September 29, 2010

Hot 11: Austin Peay

In what really amounted to a glorified scrimmage, the Wisconsin football team coasted through its non-conference finale with a 70-3 win over Austin Peay. Now, with the Big Ten opener at Michigan State just days away, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.

The fourth installment of the 2010 regular season is based on momentum and individual play this season. One bad game won't necessarily move a player off, but it could cause a player to slide down the board as new players start to emerge.

By no means is the list perfect, that is why encourages everyone to head over to The Badgers' Den to offer their own opinions.

Note: The number in parentheses is the number of points the player got based on a voting panel of staff members. Hot 11
Rank Player The Word Last Game
1 James White, RB (41) If you score four touchdowns and rack up nearly 200 yards of total offense, there's a good chance you'll find yourself at the top of the list. In addition to being named offensive MVP for UW, White was also tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against the Governors. N/A
2 Lance Kendricks, TE (40) Kendricks remains Tolzien's security blanket offensively. Against Austin Peay, the senior tight end eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game. 1
3 John Clay, RB (26) Clay rushed for over 100 yards for the 10-straight game and scored a touchdown in UW's 70-3 win. And he still dropped in the poll. That speaks to the type of game White and Kendricks had. 2
4 Bradie Ewing, RB/FB (22) Ewing found pay dirt on two separate occasions Saturday afternoon, one on the ground and the other through the air. N/A
5 Scott Tolzien, QB (21) Tolzien enters Big Ten play having completed an outrageous 77 percent of his passes. Against Austin Peay, the senior quarterback was even better, going 15-of-17 for 217 yards and three touchdowns. T4
6 Mike Taylor, OLB (19) Taylor is starting to look like the linebacker of old. He completed his second straight game without and problems and finished the contest with a team leading seven tackles. N/A
7 Aaron Henry, FS (18) As a first time free safety, it seems Henry is starting to settle into the position. The real test comes in Big Ten play, though. N/A
8 Gabe Carimi, LT (11) When James White broke his easy 66-yard touchdown run, Carimi sealed the left side with a crushing block. He continues to be a special player for the Badgers. 10
T9 Jared Abbrederis, WR (10) Abbrederis caught three balls for 38 yards and also accumulated 45 yards on punt returns. Now, with Nick Toon and David Gilreath set to return, Abbrederis will likely need to make his impact via punt returns. 7
T9 John Moffitt, LG (10) The left side of the line is the Badgers strength. Both Carimi and Moffitt offer above-average talent that opens plenty of holes on that side of the line. N/A
T9 J.J. Watt, DE (10) If it's even possible, Watt had kind of a quiet game against Austin Peay. Having only played the first half, Watt finished with three tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss. N/A

Receiving Votes:

-Brad Nortman (7), Louis Nzegwu (6), Blake Sorensen (5), Jon Budmayr (5), Kevin Rouse (4), Peter Konz (4), Philip Welch (3), Jacob Pedersen (2)

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