New faces, numbers added to Wisconsin’s 2017 roster

MADISON — Wisconsin has released an updated football roster for the 2017 season.

Here are some of the more notables changes:

New numbers

S Patrick Johnson — No. 2 (22)
WR Kendric Pryor — No. 3 (27)
WR A.J. Taylor — No. 4 (84)
S Joe Ferguson — No. 8 (36)
OLB Christian Bell — No. 55 (49)

New freshmen numbers

WR Danny Davis III — No. 6
QB Jack Coan — No. 10
QB Danny Vanden Boom — No. 15
CB Faion Hicks — No. 20
WR Cade Green — No. 22
RB Jonathan Taylor — No. 23
CB Madison Cone — No. 24
S Scott Nelson — No. 25
LB Izayah Green-May — No. 50
LS Adam Bay — No. 51
OL Logan Bruss — No. 60
OL Tyler Beach — No. 65
DE Aaron Vopal — No. 69
OL Alex Fenton — No. 73
OL Kayden Lyles — No. 76
WR Emmet Perry — No. 82
TE Jake Ferguson — No. 84
WR Deron Harrell — No. 89

Bulking up

Wisconsin is all about the big guys and several have added a significant amount of weight from what they were listed at prior to last season.

LT David Edwards — +30 to 315 lbs
RT Patrick Kasl — +34 to 325 lbs
C Tyler Biadasz — +25 to 316 lbs
LT Cole Van Lanen — +20 to 307 lbs
DE Isaiahh Loudermilk — +29 to 306 lbs
DE Billy Hirschfeld — +15 to 305 lbs
ILB Arrington Farrar — +17 to 237 lbs
ILB Griffin Grady — +14 to 225 lbs
RB Bradrick Shaw — +9 to 220 lbs
RB Chris James — +11 to 219 lbs
WR Quintez Cephus — +10 to 205 lbs
WR A.J. Taylor — +8 to 202 lbs
WR George Rushing — +8 to 200 lbs
S Natrell Jamerson — +10 to 198 lbs

No longer around

Offseason attrition is normal in college football, and Wisconsin had its share before and after spring practice.

(* indicates a walk-on)

* TE Mitchell Herl
DE Jake Hescock (transfer)
* LB Max Praschak (transfer to UW-River Falls)
* RB Troy Laufenberg
* S Bret Verstegen
* WR Jack Popp
LB Dallas Jeanty (transfer)
* OL Kelly Thomas
OL Kevin Estes (medical non-counter waiver being pursued)
* Ian Dretzka

Former Wisconsin RB Dare Ogunbowale Joins The Joe & Ebo Show

MADISON | It’s an exciting time for a handful of Wisconsin Football players as the NFL Draft nears.

Eyeing up a professional career and possibly being drafted in just a few weeks, former Badgers running back, Dare Ogunbowale, joined the Joe & Ebo Show to talk about his future in the NFL.

Take a listen below:

Best of luck, Dare!

Catch the Joe & Ebo Show weekdays from 8a-11a on 106.7FM/1670AM The Zone.

Cotton Bowl: Wisconsin defense vs Western Michigan offense

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Monday afternoon, Wisconsin and Western Michigan will battle in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl from AT&T Stadium.

It’ll pit the Big Ten runner-up (10-3) against an unbeaten (13-0) MAC champion in a game fans have shown little interest in. But for the 65,018 fans who attended the Big Ten championship game against Penn State, this game could have a similar makeup. Wisconsin ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.5 points per game. On the flip side, Western Michigan’s offense ranks eighth in scoring offense, putting up 43.5 points per game.

So which team has the advantage?

Western Michigan offense

The Broncos are led by quarterback Zach Terrell, who’s only thrown three interceptions this season, compared with his 32 touchdowns and 70.8 percent completion rate. His favorite target is receiver Corey Davis, who ranked ninth nationally with 1,427 yards this season. He also ranked second with 18 touchdowns.

Western Michigan is also adept at avoiding turnovers as a whole. Their first turnover of the season didn’t come until week seven in a 41-0 win over Akron. They have just seven as a team all year.

Wisconsin defense

It’s been another great year for the Badger defense, despite losing defensive coordinator Dave Aranda this offseason. Taking over was Justin Wilcox, who’s led Wisconsin to the No. 7 defense in terms of yards allowed at 303 per game. As mentioned earlier, the Badgers also rank among the nation’s stingiest, giving up just 15. points per game.

Then there’s the secondary, full of ball hawks that have secured 21 takeaways by interception this season. That ranks third in the nation.

Intangibles

Trying to remove all bias, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Wisconsin’s schedule has proven them to be battle tested. The Badgers have faced six Top 10 teams in 2016, while the Broncos of Western Michigan will go up against their first defense ranked inside the Top 50.

Brooks Bollinger, Gabe Carimi and Matt Bernstein discuss Cotton Bowl and Penn State loss

DALLAS, TX | On this week’s Wisconsin Football Roundtable, former Badgers Brooks Bollinger, Gabe Carimi and Matt Bernstein talk about the upcoming Cotton Bowl and how they felt after Wisconsin lost to Penn State in the Big Ten Championship. Bollinger has some interesting thoughts about certain players sitting out of their respective bowls as they prepare for the NFL. Click on the audio links below to hear my interviews with these three former Badger greats!

 

PETITION: A Great Dayne Injustice

MADISON | The NCAA says Ron Dayne is no longer the FBS career-rushing holder despite him running for more yards than anyone else.

San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey broke the NCAA’s all-time record for rushing yards in a career on Saturday, going for 115 yards in the Aztecs’ 34-10 win against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. The senior finished his career with 6,405 yards, topping the previous mark of 6,397 yards held by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne since 1999.

Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘didn’t Dayne have more yards than that?” Well, yes, yes he did! The NCAA says Dayne’s career total was 6,397, the Wisconsin record book puts it at 7,125 yards. Why the discrepancy? Well, the NCAA didn’t start counting bowl stats until 2002, meaning the 725 yards Dayne ran for his four bowl games, including three 200-yard outings, aren’t counted in the official stats.

The numbers don’t lie, and they are there, but the NCAA doesn’t want anything to do with that.

Sign the petition to recognize Ron Dayne is the real All-time rushing leader!

SIGN HERE : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-great-dayne-injustice-ron-dayne-the-true-ncaa

Let’s make this happen.

Tundra Talk With Blake Martinez: Week 14

MADISON | It’s the question all Packers fans are wondering… can Green Bay run the table and make it to the playoffs?

It would be beneficial for the Packers if their inside linebacker, Blake Martinez, was healed  up and ready to play, but for now, we will take his insight on the team.

Listen below as #50 breaks down the Green and Gold in this week’s edition of Tundra Talk:

Blake discuses the Packers win over the Houston Texans.

More from Martinez on the state of the Packers defense and winning two in a row.

It’s time to hear from the fans with questions for Blake.

And finally, Blake previews the Seattle Seahawks.

Monona Grove, Darlington qualify for WIAA State finals

MADISON, Wis. — Camp Randall Stadium will play host to seven WIAA high school football championship games Thursday and Friday, with Monona Grove and Darlington getting another crack at a State title.

After three straight years of getting tripped up in the Division 6 WIAA title game, Darlington hopes to break a trend Thursday taking on Regis. It’s Darlington’s fourth straight championship game appearance.

Monona Grove has gone on a short drought, qualifying for its first State championship game since 2013. That game ended in a 21-17 win over Greendale. This year’s Division 2 matchup pits them against Brookfield East on Friday.

Thursday matchups

Div. 7: Edgar vs. Shullsburg | 10 a.m.
Div. 6: Regis vs. Darlington | 1 p.m.
Div. 5: Amherst vs. Cedar Grove-Belgium | 4 p.m.
Div. 4: St. Croix Central vs. River Valley | 7 p.m.

Friday matchups

Div. 3:  Notre Dame vs. Catholic Memorial | 10 a.m.
Div. 2:  Brookfield East vs. Monona Grove | 1 p.m.
Div. 1:  Kimberly  vs. Franklin | 4 p.m.

WIAA football level 2 results

MADISON, Wis. — Several area high school football teams moved on to the third level of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs Friday night, including Middleton, Monona Grove, and Monroe.

Division 1

Middleton 22, Madison La Follette 17

Badger 22, Verona 14

Franklin 31, Oak Creek 28

Marquette 31, Racine Horlick 15

Fond du Lac 38, Milwaukee King 6

Kimberly 42, Appleton West 7

Stevens Point 42, Hudson 27

Bay Port 62, D. C. Everest 12

Division 2

Monona Grove 45, Waunakee 20

Waukesha West 49, Watertown 14

Homestead 31, Germantown 7

Whitefish Bay 48, Greenfield 31

Brookfield East 27, Menomonee Falls 3

Brookfield Central 28, Hartford 7

Pulaski 56, Holmen 49

Menomonie 31, Green Bay Southwest 13

Division 3

Monroe 41, Fort Atkinson 40

Pewaukee 28, Delavan-Darien 7

Catholic Memorial 30, Wisconsin Lutheran 27

Kewaskum 14, Plymouth 6

Luxemburg-Casco 28, West De Pere 7

Notre Dame 35, Antigo 0

New Richmond 55, Onalaska 29

Rice Lake 27, La Crosse Logan 23

WIAA football playoff pairings

The high school football regular season is over and now it’s on to the playoffs. Below are the pairings with Madison-area teams listed in bold.
Division 1
Group A:
Game 1: Appleton North (#8) at Bay Port (#1) @Bay Port | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: D.C. Everest (#5) at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (#4) @Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Chippewa Falls (#6) at Hudson (#3) @Hudson | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Green Bay Preble (#7) at Stevens Point (#2) @Stevens Point | Friday, 07:00 PM
Group B:
Game 1: Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (#8) at Kimberly (#1) @ Kimberly | Papermaker Stadium | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Neenah (#5) at Appleton West (#4) @ Banta Bowl | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Milw Morse-Marsh/Carmen/Juneau/Lang (#6) at Milwaukee King (#3) @ Milwaukee King at Custer Stadium | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Milw Wash/Science/Collegiate (#7) at Fond du Lac (#2) @Fond du Lac | Fruth Field | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Madison La Follette (#8) at Sun Prairie (#1) @Sun Prairie | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Middleton (#5) at Oconomowoc (#4) @Oconomowoc | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Arrowhead (#6) at Verona (#3) @Verona | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Madison West (#7) at Badger (#2) @Badger | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon (#8) at Franklin (#1) @Franklin | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Kenosha Bradford/Reuther (#5) at Oak Creek (#4) @Oak Creek | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Kenosha Indian Trail (#6) at Racine Horlick (#3) @Racine Horlick | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir (#7) at Marquette (#2) @Marquette | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 2
Group A:
Game 1: Wausau West (#8) at Menomonie (#1) @Menomonie | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Ashwaubenon (#5) at Green Bay Southwest (#4) @Green Bay Southwest | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Pulaski (#6) at Hortonville (#3) @Hortonville | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Holmen (#7) at Superior (#2) @Superior | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Wauwatosa West (#8) at Brookfield Central (#1) @Brookfield Central | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Oshkosh North (#5) at Hartford (#4) @Hartford | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Cedarburg (#6) at Brookfield East (#3) @Brookfield East | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Menomonee Falls (#7) at Menasha (#2) @Menasha | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: DeForest (#8) at Waunakee (#1) @Waunakee | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Monona Grove (#5) at Waterford (#4) @Waterford | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Stoughton (#6) at Waukesha West (#3) @Waukesha West | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Watertown (#7) at Wilmot (#2) @Wilmot | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Milwaukee Bradley (#8) at Homestead (#1) @Homestead | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Shorewood/Messmer (#5) at Germantown (#4) @Germantown | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learn. (#6) at Greenfield (#3) @Greenfield | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: South Milwaukee (#7) at Whitefish Bay (#2) @Whitefish Bay | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 3
Group A:
Game 1: Merrill (#8) at Rice Lake (#1) @Rice Lake | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: La Crosse Logan (#5) at Hayward/Lac Courte Oreilles (#4) @Hayward/Lac Courte Oreilles | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Medford (#6) at New Richmond (#3) @New Richmond | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Sparta (#7) at Onalaska (#2) @Onalaska | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Shawano (#8) at Notre Dame (#1) @Notre Dame | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Fox Valley Lutheran (#5) at Antigo (#4) @Antigo | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Waupaca (#6) at West De Pere (#3) @West De Pere | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Seymour (#7) at Luxemburg-Casco (#2) @Luxemburg-Casco | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Reedsburg (#8) at Monroe (#1) @Monroe | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Evansville/Albany (#5) at Fort Atkinson (#4) @Fort Atkinson | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Jefferson (#6) at Pewaukee (#3) @Pewaukee | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Delavan-Darien (#7) at Mount Horeb/Barneveld (#2) @Mount Horeb/Barneveld | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: New Berlin West (#8) at Catholic Memorial (#1) @Catholic Memorial | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Wisconsin Lutheran (#5) at New Berlin Eisenhower (#4) @New Berlin Eisenhower | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Greendale (#6) at Plymouth (#3) @Plymouth | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Port Washington (#7) at Kewaskum (#2) @Kewaskum | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 4
Group A:
Game 1: Altoona (#8) at Osceola (#1) @Osceola | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Northwestern (#5) at St. Croix Central (#4) @St. Croix Central | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Nekoosa (#6) at West Salem (#3) @West Salem | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Amery (#7) at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (#2) @Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Peshtigo (#8) at Little Chute (#1) @Little Chute | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Wrightstown (#5) at Adams-Friendship (#4) @Adams-Friendship | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Xavier (#6) at Freedom (#3) @Freedom | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Omro (#7) at Berlin (#2) @Berlin | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Big Foot (#8) at River Valley (#1) @River Valley | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Brodhead/Juda (#5) at Lodi (#4) @Lodi | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Mauston (#6) at Lake Mills (#3) @Lake Mills | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: East Troy (#7) at Platteville (#2) @ UW Platteville | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Christian (#8) at Sheboygan Falls (#1) @Sheboygan Falls | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: St. Francis (#5) at Kiel (#4) @Kiel | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Martin Luther (#6) at University School (#3) @University School | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Ripon (#7) at Two Rivers (#2) @Two Rivers | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 5
Group A:
Game 1: Cameron (#8) at Stanley-Boyd (#1) @Stanley-Boyd | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Bloomer (#5) at Elk Mound (#4) @Elk Mound | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Colby (#6) at Stratford (#3) @Stratford | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: St. Croix Falls (#7) at Durand (#2) @Durand | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Oconto (#8) at Amherst (#1) @Amherst | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Bonduel (#5) at Spencer/Columbus Catholic (#4) @Spencer/Columbus Catholic | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Valders (#6) at Winnebago Lutheran (#3) @Winnebago Lutheran | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Kewaunee (#7) at Southern Door (#2) @Southern Door | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Marshall (#8) at Clinton (#1) @Clinton | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: New Glarus/Monticello (#5) at Arcadia (#4) @Arcadia | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Horicon/Hustisford (#6) at Laconia (#3) @Laconia | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Westby (#7) at Lancaster (#2) @Lancaster | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Dominican (#8) at Columbus (#1) @Columbus | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Kenosha St. Joseph (#5) at Random Lake (#4) @Random Lake | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Brookfield Acad. (#6) at Racine St. Catherine”s (#3) @ Union Grove | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Oostburg (#7) at Cedar Grove-Belgium (#2) @Cedar Grove-Belgium | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 6
Group A:
Game 1: Cochrane-Fountain City (#8) at Grantsburg (#1) @Grantsburg | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Glenwood City (#5) at Spring Valley (#4) @Spring Valley | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Melrose-Mindoro (#6) at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (#3) @Chetek-Weyerhaeuser | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Unity (#7) at Regis (#2) @ Eau Claire-Carson Park | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Crandon (#8) at Coleman (#1) @Coleman | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Niagara/Goodman/Pembine (#5) at Rib Lake/Prentice (#4) @Rib Lake/Prentice | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Auburndale (#6) at Marathon (#3) @Marathon | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Waken Area/Laona (#7) at Abbotsford (#2) @Abbotsford | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: Brookwood (#8) at Darlington (#1) @Darlington | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Mineral Point (#5) at Fennimore (#4) @Fennimore | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Cuba City (#6) at Markesan (#3) @Markesan | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Waterloo (#7) at Pecatonica/Argyle (#2) @ARGYLE | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Manawa (#8) at St. Mary”s Spring (#1) @ North Fond du lac | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Dodgeland (#5) at Lake Country Lutheran (#4) @Lake Country Lutheran | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Racine Lutheran (#6) at Iola-Scandinavia (#3) @Iola-Scandinavia | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Shiocton (#7) at Ozaukee (#2) @Ozaukee | Friday, 07:00 PM
Division 7
Group A:
Game 1: McDonell Central (#8) at Bangor (#1) @Bangor | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Elmwood/Plum City (#5) at De Soto (#4) UWL or Logan | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Eleva-Strum (#6) at Turtle Lake (#3) @Turtle Lake | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Clear Lake (#7) at Pepin/Alma (#2) @Pepin/Alma | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group B:
Game 1: Suring (#8) at Wild Rose (#1) @Wild Rose | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Assumption (#5) at Edgar (#4) @Edgar | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Owen-Withee (#6) at Hurley (#3) @Hurley | Saturday, 01:00 PM
Game 4: Almond-Bancroft (#7) at Loyal (#2) @Loyal | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group C:
Game 1: North Crawford (#8) at Ithaca (#1) @Ithaca | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: Iowa-Grant (#5) at Highland (#4) @Highland | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Wauzeka-Steuben/Seneca (#6) at Black Hawk (#3) @Black Hawk | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Potosi (#7) at Shullsburg (#2) @Shullsburg | Friday, 07:00 PM

Group D:
Game 1: Tri-County (#8) at Hilbert/Stockbridge (#1) @Hilbert/Stockbridge | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 2: New Lisbon (#5) at Royall (#4) @Royall | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 3: Fall River (#6) at Lourdes Acad. (#3) @ Lourdes Acad at Titan Stad | Friday, 07:00 PM
Game 4: Johnson Creek (#7) at Cambria-Friesland (#2) @Cambria-Friesland | Friday, 07:00 PM

Pairings courtesy of WIAA

Tundra Talk With Blake Martinez: Week 5

MADISON | With the Packers squaring off against the Giants this Sunday, it’s time to break down the green and gold.

In this weeks first installment on Tundra Talk with Blake Martinez, the inside linebacker talks about the bye week and injuries.

Blake then covers how he thinks he’s been performing this season.

Now it’s time for Questions with Blake. Get to know the rookie linebacker!

Finally, it’s time to break down the New York Giants as they come to Title Town.

Listen to Tundra Talk With Blake Martinez every Tuesday through Friday at 10am on the Joe & Ebo Show.