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Wisconsin Badgers football
University of Wisconsin Waving W.svg
First season 1889
Athletic director Barry Alvarez
Head coach Bret Bielema
4th year, 38–14  (.731)
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Stadium capacity 80,321
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Madison Wisconsin
Conference Big Ten
All-time record 614–465–53 (.566)
Postseason bowl record 11–10
Conference titles 11
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 21
Current uniform
Big10-Uniform-WU.PNG
Colors Cardinal and White            
Fight song On, Wisconsin!
Mascot Bucky Badger
Marching band University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Website UWBadgers.com

The Wisconsin Badgers are a college football program that represents the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the Big Ten Conference. They play their home games at Camp Randall Stadium, the fourth-oldest stadium in college football. At the end of the 2009 season, they had an all-time record of 614-465-53.[1]

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Team name origin

The team's nickname originates in the early history of Wisconsin. In the 1820s and 1830s, prospectors came to the state looking for minerals, primarily lead. Without shelter in the winter, the miners had to "live like badgers" in tunnels burrowed into hillsides.[2] As a result, the territory was dubbed the "Badger State," and the team took its name from that.

Team history

Pat "Kangaroo Kicker" O'Dea
The 1903 team

The history of Wisconsin football is one of highs and lows.

The first Badger football team took the field in 1889, losing the only two games it played that season. In 1890, Wisconsin earned its first victory with a 106-0 drubbing of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, still the most lopsided win in school history. Ironically however, the very next week the Badgers suffered what remains their most lopsided defeat, a humiliating 63-0 loss at the hands of the University of Minnesota. Since then, the Badgers and Gophers have met 118 times, making Wisconsin vs Minnesota the most-played rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[3]

Over the course of the 1890s, the Badgers dramatically improved. Upon the formation of the Big Ten conference in 1896, Wisconsin became the first-ever conference champion with a 7-1-1 record. Over the next ten years, the Badgers won or shared the conference title three more times (1897, 1901, and 1906), and recorded their first undefeated season, going 9-0-0 (1901). With the exception of their second undefeated season in 1912, in which they won their fifth Big Ten title, the next 35 years were a period of general mediocrity for the Badgers.

1942 was an important year for Wisconsin football. On October 24, the 6th ranked Badgers defeated the Number 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall, catapulting Wisconsin to the Number 2 spot in the AP poll. Unfortunately for the Badgers, their national championship hopes were dashed by a 6-0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes the following week. Nevertheless, Wisconsin won the remainder of its games, finishing the season 8-1-1, and Number 3 in the Associated Press poll, while garnering the Helms Athletic Foundation vote for National Champion.

In 1952, Wisconsin received its first Number 1 ranking by the Associated Press. That season, the Badgers again claimed the Big Ten title and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl, where they were defeated 7-0 by the University of Southern California. Wisconsin returned to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champs again in 1959 and 1962, with both games resulting in defeat.

Over the next thirty years, the Wisconsin football program descended to gloomy depths. The nadir occurred in the back-to-back winless seasons of 1967 and 1968. After languishing through the 1970s, a string of seven-win seasons from 1981-84 placed the Badgers in the Garden State (1981), Independence (1982), and Hall of Fame Bowls (1984).

In 1990, Barry Alvarez became the head coach of the Badgers and, following three losing seasons (including a 1-10 campaign in his first year), Alvarez led the Badgers to their first Big Ten championship and first Rose Bowl appearance in over 30 years. On January 1, 1994 Wisconsin defeated UCLA 21-16 to claim its first Rose Bowl victory. Over his 16-year tenure as head coach, Alvarez led the Badgers to two more conference championships, 11 bowl games (going 8-3), and two more Rose Bowl victories.

Following the 2005 season, Alvarez stepped down as head coach of the Wisconsin football team and assumed the duties of athletic director. Former defensive coordinator, Bret Bielema, took over as head coach, and has since led the Badgers to a 38-14 record, with four consecutive bowl appearances (going 2-2).

At the end of the 2009 season, the Wisconsin Badgers had an all-time record of 614-465-53.

Current coaching staff

Coach Position
Bret Bielema Head Coach
Paul Chryst Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Dave Doeren Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
DelVaughn Alexander Wide Receivers
Bob Bostad Offensive Line
[Vacant] Defensive Backs
Randall McCray Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers
Charles Partridge Defensive Line/Specialists
Joe Rudolph Tight Ends
John Settle Running Backs
Andy Richman Quality Control
Ben Strickland Quality Control

Bowl history

Season Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
1952 Rose Bowl L Southern California 0 7
1959 Rose Bowl L Washington 8 44
1963 Rose Bowl L Southern California 37 42
1981 Garden State Bowl L Tennessee 21 28
1982 Independence Bowl W Kansas State 14 3
1984 Hall of Fame Classic L Kentucky 19 20
1993 Rose Bowl W UCLA 21 16
1994 Hall of Fame Bowl W Duke 34 20
1996 Copper Bowl W Utah 38 10
1997 Outback Bowl L Georgia 6 33
1998 Rose Bowl W UCLA 38 31
1999 Rose Bowl W Stanford 17 9
2000 Sun Bowl W UCLA 21 20
2002 Alamo Bowl W Colorado 31 28
2003 Music City Bowl L Auburn 14 28
2004 Outback Bowl L Georgia 21 24
2005 Capital One Bowl W Auburn 24 10
2006 Capital One Bowl W Arkansas 17 14
2007 Outback Bowl L Tennessee 17 21
2008 Champs Sports Bowl L Florida State 13 42
2009 Champs Sports Bowl W Miami 20 14
Total 21 Bowl Games 11-10 431 464

Trophy games

Individual award winners and finalists

The following players have been nominated for national awards. Players highlighted in yellow indicate winners:

Year Athlete Place
1938 Howard Weiss 6th
1942 Dave Schreiner 10th
1953 Alan Ameche 6th
1954 Alan Ameche Winner
1959 Dale Hackbart 7th
1962 Pat Richter 6th
1962 Ron Vander Kelen 9th
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
Year Athlete Place
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
Year Athlete Place
1953 Alan Ameche Winner
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
Year Athlete Place
1998 Ron Dayne Finalist
1999 Ron Dayne Winner
2001 Anthony Davis Semi-finalist
2005 Brian Calhoun Semi-finalist
2006 P. J. Hill, Jr. Semi-finalist
Year Athlete Place
2002 Al Johnson Finalist
Year Athlete Place
1998 Aaron Gibson Finalist
1999 Chris McIntosh Finalist
2006 Joe Thomas Winner
Year Athlete Place
1998 Aaron Gibson Finalist
2000 Wendell Bryant Semi-finalist
2001 Wendell Bryant Semi-finalist
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
2005 Joe Thomas Semi-finalist
2006 Joe Thomas Semi-finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Erasmus James Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2001 Lee Evans Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2000 Kevin Stemke Winner
Year Athlete Place
1998 Matt Davenport Semi-finalist
1999 Vitaly Pisetsky Finalist
2006 Taylor Mehlhaff Semi-Finalist
2007 Taylor Mehlhaff Semi-Finalist
Year Athlete Place
1991 Troy Vincent Semi-finalist
2000 Jamar Fletcher Winner
2004 Jim Leonhard Semi-finalist
Year Athlete Place
1999 Nick Davis Semi-finalist
1999 Vitaly Pisetsky Finalist
2001 Nick Davis Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2004 Jim Leonhard Finalist
Year Athlete Place
2007 Travis Beckum Finalist

Players

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College Football Hall of Famers

Pro Football Hall of Famers

National Jewish Sports Hall of Famers

Roster

(as of 8/07/2009)
Quarterbacks
  • Jon Budmayr - Freshman
  • Curt Phillips - Redshirt Freshman
  • Dustin Sherer - Redshirt Senior
  • Nate Tice - Redshirt Freshman
  • Scott Tolzien - Redshirt Junior
Wide receivers
  • Jared Abbrederis - Freshman
  • Isaac Anderson - Redshirt Junior
  • Kraig Appleton - Freshman
  • Jeff Duckworth - Freshman
  • Nate Emanuel - Redshirt Junior
  • David Gilreath - Junior
  • Kyle Jefferson - Junior
  • Richard Kirtley - Redshirt Senior
  • Eric Kossoris - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Maurice Moore - Redshirt Junior
  • Elijah Theus - Redshirt Senior
  • Nick Toon - Redshirt Sophomore
  • T.J. Williams - Redshirt Freshman
Offensive line
  • Jordan Bergmann - Redshirt Freshman
  • Jake Bscherer - Redshirt Junior
  • Robert Burge - Redshirt Freshman
  • Gabe Carimi - Redshirt Junior
  • Jake Current - Sophomore
  • Casey Dehn - Freshman
  • Alex Dietzen - Freshman
  • Sam Edmiston - Freshman
  • Travis Frederick - Freshman
  • Ryan Groy - Freshman
  • Clinton Heckner - Freshman
  • Peter Konz - Redshirt Freshman
  • Zach Matthias - Freshman
  • John Moffitt - Redshirt Junior
  • Bill Nagy - Redshirt Junior
  • Josh Oglesby - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Joe Schafer - Redshirt Freshman
  • Ricky Wagner - Redshirt Freshman
  • Kyle Wojta - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Drew Woodward - Redshirt Senior
  • Kevin Zeitler - Redshirt Freshman
 
Running backs
  • Montee Ball - Freshman
  • Zach Brown - Junior
  • John Clay - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Bradie Ewing - Sophomore
  • Dex Jones - Redshirt Freshman
  • Tyler O'Kane - Freshman
  • Mike Preisler - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Erik Smith - Redshirt Freshman
  • Sam Spitz - Redshirt Freshman
Tight ends
  • Michael Brunner - Freshman
  • Jake Byrne - Sophomore
  • Zach Davison - Redshirt Freshman
  • Garrett Graham - Redshirt Senior
  • Lance Kendricks - Redshirt Junior
  • Rob Korslin - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Jacob Pederson - Freshman
  • Jeremy Reierson - Redshirt Freshman
  • Mickey Turner - Senior
  • Brian Wozniak - Freshman
 
Defensive line
  • Eriks Briedis - Redshirt Freshman
  • Patrick Butrym - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Dan Cascone - Redshirt Senior
  • Tyler Dippel - Freshman
  • David Gilbert - Freshman
  • Shelby Harris - Freshman
  • Jordan Hein - Redshirt Senior
  • Ethan Hemer - Freshman
  • Brendan Kelly - Redshirt Freshman
  • Jordan Kohout - Freshman
  • Anthony Mains - Redshirt Freshman
  • Dan Moore - Senior
  • Pat Muldoon - Freshman
  • Louis Nzegwu - Redshirt Sophomore
  • O'Brien Schofield - Redshirt Senior
  • Jeff Stehle - Redshirt Senior
  • J.J. Watt - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Tyler Westphal - Redshirt Freshman
Linebackers
  • Ethan Armstrong - Freshman
  • Chris Borland - Freshman
  • A.J. Fenton - Freshman
  • Matthew Groff - Redshirt Freshman
  • Nick Hill - Freshman
  • Leonhard Hubbard - Redshirt Freshman
  • Jaevery McFadden - Redshirt Senior
  • Tony Megna - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Conor O'Neill - Freshman
  • Erik Prather - Redshirt Senior
  • Kevin Rouse - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Blake Sorensen - Junior
  • Culmer St. Jean - Redshirt Junior
  • Mike Taylor - Redshirt Freshman
 
Defensive backs
  • Niles Brinkley - Redshirt Junior
  • Shane Carter - Redshirt Senior
  • Kevin Claxton - Sophomore
  • Marcus Cromartie - Redshirt Freshman
  • Antonio Fenelus - Sophomore
  • Adam Hampton - Redshirt Sophomore
  • William Hartmann - Redshirt Senior
  • Aaron Henry - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Tyler Holland - Senior
  • Shelton Johnson - Redshirt Freshman
  • Andrew Lukasko - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Chris Maragos - Redshirt Senior
  • Prince Moody - Redshirt Senior
  • Chukwuma Offor - Redshirt Sophomore
  • Josh Peprah - Freshman
  • Aubrey Pleasant - Redshirt Senior
  • Jerry Ponio - Freshman
  • Coddye Ring-Noonan - Redshirt Freshman
  • Devin Smith - Sophomore
  • Dezmen Southward - Freshman
  • Darious Thomas - Freshman
  • Jay Valai - Redshirt Junior
  • Kyle Zuleger - Freshman
Punters
  • Brad Nortman - Sophomore
  • Ryan Wickesberg - Redshirt Freshman
Place kickers
  • Alec Lerner - Freshman
  • Philip Welch - Redshirt Sophomore

Current NFL players

Other notable players

Honored numbers

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