Watching the Badgers handle UNLV got me pretty excited for this years College Football season. Yea, I know, it’s only UNLV. But the Badgers looked pretty good, like a team that is finally ready to contend.
However, there are a few things that need to be fixed. Number one is the turnovers. Scott Tolzien simply can not give points away like he did with his first-half pick six. Aside from that, he and the offense looked very good outside of Nick Toon’s fumble inside the 5-yard line which would have put the Rebels away early.
Speaking of the offense, how do you like the 3-headed monster at tailback? I didn’t expect John Clay to give the Badgers as much as he did as he gets himself into game shape coming off the ankle surgeries. I am slightly concerned with how big Clay is; the guy is packing some serious pounds. I’m giving him a free pass only because he wasn’t able to do much conditioning in the off-season so I’m hoping (praying) he can hold up this year come Big-Ten time. Montee Ball looks to keep improving in his sophomore season. He’s a very similar type of runner to Clay. A lot of downhill, come-right-at-you type of style. And then there is James White. If he can do what Freshman usually can not do, stuff like pass-block, get reads down, etc. then the guy is gonna help a ton. Just for the simple fact that he’s so different than Clay and Ball. He can get behind the big guys up front and literally lose the defense.
Some things to pay attention to this week leading up to the San Jose State game are on the offensive line. The Badgers are going to try and get by without using Sophomore Travis Frederick at all this year, an unusual redshirt for a guy who started 4 games as a true Freshman last year. The contributing factors to this move is the amount of depth they have up front and the fact that Frederick fell behind with missed time in camp.
The big story is the brewing position battle at Right Tackle. Josh Oglesby is seriously being pushed by Ricky Wagner. Who is that?. Wagner is a kid from West Allis who just recently was rewarded with a scholarship. Wagner played Tight End in high school and was all of 270 pounds when he got to Madison three years ago. Not your typical 330-pound mammoth Badger offensive lineman. But since that Freshman season, Wagner has beefed up to 320 and is pushing the one-time high school All-American Oglesby. It’s only one game into the year, but if Oglesby continues to make the same mistakes he made against UNLV, don’t be surprised to see the switch. I expect the playing time to basically be cut in half this week with the game essentially being over by halftime anyway.
A couple things to look foward to and prepare yourself for San Jose State.
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Written by Chad Seely
Hey sports fans! Welcome to my Wisconsin Badgers football blog. For any Badger scores, news or questions you may have, come check out this blog! For those who don't know me, I'm a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I graduated in May 2009 with a Broadcast Journalism degree and returned in Fall 2009 to get a Minor in Multimedia which I completed in May 2010. In the summer, you can catch me on AM1230 WSBB, splitting time as the play-by-play announcer and color commentator for the Daytona Cubs, the Advanced-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.