Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor is Heisman favorite; freshman WR only needs 1 hand
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Jonathan Taylor: Heisman Trophy favorite
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has the best odds of anyone in the country to win the Heisman Trophy, according to Bovada. In its latest updated odds, Bovada lists the sophomore at 6-1, just slightly in front of Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins (6.5-1).
The same site has the Badgers at 20-1 to win the College Football Playoff — tied with Penn State with the sixth-best odds of any team in the nation.
Meanwhile, 247Sports has the Badgers at No. 6 in its ‘still-too-early’ Top 25.
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Taj Mustapha is opening eyes
He’s been on campus for a little more than two months, but already freshman wide receiver Taj Mustapha is turning heads. The latest example being this one-handed catch during a recent practice.
Natrell Jamerson improving his stock
He ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 26 times and has a vertical of 38 inches. Put that together with impressive film from his senior year, and former Wisconsin safety Natrell Jamerson could see an increase in his draft stock.
Badgers make Tai Strickland’s top 3
2018 point guard Tai Strickland narrowed his list of schools to three on Monday, and it included the Badgers. The 3-star recruit visited Wisconsin last weekend for his official visit, and told Jesse Temple he was very impressed with what the program had to offer.
D’Mitrik Trice back on the floor
After missing much of the last three months of the season following a foot injury, sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice was back with the rest of his teammates as the Badgers reconvened for offseason workouts on Monday.
Former Wisconsin player launches finance company
Chris Maragos went from walk-on safety at Wisconsin to two-time Super Bowl champion, and he’s got no plans to waste the fortune he’s accumulated during his career. And wants to make sure other players don’t, either. So he and a few teammates are launching a finance company to help those fortunate enough to play in the NFL take better care of their hard-earned money.
Wisconsin parts with assistant coach
Sasha Palmer, the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, won’t be back for a fourth year. Coach Jonathan Tsipis told the Wisconsin State Journal that Palmer’s contract had not been renewed.
Top-5 finish for women’s hockey
Wisconsin finished the season No. 3 in the USCHO.com poll after falling to Colgate in overtime of the national semifinals last Friday.
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