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The Wisconsin Badgers are a college football program that represents the University of Wisconsin–Madisonmarker in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the Big Ten Conference. They play their home games at Camp Randall Stadiummarker, the fourth-oldest stadium in college football. As of November 19, 2009, they had an all-time winning percentage of 56.9% with a win-loss-tie record of 612-464-53.

Team name origin

The team's nickname originates in the early history of Wisconsin. In the 1820s and 1830s, prospectors came to the state looking for minerals, primarily lead. Without shelter in the winter, the miners had to "live like badgers" in tunnels burrowed into hillsides.[329345] As a result, the territory was dubbed the "Badger State," and the team took its name from that.

Team history

Pat "Kangaroo Kicker" O'Dea
The 1903 team
The history of Wisconsin football is one of highs and lows.

The first Badger football team took the field in 1889, losing the only two games it played that season. In 1890, Wisconsin earned its first victory with a 106-0 drubbing of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, still the most lopsided win in school history. Ironically however, the very next week the Badgers suffered what remains their most lopsided defeat, a humiliating 63-0 loss at the hands of the University of Minnesotamarker. Since then, the Badgers and Gophers have met 118 times, making Wisconsin vs Minnesota the most-played rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Over the course of the 1890s, the Badgers dramatically improved. Upon the formation of the Big Ten conference in 1896, Wisconsin became the first-ever conference champion with a 7-1-1 record. Over the next ten years, the Badgers won or shared the conference title three more times (1897, 1901, and 1906), and recorded their first undefeated season, going 9-0-0 (1901). With the exception of their second undefeated season in 1912, in which they won their fifth Big Ten title, the next 35 years were a period of general mediocrity for the Badgers.

1942 was an important year for Wisconsin football. On October 24, the #6 ranked Badgers defeated the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall, catapulting Wisconsin to the #2 spot in the AP poll. Unfortunately for the Badgers, their national championship hopes were dashed by a 6-0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes the following week. Nevertheless, Wisconsin won the remainder of its games, finishing the season 8-1-1, and #3 in the AP poll, while garnering the Helms Athletic Foundation vote for National Champion.

In 1952, Wisconsin received its first #1 ranking by the Associated Press. That season, the Badgers again claimed the Big Ten title and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl, where they were defeated 7-0 by the University of Southern Californiamarker. Wisconsin returned to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champs again in 1959 and 1962, with both games resulting in defeat.

Over the next thirty years, the Wisconsin football program descended to gloomy depths. The nadir occurred in the back-to-back winless seasons of 1967 and 1968. After languishing through the 1970s, a string of seven-win seasons from 1981-84 placed the Badgers in the Garden State (1981), Independence (1982), and Hall of Fame Bowls (1984).

In 1990, Barry Alvarez became the head coach of the Badgers and, following three losing seasons (including a 1-10 campaign in his first year), Alvarez led the Badgers to their first Big Ten championship and first Rose Bowl appearance in over 30 years. On January 1, 1994 Wisconsin defeated UCLA 21-16 to claim its first Rose Bowl victory. Over his 16-year tenure as head coach, Alvarez led the Badgers to two more conference championships, 11 bowl games (going 8-3), and two more Rose Bowl victories.

Following the 2005 season, Alvarez stepped down as head coach of the Wisconsin football team and assumed the duties of athletic director. Former defensive coordinator, Bret Bielema, took over as head coach, and has since led the Badgers to a 32-11 record, with three consecutive bowl appearances.

As of November 19, 2009, the Wisconsin Badgers had an all-time record of 612-464-53.

Current coaching staff

Coach Position
Bret Bielema Head Coach
Paul Chryst Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Dave Doeren Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
DelVaughn Alexander Wide Receivers
Bob Bostad Offensive Line
Kerry Cooks Defensive Backs
Randall McCray Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers
Charles Partridge Defensive Line/Specialists
Joe Rudolph Tight Ends
John Settle Running Backs
Andy Richman Quality Control
Ben Strickland Quality Control


2009 Schedule

Date Time Opponent City Location Score Outcome
Sept. 05 6:00 PM Northern Illinois Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 28-20 Win
Sept. 12 11:00 AM Fresno Statemarker Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 34-31 Win
Sept. 19 11:00 AM Wofford Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 44-14 Win
Sept. 26 11:00 AM Michigan Statemarker Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 38-30 Win
Oct. 3 11:00 AM Minnesota Golden Gophers Minneapolis, MNmarker TCF Bank Stadiummarker 31-28 Win
Oct. 10 2:30 PM Ohio Statemarker Columbus, OH Ohio Stadiummarker 31-13 Loss
Oct. 17 11:00 AM Iowa Hawkeyes
Homecoming
Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 20-10 Loss
Oct. 31 11:00 AM Purduemarker Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 37-0 Win
Nov. 7 11:00 AM Indiana Hoosiers Bloomington, INmarker Memorial Stadiummarker 31-28 Win
Nov. 14 11:00 AM Michigan Wolverines Madison, WImarker Camp Randall Stadiummarker 45-24 Win
Nov. 21 2:30 PM Northwestern Evanston, ILmarker Ryan Field 33-31 Loss
Dec. 5 10:30 PM University of Hawaii Honolulu, HImarker Aloha Stadiummarker


Bowl history

Season Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
1952 Rose Bowlmarker L Southern Californiamarker 0 7
1959 Rose Bowlmarker L Washingtonmarker 8 44
1963 Rose Bowlmarker L Southern Californiamarker 37 42
1981 Garden State Bowl L Tennesseemarker 21 28
1982 Independence Bowl W Kansas Statemarker 14 3
1984 Hall of Fame Classic L Kentuckymarker 19 20
1994 Rose Bowlmarker W UCLAmarker 21 16
1995 Hall of Fame Bowl W Dukemarker 34 20
1996 Copper Bowl W Utahmarker 38 10
1997 Outback Bowl L Georgiamarker 6 33
1998 Rose Bowlmarker W UCLAmarker 38 31
1999 Rose Bowlmarker W Stanfordmarker 17 9
2000 Sun Bowl W UCLAmarker 21 20
2002 Alamo Bowl W Coloradomarker 31 28
2003 Music City Bowl L Auburnmarker 14 28
2004 Outback Bowl L Georgiamarker 21 24
2005 Capital One Bowl W Auburnmarker 24 10
2006 Capital One Bowl W Arkansasmarker 17 14
2007 Outback Bowl L Tennesseemarker 17 21
2008 Champs Sports Bowl L Florida Statemarker 13 42
Total 20 Bowl Games 10-10 411 450


Trophy games



Individual award winners and finalists

The following players have been nominated for national awards. Players highlighted in yellow indicate winners:

Year Athlete Place
1938 Howard Weiss 6th
1942 Dave Schreiner 10th
1953 Alan Ameche 6th
1954 Alan Ameche Winner
1959 Dale Hackbart 7th
1962 Pat Richter 6th
1962 Ron Vander Kelen 9th
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
Year Athlete Place
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
Year Athlete Place
1953 Alan Ameche Winner
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
Year Athlete Place
1998 Ron Dayne Finalist
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
2001 Anthony Davis Semi-finalist
2005 Brian Calhoun Semi-finalist
2006 P. J. Hill, Jr. Semi-finalist
Year Athlete Place
2002 Al Johnson Finalist
Year Athlete Place
1998 Aaron Gibson Finalist
1999 Chris McIntosh Finalist
2006 Joe Thomas Winner
Year Athlete Place
1998 Aaron Gibson Finalist
2000 Wendell Bryant Semi-finalist
2001 Wendell Bryant Semi-finalist
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
2005 Joe Thomas Semi-finalist
2006 Joe Thomas Semi-finalist


Year Athlete Place
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2001 Lee Evans Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2000 Kevin Stemke Winner
Year Athlete Place
1998 Matt Davenport Semi-finalist
1999 Vitaly Pisetsky Finalist
2006 Taylor Mehlhaff Semi-Finalist
2007 Taylor Mehlhaff Semi-Finalist
Year Athlete Place
1991 Troy Vincent Semi-finalist
2000 Jamar Fletcher Winner
2004 Jim Leonhard Semi-finalist
Year Athlete Place
1999 Nick Davis Semi-finalist
1999 Vitaly Pisetsky Finalist
2001 Nick Davis Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Jim Leonhard Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2007 Travis Beckum Finalist


Players

College Football Hall of Famers



Pro Football Hall of Famers



National Jewish Sports Hall of Famers



Roster

(as of 8/07/2009)


Quarterbacks
  • Jon Budmayr - Freshman
  • Curt Phillips - Freshman
  • Dustin Sherer - Senior
  • Nate Tice - Freshman
  • Scott Tolzien - Junior


Wide receivers
  • Jared Abbrederis - Freshman
  • Isaac Anderson - Junior
  • Kraig Appleton - Freshman
  • Jeff Duckworth - Freshman
  • Nate Emanuel - Junior
  • David Gilreath - Junior
  • Kyle Jefferson - Junior
  • Richard Kirtley - Senior
  • Eric Kossoris - Sophomore
  • Maurice Moore - Junior
  • Elijah Theus - Senior
  • Nick Toon - Sophomore
  • T.J. Williams - Freshman


Offensive line
  • Jordan Bergmann - Freshman
  • Jake Bscherer - Junior
  • Robert Burge - Freshman
  • Gabe Carimi - Junior
  • Jake Current - Sophomore
  • Casey Dehn - Freshman
  • Alex Dietzen - Freshman
  • Sam Edmiston - Freshman
  • Travis Frederick - Freshman
  • Ryan Groy - Freshman
  • Clinton Heckner - Freshman
  • Peter Konz - Freshman
  • Zach Matthias - Freshman
  • John Moffitt - Junior
  • Bill Nagy - Junior
  • Josh Oglesby - Sophomore
  • Joe Schafer - Freshman
  • Ricky Wagner - Freshman
  • Kyle Wojta - Sophomore
  • Drew Woodward - Senior
  • Kevin Zeitler - Freshman
 

Running backs
  • Montee Ball - Freshman
  • Zach Brown - Junior
  • John Clay - Sophomore
  • Bradie Ewing - Sophomore
  • Dex Jones - Freshman
  • Tyler O'Kane - Freshman
  • Mike Preisler - Sophomore
  • Erik Smith - Freshman
  • Sam Spitz - Freshman


Tight ends
  • Michael Brunner - Freshman
  • Jake Byrne - Sophomore
  • Zach Davison - Freshman
  • Garrett Graham - Senior
  • Lance Kendricks - Junior
  • Rob Korslin - Sophomore
  • Jacob Pederson - Freshman
  • Jeremy Reierson - Freshman
  • Mickey Turner - Senior
  • Brian Wozniak - Freshman
 

Defensive line
  • Eriks Briedis - Freshman
  • Patrick Butrym - Sophomore
  • Dan Cascone - Senior
  • Tyler Dippel - Freshman
  • David Gilbert - Freshman
  • Shelby Harris - Freshman
  • Jordan Hein - Senior
  • Ethan Hemer - Freshman
  • Brendan Kelly - Freshman
  • Jordan Kohout - Freshman
  • Anthony Mains - Freshman
  • Dan Moore - Senior
  • Pat Muldoon - Freshman
  • Louis Nzegwu - Sophomore
  • O'Brien Schofield - Senior
  • Jeff Stehle - Senior
  • J.J. Watt - Sophomore
  • Tyler Westphal - Freshman


Linebackers
  • Ethan Armstrong - Freshman
  • Chris Borland - Freshman
  • A.J. Fenton - Freshman
  • Matthew Groff - Freshman
  • Nick Hill - Freshman
  • Leonhard Hubbard - Freshman
  • Jaevery McFadden - Senior
  • Tony Megna - Sophomore
  • Conor O'Neill - Freshman
  • Erik Prather - Senior
  • Kevin Rouse - Sophomore
  • Blake Sorensen - Junior
  • Culmer St. Jean - Junior
  • Mike Taylor - Freshman
 

Defensive backs
  • Niles Brinkley - Junior
  • Shane Carter - Senior
  • Kevin Claxton - Sophomore
  • Marcus Cromartie - Freshman
  • Antonio Fenelus - Sophomore
  • Adam Hampton - Sophomore
  • William Hartmann - Senior
  • Aaron Henry - Sophomore
  • Tyler Holland - Senior
  • Shelton Johnson - Freshman
  • Andrew Lukasko - Sophomore
  • Chris Maragos - Senior
  • Prince Moody - Senior
  • Chukwuma Offor - Sophomore
  • Josh Peprah - Freshman
  • Aubrey Pleasant - Senior
  • Jerry Ponio - Freshman
  • Coddye Ring-Noonan - Freshman
  • Devin Smith - Sophomore
  • Dezmen Southward - Freshman
  • Darious Thomas - Freshman
  • Jay Valai - Junior
  • Kyle Zuleger - Freshman


Punters
  • Brad Nortman - Sophomore
  • Ryan Wickesberg - Freshman


Place kickers
  • Alec Lerner - Freshman
  • Philip Welch - Sophomore


Current NFL players



Hall of Famers

Below is a list of Badgers who are members of the College Football Hall of Famemarker:



Other notable players



Honored numbers



References

  1. All-Time Win/Loss/Tie Record
  2. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/clubhouse?teamId=275
  3. College Football Hall of Famers
  4. Pro Football Hall of Famers


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