QB commit Graham Mertz impresses at combine; Wisconsin drops in final AP poll
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Graham Mertz impressive at combine
In our latest Wisconsin recruiting notebook, we check on 4-star quarterback commit Graham Mertz, who had a big weekend at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and gauge the interest 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sophsher has in the Badgers.
Wisconsin drops in final AP poll
Wisconsin went on the road and beat a top-10 Miami team in the Orange Bowl, but still managed to drop in the final AP Top 25. The Badgers went from No. 6 to No. 7 with unbeaten Central Florida jumping them. Still, it’s their best finish since 2010.
Badgers fall at Nebraska
Wisconsin got 19 points and 11 rebounds from junior Ethan Happ, but it wasn’t enough in a 63-59 loss to Nebraska that dropped the Badgers to 9-9 on the season.
Wisconsin won’t share game plans
The Wall Street Journal wrote a story about the secrets of the best college football programs in the country and requested past game plans as part of it. All the schools said no, including the Badgers, who offered up a more detailed response than most.
‘Free Garrett Rand’
Wisconsin sophomore Garrett Rand was supposed to play defensive end this year. It’s where he lined up during spring practice. But when fall camp arrived he was back at nose guard. With three DEs graduating, his father, Scott, took to Twitter to plead for the Badgers to move him back outside.
Wisconsin’s presence in East-West Shrine Game
The Badgers will be well represented at the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20, with four players taking part.
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Way-too-early Big Ten power rankings
Wisconsin is expected to be among a number of really good teams in the Big Ten in 2018. Here’s a look at the Land of 10 way-too-early power rankings for the conference.
Trent Frederic gets back to work
Though his coach, Tony Granato, originally wanted sophomore Trent Frederic to get some rest after playing in the World Juniors tournament, the Wisconsin forward saw plenty of ice time in his return Saturday against Penn State, per Todd Milewski at Madison.com.
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