After being spoiled year after year with NFL-caliber running back talent in the Badger backfield, Wisconsin fans should expect a change in pace this season. Instead of featuring a primary “Bell-Cow” backfield where teams rely on one running back to carry the load, like Jonathan Taylor over the past three seasons, Wisconsin could shift toward running by committee next season.This year’s backfield features a deep running back class with no true standout. Though familiar faces in Nakia Watson and Garrett Groshek are no Jonathan Taylor, those two backs, along with others, bring something unique to the table and can complement each other on the field, which will help fill the mammoth void of replacing the two-time Doak Walker Award winner.Football: Looking ahead to Wisconsin’s 2020 seasonWith almost no sports left to speak of during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are hopeful for the return of the Read…Projected Starter — Nakia Watson (Redshirt Sophomore)With 74 touches in the 2019 season, Watson showed glimpses of his potential. But, Watson could improve his vision and his ability to read blocks. Though he received the second-highest amount of touches last season, 34 of those were in non-conference play.Watson saw the most action during the Sept. 7 showdown against Michigan and struggled, only tallying 13 carries for 31 yards — 2.4 yards per carry. The 5-foot-11-inch, 225-pound back proved his patience and second-level speed in his game against Central Michigan. With about 8:40 left in the second quarter, Watson took a handoff from quarterback Jack Coan and ran an off-tackle zone run that was quickly snuffed out by the Central Michigan linebackers. Instead of fighting for one or two extra yards, Watson waited inside, found a hole to run, and exploded to the outside for a 23-yard gain.As the leading returning rusher, expect Watson to get the majority of carries this season.Football: How Baun, Taylor fit into new homes following 2020 NFL DraftWhile some of the Wisconsin hopeful maintained that Jonathan Taylor or Zack Baun had the potential to break Wisconsin’s streak Read…Projected No. 2 Back — Garrett Groshek (Redshirt Senior)Through three full seasons with the Badgers, Groshek has proved he can do it all. Whether it be rushing, receiving, blocking or even throwing the ball, Groshek is a guy on the Badgers that will get it done.With 42 carries for 194 rushing yards last season, Groshek was primarily used as the third-down back and pass-catcher. Groshek is a great pass blocker and was used often for passing plays, where he caught 29 passes for 289 receiving yards. Wisconsin also used Groshek in the screen game, fooling defenses into thinking he was picking up pressure and then slipping out of the backfield into daylight.Groshek’s receiving abilities were displayed in the Nov. 30 game against Minnesota. With a ticket to the Big Ten Championship game on the line, Groshek fooled the defense and followed his blockers downfield for a 70-yard screen pass early in the fourth quarter. As the veteran of the Wisconsin backfield, Groshek’s role will likely be similar next season, with increased touches in-between the tackles on earlier downs.Football: Reloading, not rebuilding: Hallman’s commitment adds to Badgers’ talented 2021 classThe University of Wisconsin football team added another asset to their 2021 recruiting class, grabbing three-star cornerback Ricardo Hallman with Read…No. 3 — Isaac Guerendo (Redshirt Sophomore)Though Guerendo is not familiar to the common fan, he may turn some heads next season. After originally coming to Madison as a wide receiver, Guerendo has battled through position changes and multiple injuries that rattled the earlier parts of his career.During the final few games of the season, Guerendo was given more chances on the field. Guerendo displayed his speed and size — his two best features — against Minnesota. On a reverse kick return, Guerendo got loose for a 49-yard return in a crucial game. Next season, expect his role in the backfield and on special teams to get expanded even further, as the Badgers will want to maximize his potential.UW student-athletes ask athletic department to confront racial inqualities, support students of colorCurrent and former student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin wrote letters to UW Athletics asking to make the institution a Read…No. 4 — Julius Davis (Redshirt Freshman) Davis should see playing time in some form next season, but what that will look like is up in the air at this point.While touches are basically up for grabs, Davis could work his way up during the summer and fall camps, but it is hard to see how Davis will get an extended role given how cluttered the backfield already is.A powerful runner known for his ability to shake tackles, an injury suffered in high school derailed his freshman year in which he saw no playing time. His HUDL highlight tape shows his limitless potential as Davis consistently runs through multiple defenders, brushes off a few others then bursts downfield for a score, game in and game out.While next year won’t be a breakout year for Davis, that does not mean his time will never come in Madison. His future is far too bright.UW Athletics: Big Ten announces fall athletics will be conference-only amidst COVID-19 pandemicThe Big Ten released a statement July 9 stating that the conference will adjust their fall sports schedule to “conference Read…No. 5 — Jalen Berger (Freshman)The 6-foot-0-inch, 190-pound four-star recruit who committed to Madison this year is still undeclared on whether or not he will be receiving a redshirt to gain another year of eligibility.The pro to Berger receiving the redshirt is that this season, he can still fully practice with the team and get minimal playing time, while still gaining a year of eligibility.Berger’s commitment to Wisconsin adds another strong running back to Wisconsin’s New Jersey pipeline, following Taylor’s lead. Expect to see Berger during the final drives of games, getting touches and learning the college speed.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer personality just what Man Utd needby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the personality of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just what Old Trafford needs.The Norwegian took over a United’s interim manager on Wednesday following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and faces his first match at another former club, Cardiff City, on Saturday evening.Neville told Sky Sports, “He is so popular, he is one of the most popular players that exists at Manchester United in terms of what he achieved at the club and that goal in 1999.”He is a gentleman, he really is. He is a good person and has immersed himself in coaching. When he finished as a player he obviously became the reserve team coach at Manchester United. He wanted to learn the ropes.”He will be better for that experience at Cardiff. We have a stigma in this country of managers that have been sacked.”What it means is he is more mature and more experienced after having that experience.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard still has confidence in Pulisicby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has assured Christian Pulisic he’s in his plans.The Sun says he has been impressed with the former Borussia Dortmund winger’s natural ability – but frustrated with his matchday performances.Insiders revealed how Lampard and his staff have seen plenty of potential and are quite excited by his raw ability, but they have been slightly frustrated by the fact he has not yet showcased that in the Premier League.USA international Pulisic, 21, – who was signed in January but stayed in the Bundesliga until the summer – has featured in just seven matches for the Blues so far this term.And in another blow, he was hauled off in USA’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Canada during the international break – and started crying on the bench.In training, Pulisic has looked top notch.But he has not been able to transfer that on to the pitch, which has forced Lamps to leave him on the sidelines quite often.
Students of Hampton High School for Girls send letters to Malala Yousafzai Story Highlights Malala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa Books and poems, letters and essays done by the students of Hampton High School for Girls in Jamaica for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year, were presented to her, on July 19, by High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.This took place when Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, called on the High Commissioner in London.The High Commissioner, who had previously met Malala and her father, told them that the girls at Hampton were very moved and inspired by Malala’s story and wanted to show their support and appreciation for her strength and courage.She also told them that both students and staff at Hampton have extended an invitation for Malala to attend the St. Elizabeth-based school.Malala, who recently addressed a special session of the United Nations on her 16th birthday, thanked the High Commissioner for arranging the visit and asked her to convey her thanks to the staff and students of Hampton.She told the High Commissioner that she was really honoured by the show of support that she had received.Malala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. She is the youngest nominee in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
The Jazz Foundation of America presents the 15th annual A Great Night In Harlem concert.For 27 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been keeping jazz & blues alive by helping the musicians who played with everyone from Duke Ellington & Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix & The Rolling Stones. They now assist in more than 7,000 cases a year nationwide.The 15th annual A Great Night In Harlem will transport you with thrilling moments of music and real life stories of musicians saved by JFA.The concert will feature Dr. John, recipient of the Hank Jones Award, as well as special appearances by The John Mayer Trio, Bruce Willis, Robert Randolph, Robert Cray and more…October 27th, 2016Apollo Theater253 West 125th Street, New York, NY (btw 7th & 8th Ave.)Find out more here.
TAYLOR, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure isn’t able to say when work will resume on widening the South Taylor Hill to four lanes, though Taylor mayor Rob Fraser said that the costs of the remaining two-thirds of the widening project are escalating.Fraser met with Transportation Minister Claire Trevena on four separate occasions at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler last week, with the meeting involving Taylor District Council focusing largely on the topic of the South Taylor Hill.In 2016, the provincial government completed the first phase of the project, widening the bottom two kilometres of the hill and building a new truck chain-up area near Big Bam Road. Construction work has not yet begun on the middle portion of the hill, which would widen the road for the 1-kilometre stretch from the first phase to the curve in the road unofficially known as “Drive Shaft Corner.”Ministry spokesperson Danielle Pope said that design and project development is underway, and a $40 million federal funding partnership was announced last year.“The final delivery option remains to be determined based on the outcome of the ongoing project investigation. Once this is determined, the ministry will seek approvals from the Capital Board and Treasury Board to proceed with the remaining project phases. At that time, we will be able to provide details regarding the timeline and cost for the remaining work,” she said in an email.However, Fraser said that planning costs for that segment of road are escalating, especially after part of the hill slumped on the downhill side of the highway during heavy rains in the spring of 2017, which caused delays on the hill for the rest of the summer.“The Ministry was pretty clear that there’s an increase in design costs, the more they look at that one kilometre, the costs of changing that somehow are really starting to ramp up and increase.”Fraser said that while meeting with Trevena, he stressed the important role the highway plays in the regional economy and that the Ministry needs to look at the entire route of the road through the river valley, rather than in individual portions.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has removed K K Sharma, retired BSF director general and a 1982-batch officer of the Indian Police Service, as the Special Central Police Observer for Bengal and Jharkhand on Thursday. He has been replaced by Vivek Dubey, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Police Service.The Special Central Police Observers oversee the deployment of the Central Forces during elections and other security-related issues. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSharma will be the Special Police Observer for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. However, no explanation has been given by the ECI over Sharma’s transfer. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress wrote a letter to the ECI seeking its intervention over the appointment of Sharma for his alleged connection with the RSS. While addressing the media to release the election manifesto of the TMC, party chief Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday: “I have respect for the Election Commission of India but how could they send an officer who is so close to the RSS. Such actions force people to question the integrity of the ECI.” Banerjee showed a photograph of Sharma in uniform attending a meeting of the RSS to the mediapersons as well.” On Thursday, Dubey replaced Sharma. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTrinamool Congress has also sent a letter to the ECI against R K Mitra, retired joint secretary of the Home Ministry for trying to manipulate the Central Forces and use them to canvas for the BJP. Mitra’s wife is contesting with a BJP ticket in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. “Though he is a retired officer of the Home Ministry but he continues to serve the department on a contractual basis and is involved in the deployment of the Central Forces,” Banerjee had said on Wednesday.
Kolkata: Rating each bowler a match winner, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said the kind of options this team is blessed with, India never had going into a World Cup. “We have a very balanced side – both in the batting and bowling department. And especially with the fast bowlers and spinners, the kind of option the Indian team has today, I don’t think we have ever had this kind of options,” Gaekwad told IANS. “Our bowlers, spinners or pacers, are match winners on any given condition.” Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The pace battery of the Virat Kohli-led Indian team has the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, whom many rate as the world’s best especially with the white ball, in-form Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is expected to swing the ball both-ways in English conditions. In the spin bowling department, wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have struck gold for India so far and will be expected to continue the good work in their maiden World Cup campaign. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Gaekwad, who featured for India in 40 Tests and 15 ODIs, also heaped praise on head coach Ravi Shastri, saying Shastri operates the way he used to during his time with the team. “He has done well right from the beginning. He has put captain (Kohli) as the boss of the team. He has taken a backseat unlike Greg Chappell. I did the same with (Md) Azharuddin when he was the captain. “Ravi has a great understanding with the captain and is a great man manager. Knowing Virat, the way he pushes the players everyone has to be on their toes and Ravi also helps in that.” Gaekwad, who worked as a national selector also besides coaching the team from October 1997 to September 1999, and again in 2000 for a brief period – before John Wright succeeded him — said the much-talked about No. 4 spot is more or less settled with K.L. Rahul fitting the bill. There has been lot of changes at No. 4 since Kohli took over as captain. There has been a process of trying out new players for the No.4 spot by the selectors. “Rahul is my pick because he is a stroke player and he will complement the top three as all of them are stroke players. Now there is Dinesh Karthik who has proved over a period of time that he can settle the innings once there are early wickets lost. “As far as Vijay Shankar is concerned, if he gets a chance in the XI we will see,” said the 66-year old who did not have Shankar in his 15-member squad before it was announced. Gaekwad likened “mentor” M.S. Dhoni’s presence in the team to Sachin Tendulkar, saying if he was the coach he would pick the decorated former India skipper even if he was in the worst form of his life. “The biggest advantage Virat (Kohli) has is Dhoni. His mere presence gives confidence to the captain. You can’t go to the shop and buy experience, what Dhoni has. He is the mentor of the Indian team. When I was coach of the Indian team, I told Sachin during a series against Australia where he had a stiff back, to just stand at slips and don’t move. “He could not move, he was in a bad situation. So a mere presence of a player makes a big difference to the opposition. “If I was the coach, I would play Dhoni if he is fit. Whether he gets runs or not, I don’t care. I play him. His fitness and keeping is out of the world anyway.” Gaekwad further said Rishabh Pant, whose exclusion from the squad made so much noise, is still a work in progress and his glovework needs to improve. “Pant still needs to learn a lot. His wicketkeeping needs to improve. As a batsman, Pant can finish a game on a given day but he is not a planner. Karthik is a planner.”