Mike Caputo named Wisconsin captain


The Wisconsin Badgers officially announced senior safety Mike Caputo as a team captain for the 2015 season on Monday. Caputo played in all 14 games last season, leading the team in tackles with 106 and being named as a consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection. Caputo also is a 2015 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list candidate.

Here's Rafael Gaglianone kicking a ball out from under a dude's nose



Madison Capitols player commits to Wisconsin


Johnson is a Santa Barbara, California native who was playing with the Madison Capitols in the USHL. He had 36 points in 30 games last season before a knee injury sidelined him in January. Likely not a stretch to say Strand's hiring crucial in this signing.

Might Wisconsin have an easy route to a big bowl in 2015?


Check this out. The rewards of the Big Ten West, I guess.

UW target Brayden Stringer commits to Texas Tech


Brayden Stringer, a three-star linebacker from Cypress Ranch, Texas, committed to Texas Tech on Friday. He was a Badgers offer who visited for the spring game and even garnered a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Wisconsin earlier this month.

Alas, Stringer is headed to the Red Raiders. The Badgers would've liked to land the No. 46 inside linebacker and No. 137 player from Texas in 2016, but they have other options at linebacker: three-star in-state Wisconsin Mason Stokke is already in the fold, though he's more suited to play outside linebacker, as is Maryland prospect Keith Simms.

A hops museum is coming to Madison


About damn time! A hops museum is coming to Madison's east side, on E. Washington Ave. It opens Saturday with a "Madison Barrel & Brewing History" meet-and-greet from 1 to 3 p.m. The grand opening celebration will run from 12:30 to 11 p.m.

With a $25 annual membership fee, members can rent out space in the museum for private events -- awesome stuff for homebrewers. Donations from New Glarus, MobCraft, Next Door, Vintage and Wisconsin Brewing, among others, helped get the museum going.

Best of all? The Museum has a mascot named "Hoppy."

DT Mike Panasiuk includes Wisconsin in top six


Three-star Roselle (Lake Park), Ill., defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk has named his top six, including Wisconsin along with Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Penn State in no particular order.

Panasiuk, 247Sports Composite's No. 39 defensive tackle and No. 13 player from Illinois, took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin on April 12. Among his top schools, too, Michigan State and Oregon have yet to offer. You can view Panasiuk's Hudl highlights right here. says Bucky Badger is one of college football's 15 best mascots


Wait, hold on. ONLY 15th? You've gotta be kidding me if there's 14 better mascots than this guy across college football.

Melvin Gordon wants No. 25 back


When you fall asleep counting 20-plus-yard Melvin Gordon runs against Nebraska, as I often do, he's always wearing No. 25, right? Well, as the low man on the totem pole in San Diego, Gordon was forced to choose No. 28 for his fresh powder blue Chargers uniform as his preferred 25 was already taken by special teams captain Darrell Stuckey.

Earlier this week, Gordon made an offer to Stuckey to try and pry 25 away from him, but it appears his advances have been spurned as Stuckey said, "I'm 25." To his credit, and to no surprise for Badger fans, Gordon isn't giving in that easy and still plans on making another overture for the number. This is a developing story, however, so I'd hold off on any Gordon NFL jersey purchases until later in the summer.

UW target Cole Van Lanen invited to U.S. Army All-American Bowl


Four-star Green Bay (Bay Port), Wis., offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen announced Thursday he has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The game, which will once again air live on NBC, is frequently one of the top high school showcases of the season.

Van Lanen has long been linked to the Badgers as an in-state prospect, and UW does indeed hold all four of 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions. Van Lanen is expected to decide this summer between offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State, among others.