Walk-On This Way: A Wisconsin Tradition

Success of UW walk-on tradition is the focus of new book titled Walk-On This Way. Jake Kocorowski, co-author, joined the Joe & Ebo Show to talk on his project. Listen below!


A new book that looks at the success of the University of Wisconsin football walk-on tradition will be hitting area stores October 17.

Walk-On This Way – The Ongoing Legacy of the Wisconsin Football Walk-On Tradition by Joel Nellis and Jake Kocorowski highlights the contributions made by the “undersized, underdeveloped and under recruited” players that have played a vital role in the success of Wisconsin football’s 216 wins and six Rose Bowl appearances since 1990, featuring first person accounts and over 100 interviews with former players and coaches.

“Walk-ons are now a staple of the highly successful UW program,” said co-author Nellis, a former walk-on tight end at UW from 2001-2006. “Former walk-ons like Jim Leonhard, JJ Watt, Mark Tauscher, Ricky Wagner and Chris Maragos have gone on to excel in the NFL – and their stories are certainly highlighted in the book | but many others continue the legacy of making significant contributions to the program while toiling outside of the limelight.  We felt some of their stories needed to be shared with Badger fans as well.”

Walk-On This Way provides Wisconsin fans with the stories of the unheralded and underappreciated players whose love for the game and sacrifice for the good of the team helped build one of the top football programs in the country. The book will be available at all traditional bookstores as well as Bucky’s Locker Room and www.kcisports.com.

KCI Sports Publishing is one of the leading publishers of sports titles in the country.

If you’d like more information about this book, or to schedule an interview with Joel Nellis or Jake Kocorowski, please call Peter Clark at 217-766-3390 or email Peter at peterclark@kcisportsventures.com

Packers place CB Sam Shields on injured reserve, eligible to return in 8 weeks

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields has missed the last five games due to a concussion. Based on his Instagram account, he’s about to miss at least another eight.

“I’m making great progress and hope to come back in 8 weeks and play this season,” Shields said. “I will make a full recovery within that time frame.”

The Packers confirmed the move of placing him on injured reserve, while also announcing the trade for running back Knile Davis.

Shields suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of Green Bay’s win over Jacksonville, at least the fourth head injury he’s suffered in his six years in the NFL. Head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier on Tuesday that Shields had already been ruled out of this Thursday’s game with the Bears.

Injuries have decimated Green Bay’s cornerbacks this season. Along with Shields, second-year pro Damarious Randall missed one game with a groin injury and then had to leave Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys after re-injuring himself, while Quinten Rollins missed the Dallas game with a groin injury of his own. Neither guy practice on Tuesday.

The Packers host the Bears on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

Vince Biegel making progress, several other Wisconsin starters on the injury report

MADISON | Vince Biegel is making progress in returning from foot surgery.

After already being ruled out for the Ohio State game at this time last week, the senior is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game at Iowa.

“As far as chances (he’ll play), we’ll see how the week goes,” coach Paul Chryst said when he met with the media early Monday afternoon.

Biegel has missed the last two games after undergoing surgery to fix a cracked bone in his right foot. The initial timeline from Wisconsin on his return was “several weeks,” and the three-week mark from the procedure will be this Thursday.

The outside linebacker went through a workout on the field prior to the Ohio State game, and looked surprisingly mobile for someone that had surgery so recently. Biegel, one of Wisconsin’s two captains, was a visible figure on the sideline during the game, and Chryst can tell how much it’s hurting him to not be out on the field.

“I do think Vince loves playing the game. He really, in all the right ways, cares about this team,” Chryst said. “Once you go through the procedure, and you’re making progress, to me, it’s less anxious, and it’s more looking forward to when he can go again. He’s been taking good steps forward, and we hope that continues.”

In Biegel’s absence, junior Garrett Dooley has filled in, collecting 11 tackles and one tackle for loss.

The only player that’s listed as out for the Iowa game is cornerback Natrell Jamerson. He suffered a leg injury late in Wisconsin’s win over Akron on Sept. 10 and was expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Saturday will be the fifth game he’s missed.

“No setbacks and not longer than we anticipated,” Chryst said when asked about the delay in Jamerson’s return.

Injury report:

OLB Zack Baun (leg)
OLB Vince Biegel (foot)
S Keelon Brookins (leg)
RB Taiwan Deal (leg)
OL Jon Dietzen (leg)
NG Olive Sagapolu (arm)
WR Rob Wheelwright (leg)

CB Natrell Jamerson (leg)

K Rafael Gaglianone (back)
ILB Chris Orr (knee)