Tag:James White
Posted on: June 27, 2011 3:43 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 3:50 pm

Zach Brown transfers to Pitt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As Wisconsin picked up a new player on Monday morning, it also officially lost another. Running back Zach Brown made it official on Monday and let coach Todd Graham and the rest of the Pitt coaching staff know that he'd be transferring to the school, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Brown will likely serve as a backup to Ray Graham, and running back is a position that Graham had expressed concerns about recently, particularly the lack of depth with Ray Graham being the only option with experience. A concern that is alleviated somewhat by the arrival of Brown.

Brown originally announced he would be leaving Wisconsin back in May, where he spent the last three seasons as a backup to John Clay, Montee Ball and James White. Clay may be gone, but Brown still would have found himself fourth on the depth chart behind Ball, White and Jeffrey Lewis this fall. Since Brown has already graduated, much like Wisconsin's newest quarterback Russell Wilson, he will not have to sit out any time and can begin playing right away.

In three seasons at Wisconsin, Brown has rushed for 1,152 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:56 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 1:57 pm

Zach Brown leaving Wisconsin

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In the 2010 season the Wisconsin Badgers had three running backs with more than 996 yards and 14 touchdowns. That's what happens when you play the brand of "American Football" that Bret Bielema prefers. The Badgers also had a fourth running back on the sidelines in Zach Brown who decided to redshirt during his senior year since it seemed apparent to him that he wouldn't be getting many carries in 2010. Well, now it seems Brown feels he won't be getting many carries behind returning backs Montee Ball and James White in 2011, either, as Brown has decided to transfer.

Bret Bielema made the announcement on Tuesday.

This is a move that could work out well for both sides. Since Brown is on schedule to graduate in August it's possible that he won't have to sit out a season before playing again elsewhere. In his first three seasons in Madison, Brown rushed for 1,152 yards and 11 touchdowns.

As for the Badgers, this will free up a scholarship. A scholarship that could go to an incoming transfer like, say, I don't know, Russell Wilson? Wilson, who announced he was leaving N.C. State earlier this spring, has expressed an interest in playing another year of college football after his season in the Colorado Rockies minor league system finishes, and Wisconsin is reportedly a school he's interested in

Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:47 pm

John Clay leaning towards the NFL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt made the announcement that he was going to forgo his senior season in Madison to enter the NFL Draft on Thursday, and now the word out of Wisconsin is that the odds are running back John Clay is going to follow him.  Clay hasn't made a final decision yet, but is meeting with Wisconsin staff to discuss his options this week.

Options that, when you think about Clay's situation, would make you think he's going pro.  Clay may only be a junior, but he's also 23 years old.  Given the shelf life of running backs in the NFL, it's best not to wait any longer than you have to.  Plus, there's the fact that Clay is not only a 23-year old running back, but that he's a 23-year old running back at Wisconsin.

Clay already spent the last year battling injuries, and lost a lot of carries to guys like Montee Ball and James White this season.  By returning for another season, he not only risks losing more carries to those fresher sets of legs, but also more injuries, and in turn, a lower draft stock.  If Clay does end up deciding to leave Wisconsin, he'll do so with 3,413 yards and 41 touchdowns to his name.  He was also the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.

Wisconsin wouldn't be in bad shape without him, either.  Although they'd be losing their human battering ram, as I said above, the team would still have Montee Ball and James White.  Those two combined to rush for 2,048 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2010.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 7:06 pm

2010 Doak Walker finalists announced

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here are your three finalists for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back:

  • John Clay, Wisconsin: 172 carries, 929 yards, 13 TDs
  • Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State: 248 carries, 1461 yards, 16 TDs
  • LaMichael James, Oregon: 225 carries, 1422 yards, 17 TDs

This process seems to be little more than a formality, as James is currently the nation's top yards-per-game rusher leading the nation's top-scoring offense on the nation's top-ranked team. If he doesn't win this award, there should be an immediate federal investigation. I am only mostly kidding.

The big question, of course, is what in the world is Clay doing on this list? Yes, he has missed two games, so his overall totals are going to be a bit underwhelming. But even taking that into account, Clay is only 19th in the nation (17th among running backs) in rushing yards per game; he's outperformed by Marcus Lattimore, Mikel LeShoure, and many other tailbacks. Clay's barely even the most productive running back on his own team; freshman teammate James White has 34 fewer yards on 44 fewer carries, and just as many rushing touchdowns. And teammate Montee Ball is currently outperforming both of them; in the three November games played thus far, Ball has rushed for 467 yards and nine scores.

Yes, Wisconsin's rushing game is a thing of terrible beauty at times, and it warrants praise and recognition, but this isn't a team award. And even if it's a deadbolt lock that LaMichael James takes this trophy home in December, it still would have been nice of the committee to offer up three actually worthy candidates.

Posted on: November 20, 2010 1:46 pm

Wisconsin might just break 80 points again

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Not that we endorse gambling here at the College Football Blog, but even we couldn't help wondering why exactly a Wisconsin team that beat Indiana by 63 points was only a five-point favorite this week over a Michigan team that needed some late Denard Robinson heroics to squeak past the Hooisers by one score. Did Vegas know something we didn't?

Not this time, they sure as hell didn't: the Badgers are opening up the proverbial can on the homestanding Wolverines, taking a 24-0 lead into halftime that could have been even worse if Scott Tolzien 's only incomplete pass of the first half was an interception that ended a Badger scoring chance 30 seconds before the break. Otherwise, he went a cold-blooded 13-of-14 for 196 yards against the tattered Michigan secondary, while Monte Ball and James White have combined for more than 180 yards rushing and three scores.

The Wolverines showed against Illinois that they have the potential to keep up even in the face of that kind of offensive onslaught, but not today; their final four possessions of the half produced zero first downs, one turnover (on the kickoff return), and a chorus of boos when the home crowd disagreed with Rich Rodriguez 's (understandable) decision to lick their wounds in the locker room over risking another major malfunction.

The Tolzien pick means that the Badgers likely won't repeat their 83-point explosion of a week ago ... but at this rate, they won't come up a whole lot short, either.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:00 pm

John Clay may miss Michigan game as well

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the weekend, Wisconsin had to host Indiana without the services of its top running back John Clay, and the effects of his absence were painfully obvious to anyone who watched the game.  Without Clay rumbling through the Indiana defense, the Badgers were stopped short of 100 points and only able to manage a paltry 83.

So, obviously, if the Badgers are going to hang 100 on Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor, it'd be nice if they could get Clay back.  Though according to head coach Bret Bielema, the odds of Clay being ready to go on Saturday don't seem too good.

“I don’t know if we’ll have that three-headed thing this week because John I think won’t be at full strength. But when that situation does pop up, whether it’s the next game or in the bowl game opportunity, it’s something you’ve got to be smart about when and how you use them,” Bielema told the Detroit Free Press. “I think it’s hard to get three guys in rhythm all the way through, but you can definitely go a strong two and the third one comes in when he’s needed.”

Clay sprained his right knee in Wisconsin's win over Purdue on November 6th.

If he can't go this weekend, the Badgers will once again have to rely on Montee Ball and James White.   Those two only combined for 311 yards and five touchdowns against Indiana, so who knows how well they'll perform against Michigan's vaunted run defense?
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