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2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers, led by third-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. For the first time in school history, the Badgers finished the season with 13 wins.

2017 Wisconsin Badgers football
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
Big Ten West Division champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 34–24 vs. Miami (FL)
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 7
2017 record 13–1 (9–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Paul Chryst (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard (1st as DC; 2nd overall season)
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 18 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 9 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 6 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 20 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 21, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RecruitingEdit

RecruitsEdit

The Badgers signed a total of 18 recruits.

Watchlists and preseason awardsEdit

ScheduleEdit

Wisconsin's 2017 schedule consists of 7 home, and 5 away games in the regular season. The Badgers will host Big Ten foes Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa, and Michigan and will travel to Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota.[2]

The teams three non–conference games are against the Utah State Aggies from the Mountain West Conference (MWC), Florida Atlantic Owls from Conference USA, and the BYU Cougars who compete independently in football.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 8:00 p.m. Utah State* No. 9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN W 59–10   75,324
September 9 11:00 a.m. Florida Atlantic* No. 9 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI BTN W 31–14   77,542
September 16 2:30 p.m. at BYU* No. 10 LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ABC W 40–6   61,143
September 30 11:00 a.m. Northwestern No. 10 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC W 33–24   80,584
October 7 7:00 p.m. at Nebraska No. 9 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry) BTN W 38–17   89,860
October 14 2:30 p.m. Purdue No. 7 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI BTN W 17–9   78,580
October 21 11:00 a.m. Maryland  No. 5 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI FOX W 38–13   78,058
October 28 11:00 a.m. at Illinois No. 5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN W 24–10   42,101
November 4 11:00 a.m. at Indiana No. 4 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC W 45–17   43,027
November 11 2:30 p.m. No. 25 Iowa No. 6 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Rivalry) ABC W 38–14   80,462
November 18 11:00 a.m. No. 19 Michigan No. 5 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI FOX W 24–10   81,216
November 25 2:30 p.m. at Minnesota No. 5 TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN (Rivalry) ABC W 31–0   47,327
December 2 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 8 Ohio State No. 3 Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (Big Ten Championship) FOX L 21–27   65,886
December 30 7:00 p.m. vs. No. 11 Miami (FL)* No. 6 Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) ESPN W 34–24   65,032
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[3]

Game summariesEdit

Utah StateEdit

Utah State at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 10 0 0 0 10
No. 9 Badgers 0 10 28 21 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2012 W, 16–14

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 9 carries, 87 yards (long 41), 9.7 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 15 completions, 23 passing attempts, 244 yards, 16.3 avg, 3 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 5 receptions, 105 yards (long 44), 21.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: T.J. Edwards – 7 Tackles (5 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 1 yd, 2 pass breakups, 1 interception for 7 yds

Florida AtlanticEdit

Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 7 7 0 0 14
No. 9 Badgers 14 10 7 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 26 carries, 223 yards (long 64), 8.6 yards/carry, 3 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 16 completions, 28 passing attempts, 201 yards, 12.6 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 8 receptions, 92 yards (long 20), 11.5 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Chris Orr – 8 Tackles (6 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 3 yds, 1 sack for loss of 3 yds

at BYUEdit

No. 10 Wisconsin at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Badgers 10 14 7 9 40
Cougars 3 3 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2013 W, 27–17

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 18 carries, 128 yards (long 18), 7.1 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 18 completions, 19 passing attempts, 256 yards, 14.2 avg, 4 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 5 receptions, 54 yards (long 16), 10.8 avg, 2 touchdowns
  • Defense: Dontye Carriere-Williams – 8 Tackles (6 solo), 1 interception for 0 yds

NorthwesternEdit

Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 7 0 14 24
No. 10 Badgers 7 0 14 12 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
58–35–5 2016 W, 21–7

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 19 carries, 80 yards (long 11), 4.2 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 11 completions, 20 passing attempts, 197 yards, 17.9 avg, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 4 receptions, 99 yards (long 61), 24.6 avg
  • Defense: Garret Dooley – 9 Tackles (3 solo), 5 tackles-for-loss for 20 yds, 3.5 sacks for loss of 17 yds

at NebraskaEdit

No. 9 Wisconsin at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Badgers 10 7 7 14 38
Cornhuskers 0 10 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4 2016 W, 23–17

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 25 carries, 249 yards (long 75), 10.0 yards/carry, 2 touchdowns
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 9 completions, 17 passing attempts, 113 yards, 12.6 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 4 receptions, 68 yards (long 31), 17.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: D'Cota Dixon – 9 Tackles (6 solo), 1 pass breakup

PurdueEdit

Purdue at No. 7 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 3 3 3 0 9
No. 7 Badgers 14 3 0 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
47–29–8 2016 W, 49–20

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 30 carries, 219 yards (long 67), 7.3 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 13 completions, 18 passing attempts, 199 yards, 15.3 avg, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Quintez Cephus – 5 receptions, 100 yards (long 41), 20.0 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Leon Jacobs – 9 Tackles (4 solo), 0.5 tackle-for-loss for 1 yd, 1 interception for 2 yds, 1 QB hurry

MarylandEdit

Maryland at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 3 10 0 13
No. 5 Badgers 7 14 7 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 W, 31–24

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 22 carries, 126 yards (long 15), 5.7 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 16 completions, 24 passing attempts, 225 yards, 14.1 avg, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 7 receptions, 83 yards (long 20), 11.9 avg
  • Defense: T.J. Edwards – 5 Tackles (3 solo), 1 interception return 54 yds for a touchdown, 1 pass breakup

at IllinoisEdit

No. 5 Wisconsin at Illinois
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 10 0 7 24
Fighting Illini 0 3 0 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–37–7 2016 W, 48–3

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 12 carries, 73 yards (long 29), 6.1 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 10 completions, 19 passing attempts, 135 yards, 13.5 avg, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Kendric Pryor – 2 receptions, 37 yards (long 19), 18.5 avg
  • Defense: Garret Dooley – 5 Tackles (3 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 6 yds, 1 sack for 6 yd loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup

at IndianaEdit

No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Badgers 0 14 10 21 45
Hoosiers 7 3 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–18–2 2013 W, 51–3

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 29 carries, 183 yards (long 45), 6.3 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 13 completions, 20 passing attempts, 158 yards, 12.2 avg, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • Receiving: Kendric Pryor – 3 receptions, 63 yards (long 32), 21.0 avg
  • Defense: Nick Nelson – 5 Tackles (5 solo), 1 tackle-for-loss for 3 yds, 4 pass breakups

IowaEdit

No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 Hawkeyes 7 0 7 0 14
No. 6 Badgers 3 14 7 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–43–2 2016 W, 17–9

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 29 carries, 157 yards (long 19), 5.4 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 11 completions, 18 passing attempts, 135 yards, 12.3 avg, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
  • Receiving: Danny Davis – 4 receptions, 74 yards (long 28), 18.5 avg
  • Defense: Ryan Connelly – 9 Tackles (6 solo), 2 tackles-for-loss for 14 yds, 1 sack for loss 12 yds, 1 forced fumble, 1 QB hurry

MichiganEdit

No. 19 Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Wolverines 0 7 3 0 10
No. 5 Badgers 7 0 14 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–50–1 2016 L, 7–14

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 19 carries, 132 yards (long 52), 6.9 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 9 completions, 19 passing attempts, 143 yards, 15.9 avg, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • Receiving: A.J. Taylor – 3 receptions, 79 yards (long 51), 26.3 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: T.J. Edwards – 11 Tackles (7 solo), 2.5 tackles-for-loss for 12 yds, 1 sack for loss 10 yds, 1 pass breakup, 1 QB hurry

at MinnesotaEdit

No. 5 Wisconsin at Minnesota
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 10 7 7 31
Golden Gophers 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–59–8 2016 W, 31–17

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 20 carries, 149 yards (long 53), 7.5 yards/carry, 1 touchdown
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 15 completions, 19 passing attempts, 151 yards, 10.1 avg, 3 touchdowns
  • Receiving: Danny Davis – 5 receptions, 41 yards (long 10), 8.2 avg, 1 touchdown
  • Defense: Ryan Connelly – 6 Tackles (5 solo), 3.0 tackles-for-loss for 26 yds, 2 sacks for loss 24 yds

vs. Ohio StateEdit

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Buckeyes 14 7 3 3 27
No. 3 Badgers 7 3 3 8 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–58–5 2016 L, 23–30 OT

The No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers (12-1, 9-0) were defeated by the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1) 27-21 at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Big Ten Championship. Paul Chryst is now 0-2 versus the Buckeyes, and Urban Meyer is now 5-0 versus the Badgers, though two of the victories came in overtime. This was Wisconsin's fifth appearance in the Championship game, and their second straight and Ohio State's third.

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Jonathan Taylor – 15 carries, 41 yards (long 7), 2.7 yards/carry
  • Passing: Alex Hornibrook – 19 completions, 40 passing attempts, 229 yards, 12.1 avg, 2 interceptions
  • Receiving: Troy Fumagalli – 5 receptions, 45 yards (long 11), 9.0 avg
  • Defense: Andrew Van Ginkel – 3 Tackles (1 solo), 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception returned 9 yds for touchdown

vs. MiamiEdit

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Miami
1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Badgers 3 21 3 7 34
No. 11 Hurricanes 14 0 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2009 W, 20–14

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 9 9 10 9 10 9 7 5 5 4 6 5 5 3 (10) 6 7 
Coaches 10 11 12 10 10 8 6 5 5 4 3 4 4 3 (21) 6 6 
CFP Not released 9 8 5 5 4 6 Not released


RosterEdit

2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Pryor, KendricKendric Pryor   Fr
WR 4 Taylor, A. J.A. J. Taylor So
RB 5 James, ChrisChris James   Jr
WR 6 Davis III, DannyDanny Davis III Fr
RB 7 Shaw, BradrickBradrick Shaw   So
RB 9 Ibrahim, RachidRachid Ibrahim   Sr
QB 10 Coan, JackJack Coan Fr
WR 11 Peavy, JazzJazz Peavy     Sr
QB 12 Hornibrook, AlexAlex Hornibrook   So
QB 15 Vanden Boom, DannyDanny Vanden Boom Fr
WR 16 Dunn, JackJack Dunn   Fr
WR 17 Rushing, GeorgeGeorge Rushing Sr
QB 19 Lyles, KaréKaré Lyles   Fr
FB 20 Ramesh, AustinAustin Ramesh   Sr
RB 21 Saari, MarkMark Saari   Jr
WR 22 Green, CadeCade Green Fr
RB 23 Taylor, JonathanJonathan Taylor Fr
WR 24 Krumholz, AdamAdam Krumholz   Fr
RB 28 Deal, TaiwanTaiwan Deal     Jr
FB 30 Maternowski, AaronAaron Maternowski   Fr
TE 30 Wanner, CoyCoy Wanner Fr
RB 34 Brodner, SamSam Brodner     Fr
RB 36 Johnson, HunterHunter Johnson Fr
RB 37 Groshek, GarrettGarrett Groshek   Fr
WR 38 DeLany, SamSam DeLany Fr
FB 39 Whalen, JakeJake Whalen     So
WR 43 Roy, PeterPeter Roy   Jr
FB 45 Ingold, AlecAlec Ingold Jr
TE 46 Lloyd, GabeGabe Lloyd   Fr
TE 49 Penniston, KyleKyle Penniston   So
OL 52 Maxwell, JacobJacob Maxwell   Jr
OL 60 Bruss, LoganLogan Bruss Fr
OL 61 Biadasz, TylerTyler Biadasz   Fr
OL 62 Kasl, PatrickPatrick Kasl   Fr
OL 63 Deiter, MichaelMichael Deiter   Jr
OL 64 Connors, BrettBrett Connors   Jr
OL 65 Beach, TylerTyler Beach Fr
OL 66 Benzschawel, BeauBeau Benzschawel   Jr
OL 67 Dietzen, JonJon Dietzen   So
OL 68 Moorman, DavidDavid Moorman   So
OL 70 Seltzner, JoshJosh Seltzner Fr
OL 71 Van Lanen, ColeCole Van Lanen   Fr
OL 73 Fenton, AlexAlex Fenton Fr
OL 75 Kapoi, MicahMicah Kapoi   Jr
OL 76 Lyles, KaydenKayden Lyles Fr
OL 77 Smithback, BlakeBlake Smithback Fr
OL 78 Erdmann, JasonJason Erdmann   So
OL 79 Edwards, DavidDavid Edwards   So
TE 81 Fumagalli, TroyTroy Fumagalli   Sr
WR 82 Perry, EmmetEmmet Perry Fr
TE 84 Ferguson, JakeJake Ferguson Fr
TE 85 Neuville, ZanderZander Neuville   Jr
TE 86 Benzschawel, LukeLuke Benzschawel     Fr
WR 87 Cephus, QuintezQuintez Cephus   So
WR 89 Harrell, DeronDeron Harrell Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 2 Johnson, PatrickPatrick Johnson   So
OLB 5 Dooley, GarretGarret Dooley   Sr
S 8 Ferguson, JoeJoe Ferguson   Sr
S 10 Currens, SethSeth Currens   Fr
CB 11 Nelson, NickNick Nelson   Jr
CB 12 Jamerson, NatrellNatrell Jamerson Sr
S 13 Bondoc, EvanEvan Bondoc   Jr
S 14 Dixon, D'CotaD'Cota Dixon Sr
OLB 17 Van Ginkel, AndrewAndrew Van Ginkel Jr
ILB 18 Farrar, ArringtonArrington Farrar Jr
CB 19 Booker, TitusTitus Booker   So
CB 20 Hicks, FaionFaion Hicks Fr
CB 21 Williamss, CaesarCaesar Williamss   Fr
ILB 23 Stokke, MasonMason Stokke     Fr
CB 24 Cone, MadisonMadison Cone Fr
S 25 Nelson, ScootScoot Nelson Fr
CB 25 Tindal, DerrickDerrick Tindal Sr
S 26 Burrell, EricEric Burrell   Fr
DB 27 Volpentesta, CristianCristian Volpentesta   Fr
S 28 Mielke, BlakeBlake Mielke   So
CB 29 Carriere-Williams, DontyeDontye Carriere-Williams   Fr
S 31 Figaro, LubernLubern Figaro Sr
S 31 Mais, TylerTyler Mais Fr
ILB 32 Collinsworth, JakeJake Collinsworth Fr
OLB 32 Jacobs, LeonLeon Jacobs   Sr
DE 34 Obasih, ChikweChikwe Obasih   Sr
ILB 37 Cesarz, EthanEthan Cesarz Fr
OLB 41 Burks, NoahNoah Burks Fr
ILB 43 Connelly, RyanRyan Connelly   Jr
OLB 45 Tiedt, HegemanHegeman Tiedt Fr
ILB 45 Thomas, NickNick Thomas   So
ILB 47 Brady, GriffinGriffin Brady So
ILB 48 Cichy, JackJack Cichy     Sr
OLB 50 Green-May, IzayahIzayah Green-May Fr
DE 52 Pfaff, DavidDavid Pfaff   So
ILB 53 Edwards, T. J.T. J. Edwards   Jr
ILB 54 Orr, ChrisChris Orr   So
OLB 55 Bell, ChristianChristian Bell   Fr
OLB 56 Baun, ZackZack Baun     So
DE 57 Balistreri, MichaelMichael Balistreri Fr
DE 57 James, AlecAlec James   Sr
ILB 58 Maskalunas, MikeMike Maskalunas   Fr
OLB 59 Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson   So
DE 69 Vopal, AaronAaron Vopal Fr
NT 74 Roberge, GunnarGunnar Roberge   So
DE 93 Rand, GarrettGarrett Rand So
DE 94 Hennington, MattMatt Hennington Fr
DE 94 Sheehy, ConorConor Sheehy Sr
OLB 95 Preston, KeldricKeldric Preston   Fr
DE 96 Hirschfeld, BillyBilly Hirschfeld   Jr
DE 97 Loudermilk, IsaiahhIsaiahh Loudermilk   Fr
DE 98 Howe, KraigKraig Howe   So
NT 99 Sagapolu, OliveOlive Sagapolu Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 15 Lotti, AnthonyAnthony Lotti So
K 27 Gaglianone, RafaelRafael Gaglianone   Jr
P 38 Rosowski, P. J.P. J. Rosowski     Jr
K 39 Hintze, ZachZach Hintze   So
LS 51 Bay, AdamAdam Bay Fr
P 90 Allen, ConnorConnor Allen   So
LS 91 Bernhagen, JoshJosh Bernhagen Fr
K 98 Larsh, CollinCollin Larsh Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: August 19, 2017

InjuriesEdit

At the start of the season four players were announced as out for the season due to injury; Senior ILB Jack Cichy (right knee), Freshman ILB Mason Stokke (right leg), Sophomore OLB Zack Baun (left foot), Freshman RB Sam Brodner (right knee).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.rimingtontrophy.com/watchlist/
  2. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/mobile/schedule.aspx?schedule=169
  3. ^ "2017 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Purdue-Wisconsin Pre-game Notes" (PDF). PurdueSports.com. CBS Interactive. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Purdue vs Wisconsin (Oct 14, 2017 at Madison, Wis.)" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Purdue University. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.