September 29, 2009

Hot 11: Michigan State

Until a couple of late miscues allowed Michigan State to narrow the gap, the Wisconsin football team performed rather well in Saturday's win. Now, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11. The second installment of the 2009 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.

 Hot 11
Rank Player The Word Last Game
1 Scott Tolzien, QB Tolzien became the 10th quarterback in school history to throw at least four touchdowns in one game. He is also the current Big Ten offensive player of the week and sits atop the conference and 13th nationally with a 164.3 passing efficiency rating. 1
2 Garrett Graham, TE Graham caught three of Tolzien's four touchown passes during Saturday's win. It is safe to say that Graham and Tolzien have a great chemistry with one another, particularly in the red zone. 5
3 Nick Toon, WR Toon is beginning to emerge as a player Tolzien trusts to make big plays. His touchdown on third down early in the fourth quarter is a prime example of that. 2
4 John Clay, RB Leading into Saturday's game, most people following Wisconsin football were curious to see how Clay responded from his three-fumble game against Wofford. Well, those questions were answered when Clay racked up his first 30+ carry day with 142 yards and a touchdown. N/A
5 Chris Maragos, FS Maragos is playing at an incredibly high level. Though he was exposed for a 91-yard touchdown near the end of the game, that simple miscommunication was more than made up for by his two interception day. N/A
6 Mike Taylor, SLB Taylor led the team in tackles during Saturday's win and he also recorded his first career interception. 8
7 O'Brien Schofield, DE Schofield did not record a tackle during the MSU game, but he was still a disruptive force in the backfield and forced a fumble when he drove the Spartan fullback into the tailback. 4
8 Jay Valai, SS Valai and Schofield were named defensive game MVP's for their play against MSU. Valai, while recording three tackles, played sound fundamental football and didn't give up the big play. N/A
9 Lance Kendricks, TE
After not catching a pass in UW's first two games, Kendricks now has 10 after his performances against Wofford and MSU.
10 Josh Oglesby, RT The Wisconsin offensive line has not allowed a sack in three of its first four games. Since a shaky performance against Fresno State, Oglesby has been one of the bright spots up front. N/A
11 Chris Borland, LB Borland didn't block a punt or force a fumble, but he was solid yet again on the special teams front and recorded his first career sack on fourth down against the Spartans. 7

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