Newest Badgers arrive on campus; Wisconsin players excel at Shrine Game practice
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New Badgers on campus
Wisconsin officially welcomed its five early enrollees on Monday.
— Coach Marlatt (@CoachMarlatt) January 16, 2018
Good start for former Badgers
Practices at the East-West Shrine Game got underway Monday, and former Wisconsin safety Natrell Jamerson had one of the highlight plays of the day with this smooth-looking interception. Outside linebacker Leon Jacobs was listed among the standouts in practice by NFL.com. Defensive lineman Alec James also took part. DL Conor Sheehy was invited to the game, but isn’t taking part because of an arm injury.
Best games of 2018
Unlike 2017, Wisconsin’s schedule next fall will offer plenty of chances for the Badgers to prove to everyone they are an elite team. And while games against Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan are highlights, it’s Wisconsin’s trip to Penn State on Nov. 10 that has the attention of SI.com, which put together a list of the top games in each week of the 2018 season.
Bowl winners and losers
Thanks to an 7-1 record in bowl games, including Wisconsin’s 34-24 win in the Orange Bowl against Miami, the Big Ten was among Athlon’s bowl season winners.
Former Badgers safety moving up
The coaching profession is not an easy one, but former Wisconsin safety Jay Valai is making his way up the ladder. After spending last season as a quality control coach at Georgia, Valai will reportedly join the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs as defensive quality control coach.
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Wisconsin looking for consistency
The Badgers are searching for some offensive consistency as they hit the toughest stretch of the Big Ten basketball season, according to Jesse Temple.
Badgers need to keep shooting
Despite major struggles from beyond the 3-point arc the last two games — and really for much of the season — the Wisconsin coaches are telling their guys not to shy away from good shots, writes Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Tough road for Wisconsin hockey
It’s been a bit of a struggle in the second year of the Tony Granato era and things aren’t getting any easier. As Todd Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal explains, the Badgers series against No. 1 Notre Dame this weekend is the start of 10 straight contests against ranked opponents to close the season.
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