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Wisconsin Badgers news, 8/8: Vince Biegel playing well; James White set to break out with New England Patriots?

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Wisconsin held its final practice that featured split-squad sessions. I was at Thursday's afternoon session and have the report on the ongoing quarterback battle, possible freshmen that could burn their redshirt and more. Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse TempleBadger247's Evan Flood and BadgerNation's Benjamin Worgull also have recaps.

One player who impressed me at practice was Vince Biegel. The Wisconsin-bred player finds himself at No. 34 on's Travis Haney's list of breakout players for 2014 (Insider). Corey Clement joined his teammate on the list at No. 39.

Speaking of Clement, BTN believes the New Jersey-area native could turn some heads in the West Division.

UW's running back tradition hasn't directly translated into NFL success, but New England Patriots running back James White is disrupting that notion with his hot start.

FanSided's Erik Lambert looks at NFL wide receiver-quarterback duos that could put up some big numbers this season, and the Russell Wilson-Percy Harvin connection is among them.

Marcus Cromartie is listed as fourth at one of the cornerback positions on the San Diego Chargers' latest depth chart.

Wisconsin future opponent alert: Bowling Green, who will travel to Madison Sept. 20, was ranked No. 36 by USA Today's Paul Myberg in his countdown of every college football team.

UW's video staff does a great job with this every year: "The Camp" is finally back, ladies and gentlemen.


Michael Flowers is one of the many "good guys" that have filtered through the basketball program, and his latest move is indicative of that. Jake has the story on the former baller hosting a high school basketball camp with 22 percent of the proceeds going toward leukemia research and services.

Like the Badgers did last summer, Indiana and Tom Crean will head to Canada to play some exhibition contests. Bo Ryan had some stern advice for Crean: "Do not open with Carleton." (h/t @BadgerMBB)

Do you want to hang out with coach Ryan? You can!


Early on Thursday, the NCAA announced that it will be giving autonomy to the Power 5 conferences, which of course includes the Big Ten and Wisconsin. Kevin Trahan has everything you need to know about that, while Andy breaks down what it means for those Power 5 hockey programs. Hint: it ain't good.


Andrew has the latest recruiting notebook, looking at the newest scholarship offers extended to running backs and the Badgers gaining ground in Chicago, among other noteworthy topics.

Currently, Andersen and his staff are 21st in's recruiting rankings and fourth in the conference for the class of 2015.

Quick hitter

I've always found this stuff very intriguing: new Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason seems to have coached at just about every place in the country and across every level. It wasn't easy with the lack of steady income the jobs supplied, but he's at the top after 22 years of hard work.