September 6, 2011

Hot 11: UNLV

MADISON - Though Wisconsin's impressive win over UNLV happened nearly a week ago, just didn't think it was right to unveil our popular weekly feature any other day besides Tuesday. Without any further ado: The Hot 11.

The first installment of the 2011 regular season is based on momentum and individual play this season. One bad game in the future 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 Russell Wilson, QB Against Iowa, Ball jumped into game action following the unfortunate injury to James White and helped the Badgers to victory. Following John Clay's injury early in the Purdue game, Ball reeled off a career high 127 yards and scored two touchdowns for a Badger team that went on to win 34-13. N/A
Montee Ball, RB The Badgers recorded four turnovers against the Boilermakers. Fenelus, who also logged a career-high 10 tackles, was responsible for two of them. His 'pick six' sealed the deal for UW. N/A
3 James White, RB Taylor was not only all over the field making tackles, he also recorded his first interception of the season. That play swung momentum and really helped UW pull away from the Boilermakers. N/A
T4 Bradie Ewing, DE Watt consistently sees double teams from opposing offensive lines, but he consistently seems to shrug them off. Even though he tweaked his shoulder, Watt still played an instrumental role in UW's pass rush. N/A
T4 Nick Toon, WR The last time Toon returned from injury he didn't play well and the Badgers lost. This time around, the junior wide receiver caught five balls and his team claimed victory on the road. N/A
6 Louis Nzegwu, DE St. Jean's third down interception during Purdue's second half opening drive swung the momentum in UW's favor. The Badgers never looked back. N/A
7 Ethan Hemer, DT It might not have been the UW offensive line's best performance of the year, but it still paved the way for a 100-yard rusher. N/A
8 Devin Smith, DB Butrym probably played the best game of his career as a Badger during Saturday's win at Purdue. His performance didn't go unnoticed as he was named team co-defensive player of the week N/A
9 Josh Oglesby, RT
Matching up with Ryan Kerrigan for the majority of the game, Carimi faired pretty well for the third straight week against top-notch defensive end opponents.
10 Peter Konz, C Tolzien bounced back from an early interception to guide his team to victory. As the season winds down, Tolzien's play will determine whether UW will remain a threat for a BCS bowl bid. N/A
11 Ryan Groy, OL Sorensen had a somehwat quiet game at Purdue, but that hasn't thwarted his consistent performances throughout his senior season. 6

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