Ball & Pederson Earn Big Ten Awards

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14 Other Badgers also recognized, including a total of 7 First Team Selections

MADISON, Wis. — A pair of the Big Ten’s best at their positions and 15 All-Big Ten honorees, including seven first-team selections, highlight Wisconsin’s 2012 conference award winners.

Senior running back Montee Ball was named the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

Ball became the NCAA’s all-time touchdown leader with his 79th career touchdown against Penn State on Saturday. The senior finished conference play with a league-best 1,168 rushing yards, averaging 146.0 rushing yards per game, and 15 touchdowns.

Ball earned the inaugural award, which is named for former Badgers — and Heisman Trophy winners — Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, after tying the NCAA record with 39 touchdowns in 2011.

Junior tight end Jacob Pedersen was named the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year. The award is named for Penn State’s Ted Kwalick and Iowa’s Dallas Clark.

Pedersen recorded his fourth touchdown reception of the season on a pass from Curt Phillips with eight seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime vs. Ohio State. Pedersen’s 14 career TD receptions are tied for 11th all-time at UW.

Ball and Pedersen, together with five teammates, also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, tying Ohio State for most first-team selections in the league with seven.

Last year, UW had a school-record nine first-team selections. Prior to that, the last time that Wisconsin has as many as seven first-team All-Big Ten selection was 1999.

Ball, junior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and senior left tackle Rick Wagner earned consensus first team honors.

Junior center Travis Frederick and senior linebacker Mike Taylor were each voted first team by the media and both earned honorable mention selection from the coaches. Pedersen and junior linebacker Chris Borland were voted first team by league coaches and honorable mention by the media.

Junior left guard Ryan Groy earned a second-team nod from the coaches and honorable mention honors from the media, while senior corner back Devin Smith was voted second team by the media and honorable mention by the coaches.

CB Marcus Cromartie, DE David Gilbert, P Drew Meyer and S Dezmen Southward were consensus honorable mention selections, while DT Ethan Hemer was selected honorable mention by the coaches.

Senior safety Shelton Johnson was selected as Wisconsin’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.

The Badgers continue their season with a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, where they will face Legends Division champion Nebraska at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Wisconsin is looking to win its third-consecutive Big Ten title and its third-consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl.

2012 Badgers All-Big Ten Football

Offense

Montee Ball – First team (consensus)

Jared Abbrederis – First team (consensus)

Rick Wagner – First team (consensus)

Travis Frederick – First team (media), Honorable mention (coaches)

Jacob Pedersen – First team (coaches), Honorable mention (media)

Ryan Groy – Second team (coaches), Honorable mention (media)

Defense

Mike Taylor – First team (media), Honorable mention (coaches)

Chris Borland – First team (coaches), Honorable mention (media)

Devin Smith – Second team (media), Honorable mention (coaches)

Beau Allen – Honorable mention (consensus)

Marcus Cromartie – Honorable mention (consensus)

David Gilbert – Honorable mention (consensus)

Ethan Hemer – Honorable mention (coaches)

Drew Meyer – Honorable mention (consensus)

Dezmen Southward – Honorable mention (consensus)

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

Shelton Johnson

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LIVE Gameday Blog: “The battle for the Axe”

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10:58 am — The Battle for the Axe Gameday Prediction: Badgers have held the Axe for the past 8 years, and today Bucky will keep it for a 9th straight year as Bucky will win 31-12!

11:21 am — TOUCHDOWN BADGERS!!!!  After a bit of a slow start to the game, Bucky drives 59 yards on just 3 plays.  The big play of the drive was a long pass to Abredaris, then James White took the direct snap from 10 yards out for the score.  Badgers lead 7-0

11:29 am — touchdown Gophers.  Gophers answer the Badgers TD with a Touchdown of their own, they were setup with very good field position after the Badgers kickoff went OB!  Ggophers missed the XP Badgers still up 7-6

11:46 am — END of 1st QUARTER in Camp Randal, Badgers lead 7-6! Not the best start to a game that shouldn’t be close, OL showing some struggles today.

12:15 pm — TOUCHDOWN BADGERS!!!! James White with his 2nd TD run, this one from 34 yards out! It hasn’t been pretty through the 1st half but Bucky still leads 14-6 late in the 2nd Quarter

12:29 pm — HALFTIME….Badgers lead 14-6! Not a very fluid 1st half for Bucky, not liking the fact they are allowing a Gopher team that is starting a Freshman QB and a team that really isn’t close to Bucky talent wise keep it close, Bucky needs to establish their balance to start the 2nd half with a TD drive!

1:02 pm — FIELD GOAL BADGERS! Badgers have to settle for 3 points following a very athletic INT by Devin Smith! Badgers extend their lead to 17-6 midway through the 3rd.

1:14 pm — TOUCHDOWN BADGERS!!!! James White scores his 3rd TD of the day, this one from 48 yards out! White is doing his best Montee Ball impersonation! Badgers have the offense rolling now in the 3rd Quarter. Bucky now leads 24-6!

1:44 pm — TOUCHDOWN BADGERS!!!! Montee Ball gets into the act! Ball and White have combined for over 250 yards rushing today! Badgers having a big 2nd half and now lead 31-13 with 11:00 left in the 4th!

1:52 pm — TOUCHDOWN BADGERS!!!! Montee Ball with his 2nd TD of the day! Ball and White have combined for over 300 rushing yards and 5 TD’s! This is an “Axe” whooping! Badgers lead 38-13!

2:08 pm — FINAL Badgers WIN 38-13!!! The Axe stays in Wisconsin for the 9th straight year!

Matt Canada named Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema took another step towards completing his coaching staff by naming Matt Canada as the Badgers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. Canada spent last season in the same role at Northern Illinois, helping the Huskies to an 11-3 record, a MAC championship and a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

 “Matt has a terrific history as an offensive coordinator and has excelled at developing quarterbacks throughout his career,” Bielema said. “I know he is very excited about running a pro-style offense and handling a game the way we typically have at Wisconsin. I think this is a great hire for us and I can’t wait for him to get to work with our coaches and players.”

Last season, Canada worked for former Badger defensive coordinator Dave Doeren and directed one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Northern Illinois finished among the top 12 in the country in scoring offense, total offense and rushing offense. The Huskies joined Wisconsin as two of the five teams in the country to average at least 230.0 yards rushing and passing last season. NIU’s quarterback, Chandler Harnisch, was a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and was named honorable mention All-America by SI.com. He finished ninth in the country in total offense, averaging 328.2 yards per game.

“I’m truly excited for the opportunity to come to Wisconsin,” Canada said. “It’s a program that I’ve followed closely for a number of years. I’ve always been impressed with their tradition, especially offensively with their style of play, and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

“In this process, I’m putting together a staff that will come from different directions to come together to play football the way Wisconsin has traditionally played,” Bielema said.

Last year marked Canada’s second stint with Northern Illinois. He spent six seasons (1998-2003) as an assistant coach at NIU under former head coach Joe Novak, working with the NIU running backs (1998-2000) and quarterbacks (2001-02) before taking over as offensive coordinator in the Huskies’ breakthrough 2003 season. At Northern Illinois, Canada was part of the staff that revived the Huskie program, from a team that was 2-9 in his first season of 1998 to the team that upset Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State en route to a No. 12 Associated Press and No. 10 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking in 2003.

Canada coached players whose names fill the Huskie record books, including current Atlanta Falcons’ running back and 2003 second-team All-American Michael Turner, and fellow thousand-yard rushers William Andrews and current Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock. The Huskie offense under Canada also featured current Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Ryan Diem and former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin McCareins.

Before returning to Northern Illinois in 2011, Canada had spent the last seven years at Indiana, where he coached the Hoosiers’ quarterbacks each season, became passing game coordinator in 2005 and 2006, and served as offensive coordinator for the last four years. Canada’s quarterbacks at IU (Ben Chappell, Kellen Lewis and Blake Powers) hold the top three spots in single season touchdowns, yards, completions, attempts and completion percentage. In four years as IU offensive coordinator, the Hoosiers had an All-American wide receiver (James Hardy), three first-team All-Big Ten receivers, an all-conference left tackle and an all-league quarterback (Lewis). Chappell led the Big Ten in passing yards, completions and attempts in 2010 while setting the Indiana single-season records in all three categories. Lewis set the Indiana school record for career passing touchdowns and established new single-season marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total yards as the 2007 Hoosiers scored a school-record 412 points under Canada’s direction.

A 1993 graduate of Indiana, Canada began his coaching career as a student assistant (1992-93) and graduate assistant (1994-95) at IU. He made his full-time coaching debut in 1996 at Butler University, where he oversaw the quarterbacks and wideouts before moving up to offensive coordinator in 1997.

Wisconsin vs. South Dakota football tickets available

Special ticket offer includes complimentary concessions in Badgerville

 MADISON, Wis. — A limited number of tickets for the Wisconsin football game against South Dakota have been returned and will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 8:30 a.m.  As announced Monday by the Big Ten Conference, kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.24 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Individual tickets are $42. Fans can take advantage of a money-saving ticket package created just for this game. With a Badgerville Family Four Pack fans will enjoy four tickets and $40 of complimentary concessions in Badgerville, the official pre-game tailgate part of Wisconsin Athletes.

For the South Dakota game, Badgerville opens at noon. Former Badger Scott Starks is scheduled to be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. Also, as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival,  a display and exhibit on the science of football will be featured inside Badgerville.

Badgerville is located on the grass field located immediately north of Camp Randall Stadium along Breese Terrace.  Fans can get ready for the game by enjoying food, beer and beverages, including Famous Dave’s legendary barbeque and Panchero’s Mexican Grill. There is plenty of entertainment in Badgerville, as well, including interactive games and activities for kids, music and an appearance by the UW Marching Band.

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