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Badger Bits: Derrick Tindal returns home; D’Cota Dixon honored

Catching up with the Badgers before Saturday’s Orange Bowl.

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We are just over 24 hours away from the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl as the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers take on the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes down in South Florida.

Wisconsin cornerback Derrick Tindal hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will be able to play his 52nd and final collegiate game close to his hometown on Saturday. As’s Andy Baggot noted in his must-read feature on Tindal, “70 members of his personal fan club” will attend the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., this weekend.

Baggot details the “full circle” journey for Tindal, from workouts with his father to bringing his Wisconsin teammates to his dad’s home on Christmas, along with the senior’s off-field project: a book he is writing.

The Miami Sun Sentinel also featured the South Florida native on Thursday, and both articles note how former nose tackle Jeremy Patterson helped him through the rough time following his mother’s death.

D’Cota Dixon honored

The redshirt junior strong safety attended the Orange Bowl luncheon on Friday afternoon, where he claimed the 2017 FWAA Courage Award.

Dixon’s story is well known to those who follow Wisconsin football, but if you’re unfamiliar, make sure to watch the video below.

Last practice photos

A day before the Orange Bowl, Wisconsin practiced for the final time as a 2017 squad.

That included some jersey-swapping, a former prep quarterback in David Edwards reliving his high school days, and, well, dancing.

More headlines

  • A must-listen for Wisconsin fans looking to the future: Zach Heilprin spoke with defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard about the prospects of the 2018 defense.
  • Andrew Gruman highlighted Wisconsin punter/holder Connor Allen back on Dec. 20. We cannot forget to read this because #SpecialistsArePeopleToo.
  • The Wisconsin State Journal also details how Wisconsin players and some alumni are staying at the Trump National Doral hotel, which was apparently set up by Orange Bowl officials.
  • Jason Galloway wrote about how Miami quarterback Malik Rosier “has plenty to prove.”