November 8, 2011

Hot 11: Purdue

MADISON - Wisconsin experienced yet another heartbreaking and gut-wrenching loss at Ohio State Saturday night. In doing so UW's record fell to 6-2. Though it comes following a loss it's time for our popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.

The seventh installment of the 2011 regular season is based on momentum and individual play this season. One bad game won't necessarily 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 encourages everyone to head over to The Badgers' Den to offer their own opinions.

 Hot 11
Rank Player The Word Last Game
1 Montee Ball, RB Following the game Ball said there was absolutely nothing along the edges for the Badgers. That made it tough for the UW running game to operate at its highest level. Ball, though he struggled to reach 85 yards on the ground, still managed to score on two separate occasions. 1
Mike Taylor, OLB Lost in the loss was the fact Mike Taylor logged 22 tackles. The junior linebacker is now the nation's ninth leading tackler. 4
3 Russell Wilson, QB Wilson really didn't play that bad of a game. He was smart with the ball and led two crucial scoring drives down the stretch to put UW in a position to win. That's really all you can ask from your quarterback in hostile territory against a team loaded with athletes. 3
4 Chris Borland, MLB In a game the Badgers knew the defense would be tested by Ohio State's run game, it was apparent the gameplan was to funnel everything to the linebackers. Borland's 13 tackles indicates as much.2
5 Jared Abbrederis, WR Abbrederis made one catch after another Saturday night. Unlike he did the week prior, Abbrederis hauled in critical touchdown grabs that helped UW storm back and position itself for a win. 6
6 Antonio Fenelus, DB Fenelus falls in our standings mostly because Ohio State only threw the ball eight times. The UW pass defense wasn't truly tested until Ohio State's final drive. We all know how that turned out. 5
7 Kevin Claxton, OLB Claxton might have played his best game as a Badger against Ohio State. He was active and sound in the tackling department. N/A
8 Bradie Ewing, FB The arrow route was very kind to Ewing throughout the night's festivities. He eventually finished the game with three receptions for 37 yards. N/A
9 Aaron Henry, FS
As a senior leader there's probably nobody on the roster that wants the opponents final two plays back more than Henry. UW is two plays away from a potential 8-0 record. Instead it's in an uphill climb the rest of the way.
10 Brendan Kelly, DE Kelly did log a sack and he did record a couple of tackles-for-loss. Unfortunately for the junior, though, he missed a couple of opportunities to keep points off the board. Braxton Miller's ability to shake defenders was on full display. Kelly was the unfortunate recipient. 8
11 Nick Toon, WR Whether Bret Bielema wants to spin Toon's performance as better defensive awareness or not, the fact of the matter remains. Toon has not been key or clutch down the stretch for Wisconsin in past weeks. That will need to change the rest of the way. 7

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