Badger Football script

It was too little too late for the Wisconsin offense.

Although the Badgers scored 10 points within a minute, 25 seconds late in the fourth quarter to keep alive a slight chance of hope to pull a senior-day miracle, the Badgers couldn’t make up for a poor offensive performance against a tough Penn State defense in a 31-24 humbling setback at Camp Randall Stadium in the regular season finale.

From the first series on, the Badgers’ offense struggled to get into a consistent rhythm against a defense that had given up 43.7 points per game in three true road games. Wisconsin ranking 18th in the country in total offense, the Badgers were held to only 120 yards rushing – their second-lowest mark of the season – and Wisconsin usual-sturdy offensive line gave up three sacks and six quarterback hurries.

Although the Badgers weren’t busting any big plays in the run game senior left guard Ryan Groy felt like they were close

SOT: It was there; we were a couple of blocks away every time. The scheme was there and the assignment was there. We just couldn’t finish.

The passing game wasn’t working either. Penn State was able to load up the box to slow down the Badgers run game daring the Badgers to beat them with the pass. Although quarterback Joel Stave threw for a career-high 339 yards on 53 pass attempts, the sophomore sailed passes over his receiver’s heads and threw three interceptions all in Penn State territory. He also fell victim to more than a handful of drops from his receivers.

With Penn State’s consistently pressure, Wisconsin never got the big hit its offense had become accustomed to throughout the season. Averaging seven plays of at least 20 yards per game on the season, Wisconsin managed only four such plays against Penn State, and none in the running game.

With Penn State loading up the box they tried to beat them with the passing game to try and help open up the run game.

SOT: I think we wanted to run pass mix when a team puts nine ten guys in the box it makes you want to get them out of it. To many guys in the box it makes it hard to run but makes the pass available.

Although the three interceptions hurt the Badgers offense the defense struggled to slow down true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg and the Penn State passing offense. Hackenberg went 21-30 for 339 yards and four touchdowns. With the Badgers lack of pass rush it allowed Hackenberg to sit back and find his open receivers.

Not only did Wisconsin not have an answer on how to slow down the Penn State pass they also had trouble getting the correct amount of defenders on the field. Beginning the third quarter the Penn State offense went up tempo and no huddle, which caused confusion for the Badgers defense in trying to get the right personnel on to the field.

However there was a bright spot for the Badgers. Senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis had 12 catches for 135 yards, which put him over a 1,000 yards receiving on the season.

For Webhawk News, this is Brian Becker in Madison

Issue Story

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Collegiate DECA Chapter, which is a national marketing and business organization started in 2009 on the Whitewater campus by former President Brandon Narveson.

Four years later the UW-Whitewater DECA Chapter faces uncertainty on whether or not they will be able to keep their chapter alive on the Whitewater campus.

Each year the UW-Whitewater DECA chapter has to pay state dues to Career and Technical School Organizations (CTSO) in order to participate in leadership conferences and competitions.

Sharon Wendt the director of CTSO raised state dues from $835 to $3,750, which makes the UW-Whitewater DECA Chapter concerned they may not be around much longer.

The primary reason Wendt raised them so high was to offset increased expenses of their own.

The state advisor for Wisconsin Collegiate DECA is Frank Lanko fears for not only UW-Whitewater DECA but also the rest of the DECA chapters in Wisconsin.

“I think state DECA and more specifically CTSO are raising chapter fees to a level that will eventually bankrupt individual chapters and in turn make the entire state wide organizations extinct,” Lanko said. “I understand they have costs to be paid but they have to keep their customer base in mind as well.”

UW-Whitewater DECA has fundraised in the pass in order to survive but this year they have been able to generate new ideas for fundraising. They have worked Milwaukee Brewer baseball games; worked at a haunted house, bake sales among other fundraisers.

“The increased chapter fees have definitely set our chapter back financially,” UW-Whitewater DECA President Brett Guendel said. “After working hard for years by fundraising and following strict budgets we had finally created a good nest egg. Now having to pay the increased chapter fees that nest egg is gone.”

Guendel was aware that state dues may be raised this coming school year and he helped create a new position on the UW-Whitewater DECA Chapter executive board meant for generating sponsors and creating new fundraising ideas.

All though Guendel has been pleased with Jodi Straka who was named to the position of VP-of Fundraising he doesn’t think the Whitewater DECA chapter can keep paying the chapter fees solely from fundraising.

“I would say that the fundraising activities DECA has done so far have been effective, but not necessarily in the area of paying state dues,” Straka said. “The goal of raising money at this point in time is to help members pay for competition costs. In a way, one could say that the fundraising is helping the members in an indirect way by saving them money in the future.”

In order for the UW-Whitewater DECA Chapter to survive it will rely on their current general members to provide strong leadership in the future.

But with state dues for DECA chapters being so high, the UW-Whitewater DECA chapter has been forced to raise their dues for their general members. The UW-Whitewater chapter charges $100 for members interested in competing and $60 for people who don’t plan on competing. With dues being high for the UW-Whitewater members it may turn any students interested off.

“The main part that is affected by this increase in dues is membership,” Straka said. “Most college students are on a budget, and taking a chunk out of that budget before students even get to do anything and then having them pay in addition to those dues can seem a bit ridiculous depending on one’s viewpoint.”

Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

Apple founder Steve Jobs, 50 delivered the commencement speech to Stanford’s University graduating class of 2005. Jobs central theme in his speech to the graduates was you have to find what you love.

In his commencement speech Jobs brought up three different events that impacted his life.

The first event was about Jobs college experience. Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Ore., for six months before dropping out. He never saw the value of college, didn’t know what he wanted to do, and didn’t see how college could help him figure it out.

Even though he dropped out of college after six months he called himself a drop in because he still attended classes at Reed for 18 months before he officially quit.

“The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting,” Jobs said.

One of the classes that interested Jobs was calligraphy. He learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography.

The calligraphy he learned in the class he was able to apply in his design into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.

Jobs said if he had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would’ve never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards,” Jobs said. “So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak or better known as “Woz,” which use to be known as Apple Computer Inc.

Apple started in the garage of Jobs parents at age 20. In 10 years Apple grew to 4,000 employees and a $2 billion dollar company.

While Apple was growing, Jobs hired John Sculley who previously worked at Pepsi-Cola. According to Jobs the first year or so went well but then the vision of Apple started to differ between them. The Board of Directors sided with Sculley, which left Jobs unemployed.

Jobs’ was 30 when he was fired from Apple. It left him wondering how he could be fired from a company that he created. This was the second event in Jobs life that made an impact.

Despite being devastated and feeling like he let down past successful entrepreneurs, Jobs realized that he still loved what he did.

Deciding to start over, the next five years he created new companies called NeXT and Pixar. Jobs didn’t realize at the time but being fired from Apple was the best thing that could have happened to him in his life.

“It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it,” Jobs said. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”

Jobs in 2004 had a cancer scare, the third event in his life that left an impact. Doctors found a tumor in his pancreas and told him it was life threatening and he could expect to live for another three to six months.

Later that day Jobs had a biopsy and it was discovered that he had a rare form of pancreatic cancer that’s curable with surgery.

The death scare helped put things into perspective for him, telling the Stanford graduates, your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Jobs parting words to the Stanford graduates were “Stay hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Badgers Run Wild

After Ohio State gashed Northwestern for 248 yards on the ground, the Wisconsin tailbacks knew they could have similar results.

Finishing the game with 286 yards on the ground and 5.6 yards per carry, it’s obvious that Wisconsin didn’t want to finish second to Ohio State for the second game in a row.

Melvin Gordon, who suffered an injury against Ohio State, led the Badgers with 172 rushing yards and a touchdown. If his knee was bothering him, nobody could tell.

“Yeah, I was fine when I got back to practice,” said Gordon. “I was full speed and I was confident coming out here and it didn’t slow me down one bit.”

Senior James White finished the game with 101 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown and wasn’t surprised that Wisconsin had success rushing the football.

“Their defensive line plays aggressive so if we stay on our keys they take themselves out of the gaps,” said White. “There would be little creases for us to go out and make explosive plays.”

With Wisconsin leading 14-3 late in the first half, Gordon delivered one of many knockout punches. Running a similar look that resulted in a play-action touchdown pass in the first quarter, Gordon took a jet sweep 71 yards for a touchdown, giving the Badges a boost going into the second half.

“That definitely gave us momentum,” Gordon said. “We needed a score. We needed to go down there and score fast and we did, so that definitely was a big play that helped us out a lot.”

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen emphasizes that in order for the Badgers to have success on offense they are going to need to be able to bust big plays during the game. One of those players who can create explosive plays for the offense is Gordon.

“We try and get the ball in the hands of our most explosive players and he’s one of them,” White said. “Whenever he gets the opportunities he goes out and gets the job done.”

Even with Wisconsin having success on the ground, Gordon is quick to point out that the reason Wisconsin had success running the football is because it starts up front.

“Those guys are great,” he said. “They work extremely hard in practice. They don’t really get that many substitutes in practice so they’re pretty much practicing all day. When it comes to the game for them it makes it easy for them because how they practice so hard. They make it a lot easier on us. They made the holes, they pushed back guys for us, they gave us gaps and gave us creases.”

White’s 101-yard performance was the 13th game in his career where the senior rushed for over 100 yards. Funny enough in White’s 13 games where he tops the century mark, a fellow running back also rushes for 100 yards.

“Those young man are very talented and we’re all very lucky to have them in this program where they continue to work,” Andersen said. “They work so well as a unit in the run game and it does take all of them. It’s great to have unbelievable gifted kids running the football that can go the distance at any moment.”

“We always expect to have a great performance out there each and every week,” White added. “We have to be confident in ourselves and we knew there were going to be opportunities and we tried to capitalize on them.”

Zavior Hoxie Closing in on a Decision

Making his second trip to Wisconsin since June, Buford (GA) athlete Zavior Hoxie was able to see a lot more of what the Wisconsin program can offer him as a student-athlete then he did during his first visit.

“The visit went well,” Hoxie said. “We took a tour of the school and I got to see the facilities again, talked to the coaches, saw a good game by Wisconsin and was able to hang out with some of the players.”

The 5-11, 180-pound Hoxie was one of six official visitors on campus for the Badgers, who also had a number of committed players on campus to mingle with and tell Hoxie how special the Badgers’ program is.

“I talked with some of the kids who were already committed to the Badgers and they were telling me that I should come to Wisconsin and help continue to build the Badgers program,” Hoxie said. “But when I was talking with the kids who weren’t committed, we talked about what offers we had and where we were looking. It was a lot of fun hanging out with them and getting to know them.”

One of the big differences between his unofficial visit over the summer and this weekend’s official for Hoxie was he was able to talk with the entire coaching staff, getting a sense of their personality and their system.

“I talked with coach (Ben) Strickland for a good amount of time,” Hoxie said. “We talked about defensive stuff and some of the schemes. I like coach Strickland and I liked what I saw from the defense during the game.”

The other big difference for Hoxie was getting the opportunity to spend time with some of the current players, including true freshmen Keelon Brookins, Jakarrie Washington and Rob Wheelwright.

“When I spent time with them after the game it was real chill I got to see the dorms and they were real nice,” Hoxie said. “We played some video games and then we went out and enjoyed our time in Madison.”

Besides talking with Strickland, Hoxie also talked with Gary Andersen and his recruiting coordinator Thomas Hammock.

“I enjoyed talking with coach Andersen and I can definitely tell he’s a players coach and he was just telling me a little bit more about where he wants to take the Wisconsin program,” Hoxie said. “When I talked with coach Hammock he was asking me about how my recruitment was going and he was telling if I wait too long, spots may be filled up.”

With thought in mind, Hoxie currently a two-star athlete ranked No.183 cornerback in the country by Fox Sports Next is hoping to make his decision in the next two weeks.

“I may take a visit this coming week but I don’t know where yet,” he said. “I have to talk about that with my parents. If I don’t take a visit then I could have my decision in a week or two.”

With Hoxie possibly deciding in the next two weeks, how much did the Badgers help themselves?

“This visit will definitely help Wisconsin,” Hoxie said. “I wanted to witness a game atmosphere and the fans were great and the student section was fun to see. I wanted to see the city some more when there were students back on campus and what that would be like. When I do decide I know it will be Wisconsin and someone else.”

Hello world!

I’m currently a senior at UW-Whitewater and my major is broadcast journalism and I have a minor in human resources. When I’m not doing homework or in class I write for a website called Badger Nation. Badger Nation is part of Scout.com, which is run by Fox Sports.

I’m entering my third year writing for the website. Some of my responsibilities are

  • Writing recruiting articles
  • Preview articles for Badger games
  • Game day articles

I’ve been very lucky to sit in the press box for both Badger football and basketball. Its been a lot of fun and a great experience. I’ve been able to see my writing improve and while I’m still trying to develop a writing style I can see it slowly starting to grow.

While working for Badger Nation I have been lucky to gain some freedom as a journalist and have been able to think of different story ideas. I’ve been fortunate to write for a great publisher and editor.

This is something I’ve always wanted to do because I have a true passion for sports and my favorite team are the Wisconsin Badgers. My passion for the Badgers started at a young age when I attended my first Badger football game when I was in the first grade against Murray State and I’ve been going ever since.

My experience working for the website has helped strengthen my passion for Wisconsin athletics because I have had the chance to interact with some of the student athletes. It is clear speaking with them that they truly are student athletes where they recognize the fact that their students first and athletes second.

It also has helped confirm what I want to do in my profession, which has been great and I’m excited to see where else my passion takes me.