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Badger Bits: Moffitt glad he chose to stay at Wisconsin

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Happy Friday! We're really getting into the home stretch until football kicks off, so hang in there! Anyway, here are your Badger Bits for Friday, August 20th.

Wisconsin offensive lineman John Moffitt is glad he decided to remain in college for his senior season, instead of declaring for the NFL draft, according to Tom Mulhern from Moffitt was set to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility and take his game to the NFL after the team's win over Miami in the Champs Sports bowl. Moffitt had struggled through the season, which got off to a rough start when he tore a pectoral muscle during summer conditioning and caused him to miss the first two games of the season. Moffitt also went through a positional change, where he moved from center to left guard, and struggled through the semester academically as well.

"It was a long season," Moffitt said. "School wasn't always the funnest part. You have an image of things (in the NFL); you're like, 'That's how it'll be.'

"It sounds better, you know?" he said of NFL life. "I'm broke."

Moffitt had been getting advice from an NFL agent about potentially declaring for the draft, and had been hearing projections of him being taken as high as the third or fourth round. Moffitt called head coach Bret Bielema about his decision in January, shortly after Wisconsin's bowl win. Bielema worked with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and returning players such as quarterback Scott Tolzien and fellow lineman Gabe Carimi to try and talk Moffitt down from the ledge that is the NFL draft. Moffitt says that Chryst had some of the best advice for him:

"Coach Chryst put a good spin on it: ‘It doesn't matter how good you perform in camp, they're going to cut a guy like you before they cut a third-round guy they've got to pay,' " Moffitt said.

Ultimately Moffitt chose to stay after talking over the decision with his family. It's also a testament to Bielema and his staff's abilities to not only recruit high school players, but to be able to keep current players from leaving the program too early.

More Badger links after the jump!

Fall camp keeps rolling along, and here are the practice reports from both Wednesday (Wednesday's second report can be found here) and Thursday. After Thursday's single session, the Badgers will be moving back to two-a-day practices for today and Saturday.

In an update from yesterday, the UW board of regents approved the proposed $76.8 million dollar athletic facility. The proposal still has to make it through the Wisconsin state legislature, and it does not use any tax dollars. the facility would be north of Camp Randall stadium, and the McClain center would also get a facelift.

The UW athletic department is nearing an $11 million dollar contract extension with Adidas America Inc., which has supplied all 23 Badger teams with equipment, footware, and apparel since 2001. The new contract would extend the partnership through 2016.

Wisconsin cornerback Niles Brinkley is looking to end his collegiate career on a high note after this season, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Brinkley and the rest of the secondary will be looking to improve on last season, where they were generally considered to be the weaker part of the defense.

Wisconsin's depth at defensive tackle is already being tested, as redshirt sophomore Eriks Briedis suffered a knee injury in Thursday's practice. It isn't considered serious, but luckily Jordan Kohout appears to be close to returning to practice.

That's it for me today- have a good weekend everyone!

15 days until kickoff!