It’s not the start to his NFL career former Wisconsin Badgers outside linebacker Vince Biegel wanted.
On Thursday at the start of the Green Bay Packers training camp, the team announced Biegel was one of two players to start on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The former Wisconsin captain and Packers fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft underwent foot surgery that forced him to miss organized team activities and the June minicamp.
ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde, writing for the Wisconsin State Journal, noted the beloved in-state product “stays positive,” with Biegel saying his foot “feels great” and he can run and cut.
This part of Wilde’s story was intriguing from a Wisconsin-centric point of view:
Asked if he came back too soon from the injury last season — he was out three weeks and missed only two games — Biegel replied, “I’m not going to look back and say what I did or what I didn’t do. I would do the exact same thing all over again. It’s the game of football, injuries happen.”
Rose Lavelle feature
Former Wisconsin soccer standout Rose Lavelle has been performing pretty, pretty, pretty well for the United States women’s national team and for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Boston Breakers.
On Tuesday, Bleacher Report published “From Last Chance to the American Messi: The Rise of Rose Lavelle.” Noah Davis discusses at length Lavelle’s career, especially the one phone call in September 2016 that seemed to turn the switch for the Badgers standout.
It was September of last year, and the next great American soccer player was being given one last chance.
Paula Wilkins, head coach of the Wisconsin women's soccer team, was in her office in Madison on the phone with Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. women's national team.
Ellis wanted to bring Rose Lavelle, Wilkins' star, into camp. She'd watched as Lavelle dominated at the U-20 level and had seen flashes of brilliance from the player in previous looks with the senior national team. But Ellis had also seen inconsistency. And injuries. One time, it'd be a thigh strain. The next, a tweaked calf. Ellis hadn't yet been able to use Lavelle in a game.
So she called Wilkins to see what was up.
Definitely check this one out.
Family Fun Day on Friday
B5Q will be down at local media day on Friday and will post videos and more later this evening. For fans and their families, check out Family Fun Day down at Camp Randall Stadium from 6-8 p.m. CST. For those that like the team posters, this one’s [fire emoji].
Meet @BadgerFootball this Friday for pictures and autographs, plus a complimentary team poster, courtesy @amfam.— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) July 26, 2017
- Knights247 reported on Thursday evening that former Wisconsin tight end/defensive end Jake Hescock will transfer to Central Florida.
- Our SB Nation cousins at CornNation previewed the 2017 iteration of Wisconsin football. It appears the Huskers will be wearing their 1997 throwbacks against the Badgers this season.
A tribute to '97, to show out in '17. @HuskerFBNation takes it back to their days. Cop yours: https://t.co/5DimcDedL4#GBR #teamadidas pic.twitter.com/2ROVr4mntO— adidas Football US (@adidasFballUS) July 27, 2017