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Wisconsin’s defense will look much different in 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Wisconsin will play its final game of the season on Saturday, and it’ll do so with one of the best defenses in the country. The Badgers lead the nation in yards allowed per game, and are third in yards allowed per play and scoring defense. It’s been a remarkable run and […]

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LB TJ Edwards remains ‘on the fence’ about staying at Wisconsin or leaving for the NFL

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Being selfish isn’t in T.J. Edwards’ nature. The Wisconsin linebacker isn’t a big fan of talking about himself, and that’s made the last month or so a bit difficult considering almost every session with the media includes questions about his future — will he return for his senior year or make […]

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Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard has had talks with ‘some teams’ but is happy at Wisconsin

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At some point, Jim Leonhard is likely going to leave Wisconsin, but the former All-American safety doesn’t sound like he’s in any hurry to do so. Speaking Thursday morning at an Orange Bowl news conference, the Badgers defensive coordinator was asked for the first time about a report that Florida State […]

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Report: Florida State eyeing Wisconsin assistant

Could Jim Leonhard be on the move? If Florida State has its way, he could be. According to GridironNow.com, new Seminoles coach Willie Taggart has been looking at the Wisconsin defensive coordinator for the same spot on his staff. “What I hear is that Taggart has been engaged in a courtship with Leonhard from the […]

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Wisconsin signs 19 players in Class of 2018

MADISON — The first year of the early signing period for college football got underway Wednesday morning and the University of Wisconsin has taken advantage of it. Coach Paul Chryst and his staff had 19 known commitments for the Class of 2018 and as of 10 a.m. all of them had signed their national letters […]

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Wisconsin to retire Frank Kaminsky’s jersey

MADISON — Frank Kaminsky was the best player on the best team that has ever taken the floor for the University of Wisconsin. For his contributions, the consensus All-American will watch his No. 44 rise to the Kohl Center rafters on Feb. 15 as the Badgers retire his jersey. The school made the announcement Monday. […]

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QB Aaron Rodgers medically cleared to return for the Packers

He’s back. Less than two months after breaking his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings, Aaron Rodgers announced Tuesday night on Instagram that he has been cleared medically to return and will suit up when the Green Bay Packers play at Carolina this Sunday. “It’s been a long road from that day to this, but I’m […]

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Marquette 82, Wisconsin 63: Last word

MADISON — Marquette got 47 points combined from guards Markus Howard and Andrew Rowsey on its way to a dominating 82-63 victory over a shorthanded Wisconsin team on Saturday at the Kohl Center. Player of the Game: Rowsey Saddled with foul trouble in the first half, the senior had 18 of his 24 points after […]

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Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson denies he’s made a decision on his future

MADISON — Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson refuted a report from Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com that said the junior had already made a decision to forego his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. “I have not made any decisions on my future,” Nelson tweeted Monday night. “I’m currently focused on this upcoming Orange […]

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Wisconsin comes up short in potential program-defining title game

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was right there. Well, not right there. Try 43 yards away. That’s what Wisconsin needed trailing Ohio State 27-21 with 1:28 left in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game. Forty-three yards from a conference championship. Forty-three yards from a berth in the College Football Playoff. Forty-three yards from being able to […]

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