Miles Shuler

Quarterback struggles doom No. 17 Wisconsin despite Gordon’s record day

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The phrase “if you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have any” has been around awhile, but whomever invented it was definitely speaking about the 2014 Wisconsin team.

The 17th-ranked Badgers found a way to lose at Northwestern, 20-14, on a day when Melvin Gordon set a personal best with 27 rushes for 259 yards and a touchdown because Wisconsin quarterbacks Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave threw three completed passes inside the Northwestern end zone, one to a guy wearing white and two to a guy in purple.

McEvoy started the game and completed 4-of-10 passes for 24 yards with an interception in the Wildcats’ end zone to Godwin Igwebuike. He was replaced late in the second quarter after taking a rough hit from a Northwestern defender.

Joel Stave replaced McEvoy and completed only 8-of-19 passes for 114 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Stave’s first pick came at his own 16, and one play later Miles Shuler raced in to push the Northwestern lead to 17-7. The Badgers were down 20-7 with 5:55 to play when Stave threw without a doubt the worst pick of the four, this time again to Igwebuike inside the Northwestern end zone. How bad was this interception? Igwebuike wasn’t even the only defender between Stave and his intended target. The fourth and final pick, again to Igwebuike, effectively ended any hope for a miracle at the Wisconsin 36-yard line with 18 seconds to play.

In all, Wisconsin quarterbacks completed 12-of-29 passes for 138 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions, while five Badgers rushers combined for 284 yards on 37 carries.

Trevor Siemian was just effective enough to win, hitting 15-of-29 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown, while Justin Jackson carried the water with 33 rushes for 162 yards.

The win by Northwestern completely throws the Big Ten West race into chaos. Northwestern is suddenly 3-2 after its 0-2 start, and in first place in the division at 2-0. Wisconsin drops to 3-2 (and certainly out of the Top 25) with two gut-ripping losses, and 0-1 inside the conference.

Depending on what happens at Spartan Stadium tonight, Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota could be in a tie for first place in the Big Ten West.

Melvin Gordon getting his yards, but No. 17 Wisconsin shut out through one half

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Question: How does Melvin Gordon rush for 11 yards per carry and 112 yards in a half, but No. 17 Wisconsin still trail 10-0 through one half?

Answer: Tanner McEvoy, that’s how.

Badgers quarterback McEvoy completed only 4-of-10 passes for 24 yards – that’s 2.4 yards per throw – with an interception. That equates to a quarterback rating of 40.16. Joel Stave replaced McEvoy on Wisconsin’s final possession of the half.

Northwestern quarterback Trevor Simien threw for 133 yards and a five-yard touchdown pass to Dan Vitale with 3:38 to go before the half to give the Wildcats the lead. The scoring strike came after Simien found Miles Shuler for seven yards on 4th-and-14 from the 17.

Northwestern notched its field goal immediately after Godwin Igwebulke inside the Northwestern end zone on a 3rd-and-11.

Wisconsin receives the ball to open the second half.

 

Rutgers WR Miles Shuler transfers to Northwestern

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Northwestern announced the addition of former Rutgers wide receiver Miles Shuler on Saturday. Shuler will join the program immediately and sit out the 2013-14 football season. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
 
Shuler appeared in 30 games for Rutgers University during his freshman and sophomore seasons, registering five receptions for 71 yards and seven rushes for 69 yards. The wide receiver also blocked one punt and returned one punt for 23 yards and one kickoff for 17 yards as a special teams contributor for the Scarlet Knights.
 
The New Jersey native played quarterback, cornerback and safety at Long Branch High School in New Jersey, and participated in the 2011 U.S. Army All-America game. Shuler won the New Jersey state championship in the 100-meter dash and the indoor 55-meter dash for the Long Branch track team, recording the second-faster 55-meter time in the nation for a high school sprinter as a junior.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Shuler could conceivably play the same type of all-purpose offensive role Kain Colter currently plays for the Wildcats.

Former four-star WR transferring from Rutgers

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As the Newark Star-Ledger bluntly put it, Miles Shuler is leaving the  Rutgers “after two nondescript years in the program.”

Friday morning, head coach Kyle Flood announced that the wide receiver has indeed decided to transfer from the Scarlet Knights.  No reason was given for the departure, although slotting on the depth chart would be a place to start.

Shuler came to RU with great acclaim, given four stars by Rivals.com as part of Greg Schiano‘s final recruiting class in 2011.  He was rated by that recruiting service as the No. 16 receiver in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of New Jersey.

After no receptions in seven games as a true freshman, Shuler then caught five passes for 71 yards in 2012.