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2016 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2016 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers, led by second-year head coach Paul Chryst, were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

2016 Wisconsin Badgers football
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
Big Ten West Division champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 9
2016 record 11–3 (7–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Paul Chryst (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (1st season)
Base defense 3–4
Captain Vince Biegel, Dare Ogunbowale[1]
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Watchlists and preseason awardsEdit

ScheduleEdit

Wisconsin announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 6 home, 5 away, and 1 neutral site game in the regular season. The Badgers will host Big Ten foes Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Ohio State, and will travel to Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Purdue.[9]

The teams three non–conference games are against the Akron Zips from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Georgia State Panthers from the Sun Belt Conference, and the LSU Tigers from the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

The Associated Press and Coaches' preseason top 25 polls were released in August and for the first time since 2009 the Badgers were unranked in both polls. Meanwhile, the first five of their Power 5 opponents were all ranked 17th or higher in the preseason polls with #5 LSU, #6 Ohio State, #7 Michigan, #12 Michigan State and #17 Iowa.[10]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 2:30 p.m. vs. No. 5 LSU* Lambeau FieldGreen Bay, WI ABC W 16–14   77,823
September 10 2:30 p.m. Akron* No. 10 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 54–10   77,331
September 17 11:00 a.m. Georgia State* No. 9 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI BTN W 23–17   79,883
September 24 11:00 a.m. at No. 8 Michigan State No. 11 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN W 30–6   75,505
October 1 3:30 p.m. at No. 4 Michigan No. 8 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 7–14   111,846
October 15 7:00 p.m. No. 2 Ohio State No. 8 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC L 23–30 OT  81,541
October 22 11:00 a.m. at Iowa No. 10 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Rivalry) ESPN W 17–9   70,585
October 29 6:00 p.m. No. 7 Nebraska No. 11 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Rivalry) ESPN W 23–17 OT  80,833
November 5 11:00 a.m. at Northwestern No. 8 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ABC W 21–7   42,016
November 12 2:30 p.m. Illinois No. 7 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN2 W 48–3   79,340
November 19 11:00 a.m. at Purdue No. 6 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 49–20   30,465
November 26 2:30 p.m. Minnesota No. 5 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Rivalry) BTN W 31–17   77,216
December 3 7:30 p.m. vs. No. 8 Penn State No. 6 Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (Big Ten Championship) FOX L 31–38   65,018
January 2, 2017 12:00 p.m. vs. No. 12 Western Michigan No. 8 AT&T StadiumArlington, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) ESPN W 24–16   59,615
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[11]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV 10 9 11 8 11 8 10 11 8 7 6 5 6 8 9 
Coaches RV 16 12 10 8 13 10 10 10 8 7 6 6 5 8 9 
CFP Not released 8 7 7 6 6 8 Not released

Game summariesEdit

vs No. 5 LSUEdit

No. 5 LSU at Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 5 LSU 0 0140 14
Wisconsin 0 673 16


Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 (.000) August 30, 2014 L, 24–28

The Badgers started off the regular season with a neutral site game against the LSU Tigers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. LSU was favored to win the game by double-digits. The Badgers came out to lead 6–0 by halftime with the Badgers kicker, Rafael Gaglianone, making two field goals; one from 30 and the other 48 yards. Runningback Corey Clement led the Badgers on their opening drive of the third quarter and scored a touchdown on a five-yard run. LSU responded with two touchdowns shortly thereafter due to a quick succession of Badgers' turnovers. Another field goal in the fourth quarter from 47 yards put the Badgers back in the lead. In the last minute of the game, and within field goal range, LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was nearly sacked by linebacker Vince Biegel and threw an interception which was caught by Safety D'Cota Dixon. The turnover secured the victory for the Badgers who in turn ran out the clock.

The game was fifth-year senior Bart Houston's debut as Wisconsin's starting quarterback, after being a backup quarterback for four years. His debut passer rating of 33.2 was the worst for a Wisconsin quarterback since 1977 when Mike Kalasmicki's debut passer rating was 5.20. Rafael Gaglianone had his fourth game-winning field goal of his career, the most in school history.[12]

The game was described as a "historic upset" for the Badgers by ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.[13][14] After the game ESPN Staff Writer Jesse Temple stated that "Wisconsin secured its most significant nonconference regular-season victory since 1974, when the team upset fourth-ranked Nebraska 21–20 at Camp Randall Stadium."[13] The Badgers snapped the Tigers 52-game win streak for non-conference regular season wins, an FBS record that stood since a 2002 loss to Virginia Tech.[15]

Following the game Wisconsin's kicker Rafael Gaglianone was lauded with multiple 'Player of the Week' awards, including Big Ten special teams player of the week, Rose Bowl Big Ten player of the week and one of three Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week.[12][16] Wisconsin's Jack Cichy was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week for his defensive efforts.[16] Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst was announced as the "Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week" following the opening week of college football.[17] Paul Chryst announced in a press conference that Chris Orr, who went down the first play of the game with a right leg injury, would be out for the rest of the year due to a torn ACL. He also stated that former linebacker-turned-fullback Leon Jacobs would now play both sides of the ball at fullback in addition to inside linebacker, to regain some depth at the position due to Chris Orr's season-ending injury.[18]

Statistical Leaders[19]

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 21 carries, 86 yards (long 12), 4.1 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Bart Houston – 19 completions, 31 passing attempts, 205 yards, 6.6 avg, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 7 receptions, 100 yards, 14.3 avg, 27 long
  • Defense: Jack Cichy – 8 Tackles (5 solo, 3 asst), 1 Tackle-for-loss for 5 yds, 1 Forced Fumble

AkronEdit

Akron at No. 10 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Akron 0 1000 10
No. 10 Wisconsin 9 211014 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 (1.000) August 30, 2008 W, 38–17

Statistical Leaders[20]

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 21 carries, 111 yards (long 27), 5.3 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Bart Houston – 15 completions, 22 passing attempts, 231 yards, 10.5 avg, 2 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Jazz Peavy – 7 receptions, 100 yards, 14.3 avg, 34 long, 2 touchdowns
  • Defense: T.J. Watt – 3 Tackles (3 solo), 1 Tackle-for-loss for 11 yds, 1 Sack

Georgia StateEdit

Georgia State at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Georgia State 0 0107 17
No. 9 Wisconsin 6 0710 23
  • Date: September 17
  • Location:
    Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:01 CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:04
  • Game attendance: 79,883
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71, Wind: 6 WSW, Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: G. Blum
  • TV announcers: Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play)
    Chuck Long (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Badgers played against opponent Georgia State for the first time. The entire game was marked by offensive struggles on Wisconsin's part. Wisconsin jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on the foot of kicker Rafael Gaglianone, who converted field goal attempts from 47 and 28 yards in the 1st quarter. In the second half, things got ugly for the Badgers as Georgia State countered a touchdown run by Dare Ogunbowale with a field goal and touchdown of their own. With Wisconsin struggling to make progress on offense, Paul Chryst replaced QB Bart Houston with redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. In the 4th quarter, the winless Panthers took the lead 17-10 on a 9-yard run. Hornibrook, however, led the offense on two scoring drives - a touchdown pass to Kyle Penniston and another Gaglianone kick - to pull out the win. The Badgers improved to 3-0 on the season, but their struggles on offense led to questions about which quarterback would start next week's crucial Big Ten matchup against Michigan State.

Statistical Leaders[21]

  • Rushing: Dare Ogunbowale – 20 carries, 65 yards (long 19), 3.3 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 8 completions, 12 passing attempts, 122 yards, 10.2 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Jazz Peavy – 3 receptions, 67 yards, 22.3 avg, 29 long
  • Defense: T.J. Edwards – 11 Tackles (6 solo), 1 Tackle-for-loss for 2 yds

at No. 8 Michigan StateEdit

No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan State
1 234Total
No. 11 Wisconsin 7 6170 30
No. 8 Michigan State 3 300 6
  • Date: September 24
  • Location:
    Spartan Stadium
    East Lansing, MI
  • Game start: 11:01
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 75,505
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63, Wind: 8 ENE, Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)
    Matt Millen (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–30 (.423) October 27, 2012 L, 13–16

Prior to the game, it was leaked that redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook would make his debut and start against Michigan State after his performance the prior week against Georgia State. Wisconsin was also laden with injuries going into the game with two offensive line starters, Jon Dietzen and Micah Kapoi, out with injuries along with placekicker Rafael Gaglianone and fourth-string running back Bradrick Shaw.[22]

Michigan State opened the scoring with a field goal by Michael Geiger in the first quarter on a drive started when MSU defensive lineman Raequan Williams stripped and recovered a fumble from Wisconsin's freshman quarterback. Wisconsin answered back with a seven-and-a-half minute drive resulting in a one-yard touchdown catch by tight end Eric Steffes. Thereafter, Wisconsin's defense shut down the Spartan offense and an interception by Sojourn Shelton in the second quarter resulted in a one-yard rushing touchdown by running back Corey Clement. The Spartans made another field goal to close out the first half. In the third quarter, Badgers defensive back D'Cota Dixon forced a fumble which was recovered by fellow Badgers DB Leo Musso who returned it for a 66-yard touchdown. Also in the third quarter, the Badgers replacement kicker Andrew Endicott made his first ever field goal attempt (college or high school) at 41 yards, Corey Clement had another five-yard rushing touchdown to round out the third quarter.[22][23] Overall, the Badgers forced four turnovers. Hornibrook, on third down, completed nine of his 13 attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown and, on third and long (10+ yards), he was six for six for 100 yards.[22]

It was the first time since 1999 that a Big Ten team beat two top ten teams by the first of October in the same season, the last being Penn State in 1999.[24] The last time Wisconsin defeated two top ten teams in the same season was 1962.[25] The last time Wisconsin beat MSU in East Lansing was in 2002 when Barry Alvarez was head coach.[26] The last time Wisconsin beat a top ten team on the road was at No. 5 Purdue in 2004.[22]

Wisconsin players were lauded after the game, including freshman QB Alex Hornibrook for making his debut on the road against No. 8 Michigan State and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.[27][28] Outside Linebacker TJ Watt was named the Walter Camp Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant defensive performance, including 6 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, one pass breakup and two QB hits.[27][29]

Statistical Leaders[23]

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 23 carries, 54 yards (long 22), 2.3 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 16 completions, 26 passing attempts, 195 yards, 7.5 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Jazz Peavy – 4 receptions, 96 yards, 24 avg, 31 long
  • Defense: T.J. Watt – 6 Tackles (3 solo), 3.5 Tackle-for-loss for 12 yds, 2.5 sacks for 10 yds, 1 Pass breakup, 2 QB hits

at No. 4 MichiganEdit

No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan
1 234Total
No. 8 Wisconsin 0 070 7
No. 4 Michigan 0 707 14
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 2:41
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 111,846
  • Game weather: Temperature: 68, Wind: 10-15 SE, Weather: Cloudy, light rain
  • Referee: R. Snodgrass
  • Television network: ABC
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–49–1 (.227) November 20, 2010 W, 48–28

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 17 carries, 68 yards (long 19), 4.0 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 9 completions, 25 passing attempts, 88 yards, 3.5 avg, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
  • Receiving: Dare Ogunbowale – 3 receptions, 23 yards, 7.7 avg, 17 long
  • Defense: Jack Cichy – 12 Tackles (10 solo), 0.5 Tackle-for-loss for 1 yd, 0.5 sack for 1 yd

No. 2 Ohio StateEdit

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin
1 234OTTotal
No. 2 Ohio State 3 37107 30
No. 8 Wisconsin 10 6070 23
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
  • Game start: 7:12
  • Elapsed time: 3:45
  • Game attendance: 81,541
  • Game weather: Temperature: 64, Wind: 6 S, Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: D. Willard
  • Television network: ABC
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–57–5 (.256) December 6, 2014 L, 0–59

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 25 carries, 164 yards (long 68), 6.6 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 16 completions, 28 passing attempts, 214 yards, 7.6 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 7 receptions, 84 yards, 12.0 avg, 30 long
  • Defense: Jack Cichy – 15 Tackles (11 solo), 3.5 Tackle-for-loss for 7 yds, 1.0 sack for 2 yds

at IowaEdit

No. 10 Wisconsin at Iowa
1 234Total
No. 10 Wisconsin 0 773 17
Iowa 0 603 9
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 11:01 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 70,585
  • Game weather: Temperature: 49, Wind: 9 S, Weather: Clear
  • Referee: J. Servinski
  • Television network: ESPN
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–43–2 (.506) October 3, 2015 L, 10–6

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 35 carries, 134 yards (long 34), 3.8 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 11 completions, 19 passing attempts, 197 yards, 10.4 avg
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 2 receptions, 38 yards, 19.0 avg, 21 long, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Jack Cichy – 10 Tackles (6 solo), 1 QB hurry

No. 7 NebraskaEdit

No. 7 Nebraska at No. 11 Wisconsin
1 234OTTotal
No. 7 Nebraska 0 70100 17
No. 11 Wisconsin 7 3706 23
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 6:10 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 80,833
  • Game weather: Temperature: 61, Wind: 7 NE, Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: D. Capron
  • Television network: ESPN
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–4 (.600) October 10, 2015 W, 23–21

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Dare Ogunbowale – 11 carries, 120 yards (long 39), 10.9 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 10 completions, 16 passing attempts, 71 yards, 4.4 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Rob Wheelwright – 5 receptions, 43 yards, 8.6 avg, 16 long, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Ryan Connelly – 11 Tackles (7 solo), 2.0 Tackle-for-loss for 2 yds

at NorthwesternEdit

No. 8 Wisconsin at Northwestern
1 234Total
No. 8 Wisconsin 0 1038 21
Northwestern 0 700 7
  • Date: November 5
  • Location: Ryan Field
    Evanston, IL
  • Game start: 11:06 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 42,016
  • Game weather: Temperature: 59, Wind: 9 WSW, Weather: Clear
  • Referee: M. Cannon
  • Television network: ABC
Overall record Last meeting Result
57–35–5 (.613) November 21, 2015 L, 7–13

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 32 carries, 106 yards (long 15), 3.3 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 11 completions, 19 passing attempts, 92 yards, 4.8 avg
  • Receiving: Jazz Peavy – 4 receptions, 73 yards, 18.3 avg, 32 long
  • Defense: Leo Musso – 9 Tackles (9 solo), 1.0 Tackle-for-loss for 1 yd

IllinoisEdit

Illinois at No. 7 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Illinois 3 000 3
No. 7 Wisconsin 21 10314 48
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 2:35 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 79,340
  • Game weather: Temperature: 50, Wind: 11 WSW, Weather: Mostly sunny
  • Referee: R. Snodgrass
  • Television network: ESPN2
Overall record Last meeting Result
39–36–7 (.518) October 24, 2015 W, 24–13

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 25 carries, 123 yards (long 23), 4.9 yards/carry, 3 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 7 completions, 12 passing attempts, 85 yards, 7.1 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Receiving: Jazz Peavy – 3 receptions, 29 yards, 9.7 avg, 17 long, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Ryan Connelly – 6 Tackles (2 solo), 1.5 Tackle-for-loss for 4 yds, 1 interception returned 12 yds

at PurdueEdit

No. 6 Wisconsin at Purdue
1 234Total
No. 6 Wisconsin 0 3577 49
Purdue 3 737 20
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Ross–Ade Stadium
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 11:06 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 30,465
  • Game weather: Temperature: 37, Wind: 24 W, Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: J. O'Neill
  • Television network: ABC
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–29–8 (.602) October 17, 2015 W, 24–7

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement – 27 carries, 112 yards (long 13), 4.1 yards/carry, 1 touchdowns
  • Passing: Bart Houston – 5 completions, 6 passing attempts, 102 yards, 17.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Receiving: Dare Ogunbowale – 3 receptions, 62 yards, 20.7 avg, 34 long
  • Defense: T.J. Watt – 2 Tackles (1 solo), 1.0 Tackle-for-loss for 3 yds, 1.0 sack for loss 3 yds, 1 interception returned 17 yds for TD

MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Minnesota 3 1400 17
No. 5 Wisconsin 0 7321 31
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game attendance: 77,216
  • Television network: BTN
 
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–59–8 (.496) November 28, 2015 W, 31–21

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Corey Clement - 26 carries, 100 yards (long 15), 3.8 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Bart Houston - 9 completions, 14 passing attempts, 8.8 avg, 123 yards
  • Receiving: Jazz Peavy- 4 receptions, 47 yards, 11.8 avg, 14 long
  • Defense: Sojourn Shelton- 1 tackle, 2 interceptions returned for a combined 40 yards


Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Joined Staff Alma Mater
Paul Chryst Head coach / Quarterbacks coach 2015 Wisconsin
Joe Rudolph Associate head coach / Offensive coordinator / Offensive line coach 2015 Wisconsin
Justin Wilcox Defensive coordinator 2016 Oregon
John Settle Running backs coach 2015 Appalachian State
Mickey Turner Tight ends coach 2015 Wisconsin
Ted Gilmore Wide receivers coach 2015 Wyoming
Jim Leonhard Defensive backs coach 2016 Wisconsin
Tim Tibesar Outside linebackers coach 2015 North Dakota
Inoke Breckterfield Defensive line coach 2015 Oregon State
Chris Haering Special teams coordinator 2015 West Virginia
Ross Kolodziej Strength and Conditioning coach 2015 Wisconsin

RosterEdit

The Badgers returned 13 starters, six on offense, six on defense and one on special teams.

2016 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Reggie Love   Sr
RB 5 Chris James Jr
RB 6 Corey Clement Sr
RB 7 Bradrick Shaw   Fr
QB 9 Karé Lyles Fr
WR 11 Jazz Peavy   Jr
QB 12 Alex Hornibrook   Fr
QB 13 Bart Houston   Sr
QB 14 Garrett Groshek Fr
WR 15 Robert Wheelright Sr
WR 17 George Rushing Jr
WR 19 Jack Dunn Fr
FB 20 Austin Ramesh   Jr
RB 21 Mark Saari   So
RB 23 Dare Ogunbowale   Sr
WR 24 Adam Krumholz Fr
WR 27 Kendric Pryor Fr
RB 28 Taiwan Deal   So
RB 29 Troy Laufenberg   Fr
FB 30 Aaron Maternowski Fr
FB/ILB 32 Leon Jacobs   Jr
TE 41 Jake Hescock Fr
TE 42 Gabe Lloyd Fr
WR 43 Peter Roy   So
TE 44 Eric Steffes   Sr
FB 45 Alec Ingold So
WR 46 Jack Popp Fr
TE 48 Mitchell Herl   Fr
TE 49 Kyle Penniston   Fr
TE 49 Michael Rolfe   Fr
OL 52 Jacob Maxwell   So
OL 58 George Panos   So
OL 61 Tyler Biadasz Fr
OL 62 Patrick Kasl Fr
OL 63 Michael Deiter   So
OL 64 Brett Connors   So
OL 65 Ryan Ramczyk   Jr
OL 66 Beau Benzschawel   So
OL 67 Jon Dietzen   Fr
OL 68 David Moorman   Fr
OL 70 Dan Voltz   Sr
OL 71 Cole Van Lanen Fr
OL 73 Kevin Estes   Fr
OL 75 Micah Kapoi   So
OL 76 Logan Schmidt   Sr
OL 77 Ian Dretzka   Fr
OL 78 Jason Erdmann   Fr
OL 79 David Edwards Fr
TE 81 Troy Fumagalli   Jr
WR 82 Henry Houden   Fr
WR 84 A. J. Taylor Fr
WR 86 Ricky Finco   So
WR 87 Quintez Cephus Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 8 Sojourn Shelton Sr
CB 9 Titus Booker So
S 10 Seth Currens Fr
CB 11 Nick Nelson Jr
CB 12 Natrell Jamerson Jr
S 13 Evan Bondoc   So
S 14 D'Cota Dixon Jr
CB 18 Caesar Williamss Fr
S 19 Leo Musso   Sr
DB 20 Cristian Volpentesta Fr
S 21 Arrington Farrar So
S 22 Patrick Johnson Fr
ILB 23 Mason Stokke Fr
S 24 Keelon Brookins   Jr
CB 25 Derrick Tindal Jr
S 28 Blake Mielke   Fr
CB 29 Dontye Carriere-Williams Fr
CB 30 Serge Trezy   Sr
S 31 Lubern Figaro Jr
FB/ILB 32 Leon Jacobs   Jr
DE 34 Chikwe Obasih   Jr
S 36 Joe Ferguson   Jr
S 37 Bret Verstegen   Fr
OLB 39 Jake Whalen   Fr
OLB 41 Max Praschak Fr
OLB 42 T. J. Watt   Jr
ILB 43 Ryan Connelly   So
ILB 45 Nick Thomas   Fr
OLB 47 Vince Biegel   Sr
OLB 47 Griffin Brady Fr
ILB 48 Jack Cichy     Jr
ILB 50 Chris Orr   So
OLB 51 Noah Burks Fr
DE 52 David Pfaff   Fr
ILB 53 T. J. Edwards   So
ILB 54 Dallas Jeanty Fr
OLB 55 Garret Dooley   Jr
OLB 56 Zack Baun   Fr
DE 57 Alec James   Jr
ILB 58 Mike Maskalunas Fr
OLB 59 Tyler Johnson   Fr
NT 65 Olive Sagapolu   So
DE 66 Kelly Thomas   Fr
DE 68 Hegeman Tiedt Fr
NT 74 Gunnar Roberge   Fr
DE 91 Zander Neuville   So
NT 92 Jeremy Patterson   So
DE 93 Garrett Rand Fr
DE 94 Conor Sheehy Jr
OLB 95 Keldric Preston Fr
DE 96 Billy Hirschfeld   So
DE 97 Isaiahh Loudermilk Fr
DE 98 Kraig Howe   Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 15 Anthony Lotti Fr
K 27 Rafael Gaglianone Jr
K 37 Andrew Endicott Sr
K/P 38 P. J. Rosowski   So
K 39 Zach Hintze   Fr
LS 60 Connor Udelhoven   Jr
LS 89 Jake Cesear   Fr
P 96 Connor Allen   Fr
P 97 Zach Hoffman Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 23, 2016

DeparturesEdit

In early August, after not making the 105-man fall roster, wide receiver Krenwick Sanders announced his intent to transfer from UW due to being buried on the depth chart, he had one catch for 10 yards his true freshman year in 2014 and he redshirted the 2015 season.[30] He was granted a release by the university and announced that he would transfer to Jacksonville State, an FCS team in Alabama.[31]

Later in August the Badgers' 3-year starter at center, fifth-year senior Dan Voltz, retired from football due to numerous injuries sustained over his career. In the 2015 season he tore his ACL against Illinois and was out for the remainder of the season. He suffered from various ankle issues during the 2014 season.[32]

Big Ten Players of the WeekEdit

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Rafael Gaglianone Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week September 5, 2016 [33]
T. J. Watt Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week September 24, 2016 [27]
Alex Hornibrook Big Ten Freshman of the Week September 24, 2016 [27]
Jack Cichy Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week October 17, 2016 [34]
Ryan Connelly Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week October 31, 2015 [35]

AwardsEdit

2017 NFL DraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

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