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Wisconsin Badgers football

Wisconsin Badgers football
2015 Wisconsin Badgers football team
First season 1889
Athletic director Barry Alvarez
Head coach Paul Chryst
1st year, 7–2–0 (.778)
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Stadium capacity 80,321
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Conference Big Ten
Division West
All-time record 671–485–53 (.577)
Postseason bowl record 12–14 (.462)
Playoff appearances 0
Claimed national titles 0
Unclaimed national titles 1 (1942, Helms)
Conference titles 14 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1952, 1959, 1962, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 27
Current uniform

Cardinal[1] and White

Fight song On, Wisconsin!
Mascot Buckingham U. Badger
Marching band University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Outfitter Under Armour
Rivals Iowa Hawkeyes
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Wisconsin Badgers football team is the intercollegiate football team of University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Badgers have competed in the Big Ten Conference since its formation in 1896. They play their home games at Camp Randall Stadium, the fourth-oldest stadium in college football. Wisconsin has had two Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, and have had nine former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. As of January 1, 2015, the Badgers have an all-time record of 664–483–53.[2]

Team name origin

The team's nickname originates in the early history of Wisconsin. In the 1820s and 1830s, prospectors came to the state looking for minerals, primarily lead. Without shelter in the winter, the miners had to "live like badgers" in tunnels burrowed into hillsides.[3]

Team history

The 1903 team

The early years (1889–1912)

The first Badger football team took the field in 1889, losing the only two games it played that season. In 1890, Wisconsin earned its first victory with a 106–0 drubbing of Whitewater Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater), still the most lopsided win in school history. However, the very next week the Badgers suffered what remains their most lopsided defeat, a humiliating 63–0 loss at the hands of the University of Minnesota. Since then, the Badgers and Gophers have met 122 times, making Wisconsin vs Minnesota the most-played rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[4]

Upon the formation of the Big Ten conference in 1896, Wisconsin became the first-ever conference champion with a 7–1–1 record. Over the next ten years, the Badgers won or shared the conference title three more times (1897, 1901, and 1906), and recorded their first undefeated season, going 9–0–0 (1901). With the exception of their second undefeated season in 1912, in which they won their fifth Big Ten title.

Moderate successes (1913–1941)

The 1912 season would be their last conference title until 1952. The team posted mostly winning seasons over the next several seasons however.

The climb back to dominance (1942–1962)

1942 was an important year for Wisconsin football. On October 24, the #6 ranked Badgers defeated the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall, catapulting Wisconsin to the #2 spot in the AP poll. Unfortunately for the Badgers, their national championship hopes were dashed in a 6–0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes the following week. Nevertheless, Wisconsin won the remainder of its games, finishing the season 8–1–1 and #3 in the AP, while garnering the Helms Athletic Foundation vote for National Champion.

The Badgers experienced great success during the 1950s, finishing in the AP Top 25 eight times that decade. In 1952, the team received its first #1 ranking by the Associated Press. That season, the Badgers again claimed the Big Ten title and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl. There they were defeated 7–0 by the Southern California, and would finish the season ranked #11 in the AP. In 1954 after a 7-2 season Wisconsin's Alan Ameche became the first badger to win the Heisman Trophy. Wisconsin returned to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten Champions in 1959, but fell to the Washington Huskies, 44-8.

In 1962, the Badgers earned their eighth Big Ten title and faced the top-ranked USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl. Despite a narrow 42–37 defeat, the Badgers still ended the season ranked #2 in both the AP and Coaches polls (post-bowl rankings were not introduced until later in the decade).

Limited successes (1963–1989)

Wisconsin football experienced little success for the remainder of the 1960s, reaching a low point with back-to-back winless seasons in 1967 and 1968. After languishing through the 1970s, the team had a string of seven-win seasons from 1981–84 under Dave McClain. During that time the Badgers played in the Garden State Bowl (1981), Independence Bowl (1982), and Hall of Fame Classic Bowl (1984). McClain's death during spring practice in 1986 sent the Badgers into free fall. From 1986 to 1990, the Badgers won a total of nine games.

Return to Glory with Alvarez era (1990–2005)

In 1990, Barry Alvarez became the head coach of the Badgers and, following three losing seasons (including a 1–10 campaign in his first year), Alvarez led the Badgers to their first Big Ten championship and first Rose Bowl appearance in over 30 years. On January 1, 1994 Wisconsin defeated UCLA 21–16 to claim its first Rose Bowl victory. Over his 16-year tenure as head coach, Alvarez led the Badgers to two more conference championships (one outright, one shared), eleven bowl games (going 8–3), two more Rose Bowl victories (1999 and 2000), and a #4 ranking in the final AP Poll of the '99 season.

Barry Alvarez has served as interim head coach two times. Wisconsin lost the 2013 Rose Bowl to Stanford and defeated Auburn in the 2015 Outback Bowl.

Bret Bielema era (2006–2012)

Following the 2005 season, Alvarez resigned as head coach in order to focus on his duties as athletic director, a position he had assumed in 2004. He named his defensive coordinator, Bret Bielema, as his successor. From 2006 to 2011, Bielema led the Badgers to six consecutive bowl appearances, going 2–4. In 2010, the Badgers won a share of the Big Ten Championship and returned to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000. There they were defeated 21–19 by the #3 ranked TCU. In 2011, the Badgers were once again crowned Big Ten Champs when they defeated Michigan State in the first-ever conference championship game. The victory sent Wisconsin back to the Rose Bowl for a second consecutive year, where they were defeated by the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks, 45-38.

The 2012 season ended with the Badgers winning a third consecutive Big Ten title. Despite finishing with a 7-5 record and third in the Leaders Division, the Badgers advanced to the Big Ten Championship game by virtue of the fact that Penn State and Ohio State were ineligible for postseason play. A dominating rushing performance led Wisconsin to a 70-31 victory over #12 ranked Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game. Only days later, Brett Bielema resigned to become the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Gary Andersen, formerly coach of Utah State University, was named head coach on December 19, 2012. At the request of the team captains, Barry Alvarez named himself interim coach for the 2013 Rose Bowl, where the Badgers lost, 20-14 to Stanford.[5]

Gary Andersen era (2013–2014)

Gary Andersen was hired in December 2012 after Bret Bielema resigned to become the head coach for the University of Arkansas. Andersen was previously the head coach for Utah State where he went 26-23 in his four years at Utah State with his last season being 11-2 and finishing first in the Western Athletic Conference. Andersen's first win as the Badgers coach was a 45-0 win against Massachusetts. His first Big Ten football victory was a 41-10 victory over Purdue. The Badgers ended 2013 with a 9-4 record after losing to #8 South Carolina Gamecocks in the Capital One Bowl.

The Badgers started out the 2014 season ranked #14 in the AP Poll and their season opener was against #13 LSU Tigers in Houston, after leading the Tigers through three quarters the Tigers came back from a 24-7 deficit to defeat the Badgers 28-24.[6] The Badgers recorded their first road shutout since 1998 in a 37-0 victory over the Big Ten newcomers Rutgers Scarlet Knights.[7] On November 15, junior running back Melvin Gordon broke the all-time FBS single-game rushing yards record with 408 yards in a 59-24 victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[8] However that record only lasted a week as Samaje Perine from Oklahoma rushed for 427 yards the very next week. The 2014 regular season ended with the Badgers taking 1st place in the West Division with a 10-2 record. Wisconsin played Ohio State for the conference title in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game where the Badgers lost to Ohio State 59-0. It was the first time since 1997 that the Badgers were shutout and the worst loss since 1979 when Ohio State defeated the Badgers 59–0.[9]

Andersen departed Wisconsin four days later, taking the vacant head coaching position at Oregon State.[10] Andersen cited family as his rationale for taking the Oregon State position; however, it was reported by some media outlets, such as Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated, that Andersen was frustrated with the University's high academic standards for athletes.[11][12] Those reports turned out to be accurate, and were confirmed by Andersen in January 2015.[13] Andersen had to pay a $3 million buyout for departing within the first two years of his contract, which was set through January 2019.[14]

At the request of the teams' seniors, Barry Alvarez named himself interim coach for the 2015 Outback Bowl vs Auburn on Jan. 1, 2015.[15] Wisconsin won the game 34–31 in overtime.[16]

Paul Chryst (2015–present)

After the departure of Gary Andersen former Badgers offensive coordinator (2005-2011) and Pitt head coach (2012-2014), Paul Chryst, was hired as the next head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. The only assistant coach to remain on the coaching staff after Andersen's departure was defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Chryst brought over six coaching staff from the University of Pittsburgh, Joe Rudolph (OC), John Settle (RB coach), Inoke Breckterfield (D-line), Chris Haering (special teams), Mickey Turner (TE coach) and Ross Kolodziej (strength and conditioning). From 2005 to 2011 Rudolph (TE coach) and Settle (RB coach) were assistant coaches under Chryst (OC). Mickey Turner and Ross Kolodziej are both former Badgers players, Turner was a tight end from 2006-2009 and Kolodziej was a defensive tackle from 1997-2000.[17]

Coaching staff


Name Position First season Alma Mater
Paul Chryst Head coach / Quarterbacks coach 2015 (1st) Wisconsin
Dave Aranda Defensive coordinator / Inside linebackers coach 2013 (3rd) California Lutheran
Joe Rudolph Associate head coach / Offensive coordinator / Offensive line coach 2015 (1st) Wisconsin
John Settle Running backs coach 2015 (1st) Appalachian State
Mickey Turner Tight ends coach 2015 (1st) Wisconsin
Ted Gilmore Wide receivers coach 2015 (1st) Wyoming
Daronte Jones Defensive backs coach 2015 (1st) Morgan State
Tim Tibesar Outside linebackers coach 2015 (1st) North Dakota
Inoke Breckterfield Defensive line coach 2015 (1st) Oregon State
Chris Haering Special teams coordinator 2015 (1st) West Virginia
Ross Kolodziej Strength and Conditioning coach 2015 (1st) Wisconsin

Head coaching history

Coach Years Record Conference
Bowl Appearances Bowl Record NCAA
Runner Up
Alvin Kletsch 1889 0–2
Ted Mestre 1890 1–3
Herb Alward 1891 3–1–1
Frank Crawford 1892 5–2
Parke H. Davis 1893 4–2
Hiram O. Stickney 1894–1895 10–4–1
Philip King 1896–1902 57–9–1 16–6–1 1896, 1897, 1901
Arthur Curtis 1903–1904 11–6–1 0–6–1
Philip King 1905 8–2 1–2
Charles P. Hutchins 1906–1907 8–1–1 6–1–1 1906
Thomas A. Barry 1908–1910 9–4–3 5–4–2
John R. Richards 1911 5–1–1 2–1–1
William Juneau 1912–1915 18–8–2 10–7–2 1912
Paul Withington 1916 4–2–1 1–2–1
John R. Richards 1917 4–2–1 3–2
Guy Lowman 1918 3–3 1–2
John R. Richards 1919–1922 20–6–2 12–6–2
John J. Ryan 1923–1924 5–6–4 1–5–3
George Little 1925–1926 11–3–2 6–3–2
Glenn Thistlethwaite 1927–1931 26–16–3 10–14–2
Clarence Spears 1932–1935 13–17–2 7–13–2
Harry Stuhldreher 1936–1948 45–62–6 26–45–4
Ivy Williamson 1949–1955 41–19–4 29–13–4 1952 1 0–1
Milt Bruhn 1956–1966 52–45–6 35–37–5 1959, 1962 2 0–2 1962
John Coatta 1967–1969 3–26–1 3–17–1
John Jardine 1970–1977 37–47–3 25–38–1
Dave McClain 1978–1985 46–42–3 32–34–3 3 1–2
Jim Hilles 1986 3–9 2–6
Don Morton 1987–1989 6–27 3–21
Barry Alvarez 1990–2005 118–73–4 65–60–3 1993, 1998, 1999 11 8–3
Bret Bielema 2006–2012 68–24 37–19 2010, 2011, 2012 6 2–4
Barry Alvarez (Interim) 2012 0–1 1 0–1
Gary Andersen 2013–2014 19–7 13–3 1 0–1
Barry Alvarez (Interim) 2014 1–0 1 1–0
Paul Chryst 2015– 7–2 4–1 0 0-0
Total 1889–present 671–485–53 355–369–41 14 26 12–14 0 1

Updated on: October 24, 2015 All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[18]

All-time records

Victories over #1 ranked teams

Year Opponent Result Site
1942 vs. Ohio State W 17–7 Madison, WI
1962 vs. Northwestern W 37–6 Madison, WI
1981 vs. Michigan W 21–14 Madison, WI
2010 vs. Ohio State W 31–18 Madison, WI
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 10/16/2010

Bowl history

The Badgers have appeared in 26 bowl games and have a record of 12 wins and 14 losses (12–14). Their most recent bowl game was in the 2015 Outback Bowl. The Badgers have participated in a season-ending bowl game 13 consecutive seasons and snapped a four-game bowl losing streak with a 34–31 overtime victory over Auburn.[16]

All-time Big Ten records

This chart includes both the overall record the University of Wisconsin Badgers have with the all-time Big Ten members, as well as the matchups that counted in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin has been a member of the Big Ten since its creation in 1896. Michigan rejoined the league in 1917 after leaving in 1906. Chicago withdrew after 1939, and then Michigan State (1953), Penn State (1993), and Nebraska (2011), Maryland and Rutgers (2014) joined the Big Ten conference bringing the league total to 14 teams. (As of January 1, 2015)

Team Big Ten Wins Big Ten Losses Big Ten Ties Pct. Overall Wins Overall Losses Overall Ties Pct. Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Chicago Maroons 18 15 5 .539 19 16 5 .538 Won 1 1894 1937
Illinois Fighting Illini 39 36 7 .518 39 36 7 .518 Won 6 1895 2015
Indiana Hoosiers 39 18 2 .678 39 18 2 .678 Won 9 1907 2013
Iowa Hawkeyes 43 43 2 .500 44 43 2 .506 Lost 1 1894 2015
Maryland Terrapins 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2014 2014
Michigan Wolverines 14 49 1 .227 14 49 1 .227 Won 2 1892 2010
Michigan State Spartans 18 29 0 .383 22 30 0 .423 Lost 1 1913 2012
Minnesota Golden Gophers 56 54 8 .508 57[19] 59[19] 8 .492 Won 11 1890 2014
Nebraska Cornhuskers 3 1 0 .750 6 4 0 .600 Won 3 1901 2015
Northwestern Wildcats 53 33 4 .611 57 34 5 .620 Lost 1 1890 2014
Ohio State Buckeyes 18 56 5 .259 18 57 5 .256 Lost 3 1913 2013
Penn State Nittany Lions 7 8 0 .467 9 8 0 .529 Lost 2 1953 2013
Purdue Boilermakers 43 27 8 .603 44 29 8 .593 Won 10 1892 2015
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2 0 0 1.000 2 0 0 1.000 Won 2 2014 2015
348 366 41 .488 371 379 43 .495

All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[18]

Conference championships

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1896 Big Ten Philip King 7–1–1 2–0-1
1897 Big Ten Philip King 9–1 3–0
1901 Big Ten Philip King 9–0 2–0
1906 Big Ten Charles P. Hutchins 5–0 3–0
1912 Big Ten William Juneau 7–0 5–0
1952 Big Ten Ivy Williamson 6–3-1 4–1-1
1959 Big Ten Milt Bruhn 7–3 5–2
1962 Big Ten Milt Bruhn 8–2 6–1
1993 Big Ten Barry Alvarez 10–1-1 6–1-1
1998 Big Ten Barry Alvarez 11–1 7–1
1999 Big Ten Barry Alvarez 10–2 7–1
2010 Big Ten Bret Bielema 11–2 7–1
2011 Big Ten Bret Bielema 11–3 6–2
2012 Big Ten Bret Bielema 8–6 4-4
Conference Championships 14
† Denotes co-champions

Updated on: January 1, 2015 All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[18]


Running Back U

"Running Back U" is a nickname that has emerged during the regime of Hall of Fame college football coach Barry Alvarez ('90–'05) and continued by his successors. Running plays have become a staple of the Wisconsin offensive attack ever since. The Badgers have produced a number of top-rated players at the running back position, including two Heisman Trophy winners and three Doak Walker Award winners. Standouts have included Howard Weiss, Elroy Hirsch, Alan Ameche, Joe Dawkins, Rufus "Roadrunner" Ferguson, Brent Moss, Terrell Fletcher, Ron Dayne, Michael Bennett, Anthony Davis, Brian Calhoun, Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon.

Jump Around

"Jump Around" made its debut at Camp Randall on October 10, 1998 when the Badgers hosted the Purdue Boilermakers and their star Quarterback Drew Brees.


Current rivalries


Badgers celebrating their win by carrying Paul Bunyan's Axe around the stadium after the 2009 game

The UW-U of M series is the nation’s most-played rivalry in Division I football and has been played continuously since 1907. Much prestige was always associated with the game, and the significance was emphasized with its place on the schedule. Between 1933 and 1982, the Wisconsin-Minnesota game was always the final regular-season contest for each school. The series took an added twist in 1948 when more than state bragging rights were on the line. After a 16-0 setback that season, the Wisconsin lettermen's group, the National 'W' Club, presented Minnesota with an axe wielded by Paul Bunyan. He was the mythical giant of Midwestern lumber camps. Each year since, the winner of the annual battle between the Big Ten rivals is presented with the axe, complete with scores inscribed on the handle, for display on its campus. Minnesota leads the series 59-57-8.[19]


Iowa is Wisconsin's other arch rival. Although the rivalry started in 1894, the Heartland Trophy was inaugurated in 2004 and goes each year to the winner. The trophy was designed and crafted by artist and former Iowa football player Frank Strub. The trophy, which is a bull mounted on a walnut base (native to both Wisconsin and Iowa), has been inscribed with the scores of all games in the long-time series. With Big Ten expansion, the Wisconsin and Iowa football teams were placed in separate divisions, thus ending their annual rivalry. However, with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, Iowa and Wisconsin will be placed back in the same division in 2014. Wisconsin leads the series at 44-43-2.


Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland tackles Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez during the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game

Nebraska is Wisconsin's newest rival. With the inclusion of the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten in 2011 the first three games between the two programs were significant, the third being the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game where the unranked Badgers defeated the heavily favored #14 ranked Cornhuskers, 70-31. Prior to their next matchup in 2014, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wisconsin announced that moving forward the two schools would play for the Freedom Trophy. The trophy sits on a wooden base and features a depiction of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium on one side and Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on the other. The trophy has an inscription honoring the nation's veterans and symbolizes that Memorial Stadium was built in their honor at Nebraska while Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin was built on the site of a former Civil War training site. The score of each year's contest will be inscribed on the trophy.

Inactive rivalries


From 1904 to 1960 Wisconsin forged an intense rivalry with the Marquette Golden Avalanche. During this time these two schools were the only two Division I football in the state of Wisconsin (Marquette being located in Milwaukee). These two schools played every year from 1932 to 1960 until Marquette terminated their football program. The Badgers won the series record 32-4. Marquette no longer has a Division I football program.

Individual school records

Rushing records

Melvin Gordon in 2014

Passing records

Russell Wilson under center in 2011 against Purdue

Receiving records

Jared Abbrederis in 2013

Scoring records

Montee Ball in 2012

Kickoff/Punt return records

  • Most kickoff return yards, career: 3,025, David Gilreath (2007–10)
  • Most kickoff return yards, season: 967, David Gilreath (2007)
  • Most kickoff return yards, game: 201, Jared Abbrederis (January 2, 2012 vs. Oregon)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, career: 2, Danny Crooks (1969–71), Ira Matthews (1975–78), and Nick Davis (1998–2001)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, season: 2, Ira Matthews (1976) and Nick Davis (1999)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, game: 1, many times, most recent - Kenzel Doe (January 1, 2014 vs. South Carolina)
  • Highest average per kickoff return, career (min 30 ret.): 25.8, Jared Abbrederis (2010–13)
  • Highest average per kickoff return, season (min 10 ret.): 29.6, Ira Matthews (1976)
  • Highest average per kickoff return, game (min 3 ret.): 42.7, Selvie Washington (September 21, 1974 vs. Nebraska)
  • Most punt return yards, career: 1,347, Jim Leonhard (2001–04)
  • Most punt return yards, season: 470, Jim Leonhard (2003)
  • Most punt return yards, game: 158, Earl Girard (November 8, 1947 vs. Iowa)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, career: 4, Ira Matthews (1975–78)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, season: 3, Ira Matthews (1978)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, game: 2, Earl Girard (November 8, 1947 vs. Iowa)
  • Highest average per punt return, career (min 25 ret.): 13.7, Brandon Williams (2002–05)
  • Highest average per punt return, season (min 15 ret.): 16.9, Ira Matthews (1978)
  • Highest average per punt return, game (min 3 ret.): 52.7, Earl Girard (November 8, 1947 vs. Iowa)

Defensive records

Chris Borland in 2013
  • Most interceptions, career: 21, Jamar Fletcher (1998–2000) and Jim Leonhard (2001–04)
  • Most interceptions, season: 11, Jim Leonhard (2002)
  • Most interceptions, game: 4, Clarence Bratt (November 20, 1964 vs. Minnesota)
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, career: 5, Jamar Fletcher (1998–2000)
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, season: 3, Jamar Fletcher (1998)
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, game: 2, Bob Radcliffe (October 15, 1949 vs. Navy)
  • Most tackles, career: 451, Pete Monty (1993–96)
  • Most tackles, season: 181, Dave Lokanc (1972)
  • Most tackles, game: 28, Dave Crossen (November 5, 1977 vs. Purdue)
  • Most tackles for loss, career: 58, Tarek Saleh (1993–96)
  • Most tackles for loss, season: 31, Tom Burke (1998)
  • Most tackles for loss, game: 6.5, Alex Lewis (October 18, 2003 vs. Purdue)
  • Most quarterback sacks, career: 33, Tarek Saleh (1993–96)
  • Most quarterback sacks, season: 22, Tom Burke (1998)
  • Most quarterback sacks, game: 6, Tim Jordan (October 19, 1985 vs. Northwestern)
  • Most fumbles forced, career: 14, Chris Borland (2009–13)‡†
  • Most fumbles recovered, career: 9, Scott Erdmann (1975–78)
  • Most fumbles recovered, season: 5, Ed Bosold (1972)
  • Most fumbles recovered, game: 3, Michael Reid (November 16, 1985 vs. Ohio State)
  • Most passes defended, career: 62, Mike Echols (1998–2001)
  • Most passes defended, season: 25, Mike Echols (2000) and Jim Leonhard (2002)
  • Most passes defended, game: 6, Mike Echols (November 6, 1999 vs. Purdue)
  • Most blocked kicks, career: 8, Richard Johnson (1982–84)
  • Most blocked kicks, season: 6, Richard Johnson (1984)
  • Most blocked kicks, game: 3, Richard Johnson (September 15, 1984 vs. Missouri)

Note ‡-indicates NCAA FBS Record, †-indicates Big Ten Conference Record

All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[20]


Retired numbers

Elroy Hirsch
Wisconsin Badgers retired numbers
No. Player Position
33 Ron Dayne RB
35 Alan Ameche FB
40 Elroy Hirsch RB, WR
80 Dave Schreiner E
83 Allan Shafer 1 QB
88 Pat Richter E, WR, P

1 Shafer played only six games in 1944 before his death from injuries received in a game on November 11. He was 17 years old.[21][22]

College Football Hall of Fame members

Name Position Year Inducted
Barry Alvarez Head coach 2010
Alan Ameche Fullback 1975
Marty Below Tackle 1988
Bob Butler Tackle 1972
Ron Dayne Running back 2013
Pat Harder Fullback 1993
Elroy Hirsch Running back/wide receiver 1974
Phillip King Head coach 1962
George Little Head coach 1955
Pat O'Dea Punter/kicker 1962
Pat Richter Wide receiver 1996
Dave Schreiner Tight end 1955[23]

Pro Football Hall of Fame members

Name Position
Arnie Herber Quarterback
Elroy Hirsch Wide receiver
Mike Webster Center

Individual award winners and finalists

The following players have been nominated for national awards. Players highlighted in yellow indicate winners:

Consensus All-Americans

dagger Unanimous selection

List of Consensus All-Americans showing the year won, player and position[A 1]

Year Player name Position
1912 Butler, RobertRobert Butler T
1913 Keeler, RayRay Keeler G
1915 Buck, HowardHoward Buck T
1919 Carpenter, CharlesCharles Carpenter C
1920 Scott, RalphRalph Scott T
1923 Below, MartyMarty Below T
1930 Lubratovich, MiloMilo Lubratovich T
1942 Schreiner, DaveDave Schreinerdagger E
1954 Ameche, AlanAlan Amechedagger B
1959 Lanphear, DanDan Lanpheardagger T
1962 Richter, PatPat Richter E
1975 Lick, DennisDennis Lick T
1981 Krumrie, TimTim Krumrie DL
1994 Raymer, CoryCory Raymer C
1998 Gibson, AaronAaron Gibson OL
1998 Burke, TomTom Burkedagger DL
1999 McIntosh, ChrisChris McIntoshdagger OL
1999 Dayne, RonRon Daynedagger RB
2000 Fletcher, JamarJamar Fletcher DB
2004 James, ErasmusErasmus James DL
2006 Thomas, JoeJoe Thomasdagger OL
2010 Kendricks, LanceLance Kendricks TE
2010 Carimi, GabeGabe Carimidagger OL
2011 Ball, MonteeMontee Ball RB
2011 Zeitler, KevinKevin Zeitler G
2012 Ball, MonteeMontee Ball RB
2014 Gordon, MelvinMelvin Gordondagger RB

Current professional football players

National Football League

Wisconsin Badgers in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 261
First picks in draft: 0
1st Round: 28
NFL achievements
Hall of Famers: 3
Pro Bowlers 25
= Pro Bowler[25]
Name Position Current Team Draft year
Jared Abbrederis Wide Receiver Green Bay Packers 2014
Beau Allen Defensive Tackle Philadelphia Eagles 2014
Montee Ball Running Back Denver Broncos 2013
Gabe Carimi Guard Free Agent 2011
Jonathan Casillas Outside Linebacker New York Giants 2009
Marcus Cromartie Cornerback San Diego Chargers undrafted in 2013
Owen Daniels Tight End Denver Broncos 2006
Travis Frederick Center Dallas Cowboys 2013
David Gilreath Wide Receiver Seattle Seahawks undrafted in 2011
Melvin Gordon Running Back San Diego Chargers 2015
Garrett Graham Tight End Houston Texans 2010
Ryan Groy Guard Chicago Bears undrafted in 2014
Rob Havenstein Offensive Tackle St. Louis Rams 2015
Nick Hayden Defensive Tackle Dallas Cowboys 2008
Ethan Hemer Defensive Tackle Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted in 2014
Lance Kendricks Tight End St. Louis Rams 2011
Peter Konz Center Atlanta Falcons 2012
Jim Leonhard Safety Cleveland Browns undrafted in 2005
DeAndre Levy Outside Linebacker Detroit Lions 2009
Chris Maragos Free Safety Philadelphia Eagles undrafted in 2010
Brad Nortman Punter Carolina Panthers 2012
O'Brien Schofield Defensive End Seattle Seahawks 2010
Matt Shaughnessy Outside Linebacker Arizona Cardinals 2009
Dezmen Southward Free Safety Atlanta Falcons 2014
Mike Taylor Outside Linebacker Seattle Seahawks undrafted in 2013
Joe Thomas Offensive Tackle Cleveland Browns 2007
Scott Tolzien Quarterback Green Bay Packers undrafted in 2011
Nick Toon Wide Receiver New Orleans Saints 2012
Kraig Urbik Guard Buffalo Bills 2009
Ricky Wagner Offensive Tackle Baltimore Ravens 2013
J.J. Watt Defensive End Houston Texans 2011
James White Running Back New England Patriots 2014
Russell Wilson Quarterback Seattle Seahawks 2012
Kevin Zeitler Guard Cincinnati Bengals 2012


Arena Football League

Canadian Football League

Future opponents

Big Ten West-division opponents

Wisconsin plays the other six Big Ten West opponents once per season.
Even Numbered Years Odd Number Years
at Iowa vs Iowa
vs Minnesota at Minnesota
vs Nebraska at Nebraska
at Northwestern vs Northwestern
vs Illinois at Illinois
at Purdue vs Purdue

Big Ten East-division opponents

2016 2017 2018 2019
at Michigan vs Maryland at Michigan vs Michigan
at Michigan State at Indiana vs Rutgers vs Michigan State
vs Ohio State vs Michigan at Penn State at Ohio State

Sources: 2016,[29] 2017,[30] 2018,[31] 2019[32]

Non-conference opponents

In 2015 the Big Ten announced that starting in 2016 it will no longer allow its members to play Football Championship Subdivision teams, and will also require at least one non-conference game against a school in the Power Five conferences (ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC). Games against FBS independents Notre Dame and BYU will count toward the Power Five requirement.[33] Any game schedule prior to the announcement was allowed to stay on the schedule.

██ P5 opponents
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs LSU* at BYU vs BYU at South Florida vs Syracuse at Syracuse vs Washington State at Washington State vs Virginia Tech at Virginia Tech
vs Akron vs Florida Atlantic vs New Mexico vs Central Michigan vs Washington vs Hawaii at Hawaii
vs Georgia State vs Utah State vs North Texas


* The 2015 game against Alabama will be part of the Cowboys Classic held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.[34]
* The 2016 game against LSU will be played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.



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External links

  • Official website
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Athletic Department Collection

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