November 10, 2009

Hot 11: Indiana

It was anything but pretty, but when all the dust settled in Bloomington, Wisconsin was the one that came out on the right side of a 31-28 win. Now, heading into UW's final home game, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.

The seventh installment of the 2009 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 John Clay, RB Clay only played the first half of Saturday's game and still rushed for a game high 134 yards on only 15 carries. Had he not suffered a slight concussion, it would have been interesting to see what he would have done with his 8.9-yard-per-carry average in the second half. 1
2 Nick Toon, WR Toon has been one of Tolzien's go-to targets all season. On Saturday, the redshirt sophomore might have took a huge step forward with five clutch catches for 123 yards. 3
3 O'Brien Schofield, DE Over the past couple of games Schofield has seen opponents key in on him. Still, the senior continues to produce as evidenced by his three-tackle, two tackles-for-loss and one sack performance on Saturday. 2
4 Chris Borland, SLB Borland is always around the ball and is quickly becoming one of the Big Ten's best playmakers. On Saturday, he recorded an interception that thwarted the Hoosier drive along with his game high nine tackles. 5
5 Montee Ball, RB With Clay out for the entire second half, Ball stepped in and didn't miss a beat. The true freshman logged career highs in both carries (27), yards (115) and touchdowns (2). N/A
6 Jaevery McFadden, WLB As a senior, McFadden continues to put forth an above average effort. He finished Saturday's game with five tackles, good for third on the team. 4
7 Scott Tolzien, QB For the second week in a row, Tolzien stayed away from the interception bug that plagued him in UW's losses. His numbers weren't flashy, but he managed the game well and made throws when UW needed them most. 9
8 J.J. Watt, DE Watt backed up his best game as a Badger with another three-tackle and one tackle-for-loss effort against Indiana. 8
9 Lance Kendricks, TE
Following his 91-yard rushing game against Purdue, Kendricks was pretty quiet at Indiana. He finished with only one catch for seven yards.
10 Brad Nortman, P Nortman is quietly putting together a great sophomore season. Against Indiana, he booted four punts for an average of 44.2 yards and pinned the Hoosiers inside the 20 one of those times. N/A
11 Philip Welch, RB Welch only had one opportunity for a field goal, but he made it. Since struggling during the first half of the season, Welch has really kicked with confidence in recent weeks. 11

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