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 UWBadgers.com’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.
D’Cota Dixon thought he was coming to today’s @OrangeBowl Luncheon to enjoy some food and talk football like the rest of his teammates.— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 29, 2017
What he didn’t know was that he was going to be surprised and recognized as the winner of the 2017 FWAA Courage Award. pic.twitter.com/TBP4NezXgZ
Dixon’s story is well known to those who follow Wisconsin football, but if you’re unfamiliar, make sure to watch the video below.
If you’re not familiar with D’Cota Dixon’s story, it’s worth taking a few minutes out of your day to watch this.pic.twitter.com/7m1LGyooST— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 29, 2017
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.
Just like that 4 1/2 years flew by! Last practice as a Badger pic.twitter.com/1UKuVc2t6A— Jack Cichy (@jackCICHY) December 29, 2017
Last practice of the season means the time-honored jersey swap— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 29, 2017
David Edwards thought he’d go ahead and swap positions too pic.twitter.com/0tNcEHkld7
Last practice of the season ✔️— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 29, 2017
All that’s left to do now is play the ga....DANCE! pic.twitter.com/krXlBH6ghM
- 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.”