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2014 Wisconsin Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 12, 2014


Wisconsin Badgers 2014 - Big Ten ... Head Coach: Gary Andersen


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2014 Schedule
8/30 LSU (in Houston)
9/6 Western Illinois
9/13 OPEN DATE
9/20 Bowling Green
9/27 South Florida
10/4 at Northwestern
10/11 Illinois
10/18 OPEN DATE
10/25 Maryland
11/1 at Rutgers
11/8 at Purdue
11/15 Nebraska
11/22 at Iowa
11/29 Minnesota

2013 Record: 9-4
8/31 UMass W 45-0
9/7 Tenn Tech W 45-0
9/14 at Arizona St L 32-30
9/21 Purdue W 41-10
9/28 at Ohio State L 31-24
10/5 OPEN DATE
10/12 Northwestern W 35-6
10/19 at Illinois W 56-32
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 at Iowa W 28-9
11/9 BYU W 27-17
11/16 Indiana W 51-3
11/23 at Minnesota W 20-7
11/30 Penn State L 31-24
Capital One Bowl
1/1 South Carolina L 34-24
Wisconsin | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: The Badgers have to come up with a more consistent passing game against the better defenses. It’s easy to rock and roll against the weak and the sad, but the air show too often disappeared when Jared Abbrederis wasn’t making plays. The numbers don’t tell the story of the secondary that got beaten by the better receivers – the stats were helped by playing Tennessee Tech, UMass and other teams that couldn’t throw. The punting game could stand to be stronger, too.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Wide receiver. Well enough of that. The Badgers are always going to run the ball well, and getting Taiwan Deal out of Maryland was a nice pickup, but it’s time to start balancing things out a bit more and show off the air attack a bit. This class should help do that down the road with Dareian Watkins a dangerous No.1 target who could see time right away. This is a big group coming in that can block. The defense also stepped up with Jeremy Patterson and Conor Sheehy two excellent linemen, and athletic JUCO transfer Serge Trezy able to step in and produce somewhere in the 3-4.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 42. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. It's been a weird time with the coaching change, and at some point it would be nice if Gary Andersen can bust the program out of the "recruit to a type" mode, but this year's class could potentially be good if some of the defensive backs pan out. Corners Jakarris Washington and Keelon Brookins were good gets from Massachusetts and Minnesota, respectively, while Matt Hubley is a sneaky-good safety prospect. Two of the keys for down the road are running back Corey Clement out of New Jersey and receiver Rob Wheelright out of Ohio, each with the talent to have had their pick of schools. They might be needed as soon as possible.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... The offensive line. The Badgers don’t need to come up with a big class, going after quality over quantity. Bret Bielema is going outside of the state for some of the key prospects, including getting guard Dan Voltz out of Illinois. More good ones are on the way. Bielema has mostly focused on getting the type of defenders who fit what the program likes to do by developing overachievers, but this year, more top players are giving UW a look. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 38. That Class Was Heavy On ... Outside linebackers. Wisconsin might be Tight End U. with the success of players like Travis Beckum, Lance Kendricks, and others over the last few seasons, and there’s more talent on the way with Sam Arneson, Austin Maly, and Eric Staffes three good pass catchers. Overall, this is a typical Badger class with no real superstars, but plenty of midlevel prospects who fit the team’s mold. The one top pickup was Jake Keefer, local product with great range. Michael Caputo and Jordan Fredrick are just two of the several other good outside defenders brought in.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 27. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Overall, this was a diverse and strong class that made up for a few years of subpar Signing Days. Wisconsin might recruit to fit the program, but this class also has talent. The Badgers signed a ton of defensive linemen last season and kept bringing in the talent this year with six excellent prospect. 292-pound DT Beau Allen was the key piece to the puzzle, while Sherard Cadogan and Konrad Zagzebeski fit the UW mold of smallish, lightning quick speed rushers on the outside. Jeff Lewis and James White will have a few years to work into the running back rotation.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 53. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. The Badgers have been surprisingly soft up front over the last few years. Poor tackling has been part of the problem; injuries have been the other part. This year’s class addressed the needs up front led by tackle Jordan Kohout, arguably the state’s top recruit. Pat Muldoon and Shelby Harris are strong pass rushing prospects who have to come through and shine sooner than later.

Capital One Bowl
South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24
Basically … Connor Shaw was unstoppable, completing 22-of-25 passes with three touchdown passes and a nine-ard touchdown catch on a trick play on the way to a 27-24 lead, and he put the game away in the last six minutes on a one-yard touchdown run. Shaw found Bruce Ellington for touchdown passes from 39 and 22 yards out, and Ellington found Shaw on the scoring pass, but Wisconsin had the lead early in the third quarter after two short Joel Stave touchdown passes in the first half and a 35-yard Jack Russell field goal. The Gamecocks took control of the game on both sides of the ball on the way to a 27-17 lead, but Kenzel Doe answered a three-yard Jerell Adams touchdown catch with a 91-yard kickoff return for a score to pull UW within three. Stave was knocked out with a shoulder injury, and Curt Phillips couldn’t pick up the slack with two interceptions including one late that would’ve given the Badgers a last gasp shot.

- South Carolina QB Connor Shaw completed 22-of-25 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns, ran 16 times for 47 yards and a score, and caught a pass for nine yards and a touchdown.
- South Carolina RB Mike Davis ran nine times for 49 yards before getting hurt.
- South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Shaq Roland caught six passes for 112 yards.
- South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney made five tackles with two broken up passes and a tackle for loss.
- Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon ran 25 times for 143 yards and James White ran 12 times for 107
- Wisconsin QB Joel Stave completed 9-of-13 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns and a pick before getting hurt, and QB Curt Phillips completed 7-of-12 passes for 37 yards and two picks.

Penn State 31, at Wisconsin 24
Basically … Christian Hackenberg threw four touchdown passes, starting out with a 68-yard scoring play to Adam Breneman and with two to Geno Lewis from three and 59 yards away on the way to a 31-14 lead. Penn State’s D hung on as the Badgers rallied back with ten points and had the ball late, but a last gasp throw into the end zone was picked off. Brian Wozniak caught touchdown passes from four and five yards away for the Badgers, who were held to just 120 yards rushing.
- Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg completed 21-of-30 passes for 339 yards and four scores
- Wisconsin QB Joel Stave completed 29-of-53 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.
- Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis caught 12 passes for 135 yards. Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 147 yards.
- Penn State RB Zach Zwinak ran 22 times for 115 yards, and Allen Robinson caught eight passes for 122 yards.

Wisconsin 20, at Minnesota 7
Basically … In the bitter cold, both teams had a hard time adjusting and holding on to the ball, but Wisconsin was able to use three takeaways to help barrel ahead on two Jack Russell first half field goals and a one-yard James White run. A two-yard touchdown catch from Jared Abbrederis provided the breathing room. Minnesota’s offense missed on several opportunities, and it was the defense that provided the score with a 39-yard pick six from Aaron Hill.
- Wisconsin RB James White ran 26 times for 125 yards and a score.
- Minnesota QB Philip Nelson completed 7-of-23 passes for 83 yards, and he ran nine times for eight yards.
- Minnesota finished with 185 yards of total offense.
- Wisconsin held the ball for over 35 minutes, but converted just four of 16 third down chances.

at Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3
Basically … Wisconsin set the tone right away with an interception on defense, and a one play drive on offense with James White tearing off a 93-yard run. The Badger running game rumbled at will with receiver Jared Abbrederis taking two end-arounds for touchdowns from 32 and 49 yards away. Melvin Gordon scored on a one-yard run three minutes into the game, and Corey Clement took over in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs from 19 and 21 yards away. Indiana got a 23-yard Mitch Ewald field goal on its only scoring chance.
- Wisconsin outgained Indiana 676 yards to 224 and ran for 554 yards. James White ran for 205 yards and a score, Melvin Gordon ran for 146 yards and a touchdown and Corey Clement ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
- Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld completed 9-of-22 passes for 99 yards and a pick.
- Wisconsin owned the time of possession, holding the ball for 37:45. Indiana had it for 22:15
- Jack Russell hit all three of his field goals for the Badgers from 31, 36 and 26 yards out.

at Wisconsin 27, BYU 17
Basically … Wisconsin took control from the start with a long drive leading to a four-yard James White touchdown run and with two Jack Russell field goals and a five-yard scoring pass to White making it 20-3 in the third quarter. Cody Hoffman caught touchdown passes from 34 yards out and five yards away for the Cougars, but a 14-yard White run in the fourth put the game out of reach.
- Wisconsin RB James White ran 23 times for 147 yards and two scores, and caught six passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Melvin Gordon ran 19 times for 86 yards.
- BYU QB Taysom Hill was bottled up. He completed just 19-of-41 passes for 207 yards and two scores with a pick, and ran for 53 yards on 17 carries. Cody Hoffman caught seven passes for 113 yards and two scores.
- Wisconsin LB Chris Borland made 13 tackles with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. FS Michael Caputo came up with 12 stops.
- BYU LB Uani ‘Unga came up with a game-leading 15 tackles. Kyle Van Noy made eight tackles with a pick and two tackles for loss.

Wisconsin 28 at Iowa 9, Nov. 2
Basically … Wisconsin overcame a slow start and an early deficit to get past Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. The Badgers never relinquished a 7-6 lead that it captured on a Joel Stave to Jacob Pedersen 44-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. Wisconsin salted away the game on a pair of James White touchdown runs in the final quarter.
- Wisconsin held Iowa to just 289 total yards and no points over the final 50 minutes.
- Iowa quarterbacks Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard combined to complete only 16-of-40 passes for 179 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
- White finished the day with 132 yards and those two scores on 19 carries.
- Iowa LB James Morris had a game-high 12 tackles, two stops for loss and a sack.

Wisconsin 56, at Illinois 32
Basically … Wisconsin scored the first 21 points on touchdown runs from James White and Melvin Gordon, and after a recovered fumble, a two-yard scoring grab from Brian Wozniak. Illinois was able to move the ball on the Badger defense, and pulled within 28-17 going into halftime on one-yard runs from Josh Ferguson and Matt LaCosse, but it was all UW in the third quarter with White and Gordon each coming up with scores – each one scored three touchdowns on the day.
- Wisconsin has to tighten up in the secondary. The ground game worked as normal, and Joel Stave came up with a tight 16-of-21, 189-yard, two score day throwing the ball, but the defense was way too soft on the deep passes. Illinois hit too many big plays.
- Nathan Scheelhaase had a decent day, outside of a key fumble in the first quarter. He hit 20-of-27 passes for 249 yards, and while he only ran for 18 yards, he was able to buy a little bit of time with his feet. He kept pressing.
- After a physical game from the Wisconsin offense, now the Illini has to deal with the Michigan State defense. The Illini has to come out far sharper and has to find a way to score right away, because now it’s a critical time for bowl hopes. At 3-3, the MSU game is the last date before going on the road for three games in four and dealing with Ohio State at home.
- Melvin Gordon isn’t going to be in the Heisman chase, but he continues to be unstoppable. He makes something out of nothing with some of the quickest feet in college football running 17 times for 142 yards and three scores. James White also came up with some terrific moves, but Gordon is special.

at Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6
Basically … Jared Abbrederis caught a 63-yard touchdown pass and Melvin Gordon tore off a 71-yard touchdown run as Wisconsin jumped out to a 21-3 lead and coasted the rest of the way. Northwestern came up with just 241 yards of total offense and two first half field goals from Jeff Budzein. The Badgers scored 14 unanswered points in the second half on two short touchdown passes from Joel Stave.
- This went beyond merely running over a decent opponent at home; Wisconsin absolutely dominated. There were too many mistakes with three turnovers, and the ground game didn’t work all that well early on but the defensive front destroyed the Northwestern line. The front seven looked quicker and refreshed with two weeks off.
- It took a little while for the running game to get moving, but with Jared Abbrederis out with an apparent concussion, Melvin Gordon (172 yards and a score) and James White (101 yards and a touchdown) took over. But this was a win for the Badger defense with Chris Borland leading the way with ten tackles and one of the team’s seven sacks. Wisconsin was in the backfield all game long.
- Kain Colter was hurt early on, and while he came back, he eventually left the game with a leg injury. Venric Mark ran three times before he was knocked out for the game. Trevor Siemian was shaky, completing just 13-of-34 passes for 163 yards, but he was always under pressure getting sacked five times.
- How quickly can Northwestern get it back? After two demoralizing losses to the Leaders, it has to get to work on the Legends. The big boys don’t come up for a few weeks, but getting by Minnesota with ease is a must. Ohio State might have been tough, but this was a disaster. Nothing worked, but the team needs a short memory.

at Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24
Basically … Ohio State got four touchdown passes from Braxton Miller including a 40-yard strike to Corey Brown as time ran out in the first half and a one-yarder to him late in the third for a 31-14 lead, but Wisconsin rallied back on a 17-yard James White touchdown run and a 42-yard Kyle French field goal. Joel Stave and Jared Abbrederis gave the Buckeye secondary fits, with a 36-yard touchdown connection in the first quarter tying it at seven, but Miller was too sharp. Stuck deep in their own territory in the final moments, the Badgers stalled on their final drive.
- So much for any quarterback controversy. Braxton Miller took a beating, but he still completed 17-of-25 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns with 83 yards rushing. He was poised, confident, and looking like he never had a knee injury.
- Jared Abbrederis absolutely destroyed Brandon Roby and the Ohio State secondary, catching ten passes for 207 yards and a score. The Buckeyes didn’t have an answer for him, while Joel Stave came up with an excellent game in defeat, completing 20-of-34 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. Chris Borland made 16 tackles for the Badgers.
- With eight penalties – including a killer that negated an Ohio State fumbled punt - a missed chip-shot field goal, and a dropped interception that led to the meltdown touchdown pass allowed at the end of the first half, Wisconsin was too error-prone to win a game like this on the road.
- The Ohio State defensive front was going to make Stave win the game, bottling up Melvin Gordon, who came up with just 74 rushing yards on 15 carries, and allowing just 104 yards of Badger rushing offense on 27 carries.

at Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
Basically … The Badgers rumbled at will as James White ran for a 70-yard score and Melvin Gordon scored from five, 27 and 15 yards out on the way to an easy win. Purdue got a 22-yard Rob Henry touchdown run and a 24-yard Paul Griggs field goal to make it 14-10 UW in the second quarter, but the Badgers scored 27 unanswered points, closing out with a five-yard Corey Clement run.
- Wisconsin got over the Arizona State debacle in a hurry. The offense got the ground game running like normal with Melvin Gordon running 16 times for 147 yards and three score and James White running for 145 yard and a score on 16 carries. Corey Clement almost made it a third time this year with three 100-yard backs, running for 83.
- Purdue? The downfield pass? Rob Henry didn’t even try testing the Wisconsin corners that were such a disaster the week before against Arizona State. Everything was short, everything was underneath, and none of it worked.
- Joel Stave has to be sharper. The UW QB stares down his receivers too much and he misfired in a big way a few times, particularly on a big miss to a wide open Jared Abbrederis. Even so, Stave completed 12-of-19 passes for 158 yards and a pick.
- The Purdue defense had enough problems, and then it lost star defensive back Ricardo Allen for the game. The D needs playmakers and it really, really can’t afford to lose Allen.

at Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30, Sept. 14
Basically … An interesting game was marred by a controversial finish. Wisconsin QB Joel Stave appeared to set up the kicking game for a last-second field goal attempt to win the game, but Arizona State didn’t get off the ball, the officials didn’t stop the clock, and the game was over. It overshadowed a fantastic performance from ASU QB Taylor Kelly, who threw for 352 yards and helped set up four Marion Grice touchdown runs with his last coming with just under nine minutes to play, but Wisconsin roared back with a fake punt helping to set up a one-yard Melvin Gordon touchdown. Stave failed on the two-point conversion, but he got one final shot, with a 51-yard pass play to Jeff Duckworth putting the Badgers in a position before the late fiasco.
- Joel Stave got cute. Wisconsin might scream and yell about not getting a delay of game penalty on ASU for not getting off the ball in the final seconds, and the officials should’ve stopped the clock to reset the ball, but Stave should’ve spiked the ball instead of setting the ball down and letting the clock run. Wisconsin is in the right, but it screwed up.
- The Badger secondary is a mess. Taylor Kelly would’ve had an even bigger performance if his receivers didn’t drop several key passes. The back shoulder fades late were unstoppable.
- Arizona State ran 93 plays. It did a brilliant job of controlling the tempo and keeping the Badger defense on its heels.
- Melvin Gordon ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries for the Badgers, but James White was held to 45 yards on 12 carries.

at Wisconsin 45, Tennessee Tech 0, Sept. 7
Basically … The Badgers didn’t break a sweat allowing just 113 yards of Tennessee Tech total offense while the other side of the ball rolled at will. Joel Stave threw three touchdown passes and Corey Clement added two touchdown dashes including a 75-yarder to finish off the scoring. James White and Melvin Gordon also ran for scores.
- For the second straight game, Wisconsin had three 100-yard rushers. Corey Clement ran for 149 yards on just 13 carries, Melvin Gordon ran for 140 yards on nine runs and James White ran for 109 yards on 22 carries.
- Jared Abbrederis was used for more than just touchdowns. He scored, but he also caught eight passes total for 62 yards and a score. Joel Stave spread the ball around, but a second wide receiver has to emerge for Arizona State.
- The Badger defense didn’t have to get into the backfield and it didn’t have to do anything fancy. The line controlled the ground game and didn’t let TTU find anything that worked on first downs and forced long distances. TTU was 2-of-13 on third downs.

at Wisconsin 45, Massachusetts 0, Aug. 31
Basically … The Wisconsin offense had few problems with Joel Stave running for a for a four-yard score and connecting with Jared Abbrederis on touchdown passes from 65 and 57 yards out. Melvin Gordon ripped off a 70-yard scoring dash in the second, and James White and Corey Clement each had long touchdown runs.
- Gordon (144), White (143) and Clement (101) each had 100 yards. The Badgers finished with 393 rushing yards and 598 yards of total offense.
- UMass never got the offense moving. The 212 yards didn’t do anywhere; the Minutemen never threatened.
- It’s only UMass and it’s just one game, but the Badger 3-4 defense worked. There was never the same presnap look twice.
- Mike Wegzyn tried to get the short passing game going for UMass, and he had a little bit of success early, but he couldn’t sustain the offense. A.J. Doyle came in and connected on 5-of-7 passes. Freshman Stacy Bedell is going to be a factor in MAC play; he ran for 70 yards on 19 carries.



Why To Be Excited: Don’t just hand the Leaders title to Ohio State quite yet. There’s no reason to expect the music to stop just because there’s a new coaching staff. It’s a bit of an overstatement to suggest that Bret Bielema wore out his welcome with two straight Big Ten championship game wins and three straight trips to Pasadena, but the hiring of Gary Andersen should change around the mood. The Badgers are still going to pound away with the running game, the defense is still going to be tough and hard-nosed, and there were still be the bully attitude.

Why To Be Grouchy: Ohio State is eligible for the Big Ten title again. On the field for Bucky, the secondary that was such a positive last year needs to come up with some big replacements. The defensive front should quietly grow into one of the Big Ten’s best, and the linebacking corps should be terrific despite the loss of tackling machine Mike Taylor, but corners Marcus Cromartie and safety Shelton Johnson are gone from a group that finished 18th in the nation against the pass.

What Needs Working On: There isn’t a Russell Wilson or a Scott Tolzien under center to make teams pay for cheating up against the run, and that proved costly last year. This time around, the passing game has to be tighter and more efficient. The quarterback situation will be in the spotlight with five decent options battling for the job, but the bigger key could be the No. 2 receiver situation. Jared Abbrederis was a one man gang with some help coming from tight end Jacob Pedersen. The third best target was Jordan Frederick with a mere 17 catches for 196 yards and a score. Basically, when Abbrederis was erased or was out hurt, the passing game and the offense went into a funk.

Non-Conference Games: UMass, Tennessee Tech, at Arizona State
Games Against The Legends: at Iowa, at Minnesota, Northwestern
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 11-1

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: UMass, Tennessee Tech, at Arizona State, Purdue, Northwestern, at Illinois, at Iowa, BYU, Indiana, at Minnesota, Penn State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Ohio State

Schedule Analysis: The Badgers can’t ask for a much lighter slate in Gary Andersen’s first season. However, it all might come down to September. If Bucky is good enough to get to October 5-0, it’ll be good enough to potentially go 12-0 even though the team really isn’t talented enough to get through without a blemish. UMass and Tennessee Tech are the scrimmages needed to be ready for a statement game at Arizona State, and Purdue is a good Big Ten opener to be ready for the make-or-break showdown with Ohio State in Columbus.

With a week off to be ready for Northwestern, Illinois to follow, and another bye week to rest up for November, the schedule works out well. BYU will be a difficult home game after going to Iowa, but Indiana, at Minnesota and Penn State is about as easy as it gets. There’s no Michigan, Michigan State or Nebraska from the Legends.

Team Concerns For 2013: The defense should be excellent and the special teams and running game will be a plus, so all the focus will be around a passing game that has to be even more efficient and more effective. While much was made out of the strange quarterback situation, the receivers were the bigger problem. If Jared Abbrederis wasn't making big things happen, the passing attack went kaput. The offensive line - by Wisconsin's standards - has to be far better, and that's where new head coach Gary Andersen should shine. 

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. It's been a weird time with the coaching change, and at some point it would be nice if Gary Andersen can bust the program out of the "recruit to a type" mode, but this year's class could potentially be good if some of the defensive backs pan out. Corners Jakarris Washington and Keelon Brookins were good gets from Massachusetts and Minnesota, respectively, while Matt Hubley is a sneaky-good safety prospect. Two of the keys for down the road are running back Corey Clement out of New Jersey and receiver Rob Wheelright out of Ohio, each with the talent to have had their pick of schools. They might be needed as soon as possible.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 66. That Class Was Heavy On ... The offensive line. The Badgers don’t need to come up with a big class, going after quality over quantity. Bret Bielema is going outside of the state for some of the key prospects, including getting guard Dan Voltz out of Illinois. More good ones are on the way. Bielema has mostly focused on getting the type of defenders who fit what the program likes to do by developing overachievers, but this year, more top players are giving UW a look. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 38. That Class Was Heavy On ... Outside linebackers. Wisconsin might be Tight End U. with the success of players like Travis Beckum, Lance Kendricks, and others over the last few seasons, and there’s more talent on the way with Sam Arneson, Austin Maly, and Eric Staffes three good pass catchers. Overall, this is a typical Badger class with no real superstars, but plenty of midlevel prospects who fit the team’s mold. The one top pickup was Jake Keefer, local product with great range. Michael Caputo and Jordan Fredrick are just two of the several other good outside defenders brought in.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 27. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Overall, this was a diverse and strong class that made up for a few years of subpar Signing Days. Wisconsin might recruit to fit the program, but this class also has talent. The Badgers signed a ton of defensive linemen last season and kept bringing in the talent this year with six excellent prospect. 292-pound DT Beau Allen was the key piece to the puzzle, while Sherard Cadogan and Konrad Zagzebeski fit the UW mold of smallish, lightning quick speed rushers on the outside. Jeff Lewis and James White will have a few years to work into the running back rotation.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 53. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. The Badgers have been surprisingly soft up front over the last few years. Poor tackling has been part of the problem; injuries have been the other part. This year’s class addressed the needs up front led by tackle Jordan Kohout, arguably the state’s top recruit. Pat Muldoon and Shelby Harris are strong pass rushing prospects who have to come through and shine sooner than later.


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