White & Borland Named to Watch Lists


MADISON, Wis. — Senior leaders on both sides of the ball represent Wisconsin on preseason watch lists announced Monday for a pair of major awards.

 Senior RB James White was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the national player of the year, while senior LB Chris Borland is a preseason candidate for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player.

 Both lists were announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

 White enters his senior season as the nation’s second-leading rusher among active running backs, owning 2,571 career rushing yards despite making only two starts in his first three seasons at UW. He is the lone active running back in the FBS to boast a career rushing average of better than six yards per carry with his school-record mark of 6.09 yards per attempt.

 A 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman in 2010 (1,052), White has nine career 100-yard games to his credit and enters the season ranked 12th in UW history with his 2,571 career yards. He played in all 14 games for Wisconsin last season, rushing for 806 yards — an average of 6.4 per carry — and finishing with 12 touchdowns. He ran for 119 yards and scored four touchdowns — while throwing for another TD — in UW’s 70-31 win over Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game.

 Borland, featured on the Bednarik watch list for the second-straight season, heads into his final year at UW as a centerpiece of the Badgers’ defense. A first-team All-Big Ten pick each of the last two seasons, Borland has proven himself a play-maker as an inside linebacker.

 With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.

 Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss — tied for seventh-best in school history — to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles.

 The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, is in its 77th year. The Bednarik Award, honoring Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, will be presented for the 19th time.

 Ball is one of 28 running backs named the Maxwell Award watch list, which includes a total of nine Big Ten players. Borland is one of 10 players to represent the Big Ten on the Bednarik Award watch list.

 Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o won both the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award last season.


2013 Award Watch Lists

• Maxwell (player of the year): James White

• Bednarik (defensive player of the year): Chris Borland

• Hornung (most versatile): Jared Abbrederis


Badger Media Day: “Earn it, Accept it, Get it”

MADISON, Wis –  Earn it, accept it, and go get it…. these were the words that were the common theme of the 2011 Wisconsin Badgers Media Day.  Bret Bielema has had access to his group for just a few days since camp opened for practice last Friday, but he’s already got his  kids to understand the pre season ranking is only that, it’s pre season.  He’s  preached to them over  the past few days that it’s great to have the exposure,  but you have to “earn it, accept it, and then go  get it”.  Coach Bielema has  made it clear it’s awesome to have a pre season top ten ranking, but it  really  doesn’t mean anything if you don’t go out and take care of business every  play.  That has been  the motto for this team for some time, “win every play”.  Needless to say by the time camp ends fans  should expect this team to be  100% focused and know that every player will be ready to “Earn it,  accept it,  and get it”.  Below you will see some comments from Coach and the Players  plus a bunch of  photos from media day.  Thanks again to Shane Genschaw for  filling in for me this weekend, he did a  great job.

Bret Bielema on OL Travis Fredrick: “He’s a beast, he squats 730 lbs, and he’s very smart he’s majoring in Computer Enginering and Science, he’ll fit nicely on the left side”

Bret Bielema on the 3rd RB:  “Jeff Lewis and Melvin Gordon are in a good early competition for that spot”

Bret Bielema on Russell Wilson:  “The players seem to have really accepted him, he takes nothing for granted, and doesn’t want anything handed to him”  “I always make the freshman come up in front of the team and introduce themselves and this year I said we have one more newcomer, and the team gave him a hard time and had a good time with it”

Bret Bielema on Jared Abbrederis:  “He’s been amazing, to think this kid almost quit football a couple years ago, and now he’s been amazing helping the young WR’s along”

Bret Bielema on Chris Boreland:  “After what happened year, he’s a very angry man, he needs to get out and let that anger out, he’s been waiting for this season to get here ever since his season ended early last year”

Bret Bielema on Derek Watt:  “He’s a lot like his big brother, works his tail off, and will make sure he doesn’t let anyone down, it’s been very nice to see him in practice”

Bret Bielema on Recruiting:  “It’s pretty simple we are looking for a “Wisconsin” kid, a kid with character, no matter where we are recruiting he’s gotta be a “Wisconsin” kid and have Character if not we don’t want them”

 Russell Wilson on being a Badgers:  “It’s exactly what I expected, these guys have been great to  me, it’s been awesome, I can’t wait for the season to start to see what we can do”

 Aaron Henry on his size:  “I’m not big, I kinda have a Tim Tebow mindset, I’m not the typical  size for a DB, so I have to work harder to make up for my so called lack of size”  —-  Side note: the  other DB’s heard this and gave him a very hard time, it was pretty funny

 Nearly every single player and Coach:  “It’s nice to have some pre season exposure, but we have  to EARN it, ACCEPT it, and GET it”

Don't mess with the DB's

Russell Wilson flooded by the media


Aaron Henry





James White

Nick Toon

Monte Ball

Ron Dayne Award Watch List Announced

Two Badgers headline the Ron Dayne Award Watch List

The 1st Annual BadgerSportsBeat.com Awards watch list begins today with the Ron Dayne Award watch list.  There are six member on the list, these players are in my opinion the best six RB’s in the Big Ten heading into the 2011 season.  The list will be cut down to 3 half way through the Big Ten season, at which time you might see a player whose name isn’t on the list right now, and the winner of the Ron Dayne award will be announced after the season before the Bowl games begin.  Each day I’ll be announcing another award and watch list, but for now you can check out the players who made the cut for the 2011 Ron Dayne Award watch list:

JAMES WHITE (UW / Soph) – 2010: Earned first letter … played in 12 games … average of 6.74 yards per rush ranks second-best in school history (min. 100 attempts) … 1,052 rushing yards is fourth-most in a single-season by a freshman at UW … led team in rushing yards and all-purpose yards … second on team in rushing TDs, rushing yards per game, kick return yards and total  offense … finished third at UW in rushes and total points … gained 23 yards on eight carries against TCU in  the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 … became fourth freshman in school history to go over 1,000 yards in a season  after rushing for 134 yards and scoring one touchdown on 20 attempts, also caught one pass for five  yards, against Northwestern on Nov. 27 … Big Ten Freshman of the Week after career-high 181 rushing  yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, two catches for 19 yards and two kick returns for 46 yards  (career-high 246 all-purpose yards) at Michigan on Nov. 20 … returned from injury to rush for 144 yards  and two touchdowns on 19 carries against Indiana on Nov. 13 … did not play at Purdue on Nov. 6 due to  injuries … gained 10 yards on six carries and caught one pass for no gain before leaving Iowa game on Oct.  23 with an injury … named UW’s co-offensive player of the week after rushing for 75 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and catching two passes for nine yards in win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16 … game-high 118 rushing yards with two touchdowns on 19 carries against Minnesota on Oct. 9 … earned second-straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after tallying 235 all-purpose yards (98 rush with 2 TDS, 6 rec., and 131 on kick returns) at Michigan State on Oct. 2 … named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and UW offensive player of the week after rushing 11 times for 145 yards and freshman-record tying four touchdowns against Austin Peay on Sept. 25; scored on 66-yard run and added one catch for 12 yards and 43 kickoff return yards on two retuns … team-high 133 total yards (40 rush, 93 kickoff return) against Arizona State on Sept. 18 … gained 25 yards on six carries and returned two kicks for 16 yards against San Jose State on Sept. 11 … rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries and caught three passes for 37 yards in Badger debut at UNLV on Sept. 4


  MONTE BALL (UW / JR) – 2010: Earned second letter … played in 12 games including starts in the final four contests … led team in rushing touchdowns, ranked second in rushing attempts and scoring, third in rushing yards and all purpose yards and fourth in total offense … 18 rushing touchdowns in 2010 are tied for fourth-most in single season at UW … average of 6.11 yards per carry is sixth-best in one season at UW … 108 points scored in 2010 ties for sixth-most in single season at UW … ran for 132 yards and scored one touchdown on 22 carries against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 (132 rush yards, 22 carries, 6.0 yards per carry all are ninth-most in UW bowl history; 40-yard run ties for 10th-longest in UW bowl history) … career-high 178 yards, including season-long 44-yard run, and four touchdowns against Northwestern on Nov. 27; second player in school history to run for four touchdowns in consecutive games … career-high four rushing touchdowns and 173 yards rushing on 29 carries and one reception for seven yards at Michigan on Nov. 20 … in first career start, ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries and caught one pass for nine yards against Indiana on Nov. 13 … named UW’s offensive player of the week after filling in for injured starter John Clay and rushing 21 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns while catching one pass for five yards at Purdue on Nov. 6 … named UW’s co-offensive player of the week after catching career-high five passes for 41 yards and rushed three times for 18 yards and one touchdown at Iowa on Oct. 23 … did not play in win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16 … gained 10 yards on three carries against Minnesota on Oct. 9 … ran two times for six yards at Michigan State on Oct. 2 … tallied 64 rushing yards and one TD on 11 carries and caught two passes for 25 yards against Austin Peay on Sept. 25 … four receptions for 38 yards and had five rushes for 11 rushes against Arizona State on Sept. 18 … rushed for 31 yards on nine carries against San Jose State on Sept. 11 … scored two rushing touchdowns (second career 2-TD game) on 16 rushes for 79 yards and caught one pass for six yards at UNLV on Sept. 4


  EDWIN BAKER (MSU / JR) – 2010: True sophomore ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 30th in the nation with his 92.4-yard rushing average (1,201 total yards rushing) . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by the media and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches . . . named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten second team . . . also named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore second team . . . became just the sixth sophomore in school history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season (Lorenzo White, 1985; Tico Duckett,  1990; Marc Renaud, 1995; Sedrick Irvin, 1996; T.J. Duckett, 2000) . . . his 1,201 yards rushing rank 13th in  MSU single-season history . . . had five 100-yard rushing games (Western Michigan: 117; Florida Atlantic:  career-high 183; Michigan: 147; Minnesota: 179; Penn State: 118) . . . averaged 5.8 yards per rush and had 10  rushes of 20-plus yards . . . ranked eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (6.0 ppg.), including a team-best 13 rushing  TDs, which rank 11th most in an MSU season . . . recipient of the team’s Danziger Award (Outstanding Detroit-  Area Player, Offense) . . . midseason addition to the Doak Walker Award Watch List (nation’s top running back)  and Maxwell Award Watch List (nation’s outstanding player) . . . rushed for 118 yards on a career-high 28  carries, including a 7-yard TD, in the victory at Penn State . . . rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries (5.6 avg.),  including a 19-yard touchdown run, in the win over Purdue . . . recorded a career-high four rushing  touchdowns while gaining 179 rushing yards on 27 carries in win over Minnesota; recorded a 30-yard TD in  the first quarter and two of his touchdowns arrived on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line . . . averaged 7.3  yards per rush (73 yards on 10 carries) in win at Northwestern, including a 25-yard score with 1:07 remaining  in the game to give MSU a 35-27 lead . . . accumulated 147 yards on the ground on 22 carries (6.7 avg.) in win at No. 18 Michigan, the sixth-highest total for a Spartan against the Wolverines; broke free for a 61-yard TD in the second quarter to give MSU a 7-3 lead; named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week . . . rushed for a team-high 87 yards on 18 carries (4.8 avg.) in win over No. 11 Wisconsin . . . collected 59 rushing yards on 11 carries and scored on a 5-yard TD vs. Northern Colorado . . . ran for 90 yards in overtime win against Notre Dame, including a 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter . . . produced a career-high 183 yards on just 15 carries (12.2 avg.), including an 80-yard TD run, vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field; garnered Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors and was also named National Running Back Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards . . . rushed for 117 yards on 17 carries (6.9 avg.) and two touchdowns vs. Western Michigan in the season opener; named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his game against the Broncos.


  REX BURKHEAD (NEB / JR) 2010: Burkhead played in all 14 games with two starts and earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors, as he finished with 951 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Burkhead accounted for 104 yards on just seven touches in the opener against Western Kentucky. He ran for 57 yards, including a 20-yard score, on five carries, while hauling in a pair of catches for 47 yards.  Burkhead totaled 118 yards against Idaho, rushing for 77 yards on nine carries, while catching three passes for 41 yards, including a career-long 31 yard reception. He was one of three players to top 100 rushing yards at Washington, with 104 yards on 13 carries, including a 19-yard fourth quarter touchdown. He added 66 yards and a touchdown against South Dakota State and contributed 57 rushing yards as Nebraska ran for 451 yards in a 48-13 win at Kansas State. Burkhead’s role increased in the final six games after Martinez suffered an ankle injury. At Iowa State, Burkhead took a number of snaps out of the Wildcat and rushed 20 times for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns. He capped his effort with a 19-yard touchdown in overtime as NU escaped with a 31-30 win. He added 77 yards and a touchdown against Kansas, then had 74 yards on 13 carries, including a season-long 33-yard run at Texas A&M. In that game, Burkhead topped 1,000 career rushing yards. Against Colorado, Burkhead did it all. He ran for 101 yards on 19 carries and completed two passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns–a 26-yarder to Brandon Kinnie and a 4-yard TD to Kyler Reed. Burkhead rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries and had a touchdown pass against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game and ran for 39 yards against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.


MARCUS COKER (Iowa / Soph) – 2010:  Saw action in seven games, with four starts . . . rushed 114 times for 622 yards and three touchdowns and had two receptions for 23 yards . . . saw first action of career in 45-0 win over Ball State as offense gained 562  yards total offense . . . rushed 10 times for 60 yards, with a long of 21 yards . . . also had one pass  reception for 12 yards . . . did not see action in 24-3 win over Penn State . . . did not see action in 38-  28  win at Michigan . . . did not see action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin . . . saw action in 37-6 win over  fifth-  ranked Michigan State . . . 16 rushing attempts for 40 yards vs. MSU . . . started at running  back in 18-13  win at Indiana, earning first career start . . . rushed 22 times for 129 yards vs. the  Hoosiers as offense  gained 445 yards total offense . . . saw action in 21-17 loss at Northwestern,  rushing three times for 14 yards . . . started at running back in 20-17 loss to Ohio State . . . nine rushing attempts for 70 yards and first career touchdowns against OSU, along with one reception for 11 yards . . . 26-yard run in fourth quarter set up his one-yard touchdown run to give Iowa a 17-10 advantage . . . started at running back in 27-24 loss at Minnesota . . . led rushing attack at Minnesota with 21 attempts for 90 yards, with a long of 16 yards . . . started at running back in 27-24 Insight Bowl win over 12th-ranked Missouri . . . rushed 33 times for 219 yards and two scores vs. Missouri . . . scored on runs of one and 62 yards.


JASON FORD (ILL / SR) –  2010:  Played in 12 games and made four starts … Rushed for 480 yards on 99 carries (4.8 ypc) with seven touchdowns … Also caught seven passes for 52 yards and threw a four-yard tochdown pass during 2010 … Had 12 carries for 54 yards and three receptions for 29 yards in Texas Bowl win over Baylor … Had six carries for 50 yards, including a season-long 29-yard run, at Fresno State … Totaled a season-high 17 carries for 86 yards and tied his career high with three rushing TDs in win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field … Had 10 carries for a season-high 91 yards and one TD at Michigan … Did not play against Purdue due to injury … Became the 37th Illini to surpass 1,000 career yards rushing with 47 yards on nine carries in win at Penn State … Also completed his first career pass vs. PSU, a four-yard TD toss, the first Illini non-quarterback TD pass since 2006.  Jason Ford expects big things for Illinois this season, his senior season has high expectations.  He looks to show the Big Ten that he belongs in the upper class of elite RB’s in the league.




James White on the Walter Camp Award Watch List

MADISON, Wis –  UW Sophomore running back James White has been named to another award watch list.  The recent award he’s been named on is the Walter Camp Award, which is given out to the nation’s best College Football player.  White has also been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list as well as the Maxwell Award watch list.  White Rushed for 1,052 yards and 14 touchdowns as a Freshman  last season which was good enough to earn him Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

Five Big Ten players were named on the watch list, with White being the only RB named  from the Big  Ten on the list.  The other four players named on the list were Michigan State  QB Kirk Cousins,  Northwestern QB Dan Persa, Michigan QB Denard Robinson, and  Nebraska DT Jared Crick.  A couple of  Badgers who may have a case that they were  snubbed from the list are Monte Ball who rushed for 996  yards and 18 TD’s a year ago,  and the other being none other than Russell Wilson, who’s stats we’ve seen  and looked up  ever since he choose UW over Auburn.  Now Badger fans don’t get too worked up, as the  list will be trimmed to 10 in mid November and any player deserving will be added to the  list at that  time.

The last Walter Camp award winner will be announced on December 8th on Sportscenter.  There have been 12 past Big Ten players who have won the award.  Ron Dayne is the lone  Badger to win the award, which was back in 1999!

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