Tag:Wisconsin Depth Chart
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:15 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 2:22 am

Russell Wilson named co-captain, starting QB

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Russell Wilson's ascension to the top of Wisconsin's depth chart is officially complete. The senior quarterback, a ballyhooed transfer from North Carolina State, was officially named Wisconsin's starting quarterback in the depth chart sent out by the football program on Monday evening.

Wilson's designation comes a day after another commendation from the program, when Wilson was named one of four co-captains by his teammates. As noted by Wisconsin RapidReporter Tamira Madsen, the other co-captains are FS Aaron Henry, DL Patrick Butrym and Bradie Ewing. All four captains are seniors.

It's remarkable what a godsend Wilson has been for the program already. Wilson probably isn't going to approach his highest levels of production from his time at NC State -- the 379 straight pass attempts without an interception probably aren't going to happen again, nor is Wilson likely to throw for the 260 yards per game he averaged over the last two years for the Wolfpack. Wisconsin didn't need that heavy production from Scott Tolzein last season, and it probably won't ask the same of Wilson either -- especially since it's Wilson's first and only season with the program.

No, Wilson's real value for the Badgers comes from the simple fact that he's a healthy, experienced quarterback. Wisconsin's quarterback depth took a big hit this offseason when talented backup Curt Phillips suffered a setback in his ACL tear recovery; he's out for the second straight season. Jon Budmayr, who was projected to start before Wilson showed up and is currently second on Wisconsin's depth chart at QB, is experiencing such extensive nerve problems in his right arm that he's experiencing numbness and may require season-ending surgery. Past those two, Wisconsin has senior mop-up man Nate Tice (yes, son of Mike Tice) and a handful of freshmen. Without Wilson, the Badgers' quarterback situation would be in dire straits.

The news about the captaincy, then, is even better for the Badgers. It's one thing to depend on Wilson as a starting quarterback out of sheer necessity, as is pretty much the case for Wisconsin. It's another that Wilson has apparently taken to his role so well that his teammates have imbued him with leadership status. Sure, you want that from a starting senior quarterback, but you also want said senior quarterback to have spent years, not just months, developing relationships with his teammates, so for Wilson to be at this level already, either everything has to have gone well or the Badgers are insane and acting against their best interests. So it's probably much more the former and not the latter.

All of which is to say, the Russell Wilson Era has officially begun. It's only going to be a season long, but it's probably going to be one heck of a season. 

Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: August 12, 2011 9:31 am

Wisconsin QB Budmayr resting elbow in practice

Posted by Chip Patterson

Ever since Russell Wilson announced his intentions to transfer to Wisconsin, Badger fans felt that their concerns at quarterback were answered. Head coach Brett Bielema and the rest of the coaching staff has maintained that the starting quarterback position is still open for competition. On Wednesday, one of Wilson's primary competitors suffered a familiar setback - making it seem more and more likely the former N.C. State quarterback will be lining up under center for the Badgers on Sept. 1.

Junior Jon Budmayr, who finished spring practice as the first string quarterback, did no throwing in practice on Wednesday because of pain his right elbow. Budmayr told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after practice that he was going to be cautious with the injury.

"We figured it is best just to shut it down and hopefully be back sooner rather than later," Budmayr said.

Budmayr missed two months of action in his freshman year because of elbow pain that eventually required surgery. So it makes sense that the junior would want to be wary of overworking and causing re-injury.

"I don't know if it is exactly the same," Budmayr explained. "Right now it is kind of the same feeling so I figured if we can get it early, hopefully it will be better.

"I've just got to be smart and take it one day at a time."

Every day more reports from Madison suggest that Wilson is growing comfortable with the Badger offense, and it may behoove Budmayr to keep his health as a top priority. After all, while Budmayr was the top quarterback on the post-spring depth chart he did not perform well enough to lock to the position in for the 2011 season. Wilson, who will be using his final year of NCAA eligibility this season, will be gone after this year and a healthy Budmayr should be a favorite to be his successor.
Posted on: September 21, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 11:20 am

Wisconsin's Borland will miss remainder of season

Posted by Chip Patterson

Wisconsin needed a blocked extra point from cornerback Jay Valai to escape with a 20-19 win over Arizona State on Saturday.  The Badgers were unable to close out the Sun Devils in the fourth quarter, allowing the Sun Devils to drive 77 yards in 9 plays to score the potential game-tying touchdown with just over four minutes remaining.

There will likely need to be more defensive players like Valai stepping up when called on, especially with the news that sophomore linebacker Chris Borland sidelined for the rest of the season because of recurring problems with his surgically repaired shoulder.  Wisconsin head coach Brett Beliema addressed the situation in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

“After talking with our training staff and with Chris, we decided that the best thing for Chris was to shut him down for the rest of the year,” Bielema said. “Obviously Chris is a tremendous player and a ferocious competitor but after looking at all the options, everyone agreed this was the only option for him.”
Borland, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is still eligible for medical redshirt for the 2010 season, having played in only two of Wisconsin's games.  He will be sorely missed in the Wisconsin defense as the Badgers are trying to piece together a run at their first conference title since 1999.  The biggest obstacles in that run, Ohio State and Iowa, await the Badgers in back-to-back games October 16 and October 23.

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