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Wisconsin news and notes: Badgers spring game roundup

Ed. note: We're pleased to welcome our newest writer, Rexford Shield, as he brings Badger Bits back to B5Q. Each morning, you can expect a collection of links to Wisconsin news and commentary throughout the Internet.

Grey Satterfield

With Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement not being brought to the ground at all during Saturday's 2014 spring game in front on a little over 8,000 fans in attendance, the Cardinal squad defeated the White, 6-0.

Our new photographer, Grey Satterfield, caught all of Saturday's action in a photo gallery. Jake Kocorowski was also there, and took some nice photos of the pre-game practice.

In making the best decision for his longevity in the NFL (and to enjoy the college life for at least one more year), Gordon decided to return to Madison for mainly one reason: to get Wisconsin into the inaugural College Football Playoff. The road begins down in Houston against the mighty SEC program, LSU.

"Different pictures up there to keep me going," Gordon said after the spring game on Saturday. "When I wake up, I look at it. Just keeps me hungry."

With Joel Stave sidelined for the majority of the spring practice, including Saturday's scrimmage, Tanner McEvoy thrust himself into the conversation of manning the starting quarterback position. The Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Oates writes that McEvoy has proven himself for the job.

Kyle French hung up the cleats midway through the 2013 season. Jack Russell had an up-and-down rookie campaign, and Andrew Endicott has a raw skill set. Where does the kicking game go from here? In my eyes, it might be freshman Rafeal Gaglianone's job to lose.

With the starting defensive line losing key starters, Warren Herring has emerged as the unit's leader, but the positions opposite of him on both sides are still not solidified. Enter redshirt freshman Chikwe Obasish, who appears ready to make his mark for head coach Gary Andersen and co. after a rough, yet rewarding, year on the scout team.

"Midway through the season, you just want everything to be done," Obasih said. "You want to lie in your bed for hours and hours, you can never get enough sleep."

ESPN's Todd McShay has former UW linebacker Chris Borland going to the Indianapolis Colts with the 59th overall pickin his latest mock draft (Insider, $).

"I was surprised Borland lasted this long, but I think this is a case where positional value bumps him down a bit…"

How much money is at stake when it comes to recruiting big-time prospects? A lot more than you would expect, writes SB Nation's Steven Godfrey.