Sunday, October 21, 2012

Badgers Roundtable: Minnesota (


Nick Grays, The Sports Bank - Bret Bielema and his team have to be ecstatic about the return of the offensive line and the running game. In the past two weeks, the Badgers have racked up 804 yards on the ground. Ryan Groy who was forced to move from left guard to left tackle has done a wonderful job filling in for Wisconsin’s best interior lineman in Ricky Wagner. Also have to credit corner Devin Smith with one of his best games. I thought it was a pleasant surprise to hear the coach say he’s setting himself up for an NFL opportunity after the game.

Rex Sheild, Daily Cardinal - For the second straight week, the offensive line dominated in the trenches and opened up huge holes for Montee Ball and James White, who combined for 341 yards with five touchdowns, especially as the game wore on. Some might have thought, including myself, that the O-line productivity might drop with the absence of Wagner but, as Nick said, Groy did a phenomenal job filling in for him and the unit didn’t miss a beat. The defense continues to establish themselves as one of the better units in the conference and were able to force two interceptions from Smith and Ethan Armstrong against an inexperienced Minnesota quarterback that led to a Kyle French field goal and a touchdown from Ball, respectively. Also, they held Minnesota to 4-of-11 on third down possessions.

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