December 20, 2014

McEvoy back at safety with the Badgers

Tanner McEvoy

Tanner McEvoy

Tanner McEvoy played some safety last season for the Wisconsin Badgers.  It would appear defensive coordinator Dave Aranda liked his work because McEvoy is back at safety as the Badgers are preparing for the New Years Day Outback Bowl against the Auburn Tigers in Tampa, Florida.

McEvoy is getting work this week in practice on both sides of the ball, at QB and at safety.  He’s played all eleven games at quarterback this season.  Last season, McEvoy intercepted one pass, broke up three others and finished with 27 tackles.  He said Thursday that he believes he can help defend Auburn.

AUDIO: Tanner McEvoy thinks he can help defend Auburn :17

The Tigers enter the bowl game ranked 11th nationally in rushing (258.5 ypg), 17th nationally in offense (489.2 ypg) and tied for 22nd in scoring offense (35.8 ypg).  Quarterback Nick Marshall has thrown 18 touchdown passes and averages 192.9 yards per game.  Auburn also has four receivers with 20 or more receptions.

McEvoy is still working at quarterback and wants to continue to play the position.  But he said that decision for next season will come in discussions with new coach Paul Christ after the bowl season.

Cobb has his future on his mind

Randall Cobb - Photo:UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – Photo:UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb still doesn’t have a new contract and according to the Green Bay Packers wide receiver, there’s no discussions about a deal at the moment.

Cobb told reporters after practice on Thursday that his contract situation isn’t a distraction, but he admitted that it is on his mind.

Cobb is in his fourth season and has a career-high 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns.  his 76 receptions is four shy of a career high.

The Packers signed Jordy Nelson to a four-year, $39 million contract at the start of training camp.  Cobb becomes an unrestricted free agent in March if a deal doesn’t get done before then.


Shorthanded Bucks knock off the Kings

Milwaukee Bucks logoZaza Pachulia hit 1 of 2 free throws with 6.8 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Sacramento Kings 108-107 on Thursday night at Sleep Train Arena.

Pachulia then guarded Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins on the final play, forcing a fade away jumper that fell short, allowing the Bucks (14-13) to improve to 2-1 on their Western road swing.

Brandon Knight had 20 points, Jared Dudley and O.J. Mayo had 19 each and Jerryd Bayless 17 for the Bucks.

The Bucks played without center Larry Sanders after he received a one-game suspension from the NBA for a flagrant foul the night before.  They gave the start to rookie Johnny O’Bryant .

The Bucks are 3-3 in their stretch of seven straight games against Western Conference opponents.  They’re 6-5 against the West overall.

The Bucks close out the road trip at Los Angeles against the Clippers on Saturday night.

Report: Aranda is expected to stick with the Badgers

Dave Aranda

Dave Aranda

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week that he hoped Badger defensive coordinator Dave Aranda would return.  According to Andy Baggot in the Wisconsin State Journal, it appears Aranda will stick around for a third season.

There’s no deal in place at this time, but the report says coach Paul Chryst wants Aranda to stay in Madison.

Assistant coaches aren’t available to the media until Friday after practice.  Aranda hasn’t been available since Wisconsin’s 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.

Under Aranda this season, the Badgers defense finished 4th in total defense, 13th in scoring defense, 17th in rushing defense and 5th in passing defense.

McCarthy cautions team about overconfidence

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Sunday’s game in Tampa between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn’t be close.  The Bucs have won just two games all season, including just 1 in their last 10.  Tampa Bay is also 0-6 at home this season.

The Packers enter the game as 10-point favorites and the Bucs are without their best player, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who landed on injured reserve this week with a sprained knee.

There’s nothing that signals anything about this being a close game, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy is warning his team about overconfidence.  The coach says the Bucs will be a motivated team, a team that will give the Packers their best shot. [Read more…]