Melvin Gordon's full workout at the NFL combine can be watched at the link above. Spoiler: the former Wisconsin running back ran an unofficial 4.52-second 40-yard dash, fifth among all backs. He also bench-pressed 19 reps, which was 16th among the position. We'll update the post here once official times and rankings are released.
Congratulations, Josh Gasser. He scored his 1,000th point at Wisconsin in Saturday's game against Minnesota, adding an impressive milestone to his five-year Badgers career.
The beginning of his UWBadgers.com bio says it all: "The undisputed leader of the Badgers, Josh Gasser returns for his fifth and final year at Wisconsin. After a torn left ACL cost him the entire 2012-13 season, Gasser returned stronger than ever last season to cement his reputation as one of the toughest and well-rounded players in the country, earning the "All-Glue" Team label from Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis."
Also, as ESPN points out, Gasser is the second Badger after Michael Finley with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists.
Now we know which conference teams the Badgers will play twice next season and which will be single plays. Drumroll please...
Home single plays: Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Rutgers
Road single plays: Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State
Crazy to miss home-and-home series with both primary border rivals in the same year, but on the bright side, that Michigan State rivalry can heat back up.
That's 2016 four-star running back Antonio Williams, who committed to Wisconsin in early December. Williams, aside from the hype his recruitment has gathered -- 247Sports' Composite rankings have him as the No. 7 running back for 2016 -- the North Stanly, N.C., product has been vocal about his excitement of coming to Madison.
Yet, after news of running backs coach and top recruiting Thomas Brown leaving for Georgia surfaced earlier this week, Williams tweeted he was "staying off twitter for a while" and "not answering any questions at the moment." The tweet was received widely as a hint that Williams might be re-opening his recruitment, but as the above tweet indicates, he says he's just being patient until Brown's replacement is in the fold. At this point, John Settle still seems likely to be the guy.
Wisconsin has reportedly added a top-notch athletic wing for the class of 2015 in Delaware (Rutheford B. Hayes), Ohio forward Khalil Iverson. Zach Fleer of Land-Grant Holy Land first reported the commitment, and Iverson later tweeted confirmation (his account is private, hence the retweet).
Iverson's recruitment was about to open up, as he received a recent offer from Tennessee and West Virginia was also seeming interested. Iverson joins Alex Illikainen, Brevin Pritzl, Charlie Thomas in a strong class that hopes a Diamond Stone commitment would be the best icing on the cake ever.
B5Q's Phil Mitten published an update on Iverson's interest in Wisconsin last week.
Per a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda interviewed with the Green Bay Packers last Friday.
Aranda met with general manager Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers in a day-long meeting for a position with an unspecified and undefined job description, per a source of the longtime Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist.
Also per McGinn, there's an assumption that Aranda interviewed for the position that's reportedly being taken by now-former Oklahoma Sooners assistant Jerry Montgomery.
Aranda's resume is impressive, and the notion of him jumping to the NFL shouldn't be seen as a surprise. Under his direction and switch to a 3-4 scheme, the Badgers' defense ranked fourth in the nation in total defense in 2014, only giving up 294.1 yards per game. Only Louisville and Michigan State have given up less yards per game in Aranda's two seasons as defensive coordinator.
Just look at Jon Leuer's deftness on this play. The Memphis Grizzlies big man runs the floor, catches a pass just beyond midcourt and after a few dribbles, explodes to the hoop with a sweet spin move. Leuer scored four points in eight minutes of the Grizzlies' 94-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks. This season, the former Wisconsin Badger is averaging 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in a career-high 14.8 minutes per game.
Here' Frank Kaminsky reacting to being "drafted" No. 2 on College GameDay earlier Saturday morning. What an honor for the big guy. (h/t Zach Heilprin)
Here's high school tape of J.J. Watt from MaxPreps. Yes, the former Pewaukee standout has always been a beast on the field. It's easy to say this in hindsight, but damn, how did nobody but Central Michgan get in on this guy?
It's always entertaining watching/listening to Bo Ryan tout his knowledge of adjusted efficiency numbers. As he says in this interview with BTN's Dave Revsine, "Just so you know, I was using this when I coached in high school in the '70s, the points per possession and offensive efficiency. So I've used that stat for 40-something years."
Jokes aside, this interview with Bo is great -- especially if you enjoy a nice slaying of the old "Wisconsin is slow and boring" narratives.