Joel Stave, Travis Frederick

Starting lineman bolts Badgers for NFL


For the first time this season, Wisconsin has lost an underclassman to the NFL.

In a letter to the UW football family posted on the team’s official website, starting center Travis Frederick (pictured, bent over) confirmed that, after “one of the toughest decisions in my life. … I have decided to forgo my final season as a Badger to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.”

Frederick has started 31 of the 32 games in which he played along the Badgers’ offensive line.  The redshirt junior took over at center this year for Peter Konz, who himself left UW early last year for the NFL and was selected in the second round.

“Thanks to the tremendous support system that I have, I feel very comfortable making this decision to move forward,” a portion of Frederick’s letter, which can be viewed in its entirety HERE, read. “I would like to thank everyone that has supported me all along and especially during this decision-making process. I would like to especially thank my parents, brothers, friends and girlfriend for being there during my career and this process. Without them, I could not have succeeded.”

Frederick is the second offensive lineman to declare early, joining Syracuse’s Justin Pugh.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.