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  05/22/22 - Nick HerbigJr/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 227 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: NICK HERBIG, LB, Wisconsin, Jr., 6-2, 227, Kauai, Hawaii: Top returner on No. 1 defense in country last year; Had 64 tackles, 14.5 for losses and 9 sacks. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#6 OLB) Jr/2024 OLB Nick HerbigWisconsin
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  05/16/22 - Jordan TurnerrSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-1, 228 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: LB Jordan Turner, sophomore. The Badgers are going to need some unproven inside linebackers to step up as they replace stars Leo Chenal and Jack Sanborn. Turner bears watching after he made the most of his limited snaps spread over six games. He had two interceptions. - AP College Football

(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2025 ILB Jordan TurnerWisconsin
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  05/09/22 - Kamoi LaturSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Numbers in the University of Wisconsin safety room received a boost Friday when Kamo'i Latu announced his intention to transfer to the program. The 6-foot, 195-pound Latu played in 14 games last season, registering 19 tackles and three pass breakups for Utah. He finished with a career-high 10 tackles during a 42-26 win at Southern Cal in October, his only start of 2021. That performance allowed him to claim Pac-12 freshman of the week accolades.

Latu participated in 19 games over two seasons for the Utes, who lost to Ohio State in the 2022 Rose Bowl. 247Sports and Rivals rated him as a three-star recruit, and the two recruiting services reported he had offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State, Southern Cal and Washington, among others. Latu also holds a connection to the program with a former prep teammate. Both he and current UW outside linebacker Nick Herbig played at Saint Louis School in Honolulu before moving on to the college ranks. - KTBS ABC TV3 News


(DS#999 FS) rSo/2025 FS Kamoi LatuWisconsin
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  05/07/22 - Tatum GrassJr/2024, Wisconsin, 6-1, 231 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  When Wisconsin opened spring practice in March, walk-on Tatum Grass was on the No. 1 defense at inside linebacker. That was by design. New inside linebackers coach Bill Sheridan set up his pairings based on the number of snaps the players got in 2021, and Grass was the leader of a young group trying to replace departed starters Leo Chenal and Jack Sanborn. Then late in the spring Sheridan shuffled his pairings to gauge how the players would respond to the changes. When UW closed spring ball April 22, Grass was still working on the No. 1 unit. That was also by design because the 6-foot-2, 234-pounder from Holmen High School was arguably the most consistent inside linebacker during the spring. - Journal Sentinel

(DS#999 ILB) Jr/2024 ILB Tatum GrassWisconsin
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  05/01/22 - Kamoi LaturSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  It's been a busy couple of days in the NCAA transfer portal for the Utah Utes. Utah linebacker Carson Tabaracci, safety Kamo'i Latu, offensive lineman Marist Talavou and running back Braedon Wissler all reportedly entered the portal Thursday, while safety Stone Azarcon and wide receiver Ben Renfro did so earlier in the week. Latu, a sophomore, played in 14 games last season for Utah. He won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors for his performance in Utah's win at USC, where he had 10 tackles to lead the Utes' defense. Tabaracci, who played at Park City High, was a three-star recruit per 247Sports in Utah's 2022 class, and he had already made an impact during spring ball. Azarcon walked onto the team in 2017, playing in nine games on special teams in 2019 and five in 2020, with all action coming on special teams. He did not play in 2021. - Deseret News

(DS#999 FS) rSo/2025 FS Kamoi LatuWisconsin
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  05/01/22 - John TorchiorSr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-0, 208 (DS#31 SS) + More +

  Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard closed spring practice with two healthy safeties who had played in a college game, John Torchio and Hunter Wohler. Leonhard played five safeties last season, but Scott Nelson and Collin Wilder left to prepare for the 2022 NFL draft and Travian Blaylock suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury during spring practice. "It's a big concern of mine to not have that depth," Leonhard said during spring ball. "You're an injury away from being light. I know we have some flexibility within the corner group to help out. If we need to use that, we will. It's definitely concerning coming out of spring, the depth at the position." UW was expected to consider adding a transfer at the position and on Saturday the Badgers offered KaMo'i LaTu, who announced recently he is leaving Utah. Latu, 6-foot and 190 pounds played mostly on special teams as a freshman in 2020 and recorded four tackles. He finished last season with 19 tackles, 11 solo, and three passes broken up. - Journal Sentinel

(DS#31 SS) rSr/2023 SS John TorchioWisconsin
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  01/03/22 - *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-3, 250 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal is entering the NFL draft rather than returning to the Badgers next season. Chenal announced his decision Monday on social media. The move comes after Chenal earned second-team honors on the Associated Press All-America team as a junior. "Badger Nation, I can't thank you enough for the support!" Chenal said in his social media post. "I know you'll be behind me on this next journey as well!" Chenal was the leading tackler for a Wisconsin defense that allowed the fewest yards per game of any Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. He had 115 tackles and 18 1/2 tackles to rank first on his team in both categories - despite missing the Badgers' first two games due to COVID-19. Chenal also recorded eight sacks to rank second on the team. Wisconsin (9-4) closed its season Thursday by beating Arizona State 20-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl. - AP College Football

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  12/30/22 - Braelon AllenSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Braelon Allen thought his week in Las Vegas was rather uneventful. After all, it's hard to really soak in Sin City when you're only 17 years old. He'll have to settle for his MVP award. Allen ran for 159 yards and Wisconsin drained the final 9:57 off the clock with an 18-play drive that sealed a 20-13 victory over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday night. Allen, a true freshman from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, had 101 yards by halftime for his eighth 100-yard game of the season.

He averaged 6.8 yards per carry this year, falling just short of joining NFL stars Melvin Gordon and Jonathan Taylor as the only Wisconsin running backs to average 7 yards per attempt over a full season. "Being able to have the season that I ended up having, I can't thank the guys enough for the support," said Allen, selected the game's MVP. "Keeping my head on straight and keep on encouraging me, just telling me my time was going to come. All the credit goes to the O-line and all the guys in the room." Graham Mertz finished 11 of 15 for 137 yards and a 7-yard touchdown toss late in the first quarter to senior tight end Jake Ferguson, who caught three passes for 33 yards for Wisconsin (9-4). "Really proud of this group," Badgers coach Paul Chryst said. "Took a lot of guys to get us that victory. It's really what this season's been. It's a special team." - Wisconsin/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) So/2025 RB Braelon AllenWisconsin
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  12/17/21 - Keontez LewisSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 197 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Freshman receiver Keontez Lewis announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal on Sunday. He became the 11th Bruin to transfer since the game against Cal. Lewis started one game, against Utah, of the 11 games he played in this season but didn't make a reception. - Orange County Register

(DS#999 WR) So/2025 WR Keontez LewisWisconsin
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  12/17/21 - *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-3, 250 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  The University of Wisconsin athletic department held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the "CR Future" project at Camp Randall Stadium on Wednesday. There are a lot of voices in the ears of Leo Chenal right now. Same goes the University of Wisconsin linebacker's teammates Keeanu Benton and Faion Hicks. They're a few of the Badgers football players who have a decision in front of them regarding the next steps in their careers. Staying another year at UW or taking a shot at the NFL has weighed on all three players' minds.

UW players are still waiting to hear from the NFL College Advisory Committee regarding their projected draft positions, a big factor in their decisions, but not the only one. "You want as much information as you can to make the most careful decision and most thoughtful decision," Chenal said Tuesday. "I'm not going to really put a (draft-round) number on it or anything like that. It's more than just a number, it's weighing a lot of factors. There's a lot of special stuff going on here, a lot of things we could do next year. It's more than just like potential this or potential that. A lot of it is things you want to accomplish, too." Chenal - a second-team All-American per a number of voting bodies, including the Associated Press - could forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft, but he is running into a positional debate. There's doubt that Chenal can cover enough space in pass coverage to be an inside linebacker at the pro level. Chenal's downhill, hard-charging playstyle was a better fit in the pros before passing offense evolved to control the game. He led the Badgers and was second in the Big Ten with 106 tackles despite missing the first two games after contracting COVID-19. His seven sacks are a team-high, as are his 17 tackles for loss. He ranks fourth in the league in sacks and second in tackles for loss, but he had the most tackles for loss per game (1.7) in the Big Ten. - Wisconsin State Journal


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  12/16/21 - Keeanu BentonrJr/2024, Wisconsin, 6-3, 317 (DS#15 DT) + More +

  Keeanu Benton isn't afraid to acknowledge that getting playing time as a freshman at Wisconsin in 2019 sparked a dream. The talented nose tackle from Janesville Craig High School planned to play three seasons and then jump to the NFL. "That was just my young mind talking," the junior told reporters Tuesday. "When the time comes, you have to sit down and (see) if you have everything that it takes to make that next step. "Because once you make it, you can't come back." Barring receiving a surprising first-round grade from the NFL's College Advisory Committee, Benton plans to return to UW for the 2022 season. "That has been on my mind this past week," he explained. "I've been talking with family, my parents especially. Talking to coaches. Just thinking about my next steps. At this point I'm thinking about coming back. I've got room to improve mentally and physically..."This isn't the year to leave early. It is a big class. It (lessens) my chances of getting drafted." Benton finished the regular season second among the team's linemen in tackles with 24. He also has 2 1/2 sacks, five tackles for loss, four hurries, two fumble recoveries and two passes broken up. - Journal Sentinel

(DS#15 DT) rJr/2024 DT Keeanu BentonWisconsin
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  11/30/21 - *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-3, 250 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN BUTKUS-FITZGERALD LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Leo Chenal, Wisconsin,...Chenal finished second in the Big Ten in tackles per game (10.6). He was fourth in total tackles (106) despite missing the first two games of the season. The junior led the league in tackles for loss (1.7 per game). Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie was second at 1.5 per game. Chenal also finished fourth in sacks (0.7 per game). Chenal is the third UW player to be named the league's linebacker of the year. Chris Borland won the award in 2013, when he was named the league's defensive player of the year; and Joe Schobert won the award in 2015. - Marshfield News Herald

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  11/22/21 - Braelon AllenSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  There were five other 200-yard rushing performances over the past week to raise the total to 40 for the season. Saturday, Wisconsin's 17-year-old freshman Braelon Allen ran 22 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska and Marshall's Rasheen Ali had 23 carries for 203 yard and three TDs against Charlotte. Air Force's DeAndre Hughes carried 23 times for 221 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada on Friday. Louisville's Malik Cunningham ran 11 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns against Duke on Thursday, and Toledo's Bryant Koback ran 21 times for 203 yards and four TDs against Ohio on Tuesday. - AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) So/2025 RB Braelon AllenWisconsin
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  11/21/21 - Braelon AllenSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Braelon Allen continued a tradition of Wisconsin running backs steamrolling Nebraska defenses. Allen rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns – including a tiebreaking 53-yarder with 3:50 remaining – to help No. 19 Wisconsin outlast Nebraska 35-28 for its seventh consecutive victory Saturday. Wisconsin has beaten Nebraska eight straight times and typically has done it with dominant rushing performances, starting with the night when Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball each ran for over 200 yards in the 2012 Big Ten championship game. Gordon rushed for a school-record 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014. Jonathan Taylor exceeded 200 yards against Nebraska three separate times. "All week I heard about the yards and touchdowns that we have put up on Nebraska every year," Allen said. "It's cool to kind of continue the tradition." The Badgers (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 15 CFP) handed Nebraska (3-8, 1-7) its fifth straight loss and moved a step closer to playing for a conference title.

Wisconsin will clinch its fourth Big Ten championship game appearance in the last six years if it wins its regular-season finale at Minnesota. Wisconsin is tied with No. 18 Iowa for first place in the West but owns the tiebreaker advantage because it beat the Hawkeyes 27-7 on Oct. 30. The Badgers kept their winning streak alive Saturday because Allen was spectacular on a day when their top-ranked defense wasn't as effective as usual. Allen's performance came with Gordon watching as an honorary captain. Allen, who considers the Denver Broncos running back an idol and an inspiration, said it was surreal to shake his hand and talk to him before the game. "It started with the 408 against Nebraska," Allen said. "At the time, I was just finishing up my fifth-grade season. I honestly didn't know if I even liked football at that point. I saw that game and that's kind of what sparked it all for me, trying to be like him one day." Allen, who had 22 carries, has rushed for over 100 yards in each of Wisconsin's last seven games. The 17-year-old had totaled 12 carries during Wisconsin's 1-3 start. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) So/2025 RB Braelon AllenWisconsin
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  11/16/21 - Braelon AllenSo/2025, Wisconsin, 6-2, 238 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin, RB – Fr. – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Fond du Lac,...Started the first game of his career and carried 25 times for a career-high 173 yards (6.9 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns to help the Badgers defeat Northwestern 35-7. Became the first Badger to record three rushing touchdowns in a game since Jonathan Taylor scored four vs. Kent State on Oct. 5, 2019...Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the sixth consecutive game, marking the longest streak by a Badger since Jonathan Taylor opened the 2018 season with seven straight 100-yard games...Ranks fifth among all FBS freshmen running backs in rushing yards (834), while ranking third in yard per carry (7.06) and sixth in rushing touchdowns (nine)...Is the first Wisconsin freshman to register six 100-yard rushing games in a season since Anthony Davis in 2001...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week honor; has also been named Freshman of the Week twice this season...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Graham Mertz (Oct. 26, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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