No. 18 Wisconsin’s defense looks to get back on track
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin defense is a work in progress.
Normally one of the top units in the nation, the 18th-ranked Badgers have been dented this year in nonconference play, particularly against the run.
Wisconsin has first-year starters at defensive end and outside linebacker. The most experienced returnee out of that bunch, outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, is questionable with a right leg injury for the Big Ten opener on Saturday at Iowa.
Badgers reveal new-look defense in Wisconsin’s 1st practice of spring
Plenty can and will change in the next five-plus months before the University of Wisconsin opens its 2018 season against Western Kentucky. Tuesday's first spring practice, however, gave a glimpse of how the Badgers' revamped defense, which must replace seven starters, may shape up come Week 1.
At outside linebacker, where both starters from 2017 departed, Andrew Van Ginkel and Zack Baun took first-team reps during drills, with Tyler Johnson and Noah Burks making up the second unit.
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When Alex Hornibrook plays like he did against the Hurricanes, UW is a hard team to beat. Danny Davis makes circus catches look routine. Davis, A.J. Taylor, Kendric Pryor and Troy Fumagalli all made big-time receptions. Jonathan Taylor drew a lot of attention and still rushed for 130 yards. The pass-blocking wasn't bad.
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Alex Hornibrook: The UW sophomore quarterback was fantastic, completing 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns.
Andrew Van Ginkel: The interception by the UW junior outside linebacker on the first play of the second quarter, with Miami leading 14-3, flipped the momentum the Badgers’ way.
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The Badgers are so close to the College Football Playoff, they can practically taste it. Win, and UW is in. Now, the hard part. Ohio State has been a thorn in the Badgers’ side and hasn’t given up hope that it can get the committee to look past its two losses. An impressive win over UW would help.
Madison, Wis. — Michigan starting quarterback Brandon Peters underwent tests on his head after taking a hard hit late in the third quarter at Wisconsin.
Peters had just released a throw when he was hit by linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. Ginkel, upon realizing the seriousness of the situation, began waving for medical personnel.
Michigan QB Brandon Peters carted off field with injury
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has been carted off the field with an injury in the third quarter of 19th-ranked Michigan's game Saturday against No. 5 Wisconsin.
Peters was pressured by linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel after throwing an incompletion on third-and-5 from the Michigan 30 with about 3 minutes left in the third. Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards called for trainers from the Michigan sideline with Peters lying still on the ground.
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