Wisconsin football 2012 signing class

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(Courtesy of Wisconsin, here are the bios of the members of the Badgers’ 2012 recruiting class.)

Vince Biegel
6’3, 225, LB
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Lincoln HS

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … No. 73 player nationally by Rivals … ranked
as the No. 3 outside linebacker by Rivals, No. 15 by ESPN and No. 23 by Scout … top-ranked player in
Wisconsin by ESPN and Rivals … finished his career with 425 tackles, 27 sacks, 10 interceptions, 10
forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns … in senior season, named
U.S. Army, USA Today and Parade All-American … also the Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year and
Conference Player of the Year … 2011 National Underclassman Midwest Ultimate Top 60 … winner
of the John Anderson Award (outstanding linebacker) and finalist for the Dick Butkus Award … also
selected as team captain and first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference … posted 172 tackles, 21
sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns
as a senior … as a junior, recorded 171 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, two
fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns … named team captain and first-team all-state, all-
region and all-conference for his efforts … earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore
after picking up 82 tackles and three interceptions as a safety … lettered in football, hockey and track
and field … head coach was Tony Biolo

Personal: Parents are Rocky and Jamie Biegel … father, Rocky, played linebacker at BYU from 1988-
92 and wrestled in 1992 … uncle, T.D. Biegel, played fullback at BYU from 1989-93 … grandfather, Ken
Biegel, played linebacker and offensive guard at UW-Eau Claire … spent time speaking to youth sports
teams and elementary and junior high schools … also volunteers at his church

Hugs Etienne
5’11, 170, CB
Plantation, Fla.
South Plantation HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals, two-star recruit by Scout … No. 31 cornerback in the
nation by ESPN, No. 42 by Rivals … in four-year career, recorded 88 tackles, six interceptions and seven
forced fumbles … senior season featured 20 tackles, one interception and two forced fumbles … in junior
season made 38 tackles with three interceptions and three forced fumbles … posted 30 tackles, two
interceptions and two forced fumbles as a sophomore … team captain as a senior… lettered in football
and track and field … a member of the school’s honor roll … head coach was Doug Gatewood

Personal: Parents are Evance and Rosemarthe Etienne … relative, Kindly Jacques, played football at the
University of Memphis … relative, Jacky Candy, played football at Houston … has volunteered at youth
football camps and helped youth read books at summer camp

Arthur Goldberg
6’3, 270, DT
Mount Lebanon, Pa.
Mount Lebanon HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … No. 55 defensive tackle in the nation by
Scout and No. 110 by ESPN … selected to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 as a senior and junior …
finished career with 162 tackles, seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss … as a senior, named first-team all-
state and all-conference on the defensive line after picking up 63 tackles, three sacks and seven tackles
for loss … also named first-team all-conference and team’s defensive player of the year as a junior after
recording 60 tackles, four sacks and three TFLs … in sophomore season, made 39 tackles with two TFLs …
won three letters in football and two in wrestling … head coach was Chris Haering

Personal: Mother is Kathy Adams … coached youth football and wrestling and volunteered at camps in
both sports

Bart Houston
6’4, 215, QB
Dublin, Calif.
De La Salle HS

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout, three-star recruit by Rivals … ranked by Scout as the
No. 7 quarterback in the country, by Rivals as the No. 12 QB and by ESPN as the No. 15 QB … holds
school records for career passing yards and completions, surpassing Matt Gutierrez who played three
seasons in the NFL … invited to ESPN Elite 11 QB camp and played in Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl
… holds career numbers of 272-of-437 passing (62.2 percent) for 5,178 yards and 46 touchdowns …
as a senior, completed 99-of-171 passes for school record 1,999 yards and 16 touchdowns, while also
rushing for 338 yards and 19 touchdowns … honored as the Fox GoldenStatePreps California Junior
Player of the Year after completing 102-of-153 passes for 1,922 yards and 20 touchdowns, also ran
for 236 yards and 11 scores … named to the ESPN CalPreps All-State Junior and Sophomore teams …
in sophomore season, threw for 1,257 yards on 71-of-113 passing with 10 touchdown and ran for 101
yards and another touchdown … three-year state champion and letterwinner in football … team was 38-
1 in his career … head football coach was Bob Ladouceur

Personal: Parents are Guy and Inge (ing-GUH) Houston … father, Guy, played football and baseball at St.
Mary’s College (CA) from 1978-82 … grandfather, Fred Houston, played football at Fresno State (1951-
54) … an Eagle Scout … named after Green Bay Packers quarterback, Bart Starr

Vonte Jackson
6’0, 190, RB
Kenosha, Wis.
Bradford HS

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and Scout and three-star recruit by ESPN … ranked as the No. 21
running back in the nation by Rivals, No. 22 by ESPN and No. 28 by Scout … No. 2 player in the state by
ESPN and Rivals … missed almost all of senior season after tearing his ACL with 16 seconds left in second
quarter of first game, still managed to rush for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and catch
one pass for 38 yards before injury … carried 68 times for 956 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 14
passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns in his junior year … team captain as a senior … nominated for
U.S. Army Game as a junior … lettered in football and track and field … head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Parents are Allen and Donna Jackson … has coached youth football … high school teammate of
fellow recruit Matt Prell and current Badger Melvin Gordon

Reggie Love
6’3, 205, WR
Boynton Beach, Fla.
Spanish River HS

High School: Three-star recruit according to Scout and Rivals, two-star recruit by ESPN … No. 172 wide
receiver in the nation according to Scout and No. 176 athlete according to ESPN … selected to Outback
All-Star Game … named all-state, all-area, all-county and team MVP as a senior after catching 38 passes
for 876 yards and 13 touchdowns … also lettered in basketball … head coach was Ray Berger

Personal: Mother is Dean Ellison … volunteered at basketball camps

Jake Meador
6’7, 320, OL
Whiteland, Ind.
Whiteland HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout and Rivals … No. 43 offensive tackle according to Rivals,
No. 67 by Scout and No. 79 by ESPN … fourth-ranked player in Indiana by Rivals and No. 6 by ESPN …
as a senior, named Indiana’s Mr. Football for linemen … also chosen first-team all-state by AP, Indiana
Football Coaches Association and Top-50 Elite … also first-team all-conference and all-county named
first-team … all-state as a junior by AP, Indiana Football Coaches Association and Top-50 Elite … also
first-team all-conference and all-county … earned three letters in football and two in basketball … head

football coach was Darrin Fisher

Personal: Parents are Joe and Kathy Meador … mother, Kathy, ran track at Indiana from 1976-77 …
brother, Reid, played football at Hillsdale College from 2007-12 and brother, Mitch, currently plays
football at Cincinnati … uncle, John Reid, played basketball at Austin Peay (1970-74) … uncle, Mel Nash,
swam at Indiana (1973-77), while other uncle, Kord Reid, swam at Texas A&M (1979-83) … aunt, Kim
Reid, was a diver at Texas A&M (1980-84) … helped at Whiteland Warrior Junior Football League Camp

Reggie Mitchell
6’0, 178, CB
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Shady Side Academy

High School: Two-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked as the No. 129 cornerback in
the country by Scout and the No. 151 athlete by ESPN … as a senior, named first-team all-state defensive
back, All-WPIAL defensive back and all-conference defensive back … also a team MVP as a senior after
throwing for 800 yards and running for 1,420 yards and 22 touchdowns … all-conference defensive back
as a junior, also threw for 600 yards and ran for 550 yards and 10 touchdowns … passed for 500 yards
and ran for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore … also a three-time all-conference selection
as a quarterback and a two-year team captain … won three letters in football and two in basketball and
track and field … head coach was Dave Havern

Personal: Parents are Vicky Mitchell-Taylor and James Taylor … relative of New York Jets all-pro
defensive back Darrelle Revis, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 …
volunteered as a Community Builder in high school, helping younger students adjust to life in high
school … also volunteered at his local YMCA

Leo Musso
5’10, 190, ATH
Waunakee, Wis.
Waunakee HS

High School: Two-star recruit by Scout and Rivals … No. 8 player in Wisconsin according to Rivals …
in his career, rushed for 5,531 yards and 87 touchdowns (93 total touchdowns) … as a senior, named
first-team all-state by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and AP and unanimous first-team all-
conference … winner of Elroy ‘Crazylegs’ Hirsch Running Back of the Year Award after rushing for 2,398
yards and 39 touchdowns and catching one touchdown pass … named first-team all-state by WFCA and
second-team all-state by the AP as a junior, also unanimous first-team all-conference … ran for 2,005
yards and 35 touchdowns and passed for three touchdowns … first-team all-conference as a sophomore
after rushing for 1,128 yards and 13 touchdowns and throwing for two more scores … three-time state

champions … also lettered in track and field … head football coach was Pat Rice

Personal: Mother is Teresa Musso … volunteered with the Waunakee Neighborhood Connections
as a present wrapper and food pantry worker … spoke at elementary and middle schools and was a
weightlifting supervisor at middle schools … high school teammate of fellow recruit Jack Russell and
current Badgers Austin Maly and Derek Straus

DJ Singleton
6’2, 195, S
Union, N.J.
St. Peter’s Prep

High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN and Scout and three-star recruit by Rivals … No. 14 safety in
the country according to Scout, No. 18 by ESPN and No. 27 by Rivals … as a senior, selected for the US
Marine All-American All-Star Game and the USA Today International Bowl … also chosen all-state, all-
metro and all-county after posting 53 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and 12 tackles for loss …
named all-county and U.S. Army All-American Combine second-team after making 40 tackles with three
sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior … recorded 42 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore … team
captain as a senior … lettered three times in football and twice in track and field … head coach was Rich
Hansen

Personal: Parents are Dwayne and Bernadette Singleton … volunteered as a youth coach

Dan Voltz
6’4, 295, OL
Barrington, Ill.
Barrington HS

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and ESPN … seventh-ranked guard in the nation by
Scout and No. 8 by Rivals, No. 19 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN … third-ranked player in Illinois
by ESPN and fourth-ranked in Illinois by Rivals … named all-state as a senior by Illinois High School
Football Coaches Association, Illinois News-Gazette and Chicago Tribune, also named Mid-Suburban All-
Conference and Daily Herald All-Area … IHSA All-State Academic Team member … team captain as a
senior … as a junior, named all-state by the IHSA Coaches Association and the Illinois News-Gazette, MSL
All-Conference and all-area by the Daily Herald … lettered in football, wrestling and track and field …
head coach was Joe Sanchez

Personal: Parents are Robert and Beth Voltz … volunteered with Relay for Life and Barrington Food Drive
and as a Barrington Area Giving Day Volunteer

Walker Williams
6’7, 320, OL
Tacoma, Wash.
Baptist HS

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout and Rivals … No. 40 offensive guard in the country
by Scout, No. 50 guard by Rivals and No. 110 offensive tackle by ESPN … seventh-ranked player in
Washington by Rivals … played in the Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl … three-time all-state offensive
lineman … tabbed all-state by AP on both offensive and defensive lines as a senior … earned all-league
honors on both the offensive and defensive line as a senior and junior … named all-league on the
offensive line as a sophomore and freshman … two-time team captain … won four letters in football,
two in basketball and also lettered in track and field … won the state championship in the discus as a
junior … head football coach was Mark Smith

Personal: Parents are George Williams and Denise Sims … volunteered at local children’s hospital and
food bank

Trent Denlinger
6’6, 266, DE
Cuba City, Wis.
Cuba City HS

High School: Honorable mention all-state defensive end as a senior, also named first-team all-region and
all-conference as an offensive lineman and defensive end … 2011 Southwest Wisconsin Activities League
Lineman of the Year … in senior season, tallied 56 tackles, nine sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced
fumble, one interception, one blocked field goal and one defensive score … as a junior, named first-
team all-conference as an offensive and defensive lineman and also earned honorable mention all-area
honors after producing 84 tackles, six sacks, one interception and one defensive touchdown … played
on varsity as a sophomore, recording 12 tackles … two-time letterwinner in football and a three-time
letterwinner in basketball and baseball … member of the National Honor Society … head coach was Guy
Kopp

Personal: Parents are Tom and Tina Denlinger … father, Tom, played football at Loras College …
volunteered as a coach for area youth sports teams and at his church

Alex Erickson
6’1, 200, WR
Argyle, Wis.
Darlington HS

High School: In his career, rushed for 3,856 yards and 57 touchdowns, passed for 3,648 yards and
37 touchdowns and recorded 170 tackles and 14 interceptions … chosen to play in the WFCA All-Star
game as a senior and was named the SWAL Conference and Wisconsin State Journal Small School
Player of the Year … also tabbed first-team all-state as defensive back and first-team all-conference as
defensive back and quarterback after gaining 2,489 yards of total offense (1,239 rushing, 1,250 passing),
scoring 33 touchdowns (20 rushing, 13 passing) and making 50 tackles with three interceptions … also
returned two punts for touchdowns … in junior season, named honorable mention all-state by AP and
awarded first-team all-conference honors as a defensive back and quarterback after gaining 2,185
yards of total offense (1,318 rushing, 867 passing), scoring 31 touchdowns (21 rushing, 10 passing) and
recording 45 tackles and four interceptions … as a sophomore, earned first-team all-conference honors
at defensive back and second-team honors as a quarterback following a season of 784 rushing yards
and nine rushing touchdowns, 884 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns and 45 tackles and five
interceptions … honorable mention all-conference honors as a freshman after posting 515 rushing yards
and seven rushing touchdowns, 647 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns and 30 tackles and
two interceptions … two-time team captain and three-time team MVP … won four letters in football,
basketball and track and field … three-time WBCA all-state selection in basketball … member of National
Honor Society and high school’s student council … head football coach was Scott Zywicki

Personal: Parents are Mike and Linda Erickson … volunteered in local youth sports leagues as a coach
and referee

Matt Prell
6’5, 200, TE
Kenosha, Wis.
Bradford HS

High School: Honorable mention all-conference as a senior after catching two passes for 29 yards and
making six tackles … lettered in football, baseball and competitive cheerleading … four-year member of
the school’s honor roll … head coach was Jed Kennedy

Personal: Parents are Andy and Susan Prell … volunteered during Downtown Marathon and at Taste of
Wisconsin … high school teammate of fellow recruit Vonte Jackson and current Badger Melvin Gordon

Jake Rademacher
6’2, 220, LB
Wales, Wis.
Kettle Moraine HS

High School: For his career, tallied 323 tackles, nine sacks, 30 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles and
one interception … Classic 8 Defensive Player of the Year, honorable mention all-state and first-team
All-Milwaukee as a senior … recorded 95 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles
on defense and rushed 15 times for 75 yards and one touchdown on offense … named first-team
all-conference, first-team all-county and honorable mention all-region as a junior after making 100
tackles, three sacks, nine TFLs, three forced fumbles and one interception … honorable mention all-
conference honors as a sophomore after picking up 73 tackles, two sacks, six TFLs and one forced
fumble … recorded 55 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four TFLs and one forced fumble as a freshman … two-time
team captain and team MVP … won four letters in football, three in lacrosse and one each in track and
field and wrestling … four-year member of the school’s honor roll … head coaches were Mike Fink (9-11)
and Darnell Wiltz (12)

Personal: Parents are Daniel and Christine Rademacher … uncle, Robert Blessington, played basketball
at UW-Stevens Point … brother, Ben, played football at UW-Stevens Point … volunteered at local food
drive and at his church … worked at youth football and lacrosse camps

Jack Russell
6’0, 160, K
Waunakee, Wis.
Waunkaee HS

High School: Four and a half star recruit by Kohl’s and two-star recruit by ESPN … No. 48 kicker in the
country by Kohl’s and No. 65 by ESPN … first-team all-state by WFCA and AP as a senior after making
69-of-70 PATs, 5-of-7 field goals and recording touchbacks on 68 of 82 on kickoffs … also a unanimous
first-team all-conference selection, first-team all-area and all-region … had 15 touchbacks as a junior on
kickoffs … four-year member of the school’s honor roll … head coach was Pat Rice

Personal: Parents are Bob and Beth Russell … volunteered at his church and at the local food pantry
… spoke to local elementary schools … high school teammate of fellow recruit Leo Musso and current
Badgers Austin Maly and Derek Straus

Logan Schmidt
6’5, 250, DE
Gotham, Wis.
Richland Center HS

High School: As a senior, named first-team all-state by the WFCA and second-team all-state by the AP
on the defensive line after making 148 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles …
also named first-team all-conference on both offensive and defensive lines and all-region … first-team
all-conference as a defensive lineman and second-team all-conference as an offensive lineman in junior
season … second-team all-conference as a defensive lineman as a sophomore two-time team captain
and team MVP … lettered four times in football and wrestling … two-time state qualifier in wrestling …
member of student council and National Honor Society … head coach was Greg Schoep

Personal: Parents are Randy and Shelly Schmidt

Alex Walker
6’5, 220, TE
Glendale, Wis.
Nicolet HS

High School: All-Conference honorable mention as a tight end in senior season after recording 19
receptions for 284 yards and a touchdown … as a defensive end, posted 35 tackles, nine tackles for loss,
three sacks and four pass breakups … also won team’s Black Lion Award for most sacrifice made for the
team … as a junior, caught 22 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown as a tight end and made 43 tackles
with seven TFLs, six sacks and three forced fumbles as a defensive end … won three letters in football,
two in baseball and swimming and one in track and field … head coach was Bradley Kozaczok

Personal: Parents are Harold and Susan Walker … grandfather, Robert Remstad, lettered in basketball at
Wisconsin in 1951 … volunteered as a coaching assistant for youth baseball and football camps and is an
Eagle Scout

Butch Jones says the most Butch Jones quote of all time

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It’s become a theory among some in the media that Butch Jones is conducting a social experiment or participating some sort of performance art. While that’s the more charitable and fun interpretation, I tend to think the Tennessee head coach is just frighteningly insecure and, thus, fighting for every inch of public approval he can in a likely doomed attempt to keep his job.

That approach has backed him into some verbal corners that, in the long run, make his job more difficult on himself.

I’m talking about the “Champions of Life” quote of last season or, in February, actually stating that he didn’t want 5-star players, he wanted 5-star hearts.

This season has seen Jones go on an odd rant blaming the media for negative recruiting and saying Tennessee had one of the best bye weeks ever last week.

It wasn’t one of the best bye weeks ever, because Tennessee lost at home to South Carolina, 15-9. And you’re not going to believe Jones’s explanation for why Tennessee loss. Scratch that. You will believe his explanation, and that’s the problem here, isn’t it?

Here’s the full quote.

Jones is 33-24 in his four-plus seasons in Knoxville, and 14-21 in the SEC. Those numbers will likely fall to 33-25 and 14-22 after Saturday, when the Vols face No. 1 Alabama. The end is likely near.

And here’s the grand irony of Jones’s everything’s-sunny-here p.r. strategy: his attempt to keep his job by stating blatantly cliche quotes in the state of the obvious will live on much longer than Jones’s actual tenure. Two and three years from now, when Jones is working on someone else’s staff or sitting on his buyout money, the next time an on-the-hot-seat coach says his team won the game everywhere except the scoreboard, we’ll see he Pulled a Butch.

Houston Nutt settles lawsuit with Ole Miss

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Houston Nutt wanted money and an apology from Ole Miss. He’ll have to settle for the second of the two — and a largely different future for the program he used to lead.

It was Nutt’s lawsuit, remember, which exposed the documents that led to a Mississippi State fan finding Hugh Freeze‘s call to a Tampa escort service, which led to Freeze’s resignation, which led to… we have no idea what it will lead to, but, whatever that future is, it will be wildly different than if Freeze was still the Rebels’ coach.

Nutt amended his lawsuit in August to seek simply an apology from Ole Miss, and that apology finally came on Monday.

Each side released their own bitter, short statements.

Nutt will go on, with his apology but without any monetary compensation, while Ole Miss will play out the string of this season, hire a new coach, and move into a future that will be immeasurably different that the one it would have lived had it apologized to Nutt in the first place.

Washington loses LT Adams, CB Miller for the season

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No. 12 Washington’s loss to Arizona State was a disaster on the field — for more reasons than one.

The Huskies not only put their College Football Playoff hopes in danger — they’ll need to sweep their next six games, including a finishing kick that calls for games against No. 22 Stanford, No. 15 Washington State and, presumably, No. 11 USC, two of them away from Seattle. But the road to get there became noticeably more difficult after losing two starters.

Left tackle Trey Adams suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, and cornerback Jordan Miller sustained a broken ankle. Head coach Chris Petersen confirmed Monday that both will be lost for the season. Miller is the third Husky this season to suffer a broken ankle.

The Seattle Times noted that Washington is also without another starting corner in Byron Murphy, who is expected to return later this year from a broken foot. The Huskies are expected to replace Miller with either a pair of true freshmen or a converted running back.

But Adams may be the bigger loss for the Huskies. A junior, Adams was widely expected to be a first round pick in this spring’s NFL Draft. It’s the second straight season Washington has lost a key player in the trenches to a season-ending injury; a year ago, it was linebackers Joe Mathis, who finished one sack away from the team lead despite playing in only seven games, and third-leading tackler Azeem Victor.

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson to take 6-month sabbatical

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Maryland AD Kevin Anderson will not be the Maryland AD for the next six months.

Anderson announced Monday he will take a 6-month sabbatical to focus on “professional development.” That leave of absence will see him remain on his national committees with the NCAA and NACDA, the professional organization of ADs.

It was reported over the weekend that Anderson would be out completely as Maryland’s AD, but those reports were knocked down by the university.

Additionally, Maryland announced that former Georgia AD and current Terps associate AD/CFO Damon Evans will run the department in Anderson’s stead.