October 8, 2015

Benzschawel returns to practice

Beau Benzshawel:  (Photo by David Stluka).

Beau Benzshawel: (Photo by David Stluka).

Wisconsin right tackle Beau Benzschawel is back on the practice field as the Wisconsin Badgers get ready for Saturday’s Big Ten matchup at Nebraska.  Benzschawel has been out with a knee injury since preseason camp back in August.

The redshirt freshman took about half the snaps with the number-one unit and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph says he did well.  It’s possible that Benzschawel could play on Saturday.

The Badgers and Cornhuskers are both 0-1 in Big Ten play and both need a victory to stay in contention for the Big Ten Western Division crown.

The Badgers also don’t know if they’ll have wide receiver Alex Erickson for that game.  Wisconsin’s leading pass catcher continues to go through a concussion protocol after being hurt in the loss to Iowa last Saturday.

Erickson says he went through a light cardio workout yesterday.


Pankowski named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Annike Pankowski (Photo by David Stluka).

Annike Pankowski (Photo by David Stluka).

Following a five-point weekend in her home state of California, Wisconsin women’s hockey sophomore Annie Pankowski was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

Pankowski scored the Badgers’ first goal in their 5-1 win over Providence on Friday at Sharks Ice in San Jose, California.  She then tied a career high with four points in UW’s 8-1 triumph over Providence on Saturday with a hat trick and an assist.  Two of Pankowski’s goals on Saturday were shorthanded tallies, making her the third player in program history to score two shorthanded goals in a single game.

The third-ranked Badgers open their home slate on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at LaBahn Arena against WCHA foe Ohio State.


Badgers could be shorthanded against Nebraska

Alex Erickson  (Photo by David Stluka)

Alex Erickson (Photo by David Stluka)

The Wisconsin Badgers are preparing to be without two of their top offensive weapons when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.

Tight end Austin Traylor suffered an arm injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Iowa and is out indefinitely.  Wide receiver Alex Erickson suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the 10-6 loss to the Hawkeyes and is going through the teams concussion protocol.  He is not expected to be ready to play this week.

Erickson leads the Badgers in receptions with 26 and receiving yards with 350.  Traylor has 10 catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

Troy Fumagalli is expected to take Traylor’s spot and be backed up by Eric Steffes.

Wisconsin’s Schobert named Big Ten’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Joe Schobert (Photo by David Stluka).

Joe Schobert (Photo by David Stluka).

Wisconsin senior outside linebacker Joe Schobert was named the Big Ten’s co-defensive player of the week for his outstanding performance in the Badgers 10-6 loss to Iowa on Saturday.

Schobert finished with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five quarterback hurries.

It is Schobert’s second Big Ten defensive player of the week honor and the first for the program since Schobert earned the honor on Nov. 17, 2014.

Schobert leads the nation with nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss and is tied for the national lead with four forced fumbles.

The Waukesha native has anchored a Badgers defense that ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense, at 9.6 points per game.

Schobert and the Badgers hit the road in Big Ten play this week, facing the Cornhuskers in Nebraska.

Badgers hoping to rebound after Big Ten opening loss

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

Wisconsin Badger coaches and players say they did it last year and they can do it again.  Dropping the season opener against Northwestern didn’t stop Wisconsin from winning the 2014 Big Ten West Division title.  They’re hoping Saturday’s 10-6 loss to Iowa will be followed by a similar winning streak.

A crowd of nearly 81-thousand at Camp Randall Stadium left disappointed, even though the Badger defense kept the team in the game.  Iowa managed only 221 total yards of offense, fewer than 70 in the second half.

Iowa turned two Wisconsin turnovers into ten-points in the first half and beat the Badgers in Madison for the first time since 2007.

A fumble with the Badgers on the Hawkeye one-yard line was the most critical offensive failure.

Unlike last year, U-W doesn’t have a super-star tailback like Melvin Gordon to help lead the comeback from the troubling start.  The Badgers (3-2) play at Nebraska (2-3) this coming Saturday.  The Cornhuskers fell to Illinois 14-13 yesterday.