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September 14, 2010

Hot 11: San Jose State

Though it was sloppy at times, the Badgers completed their home opener with a 27-14 win over San Jose State. Now, with a matchup against fellow BCS opponent Arizona State on the horizon, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11. The second installment of the 2010 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 BadgerBlitz.com encourages everyone to head over to The Badgers' Den to offer their own opinions.

Note: The number in parentheses is the number of points the player got based on a voting panel of BadgerBlitz.com staff writers.

BadgerBlitz.com Hot 11
Rank Player The Word Last Game
1 John Clay, RB (31) Though he's not flashy, Clay continually gets the job done for the Badgers in the rushing game. Against the Spartans, Clay received more reps than he did the week prior and finished with 137 yards and two touchdowns. He also held onto the ball which has proven to be a problem for the team during the first two games. 2
2 J.J. Watt, DE (30) Like usual, Watt was a consistent presence in the backfield and continually made plays for a Badger defensive line that struggled to maintain a pass rush throughout. His blocked field goal was also a momentum swing early in the game. 3
3 Jared Abbrederis, WR (25) When David Gilreath left the game with a concussion, Abbrederis was thrust into an expanded role. The freshman wide receiver didn't flinch as he finished the game with five catches for 58 yards. N/A
3 Blake Sorensen, LB (25) Sorensen continues to prove how viable a weapon he is as a backup at the linebacker position. After two games, the senior has an interception and is the team's leading tackler. When Taylor and Borland get healthy, it'll be interesting to see what the coaching staff does with Sorensen. 10
5 Lance Kendricks, TE (24) As far as blocking tight ends go, there may not be many better than Lance Kendricks. He's strong, bullish and aggressive in that department and that makes him all the more valuable as an offensive threat. N/A
6 Philip Welch, K (13) Welch blasted a 45-yard field goal that would have probably had enough distance to connect from 55 yards-plus. His kickoffs have also been exceptional to this point with plenty of distance and hang time. N/A
6 Gabe Carimi, LT (13) The left side of the line with Carimi and Moffitt is one of the best assets for this Badger squad. They are essentially two professionals paving the way for Clay and company. N/A
8 A.J. Fenton, LB (9) Though he doesn't see much action during regular down and distance plays, Fenton is making an impressive impact on special teams. Following his performance against SJSU, he was named co-special teams player of the week with Welch. N/A
9 Peter Konz, C (6) Konz struggled at times during Saturdays win in regards to the center-quarterback exchange. However, with his pulling abilities, Konz is one of the more versatile members of a rather vaunted offensive line. 11
10 John Moffitt, G (5) As was mentioned earlier, Moffitt is one-half of an exceptional left side of the UW offensive line. When Clay broke his big run last Saturday, it was through a hole on the left side of the line. N/A
10 Culmer St. Jean, MLB (5) St. Jean continues to quietly make plays for this Badger defense. He is second on the team in tackling and has been rather sound in passing situations. 4
10 Scott Tolzien], QB (5) Tolzien probably had one of the worst games of his career as a starting quarterback for Wisconsin, but it was still good enough to help the team to a 27-14 win. The second-year starter will clean up his mistakes this week in practice with hopes of looking sharp against Arizona State. N/A

Receiving Votes:

-Antonio Fenelus: 2 pts

-Mike Taylor: 1 pt

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