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02/14/19 - (SS) - DCota Dixon, rSr, 5-10, 202
Wisconsin's D'Cota Dixon has been selected as the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year. Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten presented Dixon with the award at a ceremony Tuesday in Frisco, Texas. The Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best demonstrates an outstanding record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity, and sportsmanship.

"I am honored to present the second annual Collegiate Man of the Year to D'Cota Dixon," said Witten. "He is a truly outstanding young man, who is everything you want in a college football player. He has set himself apart as a true leader on his team, on campus and in the community. He is the perfect example of someone who has devoted himself to becoming the very best person he can be, despite going through great personal struggles." Dixon, a senior safety, is a three-year starter who was named first-team All-Big Ten last year. He also has been honored with the 2017 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award and the 2017 FWAA/Orange Bowl Courage Award. Dixon was a 2018 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy often called the "Academic Heisman." - Wisconsin Football

02/13/19 - (OG) - Jon Dietzen, rJr, 6-5, 323
After seeing his snaps limited over the past two seasons, Jon Dietzen is stepping away from football due to numerous injuries. The University of Wisconsin offensive lineman, who had one year of eligibility remaining, announced the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon. "After a lot of thought and careful consideration, I've decided it is in my best interest to step away from football due to numerous injuries," Dietzen tweeted. "This was not an easy decision, as I have enjoyed every second of my football career, especially those as a Wisconsin Badger. "... It was an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of the Wisconsin football team and to be able to call myself a Wisconsin offensive lineman. I will always cherish my time at this university. The bonds and relationships I've formed over the last four years are irreplaceable and I am forever grateful for everyone who's been a part of this experience." Dietzen started at left tackle last season but split time with sophomore Cole Van Lanen throughout the year. In 2017, Dietzen started at left guard but at times needed to be replaced by Jason Erdmann. - Jason Galloway, Madison.com

12/21/18 - (QB) - Jack Coan, So, 6-2, 211
QB Jack Coan will start in place of Alex Hornibrook in Wisconsin's bowl matchup against the Miami Hurricanes on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium. Coan will make his fourth college start against the Hurricanes, who rank No. 1 nationally in pass defense with an average of 140.8 yards allowed. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound Coan had his best performance in a 47-44 overtime win at Purdue on Nov. 17, completing 17 of 24 for 160 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

12/21/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook will not play in the Pinstripe Bowl due to concussion-related symptoms, the school announced Thursday. Hornibrook was ruled out of the game after recurring concussion symptoms surfaced during practice earlier this week. "Alex participated in a couple weeks of bowl practices," Badgers coach Paul Chryst said in announcing the decision to hold out Hornibrook. "And then had some reoccurring (symptoms)."

11/19/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor turned in the best performance of his career in a week that saw four of the season's top nine rushing totals. Taylor carried 33 times for 321 yards in an overtime win over Purdue, increasing his nation-leading total to 1,869 yards. It was the third time a Football Bowl Subdivision player had run for 300 yards this season. With 3,846 career yards, Taylor has broken fellow Badger Ron Dayne's FBS record for combined rushing totals as a freshman and sophomore. Taylor, Dayne and Georgia's Herschel Walker are the only FBS players to reach 3,500 rushing yards in their first two seasons. - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor kept pounding away on his thick, strong legs Saturday. Eventually, his patience paid dividends. Taylor wore down Purdue's defense, finishing with a career high 321 yards and scoring three times in the second half, including the decisive 17-yard touchdown run in the third overtime to lead the Badgers past Purdue 47-44. "That's something that you watch on TV," Taylor said. "As a kid, you're watching and saying that must feel amazing. This is the exact same feeling that you dream of." Except it was all real and the elements made this one tailor-made for the Badgers' bruising back. On a cold, rainy day that turned into night, the 231-pound Taylor certainly packed a punch.

He matched his career high with 33 carries, averaging 9.7 yards per carry while scoring on runs of 80, 12 and 17 yards when the reeling Badgers needed a boost after their playoff aspirations and Big Ten title hopes had been derailed by three losses in their last five games two of those without injured quarterback Alex Hornibrook who also missed Saturday's game. Taylor jump-started the Badgers' offense with the 80-yard run on the first offensive play of the second half, helped open things up for the passing game with his strong runs and eventually created enough headaches for the Boilermakers to help Wisconsin overcome a 27-13 deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation before reaching the end zone in all three overtimes. - AP College Football

11/17/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook is expected to miss his second straight game Saturday against Big Ten rival Purdue. Hornibrook also sat out last week's loss to Penn State as he continues to deal with concussion-like symptoms that also caused him to miss a game versus Northwestern on Oct. 27. Although Hornibrook returned the following week against Rutgers he struggled before exiting the game due to concerns about his head injury.

11/08/18 - (DT) - Olive Sagapolu, Sr, 6-2, 342
NT Olive Sagapolu will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on his right arm. Sagapolu was injured in Wisconsin's loss to Northwestern two weeks ago and he missed Saturday's home game against Rutgers. He finished the season with 23 tackles, including 4 1/2 tackles for loss and two sacks, which tied him for second on the team. He also had an interception.

11/05/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook is listed as questionable for Saturday's pivotal Big Ten game against Penn State. Hornibrook sat out a game two weeks ago because he did not get through the concussion protocol. He returned to start Saturday's game against Rutgers, but he left that game with head injury concerns. He did not have a great game against the Scarlet Knicks, completing 7 of 16 passes for 92 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. On Monday, Hornibrook was listed as questionable for this week's game. If Hornibrook cannot play this week, Jack Coan will again start for the Badgers.

11/03/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
Jonathan Taylor rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin played smash-mouth football in the second half to run away from Rutgers for a 31-17 win on Saturday. Ryan Connelly led a strong effort from the front seven with eight tackles, while D'Cota Dixon blocked a field-goal attempt for the Badgers (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten). Starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook left the game at halftime because of a head injury, a week after missing a loss at Northwestern while in the concussion protocol. All backup quarterback Jack Coan had to do in the third quarter was hand off to his running backs.

Why not when you have Taylor, the nation's leading rusher, in the backfield? The Badgers had 13 plays, all runs, for 163 yards in the quarter to turn a 10-0 halftime lead into a comfortable 24-3 advantage. Taylor, who had 27 carries on the day, scored on runs from 38 and 18 yards in the third. Wisconsin had the edge in talent over the Scarlet Knights (1-8, 0-6), the only team still winless in Big Ten play. Still, the first half had the sluggish pace of a nonconference game in early September. - AP College Football

11/03/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook's return to the lineup did not last long. Hornibrook was knocked out of the Badgers' game against Rutgers on Saturday due to a head injury. He took a big hit before halftime and was ruled out for the second half. It was the first game back for Hornibrook, who sat out last weekend's loss at Northwestern due to a concussion. He was cleared from the concussion protocol Friday.

11/02/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Rutgers. A concussion forced Hornibbrook to sit out last week's loss at Northwestern, but he was cleared from the concussion protocol and will get the start against the Scarlet Knights. The starter for the first seven games for the Badgers, Hornibrook is averaging 179.1 yards passing while throwing for 11 touchdowns against six interceptions.

10/27/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook is not expected to play in Saturday's game at Northwestern. Hornibook is in the concussion protocol and sources close to the program told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that backup Jack Coan is likely to make his first collegiate start for the No. 20 Badgers. Hornibrook has started all seven games for the Badgers, averaging 179.1 yards passing while throwing for 11 touchdowns against six interceptions.

10/25/18 - (QB) - Alex Hornibrook, Jr, 6-3, 219
QB Alex Hornibrook has entered the concussion protocol, putting his status for Saturday's key Big Ten game against Northwestern in question, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. No. 20 Wisconsin is preparing backup Jack Coan to start in case Hornibrook is not medically cleared to play on Saturday. According to a report from The Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Hornibrook was seen going through conditioning drills, which is typical for players entered in the concussion protocol. Hornibrook has had concussion issues before. Hornibrook missed the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game against Penn State because of a concussion, and he was limited in the Cotton Bowl against Western Michigan that same season after suffering a concussion in the final regular-season game. Coan has not played at all this season, but played in six games last season, when he completed all five passes he threw.

10/20/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
No. 23 Wisconsin bounced back from a devastating loss to maintain its hopes of a West Division title and a return to the Big Ten championship game. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 159 yards and Taiwan Deal ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the Badgers took advantage of five first-half turnovers to rout Illinois 49-20 on Saturday. Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) was coming off a 38-13 loss at Michigan that buried its national championship hopes. Next week the Badgers face a division matchup at Northwestern (4-3, 4-1), which rallied to edge Rutgers 18-15 on Saturday. The Badgers have played in five of the seven Big Ten championship games, losing their last three appearances in Indianapolis, including a 27-21 loss to Ohio State last season. "Indy is still in front of us. We can control all that by just winning football games," Wisconsin offensive guard Michael Deiter said. Wisconsin, which has won nine straight against Illinois (3-4, 1-3), had three interceptions and recovered two fumbles on the way to building a 28-10 halftime lead. Alex Hornibrook, coming off an awful outing in a loss at Michigan, threw three touchdown passes and two interceptions. - AP College Football

10/06/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
Jonathan Taylor ran for 221 yards and three scores, including a career-best 88-yarder in the fourth quarter, and No. 16 Wisconsin's punishing ground game wore down winless Nebraska in a 41-24 victory on Saturday night. The Badgers (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) withstood the Cornhuskers' desperate second-half comeback attempt from a 17-point halftime deficit led by two touchdown passes in the third quarter by Adrian Martinez. Nebraska's offense flashed big-play promise behind their freshman quarterback, who threw for 384 yards and rushed for a score. JD Spielman had nine catches for 209 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown catch. It still wasn't enough to prevent the Cornhuskers (0-5, 0-3) from losing their ninth straight game, extending a program record. Just too many mistakes to keep up with the disciplined Badgers. Nebraska was flagged 10 times for 100 yards. - AP College Football

10/05/18 - (TE) - Zander Neuville, rSr, 6-4, 252
Starting tight end Zander Neuville will likely miss the rest the season for No. 16 Wisconsin because of a left knee injury. Coach Paul Chryst announced the injury on Thursday after the Badgers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) wrapped up their last practice before facing Nebraska on Saturday night. Neuville hurt his right knee late last season, knocking him out for the Big Ten title game and the Orange Bowl. The senior missed this season's opener before playing the next three games. The Badgers should still be in good shape at tight end with Kyle Penniston and Jake Ferguson, a freshman who caught his first touchdown pass two weeks ago against Iowa. Chryst says that sophomore Luke Benzschawel is also expected to return this week from a right leg injury. - AP College Football

09/24/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
SEPT 10 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, So., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem...Set career highs with 33 carries and 253 rushing yards and matched a career best with three rushing touchdowns in Wisconsin's victory over New Mexico...Became the eighth player in program history to rush for 250 or more yards in a contest and the first since Melvin Gordon did so against Auburn in the 2015 Outback Bowl...Topped the 100-yard mark for the 12th time in his 16-game UW career, the 150-yard plateau for the sixth time and the 200-yard mark for the fourth time...Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and first of the season...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Oct. 9, 2017). - Big Ten football

09/08/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
Jonathan Taylor needed extra time to rest and regroup after a win over New Mexico. Rushing for 253 yards on 33 carries, both career highs, can take a toll on a running back, and he took some time to himself before speaking to reporters about his milestone day. Taylor also matched a career-high with three rushing touchdowns , and No. 5 Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive to pull away for a 45-14 win on Saturday. "I've got to take care of the body after a game. That's most important," the Badgers' star said. Taylor is also determined to take better care of the ball after fumbling for a second straight week. Coach Paul Chryst, though, likes how Taylor bounces back after a miscue. "I just like the way he keeps an even keel," Chryst said. "He doesn't want to (fumble), but he knows too that he can pay it back." - AP College Football

09/01/18 - (RB) - Jonathan Taylor, So, 5-11, 221
Jonathan Taylor had two long touchdown runs, Alex Hornibrook threw for 257 yards and two scores and No. 4 Wisconsin opened the season with a 34-3 victory over Western Kentucky on Friday night. A young defense working in seven new starters forced two turnovers inside Wisconsin's 5 . A.J. Taylor paced the short-handed receiving corps with five catches for 85 yards, while Garrett Groshek turned a screen pass into a 43-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for a 31-point lead.

The Badgers finished with a flurry, scoring on five of six drives after punting on three of their first four possessions. Leave it to Jonathan Taylor to get the offense going. He finished with 145 yards on 18 carries, even watching most of the fourth quarter from the sideline with the game well in hand for Wisconsin. The dynamic back picked up right where he left off last year, when he rushed for an FBS-record 1,977 yards as a freshman. - AP College Football

08/23/18 - (K) - Rafael Gaglianone, Sr, 5-11, 238
K Rafael Gaglianone has been cleared to resume kicking. Gaglianone received the OK to return to workouts two weeks after he was ruled out indefinitely due to an injury to his kicking leg, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday. The news comes eight days before the Badgers are set to open the 2018 season against Western Kentucky on Aug. 31. Gaglianone appeared in 14 games in 2017 and was successful on 16 of 18 field goal attempts.

08/22/18 - (WR) - Danny Davis III, So, 6-0, 196
Danny Davis has been suspended for the first two games of the season, the school announced on Wednesday. The suspension stems from Davis being named in a criminal complaint filed against Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus. Davis and Cephus entered spring practice as Wisconsin's starting wide receivers. Cephus, who has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team, was charged on Monday with felony sexual assault of an intoxicated woman. He claims he is innocent. In the complaint, it is alleged that Davis took at least one photo of one of the women involved in the alleged assaults. "Based on the information I have available to me at this time, I have decided to suspend Danny Davis for the first two games of the season," head coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. "Should further information become available that warrants a reevaluation of the length of the suspension, I will assess that information. We have a high standard of conduct within our football program and we cannot accept behavior that is not consistent with that standard." Davis will miss games against Western Kentucky and New Mexico before returning for the Sept. 15 game against BYU. He will be permitted to practice with the team during the suspension. Last season, Davis was fourth on the team with 26 receptions for 418 yards.

08/20/18 - (WR) - Quintez Cephus, Jr, 6-0, 207
WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin's top returning receiver, has been suspended, although it is not clear whether he will be available for the Badgers' season opener. He was suspended for an unspecified violation of the university's student-athlete discipline policy. "Cephus is suspended from competition and practice pending the availability of further information relating to this case," Wisconsin said in a statement on Monday afternoon. The statement does not specify the length of the suspension, so reinstatement prior to Wisconsin's season opener on Friday, August 31, at home against Western Kentucky is possible. Cephus said on Twitter over the weekend that he was taking a leave of absence to deal with a legal issue. He said he was wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct in an incident that took place in April. ESPN.com reported Cephus has been charged with felony sexual assault of an intoxicated victim and felony assault. He is accused of assaulting two women and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. Cephus, a 6-foot-1, 207-pound junior from Macon, Ga., played in nine games last season and had 30 receptions for 501 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. His 55.6 receiving yards per game led the team.

08/18/18 - (WR) - Quintez Cephus, Jr, 6-0, 207
WR Quintez Cephus is leaving the Wisconsin football team while he deals with a personal matter. Cephus learned that the Dane County District Attorney's Office is planning to make "unspecified charges" against him in Madison, Wis., stemming from an incident in April. He says he is innocent and wants to put his energy into clearing his name. "I have been wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct, and I am innocent of any allegations associated with this consensual relationship," Cephus said on Twitter.

08/09/18 - (K) - Rafael Gaglianone, Sr, 5-11, 238
K Rafael Gaglianone is out indefinitely with an injury to his right leg, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday. Gaglianone, who was held out of practice for a number of days before going on the injury list, also is dealing with discomfort in his back, according to the newspaper. The second-most accurate kicker in school history, Gaglianone has converted 60 of 75 field goal attempts for the Badgers. He has nailed 23 of his last 26 attempts.

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