Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
Former Wisconsin running back Corey Clement is headed to his first Super Bowl as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

4 former Wisconsin players Super Bowl-bound; J.J. Watt a finalist for prestigious award

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Badgers in the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 52 will have a Wisconsin flavor to it. James White of the New England Patriots, along with Corey Clement, Beau Allen and Chris Maragos of the Philadelphia Eagles, give the Badgers the second-most alums among the two teams that will meet in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

White and Clement shared a backfield with Melvin Gordon in 2013 at Wisconsin, and the latter was very excited about the other two getting a chance to play for a title.

J.J. Watt a finalist for prestigious award

For all his work done in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt is one of three finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award

Wisconsin hockey loses 1 of its own

Wisconsin’s upset win against No. 1 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon came hours after it was learned that former Badgers forward and two-time Olympian Jim Johannson passed away in his sleep.

Natrell Jamerson comes up big

Former Wisconsin safety Natrell Jamerson had a really good week of practice in the lead up to the East-West Shrine Game, and then he went out and was named the game’s best defensive player.

Reggie Pearson ready for challenge of college

One of five members of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class to enroll early, safety Reggie Pearson is ready for the challenge after years of preparation, writes Jesse Temple.

MORE: Want this roundup in your inbox every morning? Sign up here!

George Rushing finds a home

Wide receiver George Rushing announced in December he’d be transferring after he graduated, and it appears he’s found a home. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Rushing will play his final year of eligibility at Buffalo.

First-ballot Hall of Fame?’s Gil Brandt listed 11 current players that should get into the Hall of Fame as soon as they’re eligible. Two of them — offensive lineman Joe Thomas and defensive lineman J.J. Watt — are former Badgers.

What we learned: Illinois

Wisconsin snapped its three-game losing streak Friday night against Illinois. Here are the five things we learned from the victory.

Ron Dayne’s son chooses a college

Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne came from the East Coast to play football at Wisconsin in the mid-1990s. More than 20 years later, his son, Javian, will do the opposite, leaving the Midwest to play his college ball at Boston College.

Miss a previous edition of Bucky’s Breakfast? Get caught up here.