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Wisconsin football: Jack Sanborn on another award watch list, QB Daniel Wright is transferring and more

Here are some Wisconsin Badgers football news and notes from the early part of this week as we barrel towards fall camp and the start of the actual season. Wisconsin ILB Jack Sanborn was named to the Butkus Award watch list on Monday. The award is given annually to the best linebacker in the country and is named after Illinois and Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus.
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Wisconsin football: freshmen/transfer number breakdown

Every fall at the start of fall camp the University of Wisconsin football team shares their season roster with updated heights, weights and numbers for fans and media members alike to analyze in anticipation of the season. The proliferation of social media in recent years has made finding new jersey...
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Wisconsin Football: 4 bold predictions for 2021 season

The Wisconsin football season is under 50 days away. After a different and disappointing 2020 season, the expectations for this team are high. Many think the Badgers will bounce back and are currently favorites to win the Big Ten West. According to WynnBET, the Badgers are -108 favorites to win their division. Iowa is right behind Wisconsin at +115.
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Paul Chryst previews Wisconsin opener against Penn State

Wisconsin last played Penn State on the road in 2018, losing that matchup and the previous one in 2016 in the Big Ten Championship. Head coach Paul Chryst remembers it well but expects to have a better game to start the 2021 season. Wisconsin is the early favorite in the...
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Michigan State football: What Mel Tucker learned from Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, Alabama's Nick Saban

Mel Tucker is set to enter his second year at the helm for Michigan State, hoping to improve upon last season’s 2-5 debut. He took the podium Friday during Big Ten Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and discussed the state of the team and momentum going forward. During the press conference, Tucker paid homage to two legends that helped shape him into the coach he is today and influenced his approach in building up the Spartans program. Prior to coaching, Tucker was introduced to former Wisconsin Badgers coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez as well as a young Nick Saban, then-head coach at Toledo, as a recruit coming out of Cleveland Heights. Tucker committed to Alvarez and played defensive back in Madison, where he saw firsthand how to raise a program.
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Wisconsin football: two more Badgers named to preseason watch lists

As preseason awards season keeps on trucking along, two more Wisconsin Badgers received honors. Standout tight end Jake Ferguson was named to the Mackey Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top tight end, and leader of the offensive line Kayden Lyles was added to the Rimington Award watch list, given to the best center in the country.
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Paul Chryst details what ex-Clemson RB Chez Mellusi brings to Wisconsin

Wisconsin made one of the biggest splashes in the offseason in terms of transfer portal additions. Really, it was like a cannonball for Paul Chryst. Former Clemson running back Chez Mellusi decided to continue his college career with the Badgers. He brings experience, depth and explosiveness to what had been an uncertain running back room in Madison.
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Wisconsin football recruiting: pair of walk-on offers go out

The Wisconsin Badgers football team has a rich history of walk-ons succeeding and making a big impact over the course of their careers. This past week a pair of 2022 high school prospects were extended walk-on invitations by Paul Chryst and the coaching staff. On Thursday, Zach Goudeman of River...
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Retirement Doesn’t Last Long For Former Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez

Three weeks into retirement and former Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has a new job. Alvarez will serve as a special advisor to the Big Ten Conference for football. The announcement was made Thursday by Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. Alvarez was head football coach, then athletic director at Wisconsin...
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Wisconsin football needs consistency and it starts with Graham Mertz

Identifying a key moment from a Paul Chryst press conference is arguably one of the most difficult tasks to complete in college football media so when assigned this task, I knew I was in for a battle. During the closing thoughts of his 10-minute session at B1G Media Days on Friday — thanks to a question from Saturday Tradition’s very own Dustin Schutte — he talked about the importance of consistency for this program, specifically at the quarterback position. For Wisconsin to take another step closer to some of the premier teams in the sport, it starts with the consistency of Graham Mertz.
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