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Former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt was more valuable off the field this year in Houston than on it.

J.J. Watt named SI’s co-Sportsperson of the Year; Wisconsin F Nate Reuvers shows he belongs

Zach Heilprin

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J.J. Watt named SI’s co-Sportsperson of the Year

Former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt has earned plenty of accolades for his on-the-field work in the NFL, but it was his off-the-field efforts following Hurricane Harvey in Houston that led the Houston Texans star to being named Sports Illustrated’s co-Sportsperson of the Year with Jose Altuve of the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Nate Reuvers showing he belongs

No one knew if Nate Reuvers was even going to play this season, especially after not suiting up for the first five games of the year. But thanks to the struggles of older players, the Badgers turned to the freshman to fill a void in their front court. And after a rough start offensively, he’s starting to produce, writes Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin, Syracuse cancel home-and-home series

When Wisconsin added Appalachian State to its 2020 football schedule in November, many figured it would knock Southern Illinois off. It turns out, the team no longer on the schedule is Syracuse, which was scheduled to play a home-and-home series with the Badgers in 2020-21. Officials with Syracuse confirmed the cancellation last weekend.

Jim Leonhard doesn’t win Broyles Award

Wisconsin’s Jim Leonhard has done some pretty impressive things in his first season as the Badgers defensive coordinator, but it wasn’t enough to earn the Broyles Award. Instead, Clemson’s offensive coordinator Tony Elliott took home the award that goes to the best assistant coach in the country.

Recruiting notebook

With a new coach at Nebraska, the Badgers might have a fight on their hands to keep Bryson Williams. Residing in Lincoln, Neb., the 2018 defensive lineman was one of the first players that Scott Frost met with — and offered a scholarship to — after taking the Huskers job on Sunday. We’ve got details on that story and more in our latest recruiting notebook.

Preferred walk-on commits

Wisconsin has a long tradition of walk-ons making big impacts, and Waunakee, Wis., quarterback Nate Carter is hoping to be the next. He announced Tuesday that he had accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the Badgers.

Trent Frederic named to preliminary U.S. roster

Wisconsin’s leading scorer, sophomore center Trent Frederic, was named to the preliminary U.S. World Juniors hockey roster Tuesday. He’s one of 28 players fighting for 23 spots, according to Madison.com.

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