Badger Bits: Which Wisconsin freshman will contribute the most in 2011?

Don't look now, but we're only 15 days away from the college football season. We're in the home stretch, gang- let's keep pressing forward!

It's a question that needs an answer every year: which true freshmen will help the Badgers the most this year? Last year the Badgers got a little bit of help from their true freshman, that is if you consider 1,052 yards and 14 touchdowns to be "little." This year it looks like a few freshmen could help on both offense and defense, according to Tom Mulhern of Madison.com.

Melvin Gordon is an obvious answer, as Bret Bielema and the coaching staff have been raving about the Kenosha (Wis.) freshman since he stepped onto campus. Mulhern also mentioned tight end Sam Arneson, linebacker Derek Landisch, and defensive backs Michael Caputo and Darius Hillary. Which position could use the most help from a freshman? Let us know in the comments!

Check out Madison.com's practice report from Monday- some good notes about the defense's progress!

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg was at Wisconsin practice yesterday- here's his video interview with running back Montee Ball.

Since Jon Budmayr went down with an elbow injury, redshirt freshman Joe Brennan has stepped into the role of backup quarterback. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says Brennan has made strides since spring practice

Erm, it looks like Playboy has been asleep at the wheel. The magazine ranked the Badgers No. 19 in the country, and completely forgot to mention the addition of Russell Wilson. Oopsie. You can tell they have other things on their mind.

Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Connor O'Neill is growing out his hair- maybe to look like another famous Wisconsin linebacker? 

Time Magazine named SB Nation one of its Top 50 websites for 2011. I'd be a little happier with that ranking if they didn't put us behind Bleacher Report...

Finally, check out Bret Bielema's post-practice talk from Monday night:

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