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Badger Bits: Recapping the Wisconsin Sports Awards

Many current and former Badgers hauled in numerous awards at the second-annual awards ceremony.

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Many current and former Badgers collected numerous awards during the second-annual Wisconsin Sports Awards last night at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

Players, coaches and executives alike gathered for the ceremony celebrating the very best in sports at the professional, collegiate and high school levels here in Wisconsin. The event recognized winners for the 2012 calendar year.

Former Badgers running back Montee Ball won the Kapco Inc. College Athlete of the Year. The two-time All-American and former Heisman finalist rushed for 1,830 yards in his final season with Wisconsin. Too bad that illustrious career wasn't capped off with a Rose Bowl win.

Wisconsin basketball's star freshman Sam Dekker received the Catalyst Construction Boys High School Player of the Year award. In his final season at Sheboygan Lutheran High School, he averaged 32.4 points per game. His scoring numbers won't be quite that high next season for the Badgers, but expect him to take over the bulk of the scoring load next season for Bo Ryan's club. I think he'll average somewhere between 14 and 17 points per game next season in his sophomore campaign.

The Potawatomi Bingo Casino Game of the Year award went to Wisconsin football for its 70-31 drubbing of Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game. I don't think I've ever walked for a longer duration on cloud-9 than after that contest. What a euphoric feeling that blowout was for all of Badger Nation.

Other Badgers winners included football recruit Alec James, and former football standout J.J. Watt. I'm sure new head coach Gary Andersen would love to see James create havoc on opposing defenses in that new 3-4 scheme similar to the way the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year does in the pros. James' athleticism and pass rushing abilities will flourish in the Badgers' attacking defense next season.

Check out the full list of award-winners from


The Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn analyzes Travis Frederick and his horrendous 40-time in his draft series.

Montee Ball had a big week: he threw out the first pitch at Miller Park last night and was tested in the ESPN Sports Science lab earlier in the week.

It seems like every local media writer is taking their turns profiling the quarterback competition, which to me, isn't really a competition until Tanner McEvoy steps on campus. But here is a piece on Curt Phillips' competitiveness from the WSJ's Tom Mulhern.

SI profiles the top players at each position in the upcoming NFL draft next weekend.