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Wisconsin football: What do the Badgers want at quarterback?

The Badgers quarterback battle continues to be the elephant in the room with just a week and a half left before the Badgers kick off their season against LSU. Paul Chryst has yet to name whether it will be redshirt senior Bart Houston or redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook who will run the offense on September 3rd.

At first glance, you would think Houston has more experience than Hornibrook. Houston does have more experience than Hornibrook, it’s just not very much – or very valuable. Houston has obviously been stuck behind Joel Stave for his entire career, therefore he hasn’t received much action in actual games.

Houston has actually accumulated more punts in his career than touchdown passes. He punted seven times over the course of the 2014 season. Houston has thrown for four touchdowns and two interceptions over three years.

In last year’s game at Illinois, Houston replaced an injured Stave, a game in which he acquired most of his playing time. Of his 51 career attempts, 33 came in that game in Champagne. Houston rallied a struggling Badgers team, helping the team win 24-13. Houston was 22-33, 232 yards, and had two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Later in the year, he would again relieve Stave against Northwestern. Houston came in at the very end of the game in Northwestern’s red zone with the Badgers down, and threw an ugly pass resulting in an incompletion as the Badgers lost their second straight game to Northwestern.

Even though he doesn’t have much game experience, where he does have experience is through five years of practices. This is Houston’s redshirt senior year. He’s had the opportunity to be around the receivers for their entire careers, whereas Hornibrook has only been on campus for a little over a year.

However, Hornibrook offers the opportunity for the Badgers and Chryst to anchor down their offense for the future. The Badgers arguably have the toughest schedule in the nation, and the Badgers record may suffer no matter who is at quarterback (although it’s hard to imagine Chryst thinking about it this way). Starting Hornibrook would give him the game reps needed going ahead into his career.

Then again, Stave had the same scenario, and some may argue that Stave’s best season was his freshman year. The offense as whole certainly didn’t grow the way you would expect with the same quarterback over the course of four seasons.

All of it is going to come down to Chryst’s perspective. If you want to prepare for the future during what is going to probably be a down year, Hornibrook should be sent out and be allowed to make mistakes and grow has a collegiate quarterback. If Chryst feels good about his team’s chances against the likes of LSU, OSU, Michigan, MSU, Nebraska, and Iowa, Houston should be the answer.

Chryst said in a BTN interview that there was a chance that both could play, but he also said that the best will play. As of lately, it seems like Houston has been the better man in practice.

However, it wouldn’t be surprising if both did play. Whether it’s Houston or Hornibrook that get the initial nod, neither will play without some growing pains, and we’ll see how quick to the trigger Chryst is to switch things up at quarterback. Perhaps Chryst could go with Houston early on to give Hornibrook more time to develop and watch, and then give a chance to Hornibrook closer to the end of the year.

No matter who Paul Chryst chooses to play quarterback, they’ll both presumably be doing the same thing over and over and over: turning around and handing the ball of to Corey Clement, Dare Ogunbowale, and Taiwan Deal.

Wisconsin Badgers offensive linen Dan Voltz (70) and Kyle Costigan (54) block during the Capital One Bowl NCAA football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks Wednesday, January 1, 2014, Orlando, Florida. The Gamecocks won 34-24. (Photo by David Stluka)

Wisconsin football: OL Dan Voltz unexpectedly retires

Wisconsin offensive lineman Dan Voltz publicly announced today after practice that he was retiring from football due to physical reasons.

The three-year starting center suffered a season-ending knee injury last October when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) against Illinois. Earlier this spring. Voltz announced he would transition to left guard with Michael Deiter remaining at starting center, a position he held following Voltz’s injury.

Voltz said that throughout the offseason he had no intentions of retiring. 

“I was going to train all summer, give it everything I have,” he said. “My mindset all summer was that I was going to play, and the season was going to go as planned.”

Ultimately, it was the senior lineman’s overall health, not just the injury that forced him into retirement.

“Physical reasons is the main reason that forced me to start thinking about it,” he said after practice. “It’s a culmination of things I’ve been dealing with for a couple years now.”

He called his decision an selfish one in the fact that, at the age of 22, he had to think of his own physical health and well-being and what would come after football. 

“You have to take a step back and say, is this the best decision for my body?” he said.

Voltz told teammates of his decision this week. As expected, it was a difficult decision for the fifth-year player.

“You earn the respect of your teammates because of how hard you work and the time you put in here, so telling them you’ll no longer be playing anymore was difficult for me.”

Head coach Paul Chryst expressed his admiration and respect for the way Voltz approached and played the game.

“Dan played a lot of really good football, and you’re always going to miss that,” Chryst said.

Voltz, however, plans to continue to play a large role off the field for his Badger teammates.

“I made it clear I’m going to remain a big part of the program,” he said. “My role is just going to shift from playing to helping out in other ways.”

Voltz said he expects his role to be similar to what it was this past spring: helping out in the weight room, being a mentor for younger players and offering his own insight in practice and in games.

“The way football is played nowadays and what defenses are running, the mental side is such a big part,” he said. “Just having an extra set of eyes at practice and games is a huge asset to the group.”

Chryst said Voltz will “bring a lot at a different capacity.” Voltz’s three years of starting and his daily preparation on and off the field assure Chryst that Voltz will still remain impactful to the team. 

“You’re confident he’s going to contribute in a big way,” Chryst said.

Voltz still has three semesters to go to finish his master’s degree in kinesiology.

“Continuing my education and continuing to be a part of this program for the next two seasons is something that is super exciting for me,” Voltz said.

Chryst believes Voltz could easily transition into the strength training or coaching component of the game.

Going into the 2016 season, Chryst expects Micah Kapoi to take over as starting left guard. Deiter, as stated, will be the starting center. Voltz offered advice to the redshirt sophomore.

“He’s obviously taken over the center role and he’s growing into one of the most experienced guys one of the best players,” Voltz said. “The next step is to be that leader, be that consistent player that guys can rally around him.”

Of Voltz’s future plans, he said, “I look forward to being healthy and having a productive life after football.”


Photo Courtesy of UW Athletics. 

Photo taken by Margaret Naczek, SST.

Wisconsin football: Depth chart 1.0 for LSU

With the rest of Wisconsin’s fall camp closed to the media, here’s what our staff believes will be the team’s depth chart heading into Lambeau Field. Please note this can change with injuries; this is our first projection for each position.

Quarterbacks

Paul Chryst has made it clear that no one has won the job yet, but redshirt senior Bart Houston has been stringing together some nice practices. Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook started the offseason strong, but has shown a knack for throwing interceptions. While it is only practice, Houston has limited his mistakes compared to Hornibrook and made progress in getting the ball down field.

In Monday’s practice, Houston had the first team offense rolling, stringing together a nice drive against the first team defense. Even with injuries and poor play effecting the play of the offensive line, Houston was able to lead the offense down field.

On Tuesday, Houston played well once again, and by our calculations, received more reps than Hornibrook. Both players still received first-team reps.

As the guy with more experience who’s committing less mistakes, Houston has the #1 spot in our book. Still, Chryst has not picked his guy, so we’ll keep them both tied at the top.

QB1: Bart Houston/Alex Hornibrook
QB3: Karé Lyles

Running Backs

Wisconsin is, and always will be, a running back university. The three-headed monster of Corey Clement, Dare Ogunbowale, and Taiwan Deal will see the majority of carries in 2016, barring injuries. Although 2015 was a very down year for Wisconsin’s run game, Clement is healthy, Ogunbowale looks to build off of a solid end of the 2015 season, and Taiwan Deal, who got a lot of experience his freshman year, has seemed to improve in every aspect of his game.

Clement will be the starter come kickoff, but all three will see the ball and contribute to the first team offense. Bradrick Shaw has looked good in camp too, and could get some garbage time carries.

RB1: Corey Clement
RB2: Taiwan Deal
RB3 (3rd down back): Dare Ogunbowale
RB4: Bradrick Shaw

Fullbacks

Austin Ramesh appears to be the Badgers’ opening game starter as of now. After seeing longtime starter Derek Watt go to the NFL, Ramesh will have big shoes to fill. He has been taking most first team reps.

Sophomore Alec Ingold, who played some snaps at running back last season after being being recruited as a linebacker, also has seen first team reps. Redshirt Leon Jacobs, another converted linebacker, is new to the position as well, but also a new face on offense that could see some time.

FB1: Austin Ramesh
FB2: Alec Ingold/Leon Jacobs

Wide Receivers

Senior Rob Wheelwright and redshirt junior Jazz Peavy will lead the group. Peavy, who is now officially cleared to play in full after being limited with an injury, is poised to be the consistent hands receiver that Wisconsin has come to know and love (see Alex Erickson or Jared Abbrederis), while Wheelwright’s athleticism gives him big play potential every Saturday gameday.

Junior George Rushing has also shown he can become a very valuable third receiver for the Badgers. as he has had a tremendous offseason all the way back to the Spring Game where he and Hornibrook hooked up for long touchdown passes.

Behind those three are senior Reggie Love and freshman A.J. Taylor, who appear to be fighting for the fourth WR spot. Love has more experience, but Taylor has shown major potential and may prove hard to keep off the field after catching five balls for close to 100 yards in the team’s second fall camp scrimmage.

Freshmen Quintez Cephus and Kendric Pryor may also see some looks if injuries hit or the other receivers struggle. Cephus especially has big play potential.

WR1: Robert Wheelright
WR2: Jazz Peavy
WR3: George Rushing
WR4: Reggie Love/A.J. Taylor

Tight Ends

At tight end, redshirt junior Troy Fumagalli will most likely be the starter. At Monday’s practice though, he was out with a right arm injury. Filling in for him was redshirt sophomore Kyle Penniston. Working with the first team, Penniston looked right at home making some tough catches and getting some yardage after his catches. The 6’5″ Zander Neuville has switched to tight end after playing at defensive tackle.

TE1: Troy Fumagalli
TE2: Kyle Penniston/Eric Steffes
TE4: Zander Neuville

Offensive Line

Up front in the trenches, the offensive line has been shifting during fall camp – a lot. Already a unit with little to no experience, injuries have done the Badgers no favors. Redshirt junior Ryan Ramczyk, projected starting left tackle, is currently out with a left leg injury, continuing the revolving door on the offensive line. It was announced on Tuesday that redshirt senior Dan Voltz would be retiring from football, which means Micah Kapoi will get the first try at left guard. Converted tight end David Edwards has gotten reps at tackle, as well as New Berlin native Brett Connors. Jon Dietzen will serve as a serviceable backup at guard.

If Ramczyk is healthy come kick off, the projected offensive line will be:

LT: Ryan Ramcyzk
LG: Micah Kapoi
C: Michael Deiter
RG: Beau Benzshawel
RT: Jacob Maxwell

But with injuries plentiful up front and play very inconsistent, don’t expect the same starters every week.

Defensive Line

Up front, Olive Sagapolu is going to be the starter at nose tackle and lead a front three where he is flanked by junior Conor Sheehy and redshirt junior Chikwe Obasih at the defensive end positions. Ends Billy Hirschfield and Alec James have also seen first team reps and figure to see playing time on Saturdays. Look for true freshman Garrett Rand to compete for some downs at nose tackle as well.

DE1: Conor Sheehy, Chikwe Obasih
DE2: Alec James, Billy Hirschfeld
NT1: Olive Sagapolu
NT2: Garrett Rand, Jeremy Patterson

Linebackers

At outside linebacker, the Badgers are set. With senior Vince Biegel and redshirt junior T.J. Watt manning the outside, most of the playing time will go to them. The two should have no problem stopping opposing offenses.

Inside of those two, Jack Cichy and Chris Orr have been getting most of the first team reps. T.J. Edwards would be starting, but due to an injury, it seems more and more likely he will miss the season opener.

OLB: Vince Biegel
ILB: Jack Cichy
ILB: Chris Orr
OLB: T.J. Watt

Injured: T.J. Edwards (foot)

Defensive Backs

In the secondary, the Badgers seem to have a nice balance of experience and youth.

Elder statesman Sojourn Shelton is entering his final year as a Badger and will lead the way with junior Derrick Tindal starting at the opposite cornerback position. Tindal hurt his knee in practice on Monday, which he considers a sprain. Still, one would expect Tindal to play versus LSU. Junior Natrell Jamerson will round out as the third cornerback, but freshman Caesar Williams has been playing very well and been showing playmaking ability as of late. Williams may see an extended role as the season gets going. Redshirt freshman Titus Booker has also seen reps, but has not looked as good as Williams.

Redshirt senior Leo Musso will most likely be lining up at free safety while junior D’Cota Dixon has been getting a lot of first team reps at the strong safety position. Sophomore Arrington Farrar also has seen some first team reps and could see playing time as well. Secondary coach Jim Leonhard also liked what he’s seen out of true freshman Patrick Johnson at safety.

CB1: Sojourn Shelton
FS1: Leo Musso
SS1: D’Cota Dixon
CB2: Derrick Tindal­­­­­­­

CB3 (nickel): Natrell Jamerson
CB4: Caesar Williams/Titus Booker
FS2: Patrick Johnson/Eric Burrell
SS2: Arrington Farrar

Special Teams

One thing is certain on special teams: Rafael Gaglianone will be the team’s kicker. Elsewhere, true freshman Anthony Lotti has won the punter job over redshirt freshman P.J. Rosowski. Andrew Endicott will likely do the team’s kicking duties once again. George Rushing, Corey Clement, and Jazz Peavy seem to be the leaders in the kick and punt return game.

K: Rafael Gaglianone
P: Anthony Lotti
KOS: Andrew Endicott
KR: Natrell Jamerson, George Rushing, Corey Clement
PR: George Rushing, Jazz Peavy, Sojourn Shelton
LS: Connor Udelhoven

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Bucks: Grading the Off-Season Moves

The Bucks’ offseason has been an up and down rollercoaster marked equally by both what they were able to do and what they were not. Below, we take a look at the team’s moves in the offseason, draft, and move into the 2016-17 season.

Free Agency: B

The Bucks may not have added a big name like they did the offseason before, but they did add some interesting veterans to address some real issues: shooting, defense, and leadership.

The Bucks first move was signing Mirza Teletovic to a 3-year, $30 million deal. Teletovic is a stretch 4 who hit 39% of his three-pointers last season. He can help space the floor, and aide a dreadfully poor perimeter shooting team. Last season, Milwaukee finished last in three-pointers attempted, and only managed to convert at a 34% clip from beyond the arc. The only downside is that Teletovic is already 30, but one skill that ages well is shooting. Add in that Teletovic will not be expected to be anything more than a role player and the deal is a solid one. Grade: B

Fresh off back to back trips to the Finals and an unexpected 4th place finish at the Olympics, Matthew Dellavedova has already played in a lot of big games and at only 25 years old, a 4-year, $38 million deal may pan out to be a bargain for the Bucks. A feisty defender and a career 40% shooter from deep, the Bucks addressed two of their biggest weaknesses. From an on the court standpoint, Delly is not a player who needs the ball to be effective (He played with Kyrie and LeBron after all), and that is a key reason he figures to be a great fit for the Bucks. With Giannis taking over at the point, Delly can actually play the same way he did in Cleveland, especially if Giannis evolves his game to be more like King JamesGrade: A-

The Bucks’ most recent move was signing Jason Terry. While at first glance this might seem like a “keep getting them checks” deal, Terry is a career 38% shooter from beyond the arc. Add in his championship experience, and familiarity with Jason Kidd, and it’s a low risk, moderate reward deal. Grade: B-

The Draft: B-

Thon Maker is a tantalizing prospect. Elite athleticism and length are always enough to get a player into the NBA, but as his Summer League showed, he is surprisingly polished as well. If Maker hits his ceiling, the Bucks have a player capable of impacting the game in a major way in every facet of the game. So how did he fall to 10? Well, no one knows how old this guy actually is. His polish and potential are worthy of being a top-5 pick if he’s actually 19. But many teams around the league decided he was undraftable because HE COULD BE 25. I’m all for taking gambles in the draft because that’s all it really is, but at 10? With this pick, John Hammond could look like a genius or he could look like he should be working for the Kings. Time will tell, but because Maker could have potentially been available in the 2nd round, the pick seems irresponsible at 10. Grade: C-

Malcolm Brogdon is a winner, team-player, and hyper efficient. He was one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft, and while he doesn’t appear to be destined for stardom, he could an excellent second unit player who can do a little bit of everything. Brogdon is a smart and tough player, and his time at Virginia proved he will do anything needed of him to win. At 23 years old, he is a little old, but can contribute immediately. Grade: A

The Big Man Debacle: C

The Bucks’ prized acquisition from the previous offseason was big man Greg Monroe, who was productive in his first season with the Bucks, but simply wasn’t a good fit. The Bucks actually considered trading him at the deadline, but were unable to find a good deal. They decided to re-sign Miles Plumlee to a 4-year $52 million deal, which combined with Monroe and John Henson’s contracts, mean the Bucks have $146 million tied up in three big men.

The Bucks were certain they’d be able to move Monroe, but that has proved difficult thus far. Adding Teletovic and Maker to an already crowded frontcourt means someone is going to be the odd man out and Jason Kidd will have to balance egos and production between the five of them and franchise cornerstone Jabari Parker. In particular, this could really hinder the development of Thon Maker. While each individual move is clearly defensible, when looked at together, the moves seem like an abject disaster. The Bucks are going to have to make a move to figure this situation out. Plumlee deal: B+; Monroe non-trade: D

The Bucks have had an eventful offseason and while they were able to address some real needs in free agency, some of the moves seem a bit head scratching. Drafting Maker at 10 was a real stretch, especially given the questions of his age, but he may be ready to contribute sooner than expected. The Plumlee deal in a vacuum was a good one, but the inability to move Monroe really hurts them. Milwaukee will be counting on a big leap from Giannis and Jabari, and for Jason Kidd to somehow have this roster gel by figuring out an effective rotation.

Final Grade: C+


Photo courtesy of Bucks/NBA.com.

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Top 10 players to watch for in 2016: Jack Cichy

With less than two weeks until the start of Badger football, junior inside linebacker Jack Cichy is seeing increased reps with the current injury of T.J. Edwards during fall camp.

Other top ten player profiles: Clement, Ramczyk, Biegel, Shelton, Hornibrook, Peavy, Musso, and Watt

The 6’2″, 223-pound linebacker from Somerset, Wis. played four years at Hill Murray High School in Maplewood, Minn. He finished his senior year as the all-conference selection, honorable mention all-state and team MVP, recording 107 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, four sacks and one interception. He recorded similar high stats as a junior with 111 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, two sacks and three interceptions.

The two-time high school team captain became a walk-on to the University of Wisconsin in February of 2013. In his collegiate football career, Cichy played a total of 17 games with four starts. His most notable game was in the 2015 Holiday Bowl where he recorded nine tackles and three sacks in the second half of the game, earning him the Defensive MVP.

Going into the 2016 season, Cichy expects an increase role in the linebacking corp. due to the loss of Edwards.

“It was tough, but he wouldn’t want us to miss a beat,” Cichy said of Edwards’ injury. “He wouldn’t want us to sulk for him. We are moving forward. We are making some great strides. Me and Chris [Orr] are getting more chemistry inside. We are more relatable inside. And we are able to play off each other better.”

The potential for an increased role this year led Cichy to being placed on the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list. According to the award’s website, the Lott IMPACT trophy acknowledges the top defensive football player for both personal character and performance.

A statement of Cichy’s character is his ability to accept any role designated to him on the team.

“I still love playing special teams,” Cichy said. “Whether or not I’m a starter or Chris is the starter or T.J. is the starter, I think we will all be ready for whatever happens. We will all be playing, so I think we’re going to try to maximize our reps.”

Cichy said that the biggest thing to prepare for going into the season is working as one cohesive unit. He believes the linebacking corps have a great off the field connection.

“I think the big thing in this camp is being able to create that on the field,” he said. “The more chemistry we can build, the more comfortable we can be with each other, the better off we’ll be able to play off each other in practice and in games.

“I think we just got to be better at playing team defense. We’ve got great guys on the d line, great guys on the back end. I think we’ve just got to start piecing it together and once we start piecing it together better, I think we will click.”


Photo courtesy of UWBadgers.com.

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Wisconsin football: The latest from Saturday’s practice

We’re exactly two weeks until opening kickoff at Lambeau Field and fall camp is winding down. The depth chart is slowly coming together, but here are the latest updates on where the team is at.

Quarterback battle ongoing

At Friday’s scrimmage, Houston took a step forward after a subpar week. On Saturday, Houston still looked sharp and avoided throwing any interceptions. Hornibrook also looked sharp as well, especially in red zone drills, but did throw two interceptions.

At this point in camp, Houston seems to have taken the slight lead over Hornibrook in the quarterback competition. Throughout camp, even going back to spring practice, Hornibrook has been more of a playmaker, connecting on more deep passes. But in taking those risks and throwing the long ball more, he is more prone to throw interceptions. Houston, on the other hand, plays more conservatively, avoiding interceptions, but has been making bigger plays while still avoiding throwing picks.

On the offensive line injuries, continue the revolving door in the trenches. Left tackle Ryan Ramczyk left practice with a left leg injury, according to multiple reports. His injury is not considered serious. While the running game seems poised to be on the cusp of breaking out after a rough last season, not having the continuity on the front line will not help progress the run game.

Linebackers continue to prepare

With many questions left on the offensive side of the ball, especially at the quarterback position, the defense is in a position to lend some form of consistency to this team. Although linebacker T.J. Edwards is still out indefinitely (foot), fellow linebacker Chris Orr thinks they’ll be able to weather the potential loss.

“We lost somebody with some starting experience and a good player, but I still think we have good depth in the room, great linebackers there, guys that will work hard,” Orr said of Edwards.

If Edwards does miss the first game, he will be missing a date with Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette and the LSU Tigers. Orr and the Badgers are excited to use to show that they are ready to take on their tough schedule.

“Everybody will be able to see September 3, something that this defense, that we’re really excited for,” Orr said. “I think we’ll possibly be even better [than last season]. We have more experience in the front end so you can stop the run, you can stop a lot of people in college football and we also have play makers in the back end, guys with experience in the back end that nobody don’t really take into account.”

Secondary coming together?

In the back end of the defense, senior Sojourn Shelton will be leading a unit with a lot of new faces.

Despite the lack of in game experience though, Shelton believes that the playmaking ability is there, and that is what matters most for the veteran leader.

“Experience, no matter if you played one game or no games, if you’re a playmaker, you’re a playmaker so that experience thing, I don’t buy into that,” Shelton said. “You know these guys in my group, they can make plays and that’s what we’re going to do.”

With the younger guys coming on, as the season approaches, defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard likes the depth that is starting to show itself and how the players have responded to added responsibility. One of the younger players making plays in fall camp is freshman Caesar Williams. In the past two days of practice, Williams has come on as a ball hawk, getting two interceptions off of Hornibrook in as many days.

“You can never have enough depth,” Leonhard said. “We’re getting to the point in camp where you’re starting to push a lot of guys and give them a little extra and see what they can handle and its always fun to see the young guys…handle the extra load.”

The natural leadership coming from Shelton has been a huge reason why the younger guys have been able to shorten the learning curve and start making plays.

“It’s been fun to watch [Shelton] grow into that leadership role and kind of take it naturally. You don’t want to force it on anybody,” Leonard said. “I think the guys really respect his experience and his play on the field, how he approaches every single day.”

Under new leadership, coaching wise, the defense has been able to rely on the players natural leadership to smooth transition. Although the schedule is tough, as fall camp has progressed, it seems that the defense is ready to roll and carry on the tradition of hard-nosed defense that Wisconsin fans have become accustomed to.

Injury Report

The following players did not practice on Saturday: Vince Biegel, Quintez Cephus, David Edwards, T.J. Edwards, Henry Houden, Natrell Jamerson, George Panos, Logan Schmidt, Bradrick Shaw, and Mason Stokke. Kendric Pryor and Austin Ramesh were limited.

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Former Badger Gwen Jorgensen wins first U.S. gold in women’s triathlon

Former Badger and Wisconsin native Gwen Jorgensen became the first American to win a gold medal in the women’s triathlon at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jorgensen went to Waukesha South High School where she excelled at swimming and running. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she competed in track & field, cross country and swimming. In her time at Wisconsin, Jorgensen earned All-America honors in track and cross country, was the 2009 Big Ten Champion in the 5,000 m and the 3,000 m and qualified for the Big Ten Swimming Championship from 2007-2009. She also was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2009, which the Big Ten recognizes as the athlete who “attains the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Jorgensen was also a six-time Academic All-Big Ten choice recipient.

Jorgensen finished eighth in her first competitive triathlon in Clermont, Fla. according to her professional website. In that same year she was awarded the USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year and Elite Duathlete of the Year. In 2012 she competed for the U.S. Olympic Team in London. She finished 38th in the women’s triathlon due to a flat tire during the biking portion of the competition.

She was the ITU (International Triathlon Union’s) Series World Champion in 2014 and 2015. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Jorgensen finished first in the women’s triathlon, winning the first gold medal in a triathlon for the U.S. Her time was 1:56:16. Behind Jorgensen was Nicola Spirig of Switzerland with a time of 1:56:56 and Vicky Holland of Great Britain with a time of 1:57:01.

The triathlon consists of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike ride and 10 km run.


Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

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Wisconsin football: Quick hits from Friday’s scrimmage

With the quarterback competition in full swing at Friday’s practice, redshirt senior Bart Houston took a slight step ahead of redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook.

During the in-practice scrimmage, according to my unofficial stats, Houston went 18-27 for close to 200 yards and looked sharp while also playing loose. In contrast, Hornibrook went 15-25 for 143 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

While the senior quarterback had the better day today in my opinion, the competition is far from over. Hornibrook had the better practice on Wednesday, so the competition has taken many turns even in the last few days.

Freshman wideout A.J. Taylor and junior George Rushing both had close to 100 yards receiving and made some nice catches. Taylor did drop on pass that did lead to one of Hornibrook’s interceptions though.

“I think there’s some areas that…we’re making positive strides,” Paul Chryst said after the scrimmage. Chryst also admitted that the execution is not where the team needs it to be and there is plenty of work to get done with just four days left of fall camp.

Chryst will be looking for consistency from players who performed well at Friday’s practice. Consistency, especially from the quarterbacks, will be the key for the Badgers with only 15 days until the LSU game.

“At this point in camp, we’re finding guys that are showing us some good things and we got to see if they can do that consistently,” Chryst said.

No injury report was provided today.

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Statement on Bud Selig report

Saturday, August 20, 11:45am CT: On Friday, we sent out a tweet and wrote a blog post about MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig announcing his public support for bringing back UW-Madison baseball on a recorded interview with WTMJ’s Greg Matzek to be aired on Sunday at 11am CT. We were first made aware of the story in a promo from WTMJ at the 11am news hour on Friday that indicated Commissioner Selig talked about “bringing back baseball to Wisconsin.” After speaking with Matzek at WTMJ, we found out that bringing back baseball at UW-Madison was NOT discussed during the conversation. This statement, easily misconstrued, was in reference to Commissioner Selig bringing back baseball to Milwaukee, the Brewers in 1970. Matzek told SST that this was an innocent mistake, and he understands why the message could be confused. We do know that Commissioner Selig supports bringing back baseball at UW-Madison; he had just never said it publicly besides at a Milwaukee Braves Historical Association (MBHA) dinner earlier this year and privately with others. We have reached out to both WTMJ and Commissioner Selig and apologized. We apologize to our readers; we hold ourselves to the utmost credibility and this was an honest miscommunication.

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Bucks to add Jason Terry, Steve Novak to roster

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to add veterans Jason Terry and Steve Novak to their roster Friday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Currently, the Bucks currently have the youngest roster in the NBA at an average of just of 24 years of age. This includes Novak, who spent the second half of the season on the team and is the oldest member at 33. It was reported on Thursday that Milwaukee was also in discussions to add Terry, 38, for this upcoming season.

Terry played in 72 games with the Rockets last year, averaging just under six points per game in 17.5 minutes. He will be entering his 17th season in the NBA. The former sixth-man of the year is a personal favorite of head coach Jason Kidd, who he shares more than a first name with. The two played together as members of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks team that won the NBA championship and were also a part of the same organization in Brooklyn in Jason Kidd’s first year as a head coach.

Kidd could use Terry’s veteran leadership mentoring his young Bucks.

“Jet’s the best,” Kidd said back in February. “He’s one of my all-time favorite teammates. We won a championship together. I think he surpassed me in made 3s even though I can’t shoot. The last time he was here, that was his last dunk. He’s a true vet and I hope he plays as long as he can because we need more vets like him to be able to teach the younger guys to play the right way.”

The Bucks are also retaining hometown favorite Steve Novak, who played his college ball in the same arena as the Bucks as a member of the Marquette Golden Eagles.

Since joining the Bucks last season, Novak has now played for nine different NBA teams. He is a career 4.7 points per game scorer and averaged just over two points in three appearances last season with Milwaukee before suffering a season-ending injury.