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Wisconsin Badgers news, 8/11: 1st scrimmage recap; Badgers in the NFL preseason Week 1

Running back James White takes a handoff from quarterback Ryan Mallett in the New England Patriots' Week 1 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday.
Running back James White takes a handoff from quarterback Ryan Mallett in the New England Patriots' Week 1 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday.
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Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy each had their shining moments in addition to the wide receivers during Sunday's open scrimmage, and Jake has the details from the practice. So do Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse TempleESPN Madison's Zach Heilprin and Badger247's Evan Flood. There was also a nice little crowd at Camp Randall Stadium. The great weather certainly helped.

While there are issues right now in camp, Athlon Sports' Steve Lassan believes UW will settle them at the national level.

There is absolutely no issue with the running back position with Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, as Gordon was the favorite among writers for being the West Division's most exciting player. What is the ceiling for the Gordon-Clement duo this season? Pretty high, with's Mike Huguein writing that Gordon-Clement tandem will each amass 1,000 yards each, one of five to do so.

However, besides Gordon, experience isn't one of Wisconsin's fortes, ranking 11th in the conference and 89th in the nation (Insider). Phil Steele also notes the Badgers' defense returns only 51 percent of its total tackles, good for 110th in the country.

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Badgers in the NFL updates: Quarterback Scott Tolzien completed eight of 12 passes for 124 yards in the Green Bay Packers' 20-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Defensive end J.J. Watt had one tackle in the Houston Texans' 32-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Running back James White rushed four times for 9 yards in the New England Patriots' 23-6 loss to the Washington Redskins. Chris Borland had two tackles in the San Francisco 49ers' 23-3 loss to the Baltimore RavensHe also made a great play during the two teams' scrimmage today. Ravens, offensive tackle Rick Wagner, had "a solid starting debut." Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 4-of-6 passes for 37 yards in the Seattle Seahawks' 21-16 loss to the Denver Broncos. Linebacker O'Brien Schofield had one tackle. Tight ends Jacob Pedersen and Brian Wozniak did not record anything significant in the Atlanta Falcons' 16-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins, nor did safety Dezman Southward. Defensive tackle Beau Allen recorded two tackles in the Philadelphia Eagles' 34-28 loss over the Chicago Bears.. Linebacker DeAndre Levy had one tackle in the Detroit Lions' 13-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Punter Brad Nortman booted the ball five times for an average of 46.6 yards in the Carolina Panthers' 20-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

All of those UW alums have aided in the establishment of Wisconsin as a perennial Big Ten team.'s Brian Fremeau listed the top Big Ten teams of the BCS era, and Barry Alvarez's 11-1 1998 squad checked in at No. 9 (Insider).


The 2014 non-conference slate of games is finalized and features a tough stretch. The Battle 4 Atlantis tournament is Thanksgiving weekend and filled with top-caliber teams. Then the Badgers come back to Madison to face Duke on Dec. 3. Wisconsin then closes out non-conference play at the Bradley Center against Marquette on Dec. 6.


Sticking with scheduling, Joe Pavelski and his San Jose Sharks teammates will continue the trend of outdoor hockey games with a matchup against the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Los Angeles Kings, on Feb. 21, 2015, at the 49ers' Levi Stadium.

Quick hitter

I guess Andrew Wiggins didn't want to play with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers? What he told Bill Self makes sense, though.