Clemson’s Wilkins wins top scholar-athlete trophy
NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins won the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night, an award honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.
Wilkins earned a degree in communications last year, becoming the first scholarship football player from Clemson to graduate in 2½ years. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in athletic leadership.
Clemson’s Wilkins among 13 finalists for top scholar-athlete
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Notre Dame linebacker Drue Tranquill are among the 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to college football's top scholar-athlete.
Injuries will test depth of secondary at No. 15 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Add Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon to the growing list of injuries in the secondary for No. 15 Wisconsin.
Dixon had his right foot in a protective boot on Monday after getting hurt late in last week's 41-24 victory over Nebraska.
The senior said the boot was just a precaution after landing on the foot the wrong way. He wasn't listed on the first injury report ahead of this week's showdown at No. 12 Michigan on Saturday night.
No. 4 Wisconsin’s young secondary looks to keep building
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new-look secondary hopes to build on a successful debut for No. 4 Wisconsin.
The Badgers broke in seven new defensive starters in their season opener, including Scott Nelson at safety, along with sophomore Caesar Williams and Faion Hicks at cornerback.
Nelson and Hicks, both redshirt freshmen, also made their collegiate debuts in the 34-3 victory last week over Western Kentucky. Next up is a visit from New Mexico on Saturday.
Strong at core, Wisconsin’s rugged D gets makeover on edges
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Strong at its core, Wisconsin's defense is undergoing a makeover on the edges.
Coach Paul Chryst needs new starters at both defensive end positions, both outside linebacker positions, and both cornerback spots.
It might be asking a lot for most other teams to play top 10-caliber defense with that kind of turnover.
At Wisconsin, a stingy D is the norm.
The roster changes. There have been three defensive coordinators over the last five years.
Badgers football: Wisconsin’s Zander Neuville, Bradrick Shaw ruled out for the season
University of Wisconsin tight end Zander Neuville and running back Bradrick Shaw were ruled out for the rest of the season when the Badgers released their latest injury report Friday.
Both Neuville (right leg) and Shaw (left leg) suffered injuries in the first half of last week's 31-0 win over Minnesota and were listed as questionable on Monday's injury report.
Badgers football notebook: Troy Fumagalli semifinalist for John Mackey Award, finalist for Burlsworth Trophy
University of Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli earned recognition for two awards Tuesday.
The senior was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end, along with being among four finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to college football's top player who began his career as a walk-on.
No. 5 Wisconsin could be missing center vs No. 19 Michigan
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 5 Wisconsin could be without starting center Tyler Biadiaz for its game Saturday against No. 19 Michigan.
Biadiaz, who suffered a left leg injury in last Saturday's 38-14 victory over Iowa, is listed as questionable along with starting safety D'Cota Dixon, who sat out the game against the Hawkeyes with a right leg injury.
Sophomore Jason Erdmann, who filled in for Biadiaz last week, is ready to step in if needed, according to junior left tackle Michael Deiter.
WR Quintez Cephus to miss Iowa game for No. 6 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No. 6 Wisconsin will be without top receiver Quintez Cephus for its game Saturday against No. 25 Iowa.
Cephus injured his right leg in a 45-17 win over the weekend at Indiana. The sophomore leads Wisconsin with 501 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He's tied with tight end Troy Fumagalli with a team-high 30 catches.
"He has been playing tremendous this year," Fumagalli said Monday. "Prayers to him, great guy, we're all saddened."
Badgers football: Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon granted medical hardship waiver, now a redshirt junior
University of Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon has been granted a medical hardship wavier after playing in just three games during the 2014 season, per a UW official.
The Badgers have expected Dixon to regain a year of eligibility for some time, but the official process was only recently completed.
The second-year starter at strong safety is now a redshirt junior, rather than a senior, and can play for UW in 2018.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Three seniors on defense and two junior offensive linemen at Wisconsin have made the latest round of college football preseason watch lists.
Linebacker Jack Cichy, lineman Conor Sheehy and cornerback D'Cota Dixon were among 103 players who made the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the national defensive player of the year.
- Wisconsin State JournalFormer Badgers safety D'Cota Dixon named Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the YearFebruary 13, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalBadgers inside linebacker T.J. Edwards earns first-team All-Big Ten honorNovember 28, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalPurdue offense thriving under Jeff Brohm as Boilermakers get set to host BadgersNovember 16, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalBadgers defensive backs Scott Nelson, Deron Harrell ruled out for Northwestern gameOctober 25, 2018