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  09/12/21 - Chez MellusiJr/2023, Wisconsin, 5-11, 204 (DS#20 RB) + More +

  Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson likes the direction that the Badgers' running backs are going. And, he thinks Chez Mellusi is similar to former Badgers backs. Mellusi ran for 144 yards and a touchdown as No. 18 Wisconsin routed Eastern Michigan 34-7 Saturday night. "Chez is just that new edition," Ferguson said. "He runs hard and reminds me of Garrett Groshek and Jonathan Taylor at the same time - kind of shaking off a couple tackles and getting some extra yards." Wisconsin (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) piled up 352 rushing yards and also dominated on defense against Eastern Michigan (0-2), which had 92 total yards on offense. The Eagles had three first downs.

Wisconsin controlled time of possession for 40 minutes. "Offensively, we couldn't get any kind of breathing room," Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton said. "We couldn't get anything going offensively, so our defense was on the field forever." Mellusi, a Clemson transfer, became the first Wisconsin running back to record consecutive 100-yard rushing games in his first two contests since Corey Clement in 2013. The Badgers, typically known for their explosive running, also had breakout performances from Isaac Guerendo and Jalen Berger. Berger, who missed the opener, had 15 carries for 62 yards and one TD. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


(DS#20 RB) Jr/2023 RB Chez MellusiWisconsin
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  09/07/21 - Chez MellusiJr/2023, Wisconsin, 5-11, 204 (DS#20 RB) + More +

  Wisconsin running back Chez Mellusi devoted his offseason to preparing for a greater workload than he'd ever experienced in two seasons at Clemson. Little did he know just how many more carries he'd end up getting with his new team. Mellusi had more rushing attempts in one game with the Badgers than he did in the entire 2020 season with the Tigers. In his Wisconsin debut, Mellusi ran for 121 yards on 31 carries and scored the Badgers' lone touchdown in a 16-10 loss to Penn State.

It was just the kind of responsibility Mellusi wanted. He transferred from an annual College Football Playoff contender in part because he was intrigued by Wisconsin's tradition of producing top running backs. "It kind of speaks for itself when it comes to the history, with the guys coming through here and the success they've had," Mellusi said. "That kind of drew me in. And being able to run the football a lot kind of gives you the opportunity to showcase your talent." The only Football Bowl Subdivision player with more carries last week was Central Florida's Isaiah Bowser, who ran 33 times for 172 yards in a 36-31 victory over Boise State. Mellusi's emergence has given a new look to No. 18 Wisconsin's ground attack heading into its Saturday night matchup with Eastern Michigan (1-0). - AP College Football


(DS#20 RB) Jr/2023 RB Chez MellusiWisconsin
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  09/06/21 - Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 227 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz wants to make sure he doesn't let his struggles in a season-opening loss impact the rest of his year. Mertz threw two interceptions in the final 2 1/2 minutes as the 12th-ranked Badgers failed to convert numerous scoring opportunities and fell 16-10 to No. 19 Penn State. He spent the rest of his weekend breaking down game film and is ready to move forward, starting with Saturday night's game against Eastern Michigan (1-0). "There's a lot of games ahead and we know what we're going to do with them," Mertz said Monday. "Take advantage of every rep in practice and every game we get, and have fun doing it. For us, nothing's changed. We're still rolling." Wisconsin could be rolling several spots down the AP Top 25 after its loss, but the Badgers still can compete for a Big Ten Conference title if they bounce back. They just need to avoid repeating the mistakes that caused them to lose a contest in which they controlled possession for over 42 minutes and ran 95 plays from scrimmage, their highest single-game total since at least 1990. Mertz accepted responsibility after the game and vowed to get better. Coaches and teammates say they like the way he's responded. - AP College Football

(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Graham MertzWisconsin
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  09/03/21 - Antwan RobertsFr/2025, Wisconsin, 6-1, 195 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Just four days before Wisconsin is set to open its 2021 Big Ten football season, head coach Paul Chryst had to deal with a pair of disciplinary issues. UW officials announced Tuesday that freshman tailback Loyal Crawford has been dismissed from the team and freshman tailback Antwan Roberts has been suspended. Neither player was expected to play in the opener Saturday against Penn State. Crawford on Twitter accused Roberts of breaking into his dorm room and attacking him. "I was treated so unfairly in all of this," he wrote. "I want everyone to know that. They didn't even want to hear my side. He literally broke into my dorm room and tried to jump me while I was sitting on the couch with my back turned to him. He started it all." - Journal Sentinel

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2025 RB Antwan RobertsWisconsin
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  08/21/21 - Danny Davis IIIrSr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-0, 196 (DS#151 WR) + More +

  Head injuries limited Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor to a combined five games played last season, stripped Wisconsin's wide receiver corps of its top two playmakers and diluted UW's overall offense. Head coach Paul Chryst and his staff will have to function without Davis for an indefinite period of time. UW officials announced Friday that Davis is out because of a head injury.

Davis practiced Wednesday and showed no signs of injury. UW was off Thursday. Although it is difficult to measure the severity of head injuries, it is worth noting that Davis was at practice Friday and was not wearing sunglasses. He rode a stationary bike for a few minutes early in practice and then watched the rest of the day with the other wide receivers. Players who suffer concussions often are told to remain indoors, sometimes in darkened rooms. Davis has 15 starts and 39 games played at UW. He has 99 catches for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns. - Journal Sentinel


(DS#151 WR) rSr/2022 WR Danny Davis IIIWisconsin
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  08/17/21 - Keeanu BentonJr/2023, Wisconsin, 6-3, 317 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  Keeanu Benton doesn't have a taste for alphabet soup. NFL? Yes, Wisconsin's mammoth junior nose tackle started dreaming of playing in that league long before he attended Janesville Craig High School. But for now, Benton is trying to keep that dream in storage. "I just need to keep my head on straight," he said. "I feel I'm on the right route." NIL? Sure, a player with the talent and personality of the 6-foot-4, 317-pound Benton could profit off his Name, Image and Likeness if he chose. But for now, Benton isn't interested. "I'm just really focused on school and football," he said. "All that NIL stuff can wait. We didn't have it in previous years so that doesn't matter now. "I'm not trying to build a brand or anything like that." What he is trying to do is help UW's defense shut down foes and help his team win a Big Ten title. "We (coaches) expect and his teammates expect a ton from him," head coach Paul Chryst said after practice Tuesday. "I think that comes from respect. Huge, huge respect for Keeanu." Benton has started 11 games and played in a total of 20 in his two seasons at UW. Nose tackles aren't necessarily judged by the individual numbers they record but Benton knows he made more plays behind the line of scrimmage in 2019 than he did last season. - Journal Sentinel

(DS#13 DT) Jr/2023 DT Keeanu BentonWisconsin
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  08/11/21 - Nick HerbigSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 227 (DS#8 OLB) + More +

  Asked to evaluate his performance as a freshman in 2020, Nick Herbig responded with the same speed and ferocity he displays on the football field. "I was definitely not happy at all with the impact I made on the team last year," the talented outside linebacker said. "I feel like I could have (done) so much more in many ways." Although Herbig's self-scout is surprisingly harsh considering he finished fourth on the team in tackles with 26, the determination to improve bodes well this season for UW, which opened camp Friday. "I need to be better and work harder," he said, "because obviously what I was doing last year wasn't enough. "I had that feeling at the end of the season like I didn't leave it all out there and I kind of let my team down." Herbig impressed his coaches and teammates in camp and started all seven games. He recorded 23 solo tackles, the No. 2 mark on the team behind inside linebackers Jack Sanborn and Leo Chenal. His total of six tackles for loss was tied for the team lead with Chenal.

He had three tackles for loss and five total tackles in UW's 49-11 victory at Michigan and had seven solo tackles in the overtime victory over Minnesota. What bothered Herbig most was his inability to get to opposing quarterbacks. He had one sack, in the opener against Illinois, and UW finished with just 11. "I feel like last year the pass rush as a whole wasn't what Wisconsin is about," he said. "At Wisconsin, you're expected to have double-digit sacks. That is a big part of the game I need to focus on and really bring that edge to our team." - Journal Sentinel


(DS#8 OLB) So/2024 OLB Nick HerbigWisconsin
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  08/08/21 - Titus TolerrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 5-11, 192 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  The University of Wisconsin secondary will be without a player defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard was high on this spring. Redshirt sophomore Titus Toler was not on the Badgers' 2021 roster, released Wednesday, due to a number of injuries that limited him to two games last season and held him out of spring practices open to reporters. He played against Illinois and Michigan last season, with his highlight play being an interception late in the 45-7 win against the Illini. Wisconsin senior linebacker describes why a player in the Badgers' secondary is the most underrated on the team A UW official said Toler is still a student at the university and is applying for a medical exemption to retain his season of eligibility.

Leonhard, who coaches UW's safeties, said Toler had rare physical traits and position flexibility the defensive coordinator was excited to put to use this fall. "Titus has worked at nickel for us as well, so we feel like he has some coverage, some corner ability," Leonhard said in March. "To me, it's flexibility. I love having flexibility. You look a couple years ago with like a Natrell Jamerson, who really was more a corner by trade with kind of freakish physical traits, too good to not have a huge role. And these guys (Toler and Travian Blaylock) are - I'm not going to say they're 'Jam' at this point - but from a physical standpoint, they can do things a little bit differently than some guys that are just true safeties, so I'm excited to battle them." - Journal Sentinel


(DS#999 FS) rSo/2024 FS Titus TolerWisconsin
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  08/08/21 - Jack DunnrSr/2022, Wisconsin, 5-07, 176 (DS#266 WR) + More +

  There was a major hole in the wide receiver position when seniors Kendric Pryor and Danny Davis III were injured last season. Enter Jack Dunn, who may not have added much statistically but helped change the narrative of what it means to contribute to the University of Wisconsin football team. Dunn served as the Badgers' main punt returner and had a blocking role in the second unit for most of his career. That was his expected role last season. Dunn instead filled the void created by the absence of Davis and Pryor.

The Madison native has posted career highs in catches and yards the past two games. "We were in a tight pinch last season," wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted said. "He stepped up and showed that he can be the guy and be a leader just by doing what he normally does. He didn't have to do anything special." He entered last season with six receptions - a number that grew significantly with the increased playing time. He averaged 9.1 yards on 28 receptions last season. Dunn's role is going to change again with Davis and Pryor healthy again. He likely won't be a starting wide receiver, but Badgers coach Paul Chryst expects Dunn to accept his new role. - Wisconsin State Journal


(DS#266 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jack DunnWisconsin
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  08/08/21 - Chez MellusiJr/2023, Wisconsin, 5-11, 204 (DS#20 RB) + More +

  Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and his staff used the transfer portal judiciously after the 2020 season. UW added three players and it is possible two could contribute this season. The Badgers added tailback Chez Mellusi from Clemson, defensive end Isaac Townsend from Oregon and defensive end/outside linebacker Thomas Brunner from Northern Illinois. Mellusi, who averaged 6.3 yards per carry and 5.6 yards per carry, respectively, in his two seasons as a backup at Clemson, could vie for the starting job at UW.

"I think it is certainly something that you have to be aware of," Chryst said of the transfer portal, "(but) there is a bit of a fine line. You're not looking at someone unless you have availability, a scholarship position. "But then you have to ask whether this player is worth it or do you reward a walk-on? That is where you have to balance it. "Because the immediate eligibility, in my opinion, adds a whole other dimension. You have to know who it is you're getting and they have to know who it is they are joining." - Journal Sentinel


(DS#20 RB) Jr/2023 RB Chez MellusiWisconsin
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  08/05/21 - Andy VujnovichSr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-3, 230 (DS#17 P) + More +

  Andy Vujnovich wasn't disappointed to perform in empty football stadiums in 2020. Punting at Wisconsin after transferring from Division III Dubuque, Vujnovich embraced the sounds of silence and lack of prying eyes. "Honestly, with COVID and everything, that was the perfect first year leading up to a bigger stage," Vujnovich said. "No fans. It was like (easing) into the DI level." Vujnovich averaged 41.6 yards per punt in his first season at UW. That was the No. 10 mark in the Big Ten, just one-half yard off the No. 8 mark of Maryland's Anthony Pecorella (42.1).

Vujnovich, a graduate of Columbus High School, believes he is ready to improve his numbers this season. "Now I'm just easing into the next (step), which would be adding fans, and I'll have the experience from last year," he said. "So I'll feel pretty comfortable going into this year." Vujnovich punted a total of 33 times in seven games last season. He had five punts of 50 yards or longer and 13 punts that pinned the opponent inside its 20-yard line. He accomplished both feats on his first punt of the season, a 60-yarder that was downed at the Illinois 7. He mishit his second punt, however, and the result was a 36-yarder that went out of bounds at the Illinois 44. "The next punt I kind of got in my own head," he said. "I felt like I needed to match that. I've just got to remember to relax, enjoy the moment, do the same thing and not think about the past. The only thing that matters is the next kick." - Journal Sentinel


(DS#17 P) Sr/2022 P Andy VujnovichWisconsin
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  08/03/21 - Jake FergusonrSr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-4, 244 (DS#3 TE) + More +

  Jake Ferguson could have turned pro after the 2020 college football season. Wisconsin's most experienced and accomplished tight end insists he realized long before the Badgers closed a disappointing season in the Duke's Mayo Bowl that he would be back in 2021. "I just didn't feel like it was my last year yet," Ferguson said. "I didn't like 2020. I think it was a pretty easy decision for me." Ferguson shared the news with his teammates, some of whom inquired hesitantly about his future, in the locker room after the 42-28 victory over Wake Forest. He shared his intentions publicly on Jan. 3 on Twitter. Camp is set to start Friday, and Ferguson enters his fifth college season with 23 starts and 34 games played and at least 30 catches in each of the last three seasons after redshirting in 2017.

The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Ferguson is without a doubt the leader of the unit. "This is the first time I've seen him just on a day-to-day basis have the consistency of attitude that he has had," tight ends coach Mickey Turner said during spring ball. "He is making plays at practice. He is doing a lot of things right. He is being a leader. "But every other time I've been with him there was a day or a period where there was a little bit of let-off. He would have to regroup and I would have to bring him up. "He has been an absolute pro from Day 1." In seven games last season, Ferguson finished with 30 catches for 305 yards and four touchdowns. The touchdown mark tied his personal best, set in 13 games in 2018, and his per-game averages of 4.3 catches and 43.6 yards were both personal-best marks. - Journal Sentinel


(DS#3 TE) rSr/2022 TE Jake FergusonWisconsin
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  07/30/21 - Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 227 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Graham Mertz posted All-American numbers in his first college start. Leading Wisconsin against Illinois in the 2020 opener, Mertz completed his first 17 passes before a drop by tailback Garrett Groshek ended his streak, and he went on to finish 20 of 21 for 248 yards and five touchdowns. His completion rate of 95.2% was a program record and he tied the mark for most touchdown passes in a game. Mertz's numbers over the final six games were less than stellar as he completed 98 of 172 attempts (57.0%) for an average of 165.0 yards per game, with four touchdowns and five interceptions. There were mitigating circumstances to help explain the dramatic difference in the numbers. Mertz tested positive for COVID-19 the day after the opener, wide receivers Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor were both sidelined by injuries and the running game without Jonathan Taylor was plodding.

Mertz volunteered in April that a shoulder injury he suffered required weekly cortisone shots during the season. Yet all that matters as Mertz prepares for camp as the No. 1 quarterback is that he must play better than he did last season when UW finished 3-3 in the Big Ten and 4-3 overall. "I'm not one to sit here and make excuses," he said. "Having a little banged up shoulder doesn't justify losing three games and playing like that..."You go back and look at the stats, you look at the record. It's sub-par. It's not good. That's not how I want to play ball and that's not how we play ball here. "I took that personally and I'm working to make sure that never happens again." - Journal Sentinel


(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Graham MertzWisconsin
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  07/30/21 - Graham MertzrSo/2024, Wisconsin, 6-2, 227 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  University of Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has been the program's leading face in drawing sponsorships for his name, image and likeness (NIL), and he added one of the top names in sports memorabilia to his portfolio Wednesday. Mertz, along with Miami quarterback D'Eriq King and Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral, announced exclusive deals with Panini America to sell signed memorabilia. A release from Panini said the company will organize public signings for Mertz and have signed products available for purchase on its website. Mertz is wearing a vintage Brett Favre Packers T-shirt in the video announcing the partnership - UW athletes can't wear or use school logos in NIL activities without licensing them. - Wisconsin State Journal

(DS#4 QB) rSo/2024 QB Graham MertzWisconsin
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  07/28/21 - Danny Davis IIIrSr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-0, 196 (DS#151 WR) + More +

  Alvis Whitted's second season at Wisconsin is on track to be much better than his rookie campaign. Consider that barely more than a week after Whitted was hired to coach UW's wide receivers in March 2020, the NCAA shut down its winter and spring sports because of COVID-19. That meant no spring practice for UW and no in-person coaching for Whitted until preseason camp.

Then, after Big Ten teams finally got up and running in October, concussions limited UW's Kendric Pryor and Danny Davis to a combined five games and 11 receptions. "We missed the experience of guys that know game situations, that know how to make plays in those tough situations," Whitted explained. "We missed those down-the-field throws because they can take the top off of the coverage. "When those guys are out there, they're different and they add a different dimension to our passing game." Whitted should have a deeper and more experienced unit when UW opens camp Aug. 6. Davis and Pryor both opted to return for their final seasons. Davis has 15 starts and 39 games played at UW. He has 99 catches for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns. Pryor has 24 starts and 40 games played at UW. He has 67 catches for 849 yards and four touchdowns. - Journal Sentinel


(DS#151 WR) rSr/2022 WR Danny Davis IIIWisconsin
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