October 6, 2009

Hot 11: Minnesota

Again, the Wisconsin football team found a way to make a game it had in full control closer than it needed to be. But, though it turned into a nailbiter, the Badgers found a way to retain the axe. Now, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11. The fourth 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 John Clay, RB To start the second half Clay only had 25 yards to his name. By the end of the game, the sophomore tailback had 184 yards and three total touchdowns. In the past two weeks, Clay has rushed for 327 yards on 64 carries. 4
2 O'Brien Schofield, DE Schofield plays with an unbelievable passion on the field. His six tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks were good enough to claim Big Ten defensive player of the week. 7
3 Garrett Graham, TE Graham continues to be Tolzien's safety blanket. Against the Gophers, the senior tight end caught seven passes and still leads all Badger receivers in both yards and receptions. 2
4 Scott Tolzien, QB Tolzien threw an interception and lost a fumble during Saturday's game. But he responded to the adversity, regrouped, and help lead critical scoring drives late in the second half to seal the win. 1
5 Nick Toon, WR Toon is beginning to emerge as a dynamic threat. The quick wide receiver screen pass is becoming a staple in Paul Chryst's offense. 3
6 Chris Borland, LB Borland was an absolute terror during Minnesota's final drive. He was constantly in the face of Adam Weber and eventually recovered the final fumble of the game to clinch victory. 11
7 Mike Taylor, SLB Though he didn't force any fumbles or intercept any passes that stood, Taylor did record five tackles and continues to improve in pass coverage during his first season of action. 6
8 Patrick Butrym, DT Butrym played well enough against the Gophers to see his name elevate to the top of the defensive tackle depth chart. His interception in the third quarter was an athletic play leading to a huge momentum swing. N/A
9 John Moffitt, LG
Since Moffitt returned to the line, Clay has averaged 163.5 yards per game. It would be safe to say that Moffitt's pulling ability has helped lead to increased production from Clay.
10 Jay Valai, SS Valai has really played within himself and hasn't forced the play. He has remained patient and avoided giving up the big play through five games. His pass break up in the second half was one of beauty. 8
11 Lance Kendricks, TE Kendricks displayed incredible focus and poise when he was able to sneak his foot inside the back of the end zone for a clutch touchdown in the fourth quarter. 9

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