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Wickett's World - A WAY too early Badgers football preview...

A WAY too early Badgers football preview...
3 things on my mind for Bret Bielema's Badgers, as camp begins this week.
1) The running game is the running game. Let's be real. It's Wisconsin. Bucky is going to run the ball and run the ball WELL. I'm withholding judgement on this whole Montee Ball situation until things play themselves out. WITH Ball, the Badgers have the best trio of running backs in the nation...again. Even if Ball isn't the same record setting back that he was last season, James White and Melvin Gordon will carry the rock for a BUNCH of yards....come on...IT'S WISCONSIN. One quick note on Ball. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time happens...but twice? THIS comes to mind...
2) Danny O'Brien isn't Russell Wilson. I hope you realize that. Wilson spoiled Badgers fans. He was better than advertised. He was better than anybody though he would be. Danny O'Brien AIN'T Russell Wilson. Does he have big time college football experience? Yes. Is he the best QB in the camp? probabaly. Will he throw 33 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions? nope. But he's gonna be pretty good. As a freshman his td-int ratio was 22-8. Then injuries & a coaching change derailed him. Working with new OC Matt Canada will help. BTW-don't sleep on Curt Phillips. He's finally healthy (hopefully). Maybe he'll finally live up to the potential he showed as a 4 star recruit in 2008. 
3) The defense will be fine. Remember these 4 names: Mike Taylor, David Gilbert, Chris Boreland and Marcus Cromartie. Taylor/Boreland will battle for all Big Ten honors. Gilbert is coming off a broken foot but was very good in the non conference last year. And it's time for Cromartie to play like his cousins (Antonio is with the New York Jets and Dominique is with the Philadelphia Eagles). 
It should be a cake walk for Wisconsin to get back to the Big Ten Championship game - Penn State & Ohio State are on probation. The rest of the Leaders division: Illinois, Purdue and Indiana. A very manageable non conference (don't get tripped up AT oregon state) should lead to a big one in Lincoln to open the Big Ten slate. OSU & MSU are in Madison.

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People : Bret BielemaChris BorelandDavid GilbertJames WhiteMarcus CromartieMelvin GordonMike TaylorMontee BallRussell Wilson

08/09/2012 7:00PM
Wickett's World - A WAY too early Badgers football preview...
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