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 2011 Schedule
 Sept. 1
 Sept. 10  Oregon State
 Sept. 17  N. Illinois (at Soldier Field, Chicago)
 Sept. 24  South Dakota
 Oct. 1  Nebraska
 Oct. 15  Indiana
 Oct. 22  at Michigan State
 Oct. 29  at Ohio State
 Nov. 5  Purdue
 Nov. 12  at Minnesota
 Nov. 19  at Illinois
 Nov. 26  Penn State
2011 Spring Football
  Post Spring Game Coverage

With the spring game behind us, the focus now turns to fall camp, starting Aug. 5. Read the spring practice wrap-up stories below:





  Saturday, April 23

The Badgers held their Spring Game with the defense dominating most of the day. Get complete coverage below:
Game Recap    |  Final Stats    |  Photo Gallery   | 
Bielema Post-Game News Conference
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  Friday, April 22

With the Spring Game right around the corner, some fans may have questions about how to buy tickets, the format of the game, details of the Kids Fair and many other things. Get them all answered in one place.
Spring Game FAQs

Sophomore Manasseh Garner has impressed the coaches with his versatility since he stepped on campus last August. This spring, even though he has been concentrating solely on offense, that ability has been on display again.
Lucas at Large - Garner's versatility has Badgers thinking big

Head coach Bret Bielema was on "Wake up Wisconsin" this morning on WKOW-TV in Madison to preview tomorrow's Spring Game


  Thursday, April 21

The final practice before Saturday's Spring Game saw the Badgers outside in helmets only. Head coach Bret Bielema addressed the media one final time and we caught up with kicker Phillip Welch, punter Brad Nortman and long snapper Kyle Wojta.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Coach Bielema Interview Small Video Graphic 

Some local Boy Scouts visited Thursday's practice and a number of Badger hung around following practice to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Photo Gallery

Travis Frederick is back after redshirting last season, and the sophomore has big shoes to fill on the left side of the offensive line, namely departing All-American John Moffitt. However, Moffitt has left Frederick prepared for the job, Mike Lucas writes.
Back to business: Frederick returns to take over for Moffitt  |  As seen in 'Varsity'


  Wednesday, April 20

With Antnonio Fenelus and Devin Smith firmly entrenched as the starters at cornerback, the Badgers' search for a No. 3 CB continues. The prime candidate for that spot is junior Marcus Cromartie.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Reserve CB Cromartie shows progress, his serious side


  Tuesday, April 19

The tight end position has become one the strengths of the Wisconsin offense in the last couple years, especially last season with Mackey Award finalist Lance Kendricks in the mix. With Kendricks moving on to the NFL a number of Badgers have the opportunity to step into the spotlight. Jake Byrne, Jacob Pedersen and Brian Wozniak talked about that after practice.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Junior Shelton Johnson is battling for a starting position at strong safety with sophomore Dezmen Southward. Johnson's experience, including a start last season vs. Minnesota and a touchdown-saving tackle vs. Arizona State have given him the confidence needed to become a playmaker on defense.
The Badger Herald - Johnson finding comfort in bigger role


  Monday, April 18

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media to talk about the Badgers' progress this spring. Among the topics he touched on were the format of the spring game (No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense), the developement or Ricky Wagner at left tackle and the agressiveness of the defense.
Coach Bielema news conference (complete transcript)

One of the big questions heading into the spring was how the Badgers would replace the production and leadership of All-American J.J. Watt along the defensive line. What is often overlooked is that UW returns a large number of experienced players along the d-line who are ready to take that next step.
'Varsity' - First line of defense (view as seen in 'Varsity')

  Sunday, April 17

WR Jared Abbrederis seemingly came out of nowhere last year to become a consistent receiving threat. His rise and production reminded some of another walk-on from a small town in Wisconsin, current offensive graduate assistant Luke Swan.
Madison.com - Abbrederis has faith and form of ex-UW walk-on Luke Swan

  Saturday, April 16

Some chilly weather forced the Badgers inside for their final scrimmage before next Saturday's spring game. The offense had the upper hand early, driving for two quick TDs but the defense responded by forcing some turnovers later in the scrimamge and during the 2-minute drill.
Photo Gallery


  Friday, April 15

With all the talent in the Badgers offensive backfield, fullback Bradie Ewing sometimes gets overlooked. According to head coach Bret Bielema, that's a big mistake.
Madison.com - Ewing braced for big impact

Linebacker Nick Hill, entering his sophomore season, has been plagued by injuries throughout his Badger career but is on the road to recovery and hopes to help UW this fall.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - At last, Hill could be healthy enough to help Badgers

  Thursday, April 14

Even with the departure of two starters from last year, the Badgers' secondary returns a lot of experienced players in 2011. Seniors Aaron Henry, Antonio Fenelus and Devin Smith talked about that depth and what the defensive backs are working on this spring.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

All Badger fans are familiar with Montee Ball and James white and most still remeber what Zach Brown can bring to the table. A running back they may not be familiar with is redshirt freshman Jeff Lewis, who has been making some noise of his own during spring practice.
'Varsity' - All ahead full: Badgers' depth only speed limit on Lewis (view as seen in 'Varsity')


  Wednesday, April 13

Defensive end Brendan Kelly has dealt with injuries most of his Badger career but has put himslef in a position to battle for a spot in the d-end rotation with his play this spring.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Badgers DE Kelly determined to start


  Tuesday, April 12

The best weather of the spring greeted the Badgers as they opened the fourth week of spring practice on Tuesday. Following practice, we caught up with Ryan Groy, Kevin Zeitler and Rob Havenstein to break down the offensive line.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Defensive coordinator Chris Ash is in the spotlight today as both the Wisconsin State Journal and ESPN.com talk to the Badgers' second-year assistant about changes on the defense and replacing some of last year's departed stars.
ESPN.com - Q&A: Wisconsin D-coordinator Chris Ash
Madison.com - New defensive coordinator now calling the shots


  Monday, April 11

Wisconsin linebackers coach Dave Huxtable spoke with Benjamin Worgull of Fox Sports Wisconsin after Saturday's scrimmage to talk about his philosophies and his journey to Madison.
 Huxtable brings positive energy as Badgers' new LBs coach


  Sunday, April 10

Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal writes that it'd be easy to overlook redshirt senior Zach Brown because of the Badgers' depth at running back, but "Brown showed during a lengthy scrimmage on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium he still could find a way to get in the mix."
Brown eyes up much larger role 


  Saturday, April 9

Week three of spring practice came to a close with a lengthy scrimmage session. Head coach Bret Bielelma adressed the media following practice and mentioned a bunch of names including Ryan Groy, Zach Brown and Jared Abbrederis on offense and Conor O'Neill and Marcus Cromartie on defense.
Head coach Bret Bielema interview Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

  Friday, April 8

Jon Budmayr's transition into the starting quarterback role is a major storyline of spring practice, but it's not the only notable item among the QB ranks. Among the other signal callers working to improve to improve heading into fall is freshman Joel Stave, an early enrollee who is wasting no time in getting up to speed on the college game.
Lucas at Large: Stave working to hit the right notes


  Thursday, April 7

For the first time since the first week of practice, the Badgers were not in full pads, going instead in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. The coaches also scled about 30 minutes off practice and the players responded with a crisp workout. Following practice, UWBadgers.com caught up with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and two of his players, Louis Nzegwu and Patrick Butrym.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Ricky Wagner is making the swith from right to left tackle this spring. The Badgers' tradition of excellence at that spot is impressive and something he hopes to continue.
'Varsity' - Left side story (view as seen in 'Varsity')


  Wednesday, April 6

Kevin Claxton is battling for the starting spot at outisde linebacker this spring. Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal writes that Claxton is thankful to head coach Bret Bielema for giving him a second chance and hopes to reward him for his belief in the Florida native.
Madison.com - Claxton not finished making the most of his second chance


  Tuesday, April 5

As week three of spring practice kicks off, the focus is on the running backs. Montee Ball and James White return from last year's potent attack and senior Zach Brown is back. Under the guidance of a new position coach, Thomas Hammock, the RBs look to continue Wisconsin's tradition of excellence in the backfield.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Luke Swan is a familiar face for Badger fans, having made his mark as a walk-on-turned-team captain during his playing days. He is now back as on UW's sidelines, this time as a graduate assistant working with the WRs.
 Lucas at Large - Swan returns to Badger sidelines


  Monday, April 4

Adam Rittenberg from ESPN.com is looking at each team in the Big Ten and breaking down their strongest and weakest positions as they take part in spring practice. His take for Wisconsin is now posted.
ESPN.com - Spring Superlatives: Wisconsin

  Sunday, April 3

We thought Greg Russo's story would be a popular one. Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal has an in-depth look at Greg's journey from Lake Mills to UW-Whitewater to Iraq and back home to Madison where he is attempting to live out his dream on the Badger football team.
Madison.com - Former military member Russo is a man on a mission

The Badger Herald also picked up on Russo's story.
The Badger Herald - In Russo, we that football is more than just a game


  Saturday, April 2

The second week of spring practice concluded with an extended scrimmage outside in Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers worked on various situations, including third downs and goal line, as well as move-the-ball. Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media afterwards to talk aboutthe first two weeks.
Head coach Bret Bielema interview Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery


  Friday, April 1

Some of the biggest weight gains or losses for football players happen in the offseason. During winter conditioning, a number of Badgers took advantage of the opportunity to re-shape their bodies with the help of the strength and conditioning staff.
Varsity - Strength in numbers (View as it appeared in this week's 'Varsity')

Spring football is a great time for underdog stories, players trying to make a name for themsselves with their coaches and teammates through hard work. Linebacker Greg Russo, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is just that type of story. An unkown at the start of camp (he isn't even listed on the roster) questions about his identity started popping up last Saturday at the first open practice of the spring. When defensive players were available to the media yesterday, he was the most popular interview. Below is the first of what will surely be multiple stories about his journey to the Badger football team.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - From the war zone to protecting UW's end zone


  Thursday, March 31

The fifth practice of the spring saw the Badgers get outside into Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since defeating Northwestern to clinch the Big Ten title on Nov. 27. Following practice, UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas caught up with LBs Chris Borland, Conor O'Neill and Marcus Trotter to preview the linebacker position.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Following last Saturday's practice, Lucas talked to senior DT Patrick Butrym and junior C Peter Konz about taking over some of the leadership roles with the departure of last year's senior class.
Varsity - A new beginning (View as it appeared in this week's 'Varsity')

Lucas also talked with sophomore WR Jared Abbrederis, who is the Badgers' leading returning receiver taking part in spring practice, about the young wide receiver corps' development.
Lucas at Large: Abbrederis continues to learn on the job

  Wednesday, March 30

Yesterday the wide receivers took center stage and today it's tthe running backs' turn. Both the Wisconsin State Journal and The Badger Herald take a look at what has been one of the preeminent positions on the Badger football team for a number of years. Jim Polzin of the WSJ focuses on junior Montee Ball while The Badger Herald has an overview of the position.
Madison.com - Ball is hungry for his next step
Badger Herald - Running backs aim to keep the "Monster" alive


  Tuesday, March 29

As the Badgers kick off week two of spring practice before a star-studded crowd (among the attendees were former Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas, former offensive line coach Jim Hueber, UW-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold and former Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay), we take a look at the wide receiver position with UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas chatting up Nick Toon, Marquis Mason and Kenzel Doe.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal stays with the wide receiver theme, talking with Doe about his journey to Wisconsin and his aspirations heading into the spring.
Madison.com - He may not be tall, but Doe says he's ready for the big leagues

  Saturday, March 26

The Badgers were in full pads for their third practice of the spring on Saturday. Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media following practice to talk about how the first week went.
Head coach Bret Bielema interview Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Junior quarterback Curt Phillips injured his right knee during last year's spring practice. Then, in October as he was on the road to recovery, he injured the same knee running the scout team. Amazingly, he has been active during the first three practices of this spring, even taking part in 7-on-7 drills.
Madison.com - Phillips practicing less than 5 months after second ACL surgery


  Friday, March 25

Sophomore Travis Frederick's career has followed a bit of an unusual path. The offensive lineman started four games as a true freshman then redshirted last season when UW had terrific depth along the line. This season he is on track to start at left guard. Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal takes a look at his development.
Madison.com - Frederick trying to develop a mean streak

WKOW-TV in Madison caught up with local product and freshman wide receiver Marquis Mason to talk about his opportunites during spring practice.
WKOW.com - Marquis Mason

  Thursday, March 24

Day 2 of spring practice was similar to Day 1 as the team practiced inside without pads. LB Mike Taylor and FS Aaron Henry talked to UWBadgers.com after practice about adjusting to the new coaches on the defensive side of the ball.
Practice Highlights & Interviews Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Sophomore Manasseh Garner was one of just four true freshmen to play last season, seeing time on offense (wide receiver), defense (defensive end) and special teams. As the Badgers kick off spring practice, Garner will be on the move once again, sliding over to a tight end/H-back role. UWBadgers.com caught up with him after the Badgers' first practice to check on his progress.
Badgering ... Manasseh Garner

Not sure if you were aware, but one of the big storylines this spring is who will be under center for the Badgers. Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com caught up with one of the candidates, Jon Budmayr, after Tuesday's practice.
Jon Budmayr knows his time has arrived


  Wednesday, March 23

Head coach Bret Bielema was a guest on ESPN.com's College Football podcast with senior writer Ivan Maisel. They touched on a number of topics, including the start of spring practice, last year's run to the Rose Bowl and much more.
ESPN.com - Big Ten Sound System

In the latest issue of 'Varsity,' UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas caught up with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to talk about the quarterback situation as spring practice gets underway.
'Varsity' - Filling in the Blanks: Quarterback question among issues facing Badgers as spring ball kicks off


  Tuesday, March 22

Day 1 of Spring Football is in the books. UWBadgers.com caught up with QB Jon Budmayr and C Peter Konz after practice. Also be shure to check out the photo gallery.
Practice Highlights & Interviews
Small Video Graphic  |  Photo Gallery

Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal has a breakdown of the Badgers as they head into spring practice, including the key daprtures at each position and the players expected to step up and fill those roles.
Madison.com - UW football spring preview: A position-by-position breakdown

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a look at five key questions for UW as spring ball begins.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Wisconsin spring football outlook


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