April 21, 2008

Hot 11: Spring Camp

MADISON, Wis. - After a 21-17 loss to Tennessee Tuesday concluded the 2007 season, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11. The 14th and final installment of the season is based on momentum from previous weeks and individual play against the Volunteers. One bad game won't 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 DeAndre Levy, OLB With both Allen Langford and Aaron Henry out with ACL injuries, the junior stepped up at cornerback and allowed just two pass completions against Tennessee. Ikegwuonu will now have until Jan. 15 to decide if he will enter the NFL Draft or return for his final season at Wisconsin. N/A
2 Isaac Anderson, WR Shaughnessy was a main reason why the Tennessee offense mustered just 94 yards on the ground. The junior defensive end had four tackles in the Outback Bowl and finished in the two spot on the Hot 11 after a solid 2007 season. N/A
3 Jeff Stehle, DT Hayden was probably the most consistent player on the defense. He was the lone senior starter on that unit and it will difficult to replace the three-year starter at defensive tackle, which is clearly an area of concern heading into 2008. N/A
4 Chris Maragos, FS After a foot injury removed him from the list late in the season, Hill climbs all the way back to No. 4 after a 132-yard performance in the Outback Bowl. With all the talk about the future of the Badger backfield-a list highlighted by Zach Brown, Lance Smith and John Clay-the sophomore reminded Badger fans he is still the most productive back on the roster when healthy.
5 John Moffitt, C The former walk-on turned team captain makes his first appearance on the Hot 11 after starting his first game of the season against Tennessee. Strickland finished second on the team with seven tackles and also downed a punt inside the 5-yard line. His presence on and off the field will be missed. N/A
6 Jay Valai, SS Donovan stays put after another gutsy performance in his last game as a Badger. The fifth-year didn't get much help from starting receivers Paul Hubbard and Kyle Jefferson, who combined for just four catches and 54 yards. In his only season as a starter, Donovan led the Badgers to nine wins and was the glue that kept the offense together. N/A
7 David Gilreath, WR Casillas had difficulty in pass coverage but played a very solid game overall as he led the team with 10 tackles, four of which were for a loss. The junior, who is the lone captain returning in 2008, must welcome a leadership role next season. N/A
8 Mario Goins, CB After a catching just two passes in the Outback Bowl, Beckum slides from the No. 1 spot all the way down to No. 8. However, the final game of the season was not a reflection of how dominant Beckum was. The junior will be back for his final season, making the transition to a new quarterback less difficult for the Badger offense. N/A
9 John Clay, RB The sophomore tight end finished with a game-high eight catches, two that came on Wisconsin's final drive. Graham was the most improved player on the offense this season and should play an even larger role in 2008. Teamed with Beckum next season, the duo should create the best receiving tight end combo in the Big Ten. N/A
10 Dustin Sherer, QB Gilreath gave life to nonexistent return game and finished his first season with 121 total yards on both punt and kick return against . The true freshman has the potential to take it all the way each time he touches the ball. N/A
11 Joshua Neal, DL Mehlhaff drilled his lone field goal attempt and two of his four kickoffs were downed in the end zone against the Volunteers. The senior should be on an NFL roster in 2008. N/A

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