Lucas' Last Word: Wilson shines, defensive ends step up

<b>The tailback tandem of James White (above) and Montee Ball performed as expected Thursday.</b>


The tailback tandem of James White (above) and Montee Ball performed as expected Thursday.

Sept. 2, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- After turning off the microphone as the analyst for the Badger Radio Network, UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas offers some final thoughts on No. 11 Wisconsin's 51-17 win over UNLV Thursday.

How did Russell Wilson fare in his Badgers debut?
"Obviously he came into the game with high expectations. Everybody was anxious to see what he could do against competition, especially after hearing and reading so much about him. Everybody on this team gave him such high marks during training camp. Everything pretty much turned out the way most people thought it would. His efficiency at the quarterback position really stood out, especially in the first half. 

Mike Lucas
MIKE LUCAS
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"He doesn't hesitate.  He makes his choice.  And once he gets up field, you can see how dangerous he is as far as his vision as far as where he needs to go, and it took him into the end zone maybe one of the biggest plays of the game at that point. I think it deflated UNLV."

Who were the other headliners on offense?
"What makes it very difficult for defense now is to prepare for one or the other, especially when they get this type of balance.  They have almost the same number of carries and productivity. But they both are a little bit unique in what they do.  Their styles are different."

What did you think of defensive ends Louis Nzegwu and David Gilbert?
"They both showed up and I think you'll see more consistency as the season progresses. They understand the burden of a defense without a playmaker like J.J Watt. But, they all play within their limitations, and it's a group effort."

What, if anything, surprised you tonight?
"A dominant offensive performance in the first half. What all coaches look for, especially in an opening game, is things to work on. And they (the Badgers) have some things to work on defensively. Maybe UNLV caught them a little bit off guard with their pistol formation. Or maybe it was just a matter of execution. They didn't execute as well as they needed to."

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