November 3, 2009

Hot 11: Purdue

It didn't take long for Wisconsin to shake off any potential rust following a long bye week. From the first drive of the game to the final quarterback kneel down, the Badgers dominated the Boilermakers in their 37-0 blowout win. Now, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.

The sixth 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 John Clay, RB After Saturday's game, Clay said he was completely fine with Kendricks running the ball inside the 10 yard line before being tackled. Because in the end, he is the one that reaps the benefits. His three touchdowns and 123 yards against the Boilermakers was enough evidence to prove it. 2
2 O'Brien Schofield, DE It was pretty clear that Purdue was not going to let Schofield wreak havoc in the backfield. But because so much attention was given to Schofield, others on the defensive line really stood out. 1
3 Nick Toon, WR Toon had three catches for 55 yards against Purdue. Considering UW only threw for 87 yards through the entire game makes Toon's efficiency even more impressive. 3
4 Jaevery McFadden, WLB McFadden has quietly been putting together a solid senior season. On Saturday, he, along with Ryan Kerrigan, led the game with nine tackles. 7
5 Chris Borland, SLB As a true freshman, Borland is really making a case to be Big Ten freshman of the year on the defensive side of the ball. Against Purdue, he logged four tackles, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. N/A
6 Lance Kendricks, TE UW loves running the end around play to its wide receivers. Against Purdue, the Badgers tried running it to Kendricks and it worked to perfectly. By the end of the game, Kendricks had 91 yards rushing on only four carries. N/A
7 Devin Smith, CB Not only did Smith have an interception that set up a second quarter touchdown, but he nearly had a forced fumble when he ripped the ball out of the Purdue wide receiver's hands. He also made a couple tackles on special teams. N/A
8 J.J. Watt, TE Watt had three tackles and a tackle-for-loss against the Boilers. His performance, which helped earn him team MVP honors for the game, was largely due to the increased attention to Schofield. Still, Watt has been playing at a high level in recent weeks. N/A
9 Scott Tolzien, QB
Tolzien entered Saturday's game following two games where he struggled. Against Purdue, he only threw the ball 13 times, but he never turned it over. He was an effective game manager throughout the first three quarters of the game.
10 Niles Brinkley, CB Brinkley and Smith have won the starting spots at cornerback. And for Brinkley, another strong, four-tackle, performance and solid coverage will likely keep him there. N/A
11 Philip Welch, RB Welch had been struggling with field goals prior to the bye week, but he looked fine against Purdue when he connected on all three kicks he had. N/A

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