Grades: Utter domination from UW

first_imgRunning back Montee Ball posted a career day against the Hoosiers, running for 167 yards while crossing the goal line three times.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will analyze the most recent Wisconsin football game and hand out grades for each position group on a scale from zero to five. Let’s examine how the Badgers fared in their record-breaking 83-20 win over Indiana.Quarterbacks – 5 out of 5When Nate Tice finds the endzone on a 17-yard naked bootleg you know the quarterbacks have had a pretty perfect day. Tice scored the final touchdown of the day for the Badgers but the guys above him on the depth chart set the tone. Scott Tolzien had just three incompletions on a day where he threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Jon Budmayr also got some action and completed a 79-yard bomb to Jared Abbrederis for his first career touchdown pass.Running backs – 5 out of 5It was another terrific performance for the UW running backs, even with star John Clay watching from the sidelines. Montee Ball set a new career-high with 167 yards on the ground and the sophomore scored three touchdowns. James White looked fresh after a week off due to injury and the freshman ran for 148 yards and two scores. Both backs ran at an astounding 7.6 yards per carry average.Tight ends – 5 out of 5There is a trend developing here. The Badger tight ends continue the streak of perfection thanks to the efforts of Lance Kendricks and Jake Byrne. Kendricks hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien and piled up 47 yards receiving. Byrne grabbed his first touchdown score with a 2-yard grab and the junior also recorded a nice 16-yard reception.Wide Receivers – 5 out of 5It’s hard to find any disappointing performances when an offense puts up 83 points. The wide receivers weren’t a huge part of the offense, especially when the game got out of reach, but they were very effective. Nick Toon finally caught his first touchdown pass and Abbrederis made a great play on the ball for his 79-yarder. David Gilreath was spectacular in the return game once again and the senior caught three balls for 41 yards.Offensive line – 5 out of 5Yet another five for the five maulers up front. The Badger running backs racked up the yardage but the UW O-line opened up gargantuan holes. It seemed like Tice could have lined up in the backfield and ran for 100 yards with that kind of blocking. Bill Nagy was particularly impressive starting at center in place of Pete Konz and the second stringers didn’t miss a beat when their names were called. Wisconsin absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage and it showed on the scoreboard.Defensive line – 4 out of 5Indiana running back Nick Turner spoiled the day for the UW D-line. Turner ran for 106 yards on just 11 carries including a 67-yard scamper in the first quarter. The defensive line turned it on however, and started forcing turnovers. Louis Nzegwu, who had the only sack for UW, forced a fumble and had two tackles for loss. J.J. Watt recovered two fumbles and also grabbed two more tackles in the backfield.Linebackers – 4 out of 5Not much to say about the linebackers Saturday. Starters Blake Sorensen, Culmer St. Jean and Mike Taylor had just six tackles combined and they take some of the blame for the Hoosiers’ early success on the ground. The linebackers just didn’t have very many plays come their way but they were solid when they had to be.Secondary – 4.5 out of 5IU starting quarterback Ben Chappell had some success before his injury, tossing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Tandon Doss, but once he left the game the Badger secondary clamped down on the backups. Dusty Kiel was just 1-for-7 and on one of those incompletions fell to Badger safety Aaron Henry who took it in for six. Antonio Fenelus was active once again, recording a team-high five tackles and forcing a fumble.Specialists – 5 out of 5Brad Nortman didn’t even need to dress. The UW punter wasn’t needed as the Badgers scored on all 12 possessions. Kicker Phillip Welch got some action kicking all those extra points and the junior connected on both of his field goal attempts.last_img read more

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Trojans welcome back Shaw as UCLA looms

first_imgThe Trojans continued to prepare for a highly anticipated matchup with crosstown rival UCLA at practice on Wednesday. USC is determined to get back on the field with a shot at the Pac-12 South crown in sight and end a two-game losing streak against the Bruins.Fearless leader · Head coach Steve Sarkisian allowed senior defensive back Josh Shaw to practice, but did not reveal if Shaw will play in Saturday’s game against UCLA. Sarkisian went 6-1 against the Bruins as an assistant. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanWelcome BackRedshirt senior cornerback Josh Shaw was reinstated on Tuesday evening, and he was back on the practice field Wednesday morning. Shaw spent most of the practice observing his teammates and relearning the system. The Palmdale, California, native missed a total of 10 games, but looked in shape and presumably remained active during his time away from the team.Shaw might not see the field on Saturday, but head coach Steve Sarkisian was impressed with his movement and hopes that his knowledge and experience assists the team  in the days leading up to the game.“I thought he moved pretty fluidly. You could tell he’s been active,” Sarkisian said. “I think Josh [Shaw] brings us a veteran player with a lot of experience.”The players were happy to see Shaw back, and they welcomed his return to Howard Jones Field. Sarkisian wanted to move on from the incident and allow Shaw to focus on football. With only two games left in his senior season, Shaw was able to spend time with his teammates and get back into the swing of things.“What I’ve always tried to do, not just in this instance, but in all of them, is really assess the character of the individual and [whether or not] the action was out of character for him and I totally believe that with Josh,” Sarkisian said. ”I think he’s a very good person. He made a mistake, he acknowledged it, he’s been remorseful, he’s paid a severe penalty of 10 games and he’s fortunate and happy to be back.”Though the suspension lasted for the better part of three months, Shaw’s teammates claim that they forgave him long ago and were ecstatic to see him back at practice today.“I guess he’s been training while he hasn’t been out here because he looks exactly the same,” said junior defensive end Leonard Williams. “He’s the same guy. Josh Shaw is a great player and we’re glad to have him back.”Sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens agreed.“Josh [Shaw] was a first round corner before the season started and he’s still a first round corner even 10 games later,” Cravens said. “We forgave him probably a week after we heard what happened, people make mistakes, not everybody’s perfect. Josh [Shaw] is human, that’s our brother and we’re always going to have his back.”Focused on the Task at HandShaw’s return could be viewed as a distraction leading up to the big game, but the team is keeping their sights on the game. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley presents a unique challenge with his ability to pass and run.“Our biggest key that we’ve been working on is just trying to keep him in the pocket, make him as much as a passing quarterback as possible because I noticed in the past two years that what he’s been able to beat us with is his rushing,” Williams said. “We just have to limit and contain him as much as possible and limit his rushing yards.”Cravens is determined to turn around USC’s recent misfortune against their rival, and he knows that mission starts with Hundley.“He can sit in the pocket and eat you alive and he can also beat you with his legs,” Cravens said. “He’s a great player; I feel like I’m confident in my abilities but we’ll see what happens Saturday.”See You On SaturdayThough the game marks another chapter in a historic rivalry, the Trojans want to let their play do the talking and are not concerned with the buildup.“They’re preparing humbly and they’re not too hyped about it even though it’s a big rivalry,” Williams said. “We’re prepared to win just like it’s any other team.”Much of rivalry week is made from the talk that happens between the two schools. Though that is all fun and games for the fans, the players at USC are not letting it affect their preparation, and they know that the only thing that matters is the final score.“We realize getting hyped and talking mess is not winning games,” redshirt senior linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “When you talk mess before the game the score is still 0-0, the clock is still 15 minutes. We have to block that out and just play within the lines.”last_img read more

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