September 22, 2009

Hot 11: Wofford

After a slow start, Wisconsin utilized an explosive second quarter to cruise to an easy 44-14 win over Wofford. 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 During his weekly press conference, head coach Bret Bielema said even he has been surprised with the way Tolzien has played so far. The first-year starter ranks second in the Big Ten in pass efficiency rating and completion percentage. 3
2 Nick Toon, WR Toon and Tolzien seem to have a great chemistry on the field. For the second straight week, Toon led, or tied for the team high in receptions. Against Wofford, his six-catch, 70 yard day helped UW move the ball. 8
3 Lance Kendricks, TE It seemed like it was a long time coming for Kendricks. Entering the Wofford game, the junior tight end had no receptions. After it, he has six and a touchdown. N/A
4 O'Brien Schofield, DE Schofield is one of UW's most passionate players. His blind-side sack that forced a fumble was an example of his explosiveness. His 7.5 tackles for loss leads the team. 1
5 Garrett Graham, TE Graham didn't have the biggest receiving day, but he proved when in the red zone that he is a target that opponents will have a hard time dealing with. 4
6 Culmer St. Jean, MLB St. Jean's high school rivals ran the triple option offense much like Wofford. Back then, he had a game with 17 tackles against the option. On Saturday, he logged a collegiate best 15. N/A
7 Chris Borland, LB Borland continues to impress anytime he gets on the field. His athletic punt block following a defensive three and out led to a touchdown that opened the flood gates for UW. N/A
8 Mike Taylor, SLB Like Borland, Taylor is a freshman that has playmaker written all over him. His forced fumble on the Terrier's first play from scrimmage set a defensive tone that was evident throughout. N/A
9 Curt Phillips, QB
With UW's running game struggling, Phillips helped it by rushing for a game-high 92 yards on only four carries.
10 Jaevery McFadden, WLB McFadden was yet again stout in run coverage as his eight tackles and one tackle-for-loss was third best on the team. 6
11 Erik Smith, RB In his most extended playing time, Smith made the most of his opportunities. With John Clay and Zach Brown struggling to hold onto the ball, Smith proved he is a capable back, held onto the ball and even scored his first collegiate touchdown. N/A

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