For most of the past two seasons, the Badgers have had severe problems in the place-kicking game. It seems to have subsided now that Jack Russell has taken control of the position, but for 2014 there is another option.
Kicker Rafael Gaglianone got a late start on his journey to Madison, but he eventually made it. And during his time in time in Madison, the Badgers made the full scholarship offer. Gaglianone was only too happy to commit to the Badgers Sunday evening.
Gaglianone, from Chattanooga Baylor via Sao Paulo, Brazil, has a very strong leg, with a 57-yard field goal this season (watch below), and according to noted kicking expert Chris Sailer:
[Gaglianone's] field goals are perhaps the very best in the nation. His ball is pure and very true. Kickoffs are also near the top of his class. A great competitor who kicks well under pressure.
Gaglianone's other offer was from N.C. State, though he did have interest from Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma.
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