July 28, 2014

Gordon, Havenstein named Players to Watch

The Big Ten’s preseason football meetings are underway in Chicago today.

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon


Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is on hand for the next two days with junior tailback Melvin Gordon, senior offensive tackle Rob Havenstein and senior defensive lineman Warren Herring.

The Badgers have already been picked by a panel of Big Ten Conference sportswriters to win the new West Division in 2014, edging out Iowa.

Today, Gordon and Havenstein earned preseason recognition from the Big Ten Conference, both selected to the Players to Watch list for the league’s West Division.

The Badgers are among 10 tabbed to the Players to Watch list, which includes five honorees each from the East and West Divisions.

Gordon enters the season as the nation’s second-leading returning rusher behind fellow West Division Player to Watch Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska.  Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards last season, while Gordon piled up 1,609 yards.

Havenstein heads into his senior season as the Badgers’ most experienced player with 40 career games to his credit and he has made 27 consecutive starts at right tackle.


Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West Division

Ohio State has been picked to win the 2014 Big Ten football championship.  That according to a vote of 29 Big Ten Conference sportswriters who participated in a poll compiled by Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer.

The Wisconsin Badgers were picked to win the West Division title, edging Iowa.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon finished second in he voting for the Offensive Player of the Year award, behind Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.

Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year by the panel of sportswriters.

Badgers to welcome seven new members to Hall of Fame

The University of Wisconsin will welcome seven new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame in September.MotionW_2Color

The class includes baseball standout Steve Bennett, who earned four letters from 1973-1976.  He made an immediate impact, leading the Badgers in doubles and RBI’s as a freshman.  The following season, Bennett earned All-America honors while leading the nation in doubles.  Bennett went on to set school records for hits, doubles and RBI’s and is one of just five two-time All-Big Ten selections in UW history.

Beau Hoopman is a member of the National Rowing Hall of Fame and rowed for the Badgers from 1999-2003.  After graduation, Hoopman won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a bronze in the 2008 games in the men’s eight.

Mike Kelley was the face of the Badgers’ 2000 Final Four team.  His outstanding defense and gritty play embodied the character of that historic squad.  Kelley was named the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and still holds the school record with 275 career steals.  Kelley was a Wooden Award finalist as a senior and earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001.

Left Tackle Chris McIntosh was instrumental in the success of running back Ron Dayne.  McIntosh was a four-year starter on UW’s offensive line and a team captain on both the 1998 and 1999 teams that won Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles.  Following his career at Wisconsin, McIntosh was chosen in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. [Read more...]

Ziegler trying to go wire-to-wire

University of Wisconsin assistant golf coach Robbie Ziegler retained the third-round lead at the 113th Wisconsin State Amateur golf championship, despite struggling in the windy conditions on Wednesday at the Ozaukee Country Club.

Ziegler shot a 7-over-par 77 and thought he’d lose his lead.  But when the day ended, Ziegler still had a three-shot lead.

The 24-year old Ziegler was 4-over after 54 holes and will try to become a wire-to-wire winner today.

Tyler Schmude of Horicon and Mitchell Johnson of Middleton shot 74′s and are tied for second, 3-shots back.  Cousins Alex and Zach Gaugert are tied for fourth, 4-shots off the lead.

Ziegler holds lead at Wisconsin State Amateur

University of Wisconsin assistant men’s golf coach Robbie Ziegler fired a 4-under par 66 and holds the lead after the opening round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at Ozaukee Country Club on Monday.

Ziegler is one of just three players to break par.  16-year old Christopher Colla is two shots back after an opening round 68.  Colla is from Winnebago Lutheran High School and is the reigning WIAA Division 2 state champion.

Marquette University’s Brandon Cloete from South Africa, shot a 69.

Ziegler made six birdies and two bogeyed just twice in his opening round.    He had a standout collegiate career at Oregon where he played in the NCAA Division I Championship three times.