Football: How 2020 Badgers need to build off 2019 success

first_imgThe 2019 University of Wisconsin football team finished their year off with a bad taste in their mouth after losing to the No. 8 Oregon Ducks 28–27 in the Rose Bowl.After losing a close battle, key offensive weapons running back Jonathan Taylor and wide receiver Quintez Cephus both announced their declaration for the NFL Draft this April. Losing both of these players creates big shoes to fill for their teammates in the upcoming season as the Badgers try to make a leap into the College Football Playoff.Knowing Wisconsin’s traditional ground-and-pound style of play, who will need to step up next year? How will the offense adjust to losing their premier back of the last three seasons? In what looks to be a fairly favorable schedule for the Badgers, a playoff run is more likely than ever, as long as the defense remains stout and the offense is able to continue its momentum.Football: Badgers fall to Oregon in disappointing Rose Bowl lossAfter a convincing opening drive from the Oregon Ducks in which they drove 75 yards down the field for a Read…After finishing the season 10-4 with significant wins over ranked Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota teams, the Badgers finished at the top of the Big Ten West and earned a ticket to the Rose Bowl. Surprising many college football experts, the Badgers finished the 2019 campaign ranked No. 8 and will surely start the 2020 season ranked very highly. But there are still player competitions in virtually every offensive position.Let’s take a look at a few of those, starting with quarterback.Quarterback:After Alex Hornibrook transferred to Florida State University following last season, former backup Jack Coan was poised to start and prove all of his doubters wrong. Many thought Wisconsin was incapable of recruiting quarterbacks who can truly make a difference in the passing game, knowing the ball was primarily going to the offense’s workhorse, Jonathan Taylor.Coan was able to finish his season passing for 2,727 yards, 15 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. Though not flashy, this play at quarterback was a massive upgrade from years prior with about 1,200 more yards, two more touchdowns, and eight fewer interceptions compared to Hornibrook in 2018.The stats don’t lie — Coan had a terrific year leading the offense behind Taylor’s monster rushing season. That being said, questions still arise as to how Wisconsin can prove to be less reliant on the run and provide a better air attack down the field to ease the pressure off the run.I believe Coan will remain the starter next season — but not without his backup, four-star recruit Graham Mertz, giving Coan a decent fight for the job. Mertz, the highly touted “future” of Wisconsin football, was a proven pocket passer in high school, going on to winning the MVP at the 2019 All-American Bowl, passing for 5 touchdowns and putting the world on notice.After receiving offers from 15 schools including powerhouses like Alabama, LSU, The Ohio State University and Michigan, Mertz signed with the Badgers with the hopes of leading the team to a playoff. With all this being said, it is likely Coan will continue to start, but don’t be shocked if a few bad games leads to a switch at the quarterback position.The battle to come: Coan or Mertz?A new year and a renewed football season mark a great influx of talent to the Badger Football team. From Read…Running Back:Replacing an All-American, multiple Doak Walker award-winning running back on top of over 2,000 rushing yards per year is nearly an impossible task.With Nakia Watson returning along with Garrett Groshek and highly-touted recruits in Julius Davis and Jalen Berger, the running back position is likely going to be a shared position.It will be a huge spring season for this running core as the incoming freshman have a real chance at getting first-team reps and touches. It is unclear as to whether or not one back will emerge and take a leading role in touches, but as the offseason progresses, it is certain we will see a different backfield to start the 2020 season. Football: Jonathan Taylor declares for 2020 NFL Draft following dominant career at WisconsinTwo-time All-American beloved Wisconsin Badger running back Jonathan Taylor announced via Instagram and Twitter he is forgoing his senior season Read…Wide Receiver:Following the departure of Quintez Cephus, the Badgers receiving core is still very strong. Though they lost their No. 1 target to the NFL Draft, Danny Davis is looking at a potential breakout season as the emerging new No. 1 on the depth chart. After posting over 500 combined receiving yards, seniors Davis and Kendric Pryor are looking to be a lethal 1-2 punch for the passing attack, along with tight end Jake Ferguson.Much like the running back core, this spring is very big for the wide receiver depth chart as there is no clear “guy.” But it can be anticipated that Davis emerges as the No. 1 target with Pryor getting many touches as well, not to mention Pryor’s versatility on offense as a rusher, providing just under 200 rushing yards via the jet sweep. Football: Jonathan Taylor, offensive line highlight Big Ten Award recipients from WisconsinDespite an underwhelming regular season overall for the University of Wisconsin football team, the Badger offense was well represented during Read…Offensive Line:Finishing the 2019 season as semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award given to the best college football offensive line, the offensive big men continued Wisconsin’s ground-and-pound culture.By wearing out the opposition, this unit led the way for Jonathan Taylor and are the main reason for the offense’s success.With the exception of Tyler Biadasz — who declared for the NFL Draft — the line next season will consist of mainly the same core. Each season, the front five is made up of players who can play anywhere on the line and that is likely to continue into next season with junior lineman Tyler Beach likely to join the remaining core.If the Badgers re-discover their identity before the 2020 season begins, Wisconsin has a real shot at a dominant season with crucial games against Michigan in the Big House, Notre Dame at Lambeau Field, a home date with Minnesota and a season-ending matchup on the road with Iowa.last_img read more


first_imgHOW DID HE ARRIVE AT THE NAME, HOW ABOUT ZERO:  “A friend of mine sent his kid over to me to work as an intern (in his financial business). When he asked me how much he was going to be making, I said ‘Ten dollars an hour.’ He said ‘How about 15?’  So I told him, ‘How about zero?’(Reddam also noted “the kid” was in fact hired at $10 per hour and that he “worked out fine.”) MARIO GUTIERREZ, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER:  The post position was good, everything was good. She settled nicely and we had a good pace, which we thought we would. She’s a really nice filly and she proved it today.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img DOUG O’NEILL, HOW ABOUT ZERO, WINNER: “Mario (Gutierrez) did a great job with this maiden. He took advantage of the 10 post and kept her in the clear. Mario thought after the last race that maybe a set of blinkers would do the trick. She came up empty the last time, but we had a lot of confidence in her.  She showed today coming down the lane that she is still a little green. I think the blinkers made her focus more. Those Square Eddie horses really run. That’s like in baseball having the Mickey Mantle bloodline. She is a big stout filly and really mentally and physically tough. I will talk to the Reddams. I think you might see this filly in open company the next time.”PAUL REDDAM, WINNING OWNER/BREEDER: “We were high on her last time, but she was very green and she wouldn’t change leads. I was absolutely shocked we were 10-1 today. I thought she’d be 4-1, even with me betting! This was a nice way to break your maiden.” NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.last_img read more

Report: Raiders sign DT Johnathan Hankins to 2-year deal

first_imgThe Raiders made their fourth transaction in three days Sunday afternoon, signing veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a two-year deal, according to ESPN.Hankins was set to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday when the new league year starts. The 26-year-old played the second-most defensive snaps among Raiders defensive linemen in 2018 after joining the team before its Week 2 game against the Broncos, and finished the year with two of the Raiders’ three fumble recoveries, four …last_img

Jetstar eyes China expansion

first_imgJetstar boss Jayne Hrdlicka has the low-cost carrier group’s sights set on a good share of more than 1.8 billion travellers expected to enter the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific travel market over the next 20 years.She wants to make Jetstar the region’s LCC of choice and sees China as a big opportunity.Jetstar moved quickly to establish links to Asia after it was founded 12 years ago and now has operations or partnerships in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Japan and Singapore. It faces aggressive competition from the likes of AirAsia and Singapore Airlines offshoots Scoot and Tiger Air.Hrdlicka told attendees at the CAPA Australia-Pacific Aviation Forum in Brisbane  that the Jetstar Group now had a fleet of 127 aircraft flying to 80 destinations and revenue of more than $4.5 billion, ranking it as one of the top five low-cost carriers around the world.“So we are doing well, but we are not satisfied with where we stand,’’ she said. “We are competing in the most dynamic aviation markets in the world, so that we know that standing still effectively means falling behind.’’In addition to its big presence in Australia and New Zealand, Hrdlicka said it had a strong and growing position in Japan and had just finished one of its best years yet in Singapore, where connections with 26 partners was seeing the brand go from “strength to strength”.“And there is Vietnam — the fastest growing economy and aviation market in the region,’’ she said. “Our dual brand relationship with Vietnam Airlines puts us in a  unique position, which we are very happy about.’’The group’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s completed the network by connecting Australia to South-East Asia and North Asia, Hrdlicka said.She acknowledged that smaller LCCs were forming new alliances in to replicate the scale and marketing clout of the bigger players but noted Jetstar had a 12-yrear head start when it came to forming partnerships and it was something it was good at doing.“We believe the future of the Asian LCC market is going to be owned by brands that people know and trust,’’ she said. “Brands that offer a seamless booking experience, a broad network and an to tailor what you get on board.“In other words, brands that provide the next generation of Asian travellers with the ability to realise their travel aspirations in the way that works best for them.’’Vowing to stay true to Jetstar’s low-cost fundamentals, Hrdlicka said the airline would also continue to think disruptively to  challenge aviation and low-cost carrier fundamentals.She said disruption was at the heart of the group’s culture and this had been demonstrated with strategies such as the decisions to expand the brand into Asia, the decision to take it long-haul and then to codeshare with full service carriers.It would also be guided by three core principles of focusing on customers, harnessing new technologies and leading with new business models. She rejected the idea that low fares meant shabby service and said a revamped approach to training would see 3500 staff go through a new course by the end of this financial year.New technology required capital expenditure but lowered costs in the long run and resulted in a better travel experience.Jetstar was the first LCC to introduce online chat services, was pioneering straight- to- gate check-in at Singapore’s Changi Airport and was fully automating its airports like it had with Terminal 4 in Melbourne.It had also overhauled its websites to make them cleaner, more responsive and enjoyable as part of an initiative called Smart Retailing.last_img read more

Holden Home Ground Advantage

first_imgCould your club do with a financial boost?There’s only one month to go until the summer round of Holden’s Home Ground Advantage program closes!In 2014 Holden announced a $5 million commitment to support local sporting clubs across Australia over the next 10 years. Each year, a summer and winter round will award $250,000 worth of grants.The program is open to all community sporting clubs including, of course, Touch Football! Projects can be small or big, with one club being awarded $100,000 and additional funds provided for smaller worthy projects each round.So what could your club do with? Grants are awarded for uniforms, equipment and ground and facility upgrades.Applications for the current summer round close Monday, 29 February 2016 so jump online to to apply.Related LinksHolden Home Groundlast_img read more

Jessie J Shaves Her Head For Charity

first_imgPopstar Jessie J said goodbye to her luscious locks and shaved off all her hair as she completed her Dare for Red Nose Day live on TV on Friday.Jessie J Shaves Her Hair For CharityCredit/Copyright:
In front of a studio audience and millions of TV viewers, Jessie bravely faced what would be the most important haircut of her life and had her trademark bob shaved to just 0.5mm in length.Lenny Henry was on hand to help ‘cut-off’ proceedings, before Jessie’s hair stylist took control of the clippers to leave Jessie without a single lock of hair.Speaking afterwards, a relieved Jessie said: “”I feel exhilarated to be able to have the opportunity to raise money for people that aren’t fortunate enough to say something and be heard. Having visited some Comic Relief projects I can’t even begin to explain all the things I’ve seen, to make people understand how important it is to raise money.”“I know Red Nose Day is one night but this is every day, every week, every month, every year these people are going through really tough times and they need us to never stop helping. So i wanted to do something that wasn’t just for today and wasn’t just for five minutes, it’s going to last a few months. It will remind me and hopefully others that everyday you should do something good if you can.”In the build up to her Dare, Jessie visited the Comic Relief funded project, Body and Soul, which uses money raised through Red Nose Day to help young people living with HIV. Learning how the project supports vulnerable young people and their families, and tackles the stigma around the issue of HIV, Jessie was more determined than ever to raise as much money as possible for Red Nose Day.Having announced she was going to shave her head months ago, Jessie has gone on to Dare a whole host of her celebrity friends as well as the public who have joined her in doing their own Dares for Red Nose Day.To sponsor Jessie go to read more

A railing detail on the second floor of Unit 10

first_imgA railing detail on the second floor of Unit 10. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] Volunteer Erin Jeffries applies rust protective primer. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] March 28, 2003METALSHOP: Welding manager Ron Chandler prepares posts for the installation of a railing on the third floor of Unit 9 and Unit 10 in the East Crescent complex. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] Ron instructs welding student Leopoldo Angioli. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] Leopoldi Angioli. [Photo: Ania Gorka & Text: sa] last_img

Rep Leutheuser takes oath to represent 58th District

first_img Categories: Leutheuser News,News 11Jan Rep. Leutheuser takes oath to represent 58th District State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale, took his oath of office today during a ceremony on the floor of the House of Representatives with his wife Laura and nephew Rob by his side.Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman administered the swearing-in of Leutheuser for his second term.“The residents of Hillsdale and Branch counties have placed their trust in me and I am humbled by the opportunity to represent them in Lansing,” said Leutheuser. “I encourage everyone with a concern or an interest in our state government to contact my Lansing office and we’ll be happy to help to the best of our ability. My legislative assistants, Scott and Maria stand ready to assist you.”People can contact Rep. Leutheuser by telephone at 517-373-1794, via email at [email protected] or mail at N-992 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.“There is a lot of work to be done at the Capitol,” Rep. Leutheuser said. “As we begin the new session, my primary emphasis is representing the 58th District and building for our future.”last_img read more