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Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone named Big Ten Special Teams Player of Week

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A special achievement after an emotional weekend for the junior.

Lambeau College Classic - WI vs LSU Abigail Buchta

After he converted all three field-goal attempts in a 16-14 upset win over No. 5 LSU, the Big Ten named Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone the conference's special teams player of the week on Monday.

The junior kicker successfully made field goals of 48, 30 and 47 yards to help the Badgers secure a thrilling Week 1 win. The latter gave Wisconsin the final go-ahead points over the SEC powerhouse in the Lambeau Field College Classic.

It was a great start to the 2016 season for Gaglianone, who had a solid fall camp leading into the season opener. The junior made 18 of 27 attempts last season in what some deemed a sophomore slump.

Gaglianone has now kicked four game-winning field goals in two-plus years at Wisconsin, including the 2015 Outback Bowl and 2016 Holiday Bowl.

Gaglianone is wearing No. 27 this season to honor his friend, late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car accident this summer.