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Wisconsin Football News: Badgers QB Leaves Program, Dudes of the Week, More



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Oct 8, 2022; Evanston, Illinois, USA; A general view of a Wisconsin Badgers football equipment bag during a game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a busy couple of days for the Wisconsin football program, ladies and gents, but fear not because BadgerNotes can help get you back up to speed with a roundup of some important news you may have missed.

Wisconsin Football Loses a Quarterback

According to a report from The Athletics Jesse Temple, Wisconsin football will have one less signal caller in its quarterback room when spring practice rolls around. 

After being told he could compete for the starting QB job, the coaching staff reportedly changed their tune, and because of that, sixth-year senior Chase Wolf is no longer with the program.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound QB threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions in 13 career appearances for the Badgers. He also completed 57.9% of his passes during his Wisconsin football career and carried a 100.8 career passer rating.

With the off-season additions of Tanner Mordecai, Nick Evers, and Braedyn Locke, it was highly unlikely that Wolf would be more than veteran depth.

Chase, we’ll always have the Guaranteed Rate Bowl and that wild final drive against Minnesota; best of luck in whatever comes next.

Wisconsin Football Announces the “Dudes of the Week”

When Luke Fickell took over the Wisconsin football program, one of his top priorities was bringing Brady Collins over from Cincinnati as the new strength and conditioning coach to help set the tone, build a culture, and continue their tried and true development program, most of which takes place in the weight room.

“We’re a big proponent of competition,” Collins told the WSJ …”You’re gonna come into the weight room, and you’re going to compete with yourself, no doubt, your boys around you. But there’s got to be something to set the tone and something to really keep that … winners win, winners want to compete, they want to be challenged.”

One thing Collins has implemented in his short time with the Wisconsin football program is the weight room “Dudes of the Week.” 

Check out the award recipients for the past week: 

Another thing I like is that Collins is making new players to the program earn their “W,” and they must turn their shirts inside out until they’ve put forth an extraordinary effort in the weight room.

Building a sustainable winning culture involves improving on the margins, and the Wisconsin football program may have found its ace in the hole.

“Time is the most non-renewable resource.” – Brady Collins.

Joe Thomas on Cusp of NFL Hall-of-Fame

Arguably the greatest Wisconsin football player of all time, left tackle Joe Thomas is one of 15 finalists on the upcoming ballot for the NFL Hall-of-Fame. A sure-fire inductee, Thomas is now on the cusp of becoming the fourth Badgers player to enter The Hall.

At UW, Thomas was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2005-06) and was a unanimous All-American and Outland Trophy Award recipient in 2006. 

Because of his impressive collegiate career, the Badgers star offensive tackle went third overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2007 NFL draft.

During his NFL career, his accomplishments are as follows:

  • 6x All-Pro
  • 2x Second-Team All-Pro
  • 10 Straight Pro Bowls to Begin Career
  • NFL 2010’s All-Decade Team
  • Started All 167 Games Played
  • Played 10,363 CONSECUTIVE Snaps

Tip of the cap to Joe Thomas, one of my favorite Wisconsin Badgers of all time, on a storied career…and your impending induction into Canton. 

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