October 13, 2009

Hot 11: Ohio State

The Wisconsin football team the time of possession and statistics in Saturday's game at Ohio State. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, stats do not directly correlate with points as the Badgers fell to the Buckeyes. Now, after the loss, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11. The fifth 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 BadgerBlitz.com encourages everyone to head over to The Badgers' Den to offer their own opinions.

BadgerBlitz.com Hot 11
Rank Player The Word Last Game
1 O'Brien Schofield, DE Schofield's seven-tackle, two-sack and 3.5 tackles-for-loss against OSU continued to display a heady knack for the ball. It seems like he is in on or around every tackle. He also leads the nation and Big Ten in TFL's and leads the league in sacks. 2
2 John Clay, RB Clay did not have the best of statistical days against Ohio State, but he still helped the UW offense move the ball and put itself in a position to make some things happen. Head coach Bret Bielema believes Clay took a major step forward both in preparation and performance during the OSU game. 1
3 Nick Toon, WR Toon, as well as Isaac Anderson had six receptions against the Buckeyes. He continues to emerge as a go-to receiver for Tolzien. 5
4 Mike Taylor, SLB It seems like every week Taylor is the team's leading tackler during the game. His eight tackles against OSU added to his team leading 43 tackles. 7
5 Chris Maragos, FS Before walking-on at Wisconsin, Maragos was an offensive player. On Saturday, when UW called the fake field goal he displayed that athleticism when he beat the defender to the corner for the score. N/A
6 Culmer St. Jean, MLB Tolzien had just thrown his first of two pick sixes and the UW offense responded with a quick three and out. Ohio State had plenty of momentum in its favor, but St. Jean thwarted it when he intercepted Terrelle Pryor and returned it inside the Buckeye 15 yard line. N/A
7 Jaevery McFadden, WLB McFadden, as well as Schofield, played an instrumental part in shutting Pryor down for the most part. His six tackles was the fourth-best performance on the UW defense at Ohio State. N/A
8 Garrett Graham, TE Graham must have had one of his worst days as a collegiate starter. He had multiple penalties that derailed offensive drives and couldn't get going offensively. 3
9 Scott Tolzien, QB
It is difficult to win on the road, let alone the Horseshoe, when the quarterback from the visiting team throws two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. .
10 Brad Nortman, P Though he doesn't get much publicity, Nortman is really putting together a solid campaign during his sophomore year. At OSU, he averaged nearly 49 yards per punt, including a beautiful 61-yard bomb in the first quarter. N/A
11 Montee Ball, RB Ball did not get many chances on Saturday, but when he did, he made the most of his opportunity. He rushed the ball three times for 19 yards and also had two receptions for 22 yards. N/A

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