New-look Wisconsin O-line answers bell in season opener
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the biggest question marks surrounding the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers entering this season was their offensive line.
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Badgers sign next potential OL anchor in Logan Brown
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin might have its next anchor on the offensive line with 6-foot-6 Logan Brown, a five-star prospect out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He's a headliner for a good, 19-member recruiting class unveiled by the Badgers on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Big Ten: Buckeyes’ Dwayne Haskins offensive player of year
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who set Big Ten records for passing yards and touchdowns in a single season, is the conference's offensive player of the year.
The Big Ten on Wednesday announced postseason offensive awards based on voting by coaches and media. Haskins has passed for 4,081 yards and 42 touchdowns, had four 400-yard passing games and became the first Ohio State quarterback with six TD passes in multiple games.
No. 23 Wisconsin still has hope in Big Ten despite struggles
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Their playoffs hopes are all but gone. The defense is banged up. The offense struggled in a blowout loss to Michigan.
At least one big goal is still in play for No. 23 Wisconsin: the Badgers still control their destiny to win the Big Ten West and get to the conference title game. The easiest path is to win their last six regular-season games.
Time to move on for No. 18 Wisconsin with trip to Iowa next
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — This is no time to sulk at Wisconsin.
The upset loss to BYU might still sting, but the 18th-ranked Badgers must move on. Beating Iowa this weekend to open Big Ten play would sure give Wisconsin a lift.
"You don't ever want to rely on losing as a source to go win. That's never going to end well," offensive lineman Michael Deiter said. "But if you do have hiccups ... it should be a feeling that you never want to feel again."
Wisconsin offensive lineman Kayden Lyles showing versatility, pushing for spot in Badgers’ two-deep
There isn't much room for new faces on the University of Wisconsin's offensive line this season.
Every player at the position returned, and while Michael Deiter's move back to left guard could open up a starting spot for Cole Van Lanen at left tackle, the rest of the starting lineup appears set in stone.
Even key reserves who saw meaningful playing time last year, such as guard Jason Erdmann and tackle Patrick Kasl, are hoping to bump their games up another level this offseason.
On Monday night, the University of Wisconsin recognized the Badgers football team’s 34-24 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Southern Florida.
A group of Badgers players made an appearance at center court during the first half of Friday night’s game against Nebraska Cornhuskers. The group, which included A.J. Taylor, Beau Benzschawel, Michael Deiter, T.J. Edwards and Alex Hornibrook, drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
Badgers football: Wisconsin offensive lineman Michael Deiter to return for senior season
Per the University of Wisconsin football team's Twitter account, it appears offensive lineman Michael Deiter will return to the Badgers for his senior season.
The account tweeted a photo of UW's five starting offensive linemen this season -- Deiter, Jon Dietzen, Tyler Biadasz, Beau Benzschawel and David Edwards -- with the text, "Gonna be good to have all five of these guys back next season..."
Badgers football: Three All-Americans help Wisconsin’s offensive line return to prominence
Head coach Paul Chryst and his staff have elevated the entire University of Wisconsin program since arriving in 2015, but the Badgers’ offensive line took more steps forward than perhaps any position group over the last three years.
Junior right guard Beau Benzschawel even laughed in a recent interview when listening to a reporter recall the struggles of UW’s offensive line during that first Chryst season in 2015.
“Yeah, definitely,” Benzschawel said. “I was here."
Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
Record: 8-0, 5-0 Big Ten
The first College Football Playoff rankings come out soon, and it’s time for the Badgers to pick up their game. That shouldn’t be too hard against Illinois, which is in Year 2 of the Lovie Smith experiment and doesn’t appear to be making many strides.
Badgers football: Three Wisconsin players earn 2nd-team All-American honors from Sporting News
University of Wisconsin inside linebacker T.J. Edwards, left tackle Michael Deiter and running back Jonathan Taylor all earned second-team All-American honors from Sporting News on Tuesday.
Edwards, who earned first-team honors from the Associated Press on Monday, recorded 75 tackles, 11 for a loss, two sacks, four interceptions and one touchdown this season.
Badgers football: Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, Jonathan Taylor earn AP Big Ten awards
The University of Wisconsin took home two of the four major Big Ten Awards handed out by the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Paul Chryst won another Big Ten Coach of the Year after earning the honor from both the conference’s coaches and media last week. He’s compiled a 33-7 record at UW and won two Big Ten West titles in three years.
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.
Tom Oates: Wisconsin defense’s dominance of potent Iowa offense bolsters Badgers’ playoff résumé
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Badgers football: Healthy Jonathan Taylor sparks big road win at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Wisconsin’s first play from scrimmage in its 45-17 win at Indiana on Saturday served as a sigh of relief for Badgers fans.
Freshman Jonathan Taylor, who entered the day questionable with a left leg injury, burst through a hole on the left side of the line, stiff-armed a defender 15 yards downfield and bounced outside before finally being pushed out of bounds for a 45-yard gain.
- Wisconsin State JournalFormer Badgers outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel drafted by Miami Dolphins in 5th round of NFL DraftApril 28, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalFormer Badgers inside linebacker Ryan Connelly drafted by New York Giants in 5th round of NFL DraftApril 28, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalFormer Badgers offensive lineman Michael Deiter selected by Miami Dolphins in third round of NFL DraftApril 27, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalTrio of Badgers offensive linemen enter NFL Draft with Day 2 potentialApril 25, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalTime wasn't right for Badgers center Tyler Biadasz to leave for NFLApril 7, 2019
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1. No. 4 Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten West)
Last Week: 1
Results: Wisconsin offensive lineman Michael Deiter scored on a trick play and the Badgers defense was solid, resulting in a 24-10 victory against Illinois.
Game On: Saturday at Indiana (3-5, 0-5 Big Ten East), 10 a.m. MT (ABC)
No. 5 Wisconsin holds off Illinois 24-10, stays unbeaten
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wisconsin has relied all season on star freshman running back Jonathan Taylor to provide the winning edge.
When Taylor went down with an injury against Illinois on Saturday, the fifth-ranked Badgers showed how well they can play defense, forcing three turnovers to help key a 24-10 victory.
Badgers football: Wisconsin not panicking about injuries on offense
With its bye in the past and no off weeks in sight, injuries are piling up for the University of Wisconsin’s offense.
Two of the Badgers’ top three guards — Jon Dietzen (right leg) and Micah Kapoi (right arm) — are questionable to take the field when Purdue travels to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, as are running backs Chris James (left leg) and Taiwan Deal (right leg).
Badgers football: Wisconsin pulls away from Nebraska late for 38-17 victory
LINCOLN, Neb. — From an out-of-character defensive performance in the first half to Alex Hornibrook’s momentum-shifting pick-six after the break, Saturday’s showdown at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln didn’t remotely resemble the comfort of the University of Wisconsin’s first four victories this season.
Badgers football: Left tackle Michael Deiter battles through pain after injuring ankle
PROVO, Utah — Even when his coaches sent in a substitute, University of Wisconsin left tackle Michael Deiter made sure he played the final snaps of a first-half touchdown drive in the Badgers’ 40-6 win over BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.
Badgers football: Grading Wisconsin’s performance against Brigham Young Cougars
Alex Hornibrook was razor sharp. His 50-yard pass to Danny Davis jump-started the offense and he drilled four touchdown passes in the red zone. Jonathan Taylor runs far beyond his years. Quintez Cephus is the real deal. Led by gritty Michael Deiter, the line faced its toughest test and passed with flying colors.
Badgers football: Michael Deiter finds a new home at left tackle for Wisconsin
Michael Deiter takes pride in his ability to play every position on the offensive line. The All-Big Ten center and former starting left guard for the University of Wisconsin made the move to left tackle last month, and the Badgers’ 12 open practices of fall camp seemed to indicate he’ll be just fine making the transition.
In Deiter’s opinion, though, what he’s doing shouldn’t be nearly as rare as it is.
Badgers football: Tyler Biadasz prepared for starting role on Wisconsin’s offensive line
Less than three months removed from his first collegiate practice, Tyler Biadasz prepared to start a road game at Iowa for the University of Wisconsin last season.
Jon Dietzen remained questionable to play after missing four straight games, and Biadasz spent the bulk of the week taking first-team reps at center with Michael Deiter at left guard.
Badgers football: Fifth-year senior linebacker Jack Cichy named one of five captains
CHICAGO — When Jack Cichy was a true freshman in 2013, two of the best leaders on the University of Wisconsin football team happened to reside in his same position group.
Chris Borland and Ethan Armstrong not only led through their actions, they were able to say the right things at the right time for a program making the coaching transition from Bret Bielema to Gary Andersen.
Badgers football: 3 on defense, 2 on offense make preseason watch lists
Three seniors on defense and two juniors on the offensive line for the University of 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.
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.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin senior Troy Fumagalli has been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top tight end.
Fumagalli had 47 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns last season. He had a breakout performance in the Cotton Bowl against Western Michigan in January, when he made six receptions for 83 yards including a fourth-quarter score.
With redshirt sophomore David Edwards (left ankle) out for the third straight practice, center Michael Deiter took another shot at playing left tackle during the drill portion of the University of Wisconsin’s spring game Friday night at Camp Randall Stadium.
Deiter, a redshirt junior, started all 27 games for the Badgers over the past two years at either guard or center, but depth on the interior of the line leaves the possibility open of him moving to tackle.
Badgers football notebook: Wisconsin’s Michael Deiter takes reps at left tackle
University of Wisconsin redshirt junior Michael Deiter took reps at left tackle during Tuesday’s practice while David Edwards, the starter at that position, sat out with a minor ankle injury.
Deiter, arguably the best and most experienced offensive lineman on the Badgers’ roster, has started a number of games at both center and left guard over the past two years but hasn’t played tackle.
Badgers football: Sophomore Michael Deiter is ‘glue’ that keeps Wisconsin’s offensive line together
ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Deiter wasn’t quite sure what to expect when he enrolled early at the University of Wisconsin in the spring of 2014, but he certainly didn’t think first-team reps were heading his way during his initial practices with the Badgers football team.
With UW’s top two centers, Dan Voltz and Dallas Lewallen, both out due to injury, Deiter was asked to line up opposite former Badgers defensive linemen Warren Herring and Konrad Zagzebski.
Badgers football: Jacob Maxwell, Natrell Jamerson out against Nebraska
University of Wisconsin offensive lineman Jacob Maxwell (shoulder) and cornerback/kickoff returner Natrell Jamerson (leg) will miss Saturday's game against Nebraska at Camp Randall Stadium. Both were listed as questionable this week.
Redshirt freshman David Edwards, who split time with Maxwell over the past two games, will make his first career start at right tackle. The Badgers moved Edwards from tight end to tackle this fall.
Badgers football: Wisconsin senior offensive lineman Dan Voltz unexpectedly retires
University of Wisconsin senior offensive lineman Dan Voltz will retire from football, he announced on Tuesday.
Voltz, a fifth-year senior, was primed to be the most experienced starter on a young offensive line for the Badgers. He was a three-year starter at center, but planned to transition to left guard after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus in his right knee against Illinois last October.