MADISON - With steady play throughout and clutch throws down the stretch at Iowa, quarterback Scott Tolzien jumped up a number of spots in the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.
The seventh 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 BadgerBlitz.com 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 BadgerBlitz.com staff members.
One play that doesn't get enough talk is the one that happened immediately prior to the fake punt. Following a poor snap, Tolzien picked up the ball and completed a pass to Isaac Anderson. Though it didn't move the chains, it set up a more manageable fourth down play that set up the theatrics. During that final drive, and really the entire game other than his interception, Tolzien played one of his better games as a starter.
In back-to-back weeks against the two best defensive lines in the conference, Clay proved his worth with impressive displays. His two touchdowns, including one on fourth and goal, were huge in helping UW win.
Facing consistent double and triple teams, Watt was somewhat quiet throughout the majority of the game. When it mattered most, though, Watt broke through for a critical sack in the final minute of the game.
James White suffered an injury early in the game that allowed Ball to step in and make his mark. That's exactly what the sophomore did. He caught a critical fourth down pass and scored on an impressive eight-yard struggle to give UW the lead with just over a minute to play.
Usually when a punter makes a list like this it's because the offense struggled and he had to punt a lot. Not this time. Nortman's fake punt, and critical first down conversion, was one of the most important plays of the season.
Competing against a team that likes to run the ball as much as Iowa, the UW defensive line needed to step up its game. That's exactly what Hemer did. His six tackles (four solo) were impressive in halting the Hawkeyes running game.