Gregoire. Thompson. Davenport. Pisetsky. Mehlhaff. The Wisconsin football program has been fortunate to have outstanding field goal kickers over the years. And the Badgers have another one on their roster.
Philip Welch booted his 19th and 20th field goals of the season Saturday against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. Welch, a freshman All-American in 2008, finished his rookie campaign making 20 of 24 field goal attempts for an .833 percentage that is third-best for a season in school history. His 20 field goals tied for third-most in school history for a single season.
When the Badgers go to work on their off-season conditioning and transition into spring ball, theyll do so with the knowledge that they wont have to worry about the kicking position.
Climbing the Hill
Only four players in Big Ten history have rushed for 5,000 yards in a career, but P.J. Hill could join that list if his senior season in 2009 is as productive as any of his first three.
Hill rushed for 140 yards against Florida State on Saturday, the seventh-best rushing performance by a Badger in a bowl game. It left him with 1,191 yards this season and 3,996 for his career. Only Ron Dayne (7,125) and Anthony Davis (4,676) have rushed for more yards in Badger history. Hill also has accumulated 20 career 100-yard rushing performances, third-most in UW history.
Dayne, Ohio States Archie Griffin, Indianas Anthony Thompson and Michigans Mike Hart are the only Big Ten players with 5,000 or more rushing yards to their credit. Hill needs 1,004 to join the club.
Florida, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin
Led by P.J. Hills 140 yards on the ground, the Badgers racked up their fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season against Florida State. It was the eighth time UW had rushed for at least 200 yards in a bowl game.
Florida State had entered the Champs Sports Bowl allowing just 126.8 yards per game on the ground. Florida and Georgia Tech were the only other schools to rush for at least 200 yards against the Seminoles this season.
Its tough for a college player to go out on a losing note, but hats off to Badger offensive lineman Kraig Urbik.
The Hudson, Wis., native started his 50th career game in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State. Urbik, named a first-team All-American by ESPN.coms Ivan Maisel, has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl.