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  Braelon Allen and Chimere Dike are adding to their name, image, and likeness sponsorship portfolios through deals with Barstool Sports. The University of Wisconsin sophomore running back and junior receiver will receive portions of the sales of T-shirts and sweatshirts with their Images. Each player's design features an illustration of him carrying a football above his name in large lettering. T-Shirts are $30, while crewneck sweatshirts are $47 and hoodies are $50.Allen already has signed NIL deals with performance apparel company Iron Joc and sponsored a charity softball game this summer. Dike used NIL opportunities to host a youth camp this summer. - Wisconsin State Journal

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  Kamo'i Latu isn't shy about one person who played a significant factor in his decision to transfer to the University of Wisconsin. That would be "No. 19." according to the former Utah safety. "He's my best friend," Latu said of UW outside linebacker Nick Herbig last week. "We went to high school together, and we're from Hawaii. Nick played a big role in it." Latu now continues his collegiate journey with the Badgers as he announced his transfer in early May and hopes to set a path to playing time during fall camp.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Latu played in 14 games last season, registering 19 tackles and three pass breakups for the Utes, who won the Pac-12 Conference and played Ohio State in the 2022 Rose Bowl. He finished with a career-high 10 tackles during a 42-26 win at Southern Cal in October, his only start of 2021. The Pac-12 decorated him with freshman of the week accolades for that outing. Latu, a former three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals, participated in 19 games over two seasons at Utah before his move to the Midwest. The two recruiting services reported he held offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State, USC and Washington among others prior to his signing with Kyle Whittingham's program as part of the Utes' class of 2020. - Wisconsin State Journal


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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Nick Herbig, Wisconsin, Jr OLB,...Herbig led the Badgers and ranked 4th in the Big Ten with 9.0 sacks in 2021...also ranked 7th in the Big Ten with 14.5 tackles for loss...3rd on the Badgers with 64 total tackles...also broke up 4 passes, forced 2 fumbles and recovered a fumble. - Wisconsin Football

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  Skyler Bell leapt after a Graham Mertz pass in the middle of the south end zone Monday, snagged it over the outstretched arms of a defender and maintained possession while crashing to the Camp Randall Stadium turf. It was the highlight of the day for either side of the ball at the University of Wisconsin's football practice - and a continuation of the strong showing Bell has been putting together since bowl-prep practices in December. Bell appears to be in the Badgers' top line of wide receivers, a unit trying to replace two multi-year starters in Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor. The receiver group is deep and there's competition for roles, but Bell's display of route running, aggressiveness in blocking and run-after-the-catch ability has him firmly in the mixing for a starting spot. "The goal is to be perfect, but obviously you're not going to be perfect," Bell said. "Just try and go out there, know what I'm doing, play fast, play confident. I think that's what I was able to do in the spring and that's why I saw a good amount of success. Fall camp, I'm just trying to build on that, get more comfortable with the plays and hopefully take off this season."

Bell, a redshirt freshman from Bronx, New York, saw his stock rising before the Badgers flew to Las Vegas to play Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl. He recorded his first college catch in that game, a diving grab of 15 yards to convert a third-and-9, and continued to stand out during spring practices. His ability to create separation on crossing routes in particular made him a frequent target for Mertz, UW's junior quarterback. Mertz believes a year of college life has made Bell more mature and that is starting to come through on the field. "You come into college and you've got to learn how to lead yourself," Mertz said. "And he dove into that and learned how to lead himself how to recover, how to do all that stuff. "He's got that dog (in him), but he's also spreading that to (the receivers), which is cool." - Wisconsin State Journal


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  Wisconsin's first day in full pads is set for Tuesday, the sixth practice of preseason camp. That means Paul Chryst and his staff should get a better feel for the team's personnel, particularly the linemen. The lack of full-contact work hasn't prevented Chryst from feeling optimistic about tailback Chez Mellusi, who missed the final four games last season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. "The way I was thinking about it was: If he can just clear some hurdles each practice," Chryst said after practice Monday morning.

"He had one - it sounds simple - but in a team setting got a handoff and (got) through it. He got hit a little bit. That was good to see. "Then he had another one where he kind of got banged to the ground. And he got back up. You don't want to take it for granted. Those are hurdles that he's got to go through." Mellusi had one run Monday in which he cut hard and accelerated toward the sideline. The move appeared natural and he appeared comfortable after the play. "He has been able to get probably as much (work) you want him to get," Chryst said. "You want him to be in a situation where he is wanting more. You don't want to be coasting at the end of the week. "He has been getting good work, honestly a little bit more than I anticipated." - Journal Sentinel


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  Dean Engram's versatility allowed him to develop into a consistent contributor for Wisconsin in two phases last season - defense and special teams. Engram served as UW's third cornerback and primary punt returner and rotated in on other special teams units as needed. The redshirt junior appears capable of doing the same in 2022, with a twist. Engram has made a smooth transition from cornerback to wide receiver, a move made in the spring, appears headed to returning punts again this season and could be one of the gunners on punt coverage. "Anything I can do to help this team is what my role is," Engram said after practice Tuesday. "If I'm going down as a ‘sky' gunner, get it down. If I've got to make a big (tackle) on a returner, go get it. On offense? Go get it. "Any phase of the game, I want to be dedicated and committed to helping this team." - Journal Sentinel

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  Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst is determined to avoid overworking several key players who are returning to the practice field this week in camp. "We've got to be smart on volume initially," he said. Perhaps the No. 1 player to monitor is tailback Chez Mellusi, who suffered a torn anterior ligament in his left knee last season at Rutgers. "You'd be crazy to have Chez just go 100 miles an hour right away," Chryst said.

UW is scheduled to hold its first practice Wednesday and the workload of Mellusi and fellow tailback Isaac Guerendo will be worth monitoring. "I feel great," Mellusi said Tuesday during the team's annual media day. "I'm full-go. I'm not limited. "We're going to see how it progresses throughout camp. They're going to watch my load. But I'm in a good spot and I'm just excited to play football." Guerendo sounded the same optimistic chord. "I'm full-go, 100 percent for Day 1," he said. "The mentality I have built is whatever opportunities I get, just take advantage of those. If anybody knows, it is me, that opportunities can be taken away like that." Mellusi broke the 100-yard mark in four of the nine games he played last season and finished with 815 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per carry, and five touchdowns. - Journal Sentinel


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  Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad hasn't forgotten the 2009 season when Wisconsin, because of injuries and illness, had to use three centers. That memory, as well as the recent departure of Cormac Sampson, led Bostad to make an intriguing move before UW opened preseason camp Wednesday. Tanor Bortolini, who has played center, guard and tackle and is arguably UW's most versatile offensive lineman, is working as the No. 2 center behind Joe Tippmann. "You've got to have guys at that spot," Bostad said of the critical center position. "You just don't plug (someone) in there. We have to build depth and quality there. He is going to be quality there. I can see that. We need to continue to do that with the loss of (Cormac). We are really in a race now." So, at least for now, Bortolini will back up Tippmann rather than vie to start at one of the guard spots. - Journal Sentinal

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  Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard needed to bolster depth at safety. Kamo'i Latu was looking for a new home after playing safety his first two seasons at Utah. UW outside linebacker Nick Herbig and Latu were high school teammates at Saint Louis School in Hawaii. Not surprisingly, Latu visited Madison in the last week of April and announced less than a week later he had committed to UW. "We grew up together," Latu said of his friendship with Herbig. "It played a big role. I trust what he said. "He told me that the culture here is family-oriented. That is all I am for - teamwork, family and getting each other better. "I took his word and now that I am here, I love it here." Latu, 6-foot and 195 pounds, played in a total of 13 games in his two seasons with the Utes. He recorded 19 tackles and broke up three passes in nine games last season for the Pacific 12 champions. - Journal Sentinel

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  Keeanu Benton spoke with reporters at during media days Lucas Oil Stadium a day after Minnesota, Iowa and Northwestern. His goal is "to disrupt everything I can." "So that people are starting to notice it, I feel like it's alright," Benton said. "I don't really care if you notice it or not. I'm gonna be the same person, whether you know it or not. But now that you know, it's kind of going to be in the back of your mind and open up plays for other players." Benton returns as one of UW's team leaders. He sought input about the potential to head to the NFL draft after a 2021 season where Big Ten coaches named him a second-team all-conference pick. His power is evident with a 405-pound bench press, 335-pound power clean and 635-pound squat.

Benton may become an even greater presence for the Badgers' highly regarded defense this season. One area the 2022 Outland Trophy watch list selection saw improvement from the end of last season came in work capacity. "Usually last season, I got a report from coach (Shaun) Snee, our strength and conditioning coach," Benton said. "He talked to all the scouts and stuff, and they all kind of saw the same thing about me being tired (during the) the third, fourth quarter. "So this summer and this winter, I was really pushing myself to get my endurance up. So I feel like I've made a stride that way and got stronger and faster, so it overall worked out." - Wisconsin State Journal


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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Braelon Allen, RB, sophomore, Wisconsin,... led the Badgers and ranked 3rd in the Big Ten with 1,268 rushing yards ... joined Ron Dayne (1996), James White (2010) and Jonathan Taylor (2017) as the only true freshmen in school history to run for 1,000 yards ... averaged 6.82 yards per carry, tied with Ohio State's TreVeyon Henderson for the best average in the nation among backs with at least 140 carries. - Wisconsin Football

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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Peter Bowden, Wisconsin,...Earned first letter in 2021 ... played in all 13 games as UW's starting long snapper for all kicks...Did not playin 2021...Academic All-Big Ten in 2021. - Wisconsin Football

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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Nick Herbig, Wisconsin, Junior LB,...Earned second letter after starting all 13 games in 2021... led the Badgers and ranked 4th in the Big Ten with 9.0 sacks ... also ranked 7th in the Big Ten with 14.5 tackles for loss ... 3rd on the Badgers with 64 total tackles ... also broke up 4 passes, forced 2 fumbles and recovered a fumble. - Wisconsin Football

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  As Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and his staff prepare for preseason camp, two critical questions about the team's running game remain unanswered: Will the Badgers be able to use multiple tailbacks to wear down opponents and keep the runners fresh? Or, will sophomore Braelon Allen be asked to handle and inordinate number of carries, as happened in the team's final four games last season? The ability of Chez Mellusi and Isaac Guerendo to return from season-ending injuries and the development of Julius Davis and Brady Schipper should provide the answers.

Davis believes Allen will have plenty of help in 2022. "We're going to be hard to stop, I think," he said. "There is a lot that we all bring to the table. We all push each other to be the best we can be, because we want to be the best running back room in the nation. "We're still going to be Wisconsin football. We're going to run it down your throat and then we're going to open it up and pass it. We're going to do our thing." Mellusi, Guerendo and Schipper were held out of spring ball so they could recover from injuries. Mellusi suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Nov. 6 at Rutgers. Guerendo's season ended when he suffered a broken foot in pregame warmups on Oct. 9 at Illinois. Both appeared to be moving well in a video taken during summer workouts but head coach Paul Chryst noted this week the staff will work them in gradually in camp. Mellusi was on pace for a 1,000-yard season when he went down. He finished with 815 yards, a 4.7-yard average and five touchdowns. - Journal Sentinel


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  Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst didn't say much at the podium Wednesday, but he did praise quarterback Graham Mertz's progress as a leader. "I've appreciated the way that Graham has approached this offseason," Chryst said. "He's taken ownership of the things he needs to do and does a great job of communicating and working with the rest of the players. "I think a good leader shows you how to lead by example but also how you can help others be the best that they can be. I've seen him do that." - Lincoln Journal Star

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