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Melvin Gordon gearing up for junior season

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"They might stack the box. But they stacked the box last year. It'll be no different in that area."

That's Melvin Gordon to Jesse Temple of Fox Sports Wisconsin. The story is really great, and worth the time for any Badgers fan. Among the topics they discuss: Gordon's draft stock, his goals for the season, how his family's been handling relentless calls from agents and what it'd take for him to consider leaving early.

Mohammed Ahmed's brilliant track and field career drawing to a close

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"Ninety to 100 miles a week for five years. That’s a lot."

That's Wisconsin track and field star Mohammed Ahmed in a wonderful feature from the State Journal's Andy Baggot profiling one of UW's most storied runners. A Somali native, Ahmed overcame early classroom struggles and his quiet nature to become a strong team leader and reach numerous milestones along the way. The senior begins the NCAA Outdoor Championships today.

Sports on Earth: Melvin Gordon is college football's most explosive runner

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"It's not because he's the prototypical Big Ten power back and nobody's strong enough to tackle him; it's because nobody's able to react quickly enough to bring him down."

SoE's Matt Brown knows what's up. His profile of Gordon is fantastic, and auto-read material for all Badgers fans. Hold on, y'all. The season's almost here.

UWBadgers.com profiles new Director of Football Operations Jason Thomas

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"I’ve adopted a similar philosophy to Coach Andersen. If you take care of yourself academically and socially, athletics will always take care of itself. The type of man and woman you are in the classroom is going to have a direct reflection on the type you are on the field of play."

That's just one quote from Jason Thomas in Mike Lucas' profile of Wisconsin's latest Director of Football operations. The full story is worth a read, as Lucas traces Thomas' path from talented high school wide receiver who was sidetracked by injuries to Utah State's assistant athletics director. Now, he joins the Badgers for Gary Andersen's second year in Madison.

Chris Borland on joining San Francisco 49ers

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"We’ve gotten a little bit of exposure to those guys and that defense when we had a switch to 3-4. We watched some of their film. We actually implemented a few things the Niners do on defense. So, they’re two of the best in the league and I’m looking forward to learning from them."

49ers.com That's Borland talking about pairing up with linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. The full Q&A (plus audio of Borland's conference call) is well worth your time. Among other things, he admits he had no idea the 49ers were interested in him, even though he spoke to head coach Jim Harbaugh at the NFL Combine.

Russell Wilson files for divorce from wife, Ashton, Seattle Seahawks announce

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"I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter."

Seattle Times

Ohio State's Bradley Roby has some interesting comments about Jared Abbrederis

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"I had a bad game against Wisconsin. A lot of people want to say [Abbrederis] had 10 catches for 200 yards on me, but that’s not how it went. He probably caught four balls on me, but he was a great player. It was at a time when I was kind of slacking. I didn’t start off the season as serious as I should have. I wasn’t playing the first game so maybe I held back in practice. I think that showed in my first half of the season. At cornerback you always have to be fundamentally sound and if you don’t you’re going to mess up."

foxsports.com

H/T @JesseTemple

Andy Ludwig on the possibility of D.J. Gillins starting as a freshman

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"It’s too early to say because I haven’t seen him take a snap. But you’ve seen it happen. He’s smart and he’s got a great skill set so let’s see March seventh. Let’s see how that first snap goes."

ESPN Wisconsin

Mike Bruesewitz blogs on playing in Israel

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"Most of what I took was my young-adult wardrobe, which was also selected by my mother (aka Mrs. Erickson)."

Fox Sports Wisconsin

Barry Alvarez speaks on Wisconsin-Arizona State ending

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"That's going to bother me for a long time. I can't wait to meet that official again."

Barry Alvarez on The Big 1070.
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