl Video of the Day.
  • Gilreath   |  Valai   |  Video of the Day Small Video Graphic

Fresh off winning the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Award, junior J.J. Watt talks to Fox Sports about that honor and of the upcoming Rose Bowl against No. 3 TCU.
  • Impact player Small Video Graphic

"The University of Wisconsin football team has two strong candidates to replace departing defensive coordinator Dave Doeren," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Bielema faces difficult choice on D-coordinator opening

 Tracking TCU

"It wasn't until defensive coordinator Gary Patterson was promoted in 2001 that [TCU] began its steady climb toward the top of the college football mountain and a spot opposite the University of Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • No Mountain high enough for TCU

"TCU is no fluke when it comes to playing defense, but its impressive totals have to be weighed against the fact that six opponents finished 80th or worse among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in total offense," according to Andy Baggot.
  • One way to look at TCU's defensive strength

 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher is back with his latest blog post.
  • Tauscher on the Packers' Tailgate Tour

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDE Tyler Dippel sacks Michigan QB Tate Forcier and strips the ball during the Badgers' 48-28 win at Michigan on Nov. 20, 2010 (photo by Bob Campbell).

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@JWeiss713 | @JJWatt99, dream big, work hard is something I will teach my kids growing up. Thank you for representing our state with such integrity.
Posted Dec. 20 at 5:31 p.m.

 What They're Saying on Facebook

Badger fan Ted Wilke, in response to "Is this year's O-line one of the team's best ever?" ... "Sounds like a throw down to me. Let's go manhandle TCU and create a legacy."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin is one of just five teams in the country to rank among the top 25 in both total offense and total defense. The others are Boise State, TCU, Stanford and Ohio State. The combined records of those five teams is 56-4.xx

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