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*Travis Frederick heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 1/31 - Travis Frederick, C, 6-3, 312, Wisconsin...The Cowboys traded down from 18 to 31 after their top early targets were gone and used the pick for Frederick. He was projected to go in the second and as late as the third round. But the Cowboys were higher on him than most and felt he was their last best option to help them upgrade their offensive line. He should walk in and be the starter at center. - The Sports Xchange
*Peter Konz heading into rJr season: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was fine with sitting out the first and fourth rounds of this draft. He traded away those picks as part of the Julio Jones deal. With only six picks, the Falcons were happy with their haul. They wanted to add some competition along the offensive line and were elated to snap up Wisconsin center Peter Konz with their second round pick. They also drafted mammoth Southern Mississippi tackle Lamar Holmes in the third round. "Peter is a lunch-pail guy," Dimitroff said. "He's a tough, hard-nosed guy, who has the versatility to play both center and guard which is important." Konz is a solid pass blocker and could be the team's center of the future. The Falcons don't believe they reached on Holmes. "I can't comment on why he was projected to go later," Dimitroff said. "Sometimes when you have a JC transfer type of player, the prognosticators are behind from a recognition standpoint." BEST PICK: Center/Guard Peter Konz: He could be a factor at guard as well or be the center of the future. He pulled and trapped from the center position with the Badgers and has a nice anchor point in pass protections. "In terms of Peter, he's going to start at the guard position for us, but he will get some work at center as well," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We'll start cross-training these guys from the very beginning." - The Sports Xchange
*Melvin Gordon heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Chargers' five picks: Round 1/15 -- Melvin Gordon, RB, 6-0, 195, Wisconsin...The Chargers were so desperate to improve last year's 30th-ranked rushing attack that it flipped first-round picks and gave the 49ers a fourth this year and a fifth next year to snag Gordon. The club loves his burst, his physical nature and his durability. He would be easy to write off as a bruising runner from the Big 10 but he has speed and the acceleration that could make him a difference-maker. - The Sports Xchange
Lance Kendricks heading into rSr season: 2010: AFCA All-American, SI and Sporting News first-team All-American, AP second-team All-American ... Consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... John Mackey Award finalist ...Ranks 18th all-time at UW with 1,160 career receiving yards...Led team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns; fifth in scoring and all purpose yards ... 663 receiving yards tied for 18th-most in one season at UW ... team-high four catches for 36 yards against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 ...2009: Played in all 13 games, starting nine ... finished third on team in receiving touchdowns (three) and fourth in receptions (29) and receiving yards (356) ... career-high seven reception for 128 yards, including career-long 37-yard receptions, against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 (second-highest reception total and third-highest receiving yardage total in UW bowl history) ...2008: Played in eight games ... finished with six catches for 141 yards ... averaged 23.5 yards per catch ... appeared at tight end against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl ... suffered broken leg after grabbing one catch for 10 yards at Michigan State on Nov. 1 ...2007: Saw first action as a Badger on special teams in win over Northern Illinois on Oct. 20 ...2006: Redshirted.
Kevin Zeitler heading into Sr season: It used to be that Bengals drafts would be exercises in frustration but the past three have been un-Bengallike in their results. With 10 picks, they addressed key needs on offense and defense, using five on each side. Besides finding their starting right guard, they have competition on the defensive line, cornerback and tight end. They also drafted two wide receivers who will compete to start opposite A.J. Green. The draft is not flashy but they did stock themselves with some depth and got younger. In many ways, it followed the way the Ravens and Steelers have attacked past drafts. BEST PICK: Guard Kevin Zeitler: The Bengals moved down six spots and also got a third-round pick from New England. They liked both David DeCastro and Zeitler but Zeitler might be a better fit because he is considered to be slightly better as a run blocker. He also gives them their starting right guard for the next five years. - The Sports Xchange
Chris Borland heading into rSr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 3/77 -- Chris Borland, ILB, 5-11, 248, Wisconsin...San Francisco is facing a potential six-week absence for All-Pro NaVorro Bowman to start 2014 after sustaining tears to his ACL and MCL in the conference title game. The 49ers liked what they had in Michael Wilhoite, but adding Borland gives them a player that could start right away providing minimal dropoff behind the league's top duo in Bowman and Patrick Willis. That's provided his problem shoulders don't give him more issues. - The Sports Xchange
Montee Ball heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 2/58 -- Montee Ball, RB, 5-10, 217, Wisconsin...Four days after declaring Willis McGahee the "big back" and Ronnie Hillman the "change of pace back," Elway and Fox drafted Ball, and immediately dubbed him the "three-down back." The all-time leader in touchdowns among Division I backs, Ball proved remarkably durable in spite of a massive workload. His arrival puts last year's team-leading rushers, McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, on notice. Although the Broncos don't have to cut one of them immediately, one won't be on the roster when the 2013 season begins, and whoever remains might be as insurance in case Ball falters. - The Sports Xchange
Gabe Carimi heading into rSr season: 2010: 2010 OUTLAND TROPHY WINNER...2010 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...Consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award (Offense) ... Carimi claimed the coveted Outland Trophy this season in helping the Badgers to an 11-2 record and Rose Bowl appearance. He was a unanimous first team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection in 2010. The Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year helped pave the way for the nations No. 5 scoring offense (41.5 ppg.) and made 49 career starts from his left tackle position over the last four years...2009: Started all 13 games at left tackle...First-team All-Big Ten by media and second-team All-Big Ten by coaches ... Fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele ... Preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's ... Named first-team Midseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele ... Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List ... Preseason second team by Phil Steele and third team by Athlon 2008: Earned second letter ... Played in 10 games and started all 10 ... Started his 23rd career game against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl ... Returned to the starting lineup at Michigan State on Nov. 1 after missing games vs. Penn State, at Iowa and vs. Illinois due to injury 2007: Earned first letter ... Started at left tackle in all 13 games, taking over the position from 2006 Outland Trophy winner and No. 3 overall NFL Draft choice Joe Thomas ...2006: Redshirted.
*J.J. Watt heading into rJr season: 2010: 2010 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY AWARD WINNER... AP and SI second-team All-American ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team MVP ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Led team in TFLs, sacks, quarterback hurries, forced fumbles and blocked kicks ... second on team in tackles, pass breakups and passes defended ... tied for sixth in school history with 21.0 tackles for loss in single season, 91 TFL yards ranks seventh ... three blocked kicks is tied for second-most in one year at UW ...broke up one pass and had three tackles against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 ... 2009: Earned first letter ... started all 13 games at defensive end ... finished second on team in TFLs (15.5-53), pass breakups (5) and fumble recoveries (2) and third in sacks (4.5-19) ... broke up two passes, recovered one fumble, had three tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks and one quarterback hurry against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 ...2008: Redshirt season ... named UW's defensive scout team player of the year ... named UW's defensive scout team player of the week against Minnesota on Nov. 15, Iowa on Oct. 18 and Akron on Aug. 30...2007 at Central Michigan: Played in all 14 games ... as a tight end, caught eight passes for 77 yards ,.. career-high two receptions for 23 yards at Kent State on Oct. 27 ... made first catch of career for nine yards at Ball State on Oct. 6.
Bradie Ewing heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 5/157 - Bradie Ewing, FB, 6-0, 239, Wisconsin...The Falcons struggled in short-yardage situations last season and brought in some competition for Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli, who is trying to bounce back from knee surgery. He registered 30 touchdown-resulting blocks. - The Sports Xchange
Philip Welch heading into rSr season: 2010: Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten ... played in all 13 games converted 17 of 22 field goal attempts, including 8-of-12 from 40-plus yards away set school record with 67 extra points made and attempted in one season ... 118 points is most ever by a UW kicker and fourth-best for one season at UW ... 17 points against Indiana (two field goals and school-record 11 extra points) is most-ever by a UW kicker ... earned UW co-special teams player of the week honors against San Jose State (2-2 FG, 3-3 PAT). 2009: Played in all 13 games converted 17 of 24 field goal attempts, but just five of ten from 40-plus yards away named UW's special teams player of the week vs. Indiana (26-yd FG, 4-4 PAT) season-high three field goals and hit on all four PATs against Purdue on Oct. 31 named UW's special teams player of the week vs. Michigan State (41-yd FG, , 5-5 PAT) named UW's co-special teams player of the week against Fresno State (57-yd FG, 32-yd game-winning FG, 4-4 PAT). 2008: Lou Groza award semifinalist first-team Freshman All-American by multiple outlets consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten made 20-of-24 fields goals, 9-of-11 from 40-plus yards out his .833 field goal percentage tied for fourth in the country among kickers with at least 20 field goals made first in the Big Ten in field goals (1.70/game) made a career-high four field goals and hit a season-long 52-yarder at Michigan UW's co-special teams player of the week against Iowa after converting three FGs (42, 40, 35) UW's special teams player of the week against the Zips (5-5 PATs, 32-yd FG) Five of his 67 kickoffs (62.6 avg) resulted in touchbacks. 2007: Redshirted.
Brad Nortman heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 6/207 -- Brad Nortman, P, 6-2, 213, Wisconsin...He's got an excellent chance to make the roster -- since he's the only punter they have at the moment. Veteran Jason Baker was a cap casualty, so the door's open. - The Sports Xchange
Dezmen Southward heading into rSr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: ATLANTA FALCONS: Round 3/68 -- Dezmen Southward, S, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin...The Falcons released starting free safety Thomas DeCoud over the offseason and are counting on the athletic Southward to win the starting spot. He has a 42-inch vertical and ran a 4.39 40-yard dash. He had a 31 Wonderlic score. The Falcons are fine with his medical reports after he was excluded from the combine because of wrist and spine injuries. - The Sports Xchange
John Moffitt heading into rSr season: 2010: AP first-team All-American, SI second-team All-American ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award (Offense) ...Moffitt was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press this season, starting all 13 games at left guard. The Guilford, Conn., native was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010 and, along with Carimi and Kendricks, helped pave the way for two 1,000-yard rushers (John Clay and James White). He played in 45 games over the course of his career, earning the start in 42 of those contests...2009: Played in 11 games, starting 10 (eight at left guard, two at center) ... started at center against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 ... slid over and started at center against Hawaii after Peter Konz went down with an injury ... started at left guard in eight games ...2008: Started all 13 games at center (started six games at LG in 2007) ... had first start at center against Akron on Aug. 30 ... UW's co-offensive player of the week against the Zips...2007: Played in eight games, including six starts ... started at LG (Kemp moved to RG) against 16th-ranked Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl, in win at Minnesota on Nov. 17 and in upset win over 13th-ranked Michigan on Nov. 10...2006: Redshirted.
Kraig Urbik heading into rSr season: 2008: All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Blue Ribbon College Yearbook, adding second-team honors from the league's coaches and media...Member of the Outland Trophy Watch List...Started 11 games at right guard, missing the final quarter of the Penn State clash and the entire Iowa and Illinois clashes after suffering a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain in the third quarter vs. PSU...That injury stopped his starting steak at 45 games...Registered 72 knockdowns, 11 touchdown-resulting blocks and three down-field blocks, grading 85.73 percent for blocking consistency...Allowed just one quarterback sack and one pressure on 333 pass plays...Penalized twice for false starts, including one each vs. Fresno State and Iowa State...Helped the running attack rank 14th in the nation and lead the Big Ten with an average of 211.15 yards per game...The Badgers also averaged 27.46 points and ranked third in the conference with an average of 399.23 yards per game in total offense...Named the team's co-Offensive Player of the Week vs. Akron...2007: Earned third letter has started 39 straight games (first 13 at right tackle, next 23 at right guard and last three at right tackle) consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection named UW offensive player of the week for his performance vs. Indiana on Oct. 27 named UW offensive player of the week for performance vs. Hawkeyes. 2006: Earned second letter made 26th career (and consecutive) start vs. 12th-ranked Arkansas in Capital One Bowl moved from RT to RG for this season. 2005: Second-team Freshman All-American according to The Sporting News and Rivals.com first Badger freshman to start at tackle since former All-American Chris McIntosh did in 1996 started all 13 games at right tackle earned first varsity letter. 2004: Redshirted scout offense player of the week vs. Michigan State.
Aaron Henry heading into rSr season: 2010: Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches) and honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... Started all 13 games, makiong the transition from cornerback to safety fifth on the squad with 58 tackles, 0.5 for loss led team with three fumbles recovered, second with two interceptions and tied for third with seven pass breakups also forced a fumble returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and made three tackles against Northwestern on Nov. 27 named UW's co-defensive player of the week after returning an interception for a touchdown and making three tackles against Indiana on Nov. 13 named UW's defensive player of the week after recording four tackles and career-high three pass breakups against Austin Peay on Sept. 25; also returned first punt of career for game-high 30 yards. 2009: Played in all 13 games, starting three credited with 18 tackles tied for third on team with four pass breakups scored first touchdown of career after returning blocked punt for touchdown against Purdue on Oct. 31. 2008: Redshirted while rehabbing knee injury. 2007: Played in 12 games, including two starts at cornerback honorable mention freshman All-American and first-team freshman All-Big Ten choice by The Sporting News named UWs co-rookie of the year made 38 tackles, ranked fourth on team with 3.5 sacks Intercepted one pass and broke up two others also forced a fumble knee injury sidelined him for the 2008 Outback Bowl against 16th-ranked Tennessee.
Travis Beckum heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 4-6-1.5-0; Rec: 75-982-13.1-6; 3 Sol-4 TT; Earned third letter played in all 13 games, including six starts finalist for the John Mackey Award as nation's top tight end named college football's "Tight End of the Year" by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio first-team All-American according to Walter Camp and Rivals.com and second-team All-American according to The Sporting News consensus first-team All-Big Ten co-winner of UW's Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award led nation's tight ends in receiving yards (982) and ranked No. 2 in receptions (75) his 75 receptions are most ever for a Badger tight end (breaking the record of 61 that he set in 2006) and tied for most in school history (any position) his 982 receiving yards are fourth-most in school history his 5.8 receptions per game (all games) were second in nation among tight ends and fifth in Big Ten (all positions). 2006: 13 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 4-19-4.8-0; Rec: 61-903-14.8-5; Earned second letter semifinalist for the John Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) named second-team All-American by Walter Camp and SI.com second-team All-Big Ten according to media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches winner of UW's Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award played in all 13 games, including 10 starts led team with 61 receptions for 903 yards (both figures are school records for a tight end) finished No. 2 nationally among tight ends in receptions per game (4.69) and receiving yardage. 2005: 10 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-2 TT, 1 TFL; Earned first letter saw action in 10 games as reserve on defense and on special teams made two tackles.
Russell Wilson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 3/75 - Russell Wilson, QB, 5-11, 206, Washington...Somewhat of a surprise pick by Seattle, but the team loves his skill set and leadership skills. Don't be surprised if Wilson manages to make some noise at quarterback in 2012. - The Sports Xchange
Garrett Graham heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite (Minus 16 pounds at weigh-in from listed weight/250) 2008: 11 GP; 10 GS; Rec: 40-540-13.5-5; 1 Sol-1 TT; First-team All-Big Ten (media) second-team All-Big Ten (coaches) led the team with 40 catches for 540 yards team-best five touchdowns and 49.1 yards per game average named UW's offensive player of the week after his team-high six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown at Michigan State. 2007: 13 GP; 10 GS; Rec: 30-328-10.9-4; Second on team with four TD catches named UW co-offensive player of the week after registering five catches and 68 yards, along with a nine-yard TD grab, at Illinois. 2006: Played in three games (did not letter). 2005: Redshirted.
Andy Kemp heading into Sr season: 2007: Earned third letter had started 20 straight games at left guard but broken hand suffered at Penn State on Oct. 13 caused him to miss game at No. 1-ranked Ohio State on Nov. 3, as well as wins over Indiana on Oct. 27 and Northern Illinois on Oct. 20 returned to action at RG for upset win over 13th-ranked Michigan on Nov. 10 and remained at that spot for win at Minnesota on Nov. 17 and the 2008 Outback Bowl against Tennessee Academic All-Big Ten...2006: Earned second letter named Academic All-Big Ten started all 13 games at left guard...2005: Earned first letter saw action in Temple game enrolled at Wisconsin in spring of 2005.
Rob Havenstein heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Rams' nine picks: Round 2/57 - Rob Havenstein, T, 6-7, 321, Wisconsin...Tied a school record with 54 games played, starting 42 and the final 41 at right tackle over the last three seasons. He helped lead the way for three 1,000-yard rushers: Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon and James White, three of the top five rushers in Wisconsin history. Projects to be a right tackle for the Rams. - The Sports Xchange
James White heading into Sr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Round 4/130 -- James White, RB, 5-10, 195, Wisconsin...With both starter Stevan Ridley and third-down back Shane Vereen heading into the final year of their rookie contracts, New England clearly wanted to add depth and developmental talent to the backfield committee. White, who opened and closed his four-year college career with 1,000-yard campaigns, is a guy familiar with sharing the load for the Badgers, and unlike Ridley, his two fumbles in 754 career touches show the kind of ball security that coach Bill Belichick demands. - The Sports Xchange
Jonathan Casillas heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 57 Sol-96 TT, 9 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 2 FF; Earned third letter started all 13 games consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten choice his 96 tackles led team made 10 tackles, including career-high nine solo stops, along with four TFLs in Outback Bowl vs. No. 16 Tennessee on Jan. 1 named to preaseason watch lists for the Lott Trophy (defensive IMPACT player), Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award one of five team captains elected prior to start of season...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 53 Sol-83 TT, 12.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Earned second letter consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection started all 13 games at will linebacker team-high 12.5 TFLs for 38 yards his 83 tackles were third on team (T21st in Big Ten with 6.4 tackles per game) four tackles and two pass breakups in win over 12th-ranked Arkansas in Capital One Bowl also named UW's co-special teams player of the week for Bowling Green game...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-10 TT, 0.5 TFL; True freshman who played in 12 games as reserve LB and on special teams his blocked punt at Minnesota resulted in the game-winning TD with 30 seconds left to play (the play was named the Pontiac Game-Changing Play of the Week).
Matt Shaughnessy heading into Sr season: 2008 Preseason: Broke right fibula (inserted pin) in spring practices, expected back for fall camp. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 41 Sol-60 TT, 18 TFL, 5 SK, 3 PBU, 4 QBH; Earned third letter started at DE in all 13 games consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection named UW's defensive MVP led team, fourth in Big Ten and tied for 19th nationally with 18.0 TFLs tied for eighth on UW's list for TFLs in a season 83 TFL yards in 2007 season are in school history led UW defensive linemen with 60 tackles...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 19 Sol-35 TT, 8 TFL, 4 SK, 3 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Tore ACL in final games of 2006 season, but was ready for start of 2007. Earned second letter consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection started all 13 games at DE team's leadng tackler among defensive linemen with 35 stops second on team with 8.0 TFLs fourth on team with 34 yards in TFLs tied for second on team with 4.0 QB sacks and was third on team with 28 yards in losses his four QB sacks in conference games tied for eighth in Big Ten...2005: 11 GP; 7 GS; 20 Sol-39 TT, 7.5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 2 PBU, 5 QBH; First-team Freshman All-American according to The Sporting News and ESPN.com second-team freshman All-American by collegefootballnews.com honorable mention All-Big Ten according to media selected UW's Rookie of the Year played in 11 games, including seven starts (missed regular-season finale and bowl game due to knee injury sustained in Iowa game) amassed 39 tackles, 7.5 TFLs (fourth on team), 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and five quarterback hurries...grandfather, James Shaughnessy, played at Arnold College.
Ricky Wagner heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 5/168 - Ricky Wagner, T, 6-6, 308, Wisconsin...All-Big Ten Conference tackle has played left tackle for past two seasons after playing right tackle. Former prep basketball player isn't an elite athlete, but could also get a look at guard. - The Sports Xchange
Scott Tolzien heading into rSr season: 2010: Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner ... second-team All-Big Ten (coaches) and honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... Team MVP ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Season completion percentage of .729 (min. 100 attempts) and efficiency mark of 165.8 (min. 200 attempts) are best in school history ... 2,459 passing yards ranks fourth-best all-time for one season at UW and second-most by a senior QB; 194 completions also rank fourth-best ... ranks fifth all-time at UW with 2,429 yards of total offense in one season ... passing touchdown total of 16 tied for eighth-most at UW in one season ... completed 12 of 21 passes for 159 yards against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 ... Holds school records for career completion percentage at .681 (min. 300 att.) and career QB efficiency rating of 153.2 (min. 300 att.) ... fourth at UW with 5,271 career passing yards and 410 career completions ... sixth at Wisconsin with 32 career passing touchdowns ... seventh at Wisconsin with 5,262 yards of total offense in career and 602 career pass attempts...2009: Started all 13 games at quarterback ... set school record for completions in one season with 211 ... 2,705 passing yards ranks second-best for single season in UW history and second-best for a junior at UW ... 2,713 yards of total offense ranks ranks as second-best for one season at UW ... completion percentage of .643 in 2009 ranks third in school history (min. 100 attempts) for one season ... 328 passing attempts ties for third-most in single season at UW ... QB efficiency rating of 143.0 ranks as fifth-best in school history for one season ... 16 TD passes is eighth all-time at Wisconsin in a season ...2008: Played in three games ... completed 5-of-8 passes and threw one interception in three games ...2007: Did not see game action...2006: Redshirted.
Nick Toon heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 4/122 -- Nick Toon, WR, 6-2, 215, Wisconsin...The son of former New York Jets star Al Toon, he doesn't possess blazing speed, but does have the kind of size the Saints like in their wide receivers. - The Sports Xchange
DeAndre Levy heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 49 Sol-70 TT, 10 TFL, 3 SK, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 2 FF; Earned third letter started all 13 games at sam linebacker second on team with 70 tackles third on team with 10.0 TFLs and 53 yards of TFLs six tackles against 16th-ranked Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl... 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 26 Sol-50 TT, 7.5 TFL, 6 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 7 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF; Earned second letter named Academic All-Big Ten started all 13 games at sam linebacker team's fourth-leading tackler with 50 stops lead team with 6.0 QB sacks for 38 yards third on team in TFLs with 7.5 for team-high 44 yards made three solo stops and intercepted a pass in Capital One Bowl win over 12th-ranked Arkansas... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 13 Sol-18 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 1 FR, 2 FF; True freshman who earned first varsity letter as reserve linebacker and on special teams saw action in 11 games made 18 tackles, including career-high four at Illinois.
Jared Abbrederis heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 5/176 - Jared Abbrederis, WR, 6-1, 195, Wisconsin...The first Badgers player taken by the Packers in the draft in 13 years was an overachiever after starting his productive college career as a walk-on. "I love Jared's versatility," Green Bay receivers coach Edgar Bennett said. "He's a savvy route runner." Besides putting up big receiving numbers his last two seasons, Abbrederis has appeal as an accomplished kick returner. - The Sports Xchange
Jay Valai heading into rSr season: 2009: Started all 13 games ... tied for fourth on team with four pass breakups ... ranked third among UW defensive backs and sixth on the team with 51 tackles ... broke up one pass, made three tackles and had 1.0 TFL against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 ...2008: Started 12 games at strong safety ... tied for the Big Ten lead with three forced fumbles in league play ... fifth on the team with 56 tackles ... made first career start at strong safety on Aug. 30 against Akron and had two tackles...2007: Played in 11 games (missed games at Illinois on Oct. 6 and vs. 23rd-ranked Michigan State on Sept. 29 due to injury) ... saw time on defense in three games ...2006: Redshirted.
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