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Wisconsin Badgers news, 7/21: Dan Voltz, Josh Gasser, Alan Thicke, more

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Featuring Alan Thicke's first-ever B5Q appearance.

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Football

Gary Andersen's squad definitely didn't get any better over the weekend, losing eight players from its spring roster. The most notable omissions were at Wisconsin's biggest need -- wide receiver -- as freshman Chris Jones decided on Toledo because of academic reasons and freshman Dareian Watkins was homesick, and went back to Ohio in a bizarre scenario.

Nevertheless, ESPN.com's Ryan McGee still considers the Badgers as a team that is going to surprise the Big Ten in 2014 (Insider).

Can Melvin Gordon play every position, please? The Kenosha Bradford native was listed at No. 7 on NFL.com's Mike Huguenin's top-14 list of Heisman Trophy contenders.

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Dan Voltz may well be the next Travis Frederick at the center position for Wisconsin, and he is slated as ESPN Madison's Zach Heilprin's sixth-most important player.

Through Gatorade's "League of Captains," J.J. Watt has his own comic book, "MegaWatt."

UW-bound Billy Hirschfeld and his South teammates handled the North, 24-8, in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game. Down to 39 guys, it took a team effort from start to finish, and Hirschfeld attested to that in an interview with Wisconsin State Journal's Tom Mulhern after the game.

"It just goes to how much heart this team had and how each player worked his butt off during practice...I just found me a new family. These are my brothers now. I'm going to stay connected with these guys, make sure I stay in touch."

Basketball

Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple concludes his All-Bo Ryan starting five with Frank Kaminsky, who is well on his way to being one of best centers in the country this season.

Josh Gasser, who came off ACL surgery last season, was a lock-down defender and shot 43 percent from three and 87 percent from the charity stripe. What can we expect this season? More comfort and more explosion, now that he has ditched the knee brace.

As part of this week's edition of Kielbasa Kings, Jake and Scott talk with Jordan Taylor and Ben Brust on their summer league experience with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hockey

Former skater Mark Zengerle is now a member of the Detroit Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Actor Alan Thicke, who was at a golf tournament over the weekend with some of the top NHL skaters, thought Hilary Knight was his favorite. I suppose one did just win the silver medal at the Olympics.

Recruiting

The future looks bright for the UW hockey team, as scouts had glowing remarks about some recruits at the Select 17 Festival.

With the roster attrition, Andrew breaks down where Andersen and his staff stand with scholarships for the class of 2015 as well as the class of 2016.

Quick hitter

Come on now, Bo Wallace. The Ole Miss quarterback followed in the footsteps of Shabazz Napierproclaiming that student-athletes go to bed hungry, largely due to the fact they have to pay for dinner.