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Wisconsin Badgers fall camp: Dramatic offseason draws to a close

Coaching changes, player departures and all sorts of news kept us busy throughout the normally dull offseason. Now, we'll find out just how far Gary Andersen & co. can lead the Badgers.

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Coach Andersen nails a belly flop!

As if we needed more confirmation that Gary Andersen isn't Bret Bielema...There's this...

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Notebook: Andersen likes Badgers' depth at OL

With the Badgers' offensive line beginning to get healthier, Andersen wants one or two non-starters to rotate during games.

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Wisconsin receivers growing confident, deeper

Wisconsin fans don't have to worry about what they'll get out of Jared Abbrederis, one of the Big Ten's best receivers. But what about the rest of the group? They're ready to erase the question mark beside their names -- including Tanner McEvoy.

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Aug. 21 practice report: Stave takes 1st-team reps

The Badgers have yet to decide on a starting quarterback, but does sophomore Joel Stave have the edge after leading the first team during the two-minute drill Wednesday morning?

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Aug. 20 practice report: QBs still battling

Just 11 days from the season opener, Wisconsin has yet to name a starting quarterback. There aren't many more reps to go around before game week, and Joel Stave and Curt Phillips still appear just as likely as the other to start against UMass.

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Gary Andersen embraces the media

What a guy. Andersen has seemingly embraced the media by opening up an above-average number of practices and scrimmages. Shockingly, Barry Alvarez isn't as fond of the idea.

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KKSE Episode 7: Scrimmage No. 2 recap

Big show last night! Who showed up at Monday's scrimmage? Which Badgers shined? Plus, the Green Bay Press Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz talks the Packers' preseason victory. Did we mention the bonus Gary Andersen audio as well?

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Jake Keefer out for season due to injury

Keefer, who suffered a torn lateral meniscus in the Badgers' first scrimmage Aug. 12, will miss the duration of his redshirt sophomore season. He could be back for Wisconsin's potential bowl game.

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Scrimmage No. 2 recap: Freshmen, offense shine

Did Curt Phillips or Joel Stave provide any separation in the QB race? Who stood out at wide receiver, linebacker and safety? Is true freshman Leon Jacobs Superman?

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Ethan Armstrong returns to practice

Great news entering the home stretch of fall camp. The last we heard from Armstrong, he was sidelined with a left leg injury. This defense is looking more formidable by the day -- the front seven positions are essentially two-deep, and even the secondary appears to be catching on. Good health -- and yes, it is only Aug. 19 -- could be the most pivotal x-factor differentiating a solid defense from an elite unit.

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KKSE Episode 7, 8:30 p.m. CT: Scrimmage recap

We're pushing back our normal Sunday show to bring you up-to-date news and analysis after Wisconsin's second scrimmage. Did any quarterbacks make a claim toward the starting spot? Who stood out in the position battles at safety, wide receiver and linebacker?

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Wisconsin football: Accentuating the positive

Emotions run high during the final lead up to start of the college football season. Here is why your head should be filled with positive thoughts about the Badgers.

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Scrimmage No. 2 is here

Wisconsin will scrimmage for the second and final time this fall Monday afternoon. We might not know the starting quarterback afterward, but other position battles should gain some clarity.

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Practice roundup, Aug. 17: Curt Phillips shines

Wisconsin's quarterback race might soon wind down, but if it does, Gary Andersen says it'll happen behind the scenes.

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2013 preseason AP Top 25: UW ranked 23rd

The Badgers will begin the season ranked 23rd in the AP poll, just where they were in the preseason USA Today coaches poll. Is that too high, too low or just right?

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Practice Roundup, Aug. 16: McEvoy gets reps

As the last scrimmage of the fall quickly approaches, Wisconsin's coaches are keeping McEvoy in the race for the starting quarterback job.

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Practice Roundup, Aug. 15: Defense thrives

Whether it's an inherent advantage presented by a new 3-4 scheme or the lack of continuity on offense, the Badgers' defense continues to impress as the fall rolls on.

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UPDATE: Dan Voltz expected back within 1 week

According to multiple reports, Wisconsin's redshirt freshman center suffered a hamstring injury of unknown severity at practice Wednesday.

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Post-Practice Roundup, Aug. 14: More decals earned

The Badgers practiced twice Wednesday, and while the morning session was marred by an injury to center Dan Voltz, the evening improved as several young players earned their helmet decals.

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Wisconsin's problem areas

Hyperbole aside, the Badgers have several glaring weaknesses entering 2013. How critical will they be?

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Post-Practice Roundup, Aug. 13: QBs rebound

After Monday's scrimmage, reports from around the Internet indicate Wisconsin returned to practice with a generally impressive day Tuesday.

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Inside Wisconsin's helmet stripe removal ceremony

As part of Gary Andersen's Big Brother program, first-year Badgers don't begin with the Motion 'W' on their helmets. Instead, they get a generic black stripe and no logo. As this episode of UWBadgers.com's "The Camp" shows us, it's up to their big brothers and coaches to decide when the stripes come off and the Wisconsin lettering goes on.

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Monday's scrimmage: Crushing blow for McEvoy?

Tanner McEvoy may have taken himself out of the quarterback battle with his performance Monday.

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Scrimmage No. 1 recap

Which quarterbacks stood out? Did Corey Clement and Robert Wheelwright shine? How'd the defense look, especially the secondary? John Veldhuis breaks it down for us.

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Ethan Armstrong on track to play in opener

"I'll be ready to play in the opener. It's just a matter of when I'll be back for practice."

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Twitter. Armstrong added he hopes to return to practice Aug. 21. Wisconsin also starts prep for UMass that day. Armstrong has been sidelined since last Tuesday with a minor left leg injury.
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Nearing the time for evaluation

We've been talking about Wisconsin's key position battles at lengths this offseason. Beginning with Monday's scrimmage, we could finally get some answers.

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KKSE Episode 6: Badgers scrimmage preview

Jake rides it solo for most of the show, talking Badgers, Packers and MLB playoffs. What should you be watching for tomorrow afternoon during the Badgers' scrimmage? He'll let you know.

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5 things to watch in Monday's scrimmage

Monday's scrimmage sets the stage for many storylines, including key position battles at quarterback, wide receiver and safety. Who will stand out, and what should you watch for?

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KKSE Episode 6, 8 p.m: Wisconsin scrimmage preview

Note the slightly later start date! We have Badgers, Packers and baseball to talk about! Who will shine in tomorrow's Badgers scrimmage? How bad are the Packers' backup quarterbacks? How bad has A-Rod soiled his career?

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Busch building relationships with safeties

Wisconsin's defensive backs have responded well to the coaching style of first-year safeties coach Bill Busch. How will that translate into the season?

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Day 6 practice report: UW preps for scrimmage

With a Saturday-morning two-a-day, the Badgers ended the first week of fall camp. With the first scrimmage looming on Monday, we could be close to getting some clarity among the most significant position battles.

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Day 5 practice report: Borland, Clement shine

Friday was the first day players wore full pads. Which stood out during Friday's practice?

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Day 4 practice report: Stave, McEvoy impress

Day Four included a switch-off at "rover" linebacker, Ethan Armstrong out with a minor leg injury and an intriguing way to end practice.

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Post-Practice Roundup, Day 3: UW throws on pads

Garret Dooley left in an ambulance, Ethan Armstrong wasn't in attendance and the defense impressed in the first practice with shoulder pads.

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Don't count out Curt Phillips

With Joel Stave's early success before injury in 2012 and Tanner McEvoy's wild card status, is Curt Phillips overlooked in the starting quarterback race? On the field, his teammates don't think so.

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5 hyperbolic predictions for 2013

I'm dreaming big today. Who's coming with me?

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Gary Andersen ahead of the curve

Gary Andersen didn't waste any potential teaching moments over the summer, utilizing technology to to keep his players mentally sharp.

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Post-Practice Roundup, Day 1

The Badgers opened fall camp on Monday, providing the first glimpses of several high-profile newcomers -- including Gary Andersen and much of his coaching staff.

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Wheelwright leads group of young Badgers

Three young players in particular have stood out to several upperclassmen and Gary Andersen this offseason. What roles will they play this fall?

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KKSE Episode 5: Wisconsin fall camp preview

We talk about what's to come in Badgers fall camp, plus some Bucks and Packers talk, as well as replay some audio from media day.

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T.J. Woods is not Mike Markuson

Wisconsin is installing a new offensive line coach for the third time in two seasons. Fortunately, T.J. Woods seems to be avoiding the pitfalls that made Mike Markuson's brief tenure in Madison a nightmare.

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How will UW's seniors wrap up their legacies?

Three consecutive Big Ten championships, three straight Rose Bowl appearances, one currently unwritten chapter. What else do Wisconsin's seniors want to accomplish under the direction of Gary Andersen?

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LISTEN: Media days recap on KKSE, 7:30 p.m. CT

Lots of audio from Wisconsin media day, plus Packers and Bucks talk. Also, our question of the week: Which position battle are you most looking forward to seeing in Wisconsin's fall camp?

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Wisconsin media day notebook

The Badgers start fall camp on Monday, but team pictures and media interviews aplenty were the name of the game Friday afternoon.

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Which senior is most important for UW in 2013?

Chris Borland might be the obvious answer to many, but other units are far weaker than the front seven. Might it be Ryan Groy? What about Dezmen Southward?

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Fall camp starts today

The Badgers return to practice at Camp Randall Stadium Friday afternoon, eager to put one of the more fascinating offseasons the program's endured into the rearview mirror.

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Preseason coaches poll released: UW ranked 23rd

The Badgers will begin the season ranked 23rd in the coaches poll. Is that too low, or just right?

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Another view of the new Camp Randall Scoreboard, if you crane your neck

With audio! On a loop, thanks to Vine! This comes from Wisconsin's Assistant Recruiting Coordinator, Charlie Drewek. In his words, the new board is "really LOUD!" That sounds fun, and looks like it, too. The next step in Camp Randall scoreboard coverage will also presumably allow us to see the thing at a natural angle. Fall camp does start Friday, so there's hope.

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Has it only been 8 months?

It's been nearly eight months since Bret Bielema darted for Arkansas but his antics and a new UW regime make it seem as if much more time has passed.

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Wisconsin's 2013 All-American candidates

Despite significant changes to all sides of the ball, Wisconsin still carries a roster into the fall highly capable of producing All-American talent.

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New UW uniform elements in NCAA Football 14?

NCAA Football 14 updated its uniform selections this week, and some additional Wisconsin features could indicate new uniform possibilities for this season.

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