2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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2014 Wisconsin Badgers football
University of Wisconsin Waving W.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
West Division
Ranking
Coaches #17
AP #19
2014 record 2–1 (0–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Gary Andersen (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro-Style
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda (2nd year)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Penn State   1 0         4 0  
Maryland   0 0         3 1  
Indiana   0 0         2 1  
#9 Michigan State   0 0         2 1  
#22 Ohio State   0 0         2 1  
Michigan   0 0         2 2  
Rutgers   0 1         3 1  
West
#21 Nebraska   0 0         4 0  
Illinois   0 0         3 1  
Iowa   0 0         3 1  
Minnesota   0 0         3 1  
#19 Wisconsin   0 0         2 1  
Purdue   0 0         2 2  
Northwestern   0 0         1 2  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 13:58, 21 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team represent the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers are led by second year head coach Gary Andersen, are members of the new West Division of the Big Ten Conference and play their home games at Camp Randall Stadium.

Recruiting[edit]

Watchlists and preseason awards[edit]

Heisman Trophy[1]
Maxwell Award[2]
Doak Walker Award[3]
Walter Camp Award[3]
  • Dan Voltz
Rimington Trophy[4]
  • Rob Havenstein
Outland Trophy[5]
Lombardi Award[5]
  • Derek Watt
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 8:00 PM vs. #13 LSU* #14 NRG StadiumHouston, TX (AdvoCare Texas Kickoff) ESPN L 24–28   71,599
September 6 11:00 AM Western Illinois* #18 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN W 37–3   77,125
September 20 11:00 AM Bowling Green* #19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN2 W 68-17   79,849
September 27 11:00 AM South Florida* #19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPNU      
October 4 2:30 PM at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN2      
October 11 Illinois Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI      
October 25 11:00 AM Marylanddagger Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI      
November 1 11:00 AM at Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ      
November 8 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN      
November 15 Nebraska Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI      
November 22 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Heartland Trophy)      
November 29 Minnesota Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe)      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source: [7]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 14 18 18 19 19  
Coaches' 14 19 17 17 17  
CFP Not released Not released


Regular season games[edit]

#13 LSU[edit]

#13 LSU at #14 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Tigers 7 0 6 15 28
#14 Badgers 10 7 7 0 24
  • Date: August 30
  • Location: NRG Stadium
    Houston, TX
  • Game start: 8:00PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 71,599
  • Game weather: Closed Roof, 72 F, Wind: Calm
  • Referee: Mike Defee
  • Television network: ESPN


The Badgers started off the regular season with a neutral site game against the LSU Tigers in Houston, Texas.

The game was McEvoy's debut as a Wisconsin quarterback. His 34.16 passer rating was the worst for a Wisconsin quarterback since 1977 when Mike Kalasmicki's debut passer rating was 5.20.[8] After the game McEvoy stated that he was "disgusted" with his performance and that he "obviously had a bad game".[8] Wisconsin's new starting kicker, freshman Rafael Gaglianone, made his first career field goal with a 51-yarder in the first quarter; his celebratory dance after making the kick was covered by some sporting news sites such as Bleacher Report.[9]

During the game Wisconsin's defensive tackle Konrad Zagzebski and defensive end Warren Herring sustained injuries. Zagzebski was taken off the field in the 1st quarter in a stretcher and taken to memorial hospital. Herring injured his knee in the 3rd quarter.[10]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 16 Carries, 147 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 8 Completions/24 Attempts for 50 Yards, 0 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 3 Receptions, 33 Yards
  • Defense: Michael Caputo – 10 Solo & 10 Assist Tackles, 0 TFL 0 Sacks


Postgame injuries and miscommunications[edit]

After the game it was announced that three players would be out for weeks due to injuries. Defensive end Warren Herring had surgery on his right knee and is projected to be out for up to six weeks. Fullback Derek Watt had surgery on his right foot and is project to be out for eight weeks.[11]

Joel Stave

After the LSU game a press release by Wisconsin's head coach, Gary Andersen announced that Joel Stave didn't play due to what was initially called a shoulder injury and that Stave was out indefinitely.[12] Stave's shoulder injury stems from the 2014 Capital One Bowl where Stave sustained an AC-joint injury.[13] After Stave claimed he wasn't injured but was dealing with "yips" as he called them[14] Andersen retracted his statement that Stave was injured but still said Stave was "out indefinitely".[14] Stave summed up the situation with "Right now, my arm is just not working the way I'd like it to, I don't know what it is. ... I've thrown how many thousands of balls in my life. I know when it hurts and when it doesn't. It just isn't right."[15] With Stave out sophomore Bart Houston moved up to the #2 quarterback position with true freshman DJ Gillins the #3 quarterback.[8]

Melvin Gordon

Andersen was criticized for Gordon only having three carries in the second half; when asked why he didn't play Gordon more in the second half Andersen stated that he "didn't know why Gordon had limited carries".[16] Gordon stated to the media after the game that he wasn't injured.[17] However, two days later Andersen stated that Gordon strained his hip-flexor on the last play in the 2nd quarter of the game against LSU and "we were trying to be smart with him as the rest of the game went on".[16] He cited the hip-flexor injury as the reason why Gordon "pulled up" on his 63-yard run early in the 3rd quarter. Gordon stated that it was a "miscommunication" with the coaching staff and that "maybe I should have really let them know, let coach A know and stepped up and told them, 'Look, I need to be in there.' I kind of just sat back, and I put that on myself. I wasn't really forceful with it. I really wasn't demanding with it, and I probably should have been."[18]

After the game it was announced that fullback Derek Watt, defensive end Warren Herring would be out for weeks after.

Western Illinois[edit]

Western Illinois at #18 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Leathernecks 0 3 0 0 3
#18 Badgers 2 7 14 14 37
  • Date: September 6
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:00AM
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 77,125
  • Game weather: Sunny, Wind 6mph NNW, 65 Degrees F
  • Referee: M. Kluczynski
  • Television network: BTN

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Tanner McEvoy – 9 Carries, 55 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 23 Completions/28 Attempts for 283 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 1 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Alex Erickson – 10 Receptions, 122 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Defense: Marcus Trotter - 6 Solo Tackles


Bowling Green[edit]

Bowling Green at #19 Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 0 0 7 17
#19 Badgers 14 27 21 6 68
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
    Madison, WI
  • Game start: 11:00AM
  • Game weather: 69 degrees, Wind: 8 SSW, Mostly Cloudy
  • Referee: Michael Cannon
  • Television network: ESPN2

Melvin Gordon set a personal best against Bowling Green, rushing 253 yards on 13 carries for five touchdowns. Gordon also recorded his first career fumble as the ball was stripped by a Bowling Green defender after 322 career carries. Gordon was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance against Bowling Green; he shared the honor with Nebraska Halfback Ameer Abdullah.[19]

Statistical Leaders

  • Rushing: Melvin Gordon – 13 Carries, 253 Yards (19.5 avg, 69 long), 5 Touchdowns
  • Passing: Tanner McEvoy – 9 Completions/16 Attempts for 112 Yards, 1 Touchdowns, 1 Interceptions
  • Receiving: Sam Arneson – 3 Receptions, 63 Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Defense: Derek Landisch – 6 Total Tackles (3 Solo, 3 Assist), 3.5 Tackles for Loss (20 yds), 1 Pass breakup, 2 Sacks (18 yds)


2014 Roster[edit]

2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Stave, JoelJoel Stave Injured Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 3 Doe, KenzelKenzel Doe Sr
QB 5 McEvoy, TannerTanner McEvoy Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 6 Clement, CoreyCorey Clement So
QB 7 Gillins, D.J.D.J. Gillins Fr
WR 9 Fredrick, JordanJordan Fredrick Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 10 Sanders, KrenwickKrenwick Sanders Fr
WR 11 Peavy, JazzJazz Peavy Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 12 Armstrong, ThadThad Armstrong Redshirt.svg So
WR 12 Jamerson, NatrellNatrell Jamerson Fr
QB 13 Houston, BartBart Houston Redshirt.svg So
QB 14 Senger, ConnorConnor Senger Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 15 Wheelwright, RobertRobert Wheelwright So
WR 16 Love, ReggieReggie Love Redshirt.svg So
WR 17 Rushing, GeorgeGeorge Rushing Fr
WR 18 Baretz, LanceLance Baretz Sr
RB 20 Ramesh, AustinAustin Ramesh Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 22 Kinlaw, CalebCaleb Kinlaw Fr
RB 25 Gordon, MelvinMelvin Gordon Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 26 Straus, DerekDerek Straus Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 28 Deal, TaiwanTaiwan Deal Fr
WR 31 Cummins, ConnorConnor Cummins Redshirt.svg Sr
FB 34 Watt, DerekDerek Watt Injured Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 36 Spurling, D.J.D.J. Spurling Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 42 Watt, T.J.T.J. Watt Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 44 Steffes, EricEric Steffes Redshirt.svg So
TE 46 Traylor, AustinAustin Traylor Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 48 Fumagalli, TroyTroy Fumagalli Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 49 Arneson, SamSam Arneson Sr
OL 52 Maxwell, JacobJacob Maxwell Fr
OL 54 Costigan, KyleKyle Costigan Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 55 Denlinger, TrentTrent Denlinger Redshirt.svg So
OL 58 Panos, GeorgeGeorge Panos Fr
OL 61 Marz, TylerTyler Marz Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 62 Williams, WalkerWalker Williams Redshirt.svg So
OL 63 Deiter, MichaelMichael Deiter Fr
OL 64 Connors, BrettBrett Connors Fr
OL 66 Benzschawel, BeauBeau Benzschawel Fr
OL 68 Gault, JadenJaden Gault Fr
OL 69 McNamara, AidanAidan McNamara Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Voltz, DanDan Voltz Redshirt.svg So
OL 71 Ball, RayRay Ball Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 72 Hemer, BenBen Hemer Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 Lewallen, DallasDallas Lewallen Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 74 Biegel, HaydenHayden Biegel Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 75 Kapoi, MicahMicah Kapoi Fr
OL 76 Schmidt, LoganLogan Schmidt Redshirt.svg So
OL 78 Havenstein, RobRob Havenstein Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 82 Stengel, JakeJake Stengel Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 84 Maly, AustinAustin Maly Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 86 Erikson, AlexAlex Erikson Redshirt.svg So
TE 89 Eckert, SamSam Eckert Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Jordan, A.J.A.J. Jordan Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 4 Gaulden, DevinDevin Gaulden Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 5 Hillary, DariusDarius Hillary Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 6 James, AlecAlec James Redshirt.svg Fr
S 7 Caputo, MichaelMichael Caputo Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 8 Shelton, SojournSojourn Shelton So
CB 11 Reynard, T.J.T.J. Reynard Jr
S 13 Bondoc, EvanEvan Bondoc Fr
ILB 16 Dixon, D'CotaD'Cota Dixon Fr
OLB 17 Cadogan, SherardSherard Cadogan Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 18 Ogunbowale, DareDare Ogunbowale Redshirt.svg So
OLB 19 Connelly, RyanRyan Connelly Fr
S 19 Musso, LeoLeo Musso Redshirt.svg So
CB 21 Jean, PenielPeniel Jean Redshirt.svg Sr
ILB 22 Andersen, ChasenChasen Andersen Fr
S 23 Hudson, AustinAustin Hudson Fr
S 24 Brookins, KeelonKeelon Brookins Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 25 Tindal, DerrickDerrick Tindal Fr
S 27 Jackson, VonteVonte Jackson Redshirt.svg So
CB 29 Floyd, TerranceTerrance Floyd Redshirt.svg Jr
ILB 30 Landisch, DerekDerek Landisch Sr
S 31 Figaro, LubernLubern Figaro Fr
OLB 32 Jacobs, LeonLeon Jacobs So
DE 34 Obasih, ChikweChikwe Obasih Redshirt.svg Fr
S 36 Ferguson, JoeJoe Ferguson Redshirt.svg Fr
OLB 38 Neuville, ZanderZander Neuville Fr
OLB 41 Hayes, JesseJesse Hayes Redshirt.svg Jr
ILB 43 Trotter, MichaelMichael Trotter Redshirt.svg Sr
NG 45 Herring, WarrenWarren Herring Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
ILB 46 Austin, MattMatt Austin Fr
OLB 47 Biegel, VinceVince Biegel Redshirt.svg So
ILB 48 Cichy, JackJack Cichy So
OLB 49 Schweitzer, JustinJustin Schweitzer Fr
OLB 50 Harrison, JoshJosh Harrison Redshirt.svg Sr
OLB 53 Edwards, T.J.T.J. Edwards Fr
DE 55 Dooley, GarretGarret Dooley Redshirt.svg Fr
ILB 56 Fischer, BenBen Fischer Fr
ILB 57 Ruechel, BenBen Ruechel Redshirt.svg Sr
ILB 58 Schobert, JoeJoe Schobert Jr
ILB 59 Trotter, MarcusMarcus Trotter Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 91 Zagzebski, KonradKonrad Zagzebski Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
NG 92 Patterson, JeremyJeremy Patterson Fr
DE 93 Keefer, JakeJake Keefer Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 94 Sheehy, ConorConor Sheehy Fr
NG 95 Goldberg, ArthurArthur Goldberg Redshirt.svg So
DE 96 Hirschfeld, BillyBilly Hirschfeld Fr
DE 99 Adeyanju, JamesJames Adeyanju Redshirt.svg Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Gaglianone, RafaelRafael Gaglianone Fr
K 37 Endicott, AndrewAndrew Endicott So
P 38 Rosowski, P.J.P.J. Rosowski Fr
LS 39 Kelliher, BradyBrady Kelliher Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 56 McGuire, JamesJames McGuire Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 60 Udelhoven, ConnorConnor Udelhoven Redshirt.svg So
P 90 Meyer, DrewDrew Meyer Redshirt.svg Jr
K 97 Russell, JackJack Russell Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dave Aranda (California Luthern)
    Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
  • Andy Ludwig (Portland State)
    Offensive Coordinator, Quarterback
  • Chris Beatty (East Tennessee State)
    Wide Receivers
  • Thomas Brown (Georgia)
    Running Backs
  • Bill Busch (Nebraska Wesleyan)
    Safties
  • Jeff Genyk (Bowling Green)
    Tight Ends, Special Team Coordinator
  • Chad Kauha'aha'a (Utah)
    Defensive Line
  • Ben Strickland (Wisconsin)
    Cornerbacks
  • T. J. Woods (Azusa Pacific)
    Offensive Line
  • Luke Swan (Wisconsin)
    Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Jason Thomas (Utah State)
    Director of Football Operations
  • Vince Guinta (Utah)
    On-Campus Player Development, Recruiting Coordinator
  • Evan Simon (Frostburg)
    Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 1, 2014

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Twenty Big Ten Standouts Named to Maxwell and Bednarik Award Watch Lists". Big Ten Conference. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Melvin Gordon". University of Wisconsin at Madison Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Temple, Jesse (May 19, 2014). "Badgers' Voltz Named to Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List". Fox Sports Wisconsin. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Rob Havenstein". University of Wisconsin at Madison Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Derek Watt". University of Wisconsin at Madison Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2014 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
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  9. ^ Silver, Jake (August 30, 2014). "Wisconsin Badgers Freshman Kicker Busts a Move After Hitting 51-Yard Field Goal". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ Zucker, Joseph (August 30, 2014). "Konrad Zagzebski Injury: Updates on Wisconsin DT's Status and Return". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Polzin, Jim (September 3, 2014). "Badgers Lose DE Herring and FB Watt to Injury". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (September 2, 2014). "Wisconsin's Joel Stave Not Hurt After All". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bennett, Brian (September 2, 2014). "Strange Times for Joel Stave, Badgers". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Smith, R. Cory (September 2, 2014). "Joel Stave Injury: Updates on Wisconsin QB's Shoulder and Return". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (September 3, 2014). "Joel Stave Shutdown Clarified". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Patterson, Chip (September 1, 2014). "Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon (Hip Flexor) is 'Healthy and Ready to Roll'". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bennett, Brian (September 1, 2014). "Melvin Gordon Had Hip Injury vs. LSU". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  18. ^ Temple, Jesse (September 3, 2014). "Jesse Temple's Sept. 3 Badgers Mailbag". Fox Sports Wisconsin. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.bigten.org/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092214aaa.html