December 8, 2009

Hot 11: Hawaii

Perhaps the Wisconsin football team saved its best performance for last. Both the offense and defense seemed to be clicking at a high level, and as a result, the Badgers enjoyed a 51-10 win over a previously hot Hawaii squad. Now, heading into bowl prep, it's time for the popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.

The ninth installment of the 2009 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 encourages everyone to head over to The Badgers' Den to offer their own opinions.

 Hot 11
Rank Player The Word Last Game
1 John Clay, RB Clay yet again toppled the 100-yard plateau and also matched his career high with three touchdown runs. After winning Big Ten Player of the Year leading into the Hawaii game, Clay did not disappoint with a 172-yard effort. 1
2 Nick Toon, WR Toon was relatively quiet Saturday night with only three catches. But they were plays that went for over 20 yards on average as he added 66 more receiving yards to his season count. 2
3 O'Brien Schofield, DE Since starting the season on fire, opposing teams started paying more attention to Schofield down the stretch run of the season. Still, in his regular season finale as a Badger, Schofield was able to tally two more tackles-for-loss. 3
4 J.J. Watt, DE As a beneficiary to Schofield's extra attention, Watt delivered big time in Saturday's win. He finished with six tackles, three of which went for a loss. It was probably the sophomore's best game of his career to this point. 8
5 Scott Tolzien, QB With Clay rushing as well as he was, Tolzien may have gone somewhat unnoticed. Still, when all was said and done, the junior was incredibly efficient hitting 80 percent of his throws while finishing with 253 passing yards. 5
6 David Gilreath, WR Gilreath was decisive in his cuts returning the ball and had a huge effort as a result. He also found the end zone on the patented end around early in the game. Should he continue to play with that confidence, he could be a real weapon moving forward for UW. N/A
7 Garrett Graham, TE Graham led the team with four receptions out in Hawaii. He was a solid target for Tolzien the entire season and was an even better red zone threat. 7
8 Montee Ball, RB It seems like everytime the Badgers head out to Hawaii, the running game is what overpowers the opposing defenders. Along with Clay's performance, Ball was able to rack up 78 yards and a touchdown Saturday night himself. N/A
9 Devin Smith, DB
Smith took a lot of slack for his performance against Northwestern that was probably well deserved. Against Hawaii though, he played better with a team-high nine tackles and a pass breakup.
10 Jay Valai, SS Valai looked better in coverage throughout the game and even made a play on the ball for an interception. It was probably one of his better efforts of the season. N/A
11 Dustin Sherer, WR For a player to go from starting quarterback as a fourth year junior to third string during his final year cannot be easy. But, in Sherer's case, the senior handled the demotion with class and dignity. Therefore, it was nice to see him find the end zone in his final regular season game as a Badger. N/A

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