Hagstrom: Good, bad, ugly of UW pro prospects

first_imgTravis Beckum, Tight End — You bet he wishes he made the jump to the NFL after his junior year. Instead, he returned to UW to further develop his blocking technique and add strength to ultimately improve upon his draft stock. That didn’t happen.A hamstring injury early and a broken fibula late limited Beckum to six games and 422 yards — fewer than half of his 2007 total.Not to worry — while the decision to come back will cost him financially, expect Beckum to do just fine at the next level and become a possible sleeper there. Breakthroughs/Sleepers: Tom Gorowsky, Forward — Ruled by DNP-Coach’s Decision and dress suits for three seasons, life was tough for the recipient of Minnesota’s 2004 “Mr. Hockey” award.All that changed after Street went down. Gorowsky finally got steady ice time.It has shown.His 25 points and 11 goals are good for third on the team and easily eclipse the 18 he scored in years one through three.David Gilreath, Wide Receiver — With Beckum hurt and Jefferson disappearing, someone besides tight end Garrett Graham had to produce. Unlike the freshman version of himself, who dropped the ball in a starting roll (numerous times) and caught just one pass all season, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Gilreath emerged as a dual offensive threat.Chalk one up for the little guys.Dustin Sherer, Quarterback — Heading into the 2008 campaign, what were the chances Sherer attempted more than 10 passes during the course of the season? One in five? One in 100?The fact that he came in and started the final six games — and did an adequate job at it too — exceeded all expectations. Niles Brinkley, Cornerback — Desperate to fill the void left by Jack Ikegwuonu, who departed to the NFL, and Aaron Henry, still recovering from a torn ACL, Brinkley stepped in nicely.The sophomore paced the team with four interceptions and afforded the Badgers some stability in the secondary. Kyle Jefferson, Wide Receiver — A productive freshman season filling in for then-injured seniors Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan slipped into disappointment a year later. Coach Bret Bielema lost trust in his once-coveted deep threat, who caught just 14 passes for 189 yards and zero touchdowns.Jefferson could be on track to go the way of Jarvis Minton, Xavier Harris and Marcus Randle El. Ouch. Productive: Jamie McBain, Defenseman — National leader in points scored by a defenseman (34; seven goals, 27 assists) and power play points (24), McBain has emerged as the best player on a team loaded with potential NHL talent. Marcus Landry, Forward — The closest thing to a go-to guy the Badgers have on a game-to-game basis. A team and personal best 12.9 points per game doesn’t stand out when compared to the nation’s elite.Keeping in mind he plays for the slow it down, methodical Badgers, it’s good enough. P.J. Hill, Running Back — The 2008 Hill wasn’t the one of old, mostly because redshirt freshman John Clay began stealing some carries.Still, all things considered, 1,161 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns are hard to dismiss. Allan Evridge, Quarterback — Remember media members and fans alike calling for Evridge to spell the end of Tyler Donovan in 2007? Boy how things changed.Evridge learned how to spell all right: his own doom. Making plays seldom, showing is indecision often and finding numerous ways to come up with a costly mistake, Evridge never quite fit in.To think: all that effort to transfer (from Kansas State) and learn a new system wasted. There must be something to cheer about.Wait, never mind.It’s bad enough the economy is collapsing like the Kingdome upon detonation, but major Wisconsin sports too? Come on.First it was the football team, which blew and lost three fourth quarter leads, including two of more than 10 points. Then came the men’s hockey team and its eighth third-period meltdown resulting in a loss or tie. And now the basketball team officially got in on the act of disappearing late — twice to Minnesota (when does that happen?) and seven times overall.This truly has been a difficult year.In the spirit of what’s to come — fantasy baseball — let’s take a look at what has been done.More specifically, some of the individuals who contributed in some way to Wisconsin’s athletic struggles (“Busts”), those who were always there (“Productive”) and those who give or gave Badgers everywhere reason for hope (“Breakthroughs/Sleepers”).Busts: Ben Street, Forward — Senior year was supposed to be the time it came together, the time Street made a lasting impression on pro scouts that have for so long overlooked his abilities.Unfortunately, like Beckum, a serious injury (ACL tear) cut his season short.Expected to lead another young, talented Badgers team, the forward’s production was limited to one goal in four games.Luckily, Street has another chance to prove himself. The injury happened early enough that he can take a medical redshirt and compete next season. John Clay, Running Back — The clear-cut star in the Badgers ground attack now Hill gave up his eligibility in favor of the NFL didn’t solidify his role with the team until nearly midway through last season.Rated the No. 2 recruit in Wisconsin and fourth-best back in the country, according to Rivals.com as a high school senior, fans figured he’d stack up in the Big Ten.Too many bodies in the backfield and a summer school class forced his hand into redshirting his freshman year. Not anymore.Now there’s something to look forward to.Kevin is a former sports editor of The Badger Herald. Want to talk Wisconsin sports? E-mail him at khagstrom23@gmail.com.last_img read more

Football: Departure of key talent leaves offensive line, backfield searching for replacements

first_imgWeek three of the spring position previews shifts focus from Jim Leonhard’s defense to the offensive side of the football, a unit also welcoming many new faces to the mix.I don’t need to be the one to say that last year’s Badgers disappointed for many reasons. This lack of success can partially be credited to the team’s offense only scoring 29.7 points per game, good for 61st in the nation, after scoring 33.8 points per game during the team’s outstanding 2017 season.The underlying stats, however, paint a different picture.Football: To fuel 2019 season, Badger secondary looking for consistencyAfter last week’s dive into the units of defensive backs and linebackers, this week the focus is on Coach Paul Read…An important statistic in evaluating offensive production is yards per play. This stat takes the total yards gained by an offense and divides it by the number of plays the unit ran during the course of a season.The 2017 Badgers, a team that went 13-1 and fell a drive short of the College Football Playoff, averaged 6.1 yards per play.The 2018 Badgers, a team that went 8-5, averaged 6.4 yards per play.The drop in offensive production on the scoreboard was not due to a lack of production by the team as a whole, but rather due to untimely turnovers and a lack of efficiency in the red zone and on special teams — Rafael Gaglianone, the team’s kicker, made an atrocious 58 percent of his field goals.So, now that Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Joe Rudolph has lost much of his 2018 and 2017 talent to graduation and the NFL, it’s time for him to rebuild his unit in order to bring the Badgers back into national relevance.The first positional units of the offense previewed are the offensive line and backfield.Offensive LineBadger fans know the offensive line has been a pivotal cog in Head Coach Paul Chryst’s and Rudolph’s offensive system, one premised on dominating the line of scrimmage and running the football.Last year the line boasted NFL talent across the board in Jon Dietzen, Michael Deiter, Tyler Biadasz, Beau Benzschawel and David Edwards.Football Outsiders’ end-of-year rankings had the unit as the best in the nation, outperforming the great offensive lines of Alabama, Oklahoma and other top programs.Looking forward to 2019, however, only Biadasz returns to the team, and a new-look line must be ushered in around him.The good news for Wisconsin fans is that Chryst hasn’t had any trouble in the past bringing top-level talent at the position to the school, as he has seemingly rebooted the line to a perennial top-ten unit in the nation every year.Current linemen on the roster who will battle for open starting jobs alongside Biadasz include redshirt sophomore Kayden Lyles, redshirt senior Jason Erdmann, redshirt sophomore Tyler Beach, redshirt senior David Moorman, redshirt sophomore Logan Bruss and redshirt sophomore Josh Seltzner.With Biadasz on the sideline for the spring session and several spring practices in the books, the shape of the line around him is starting to form with Moorman at left tackle, Seltzner at left guard, Bruss at right guard and Beach at right tackle.This lineup is not finalized, however, as Chryst and the staff will welcome in five-star recruit Logan Brown to the team in the fall and have Erdmann and Cole Van Lanen, players who both played in 13 games a year ago, battling for the positions.Despite all these new names up front, Biadasz is encouraged with the progress that they’ve made as a unit since the spring began.“They’re doing a hell of a job this spring so far,” Biadasz said. “It’s only week two and they’re doing a really good job of just catching along and building themselves each practice.”Chryst and Rudolph hope that the development at the position continues as the spring and summer progress and that the line can come close to their 2017 and 2018 form.Football: Fresh defensive line, linebacking corps seek to return Wisconsin defense to dominanceThe date was December 27, but the Badgers’ 34–3 Pinstripe Bowl victory against the University of Miami feels like it Read…Running Back and FullbackThe answer in the backfield is clear. Jonathan Taylor is back in Madison for his junior season and will be ready to defend the Doak Walker Award he received last fall.Taylor is coming off a sophomore season that not only lived up to the hype that followed his freshman campaign but exceeded it with 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns. To put Taylor’s historic first two seasons in perspective, he’s on pace to become the greatest running back in Wisconsin history.What isn’t clear about the backfield, however, is who will play Robin to Taylor’s Batman and keep him fresh throughout the season.Last year, Taiwan Deal, Garrett Groshek and Chris James split the role of the team’s backup running back and filled it well, averaging 6.6, 6.5 and 4.7 yards per carry respectively. Groshek is back in Madison this season but Deal and James both graduated last spring, leaving a big hole in the rotation.Chryst addressed the running back rotation when speaking after the Badgers’ 7th spring practice.“There are spots or roles to be earned,” Chryst said. “That’s where spring is a good time to get reps, the consistency probably won’t come until fall camp.”The likely heir to Deal and James’ role as one of Taylor’s backups is Bradrick Shaw. Shaw was injured for all of the 2018 season but showed promise during his freshman year in 2016, rushing for over 450 yards on an average of 5.2 yards per carry.Shaw and Groshek should do an effective job aiding Taylor this season — Shaw as more of the bruising, powerful back and Groshek as a third-down passing option.The story of departed talent continues at the fullback position with Alec Ingold graduating and pursuing an NFL career. The likely replacement for Ingold is redshirt junior Mason Stokke. Stokke played in nine games a year ago, only carrying the ball four times.Other fullbacks on the roster are sophomore Leo Chenal and redshirt sophomore Coy Wanner.Both of these units — the offensive line and backfield — will work to take pressure off one of the most talked about positions coming into spring and summer football — quarterback.Will Graham Mertz, the No. 5 overall quarterback in this year’s class, take the helm as a true freshman? Will Jack Coan build off his productive-at-times 2018 season?Next week the quarterback position will be previewed along with the wide receiver group, two positions with plenty still up in the air with the 2019 campaign around the corner.Note: The print version of this article incorrectly identified Logan Brown as Trent Brown. The Badger Herald regrets this error. Brown’s correct name is listed in this story.last_img read more

3 knee surgeries didn’t stop Morgan Alexander from playing lacrosse

first_imgUPDATED: April 15, 2019 at 1:12 p.m.The pain was instant. The swelling followed soon after. Morgan Alexander had planted awkwardly during a 1-on-1 drill and fallen to the turf at Ensley Athletic Center. As she looked down, she noticed her knee cap was perpendicular to its normal placement. Tears flowed down her face.Kathleen Chaney, the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team’s associate athletic trainer, ran to Alexander’s side and threw a raincoat over her leg. With help from a few coaches, she got Alexander onto a cart and on her way to the hospital.“I was just trying to get her to stop being upset,” Chaney said. “The thing with Morgan, she swelled a lot, and she swelled really fast. That for me made it more severe.”Alexander, then a redshirt freshman, dislocated her kneecap and tore her ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus. A month later, she had surgery. A year later, she injured her knee again by re-tearing her meniscus, again at Ensley. That was followed by another surgery and another missed season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the fall of her senior year, she got hurt again. Both her medial and lateral menisci were torn and needed to be surgically repaired, leaving the attacker to make a decision: stop playing lacrosse for good, or try one last time to get back on the field.“It’s weird,” Alexander said, “I don’t really remember my life before all of this.”Now, more than two years since her first injury, Alexander is finally on the field for No. 3 Syracuse (13-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast). She’s played in all but one game, and has scored 17 goals and recorded two assists. Alexander never gave up the hope that she’d one day make it back onto the field, even though she had a few low points.Alexander admits that she never feels the same as she did before her injuries. She knows that she probably never will. Every day before practice she does two hours of treatment followed by one hour afterward. Every time she plays, her knee swells so much that it’s “disgusting.”“If I’m gonna tear something, I’m gonna. That’s the way it is, clearly,” Alexander said. “I’m not gonna sit here and worry about it … Fearless is the No. 1 key term for me as a player. Because that’s the number one thing people ask me is ‘how do you get out there and not be scared?’ And I’m not.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorAlexander dominated high school competition, tallying 274 goals and 81 assists during her career at South Jefferson High School, before redshirting her freshman year at Syracuse.But four days before her sophomore season, she blew out her knee. Alexander had it repaired at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where extra bone fragments were added to her kneecap, which she now calls her “fake kneecap.” Just days after her surgery, Alexander played wall ball, a move that earned her criticism from Chaney and assistant coach Caitlin Defliese.Some days, Alexander’s pain and frustration got the best of her. She was unable to perform routine acts like putting her socks on without the assistance of Morgan Widner, her teammate. Alexander, normally reserved when dealing with her rehab, only cried when she was alone with Widner, Widner said.There were times that Alexander wanted to quit. Alexander’s older sister, Madesyn, adopted Charlotte, a Labrador retriever and she served as a mock-therapy dog while Alexander recovered. Emily Resnick, a redshirt junior midfielder, helped her through the more difficult times. Resnick helped Alexander maintain her focus during times that she wanted to give up and took on a stricter approach with her than Widner.“Her work ethic honestly keeps me going when I’m like ‘Oh my God, I don’t want to do this,’” Resnick said. “Here’s a girl who’s had three knee surgeries, still loves the game just as much.”Alexander was cleared entering the following season and played during Syracuse’s training camp in Florida, but when the Orange returned north, Alexander got hurt again. On Jan. 28, 2018, nearly a year after her first injury, she felt a pop.When an MRI was performed on her knee, all the past damage and repairs caused the reading to be inconclusive. Alexander had torn her meniscus again, but could try to play through it. If she couldn’t, she’d have to get surgery again.“So, I tried to play,” Alexander said. “I couldn’t run. I was like, ‘Well, that makes it easy.’”She had surgery two weeks later and was again out for the season. Her first injury was catastrophic. Her second wasn’t as serious, but it impacted Alexander more. Feeling down, she went home to Adams as often as she could.At least once a week, Alexander said, she called her mom crying. She couldn’t do it anymore. Traveling with the team to road games made it even more difficult because her sense of helplessness was exacerbated.This fall, Alexander suffered another setback. There was no specific moment of injury this time, but her meniscus was injured and so swollen that it prevented her from walking. She tried a cortisone injection, but it failed. Dr. John Cannizzaro, the team’s physician, told her she should stop playing and in late September performed surgery to remove a portion of Alexander’s fat pad and prevent friction on her ACL.“It was basically an ultimatum,” Alexander said. “I was told, if it swells, if it looks bad, you’re done forever. You’re medically disqualified. That’s the bottom line. I remember driving with my dad, like ‘I don’t ever want to stop playing lacrosse, I haven’t gotten a chance.’”By that time, Alexander was used to rehab. Some days when she’d come into the training room, Alexander told Chaney that she already knew what she had to do that day. Each time, Chaney ultimately assured Alexander that, as the certified athletic trainer, she should be the one deciding what to do.Alexander’s final breakthrough came when she was able to do squats and lunges without pain, something she was unable to do following her first two surgeries. At that point, the two knew that Alexander would finally be able to get back onto the field.“Each one of the roadblocks we’ve hit, we’ve had to readjust,” Chaney said. “Some days she was down and didn’t want to do anything, and some days she’d come in and be full-bore and happy … it was harder after each surgery, but she’s a tough cookie, she got back out there and just kept pressing.”Ally Walsh | Staff PhotographerLeading up to Syracuse’s first game of the season against Connecticut, Alexander received dozens of good luck texts. One from former teammate Taylor Gait, who also had several surgeries during her career, told Alexander how proud Gait was of her. Another, from her high school coach, praised her for her perseverance. Both made Alexander cry.Her younger sister Mackenzie was worried that Alexander would drop the first pass she received. But she notched her first assist and then the first goal of her Syracuse career came in the second half, when she split a double team and finished through the goalkeeper’s legs.At one point during the game she looked up at Mike, who gave her a thumbs up — the gesture he used while Alexander was younger to signify she was playing well. Her mom, sitting next to him, was crying.“It felt like high school, because in high school, that’s what I did,” Alexander said. “The first goal was like, ‘Oh, OK, I can do this.’”She finished with three goals, the last of which coming off an assist by Resnick, who called it her favorite moment ever playing lacrosse. Alexander was given player of the game honors by her teammates, who also called for her to give a speech. Her postgame was mostly filled with tears of relief, both by Alexander and her teammates.Eventually, she made a point to head over to Cannizzaro and tell him “I told you so.” Cannizzaro gave her a high five and shook his head.“I don’t know how you do it kid,” he said.In the first game of the 2018 season, Widner tore her ACL. When she was brought to the training room, Alexander went with her. As the ACL test was performed, Alexander already knew the diagnosis.Throughout Widner’s recovery, she faced similar doubts as Alexander had in the early days of her injury. One day, Widner broke down in the training room after a handful of girls on the team tried to cheer her up. “You got this!” they said, but that only caused her to break down. Alexander quickly came to her side. She told the teammates to go away, turned to her fallen teammate and, speaking from experience, told her to “grip the towel and suck it up.”Through her own struggles, Alexander learned dwelling on the past wasn’t worth it. Widner was broken down, and doesn’t know if she could have fared without Alexander’s experienced advice. Alexander didn’t want her teammate to face it alone. In the training room after the injury, Alexander grabbed Widner’s hand and looked her in the eyes.“There are days that you’re just gonna want to quit,” Alexander told Widner. “But I will not let you.”CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, the reason Morgan Alexander was on the sidelines was unclear in a graphic.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 15, 2019 at 12:15 am Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Auto Theft 1109 111017   900pm – 100pm Victi

first_imgAuto Theft11/09- 11/10/17   9:00pm – 1:00pmVictim reports his 1998 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from Battery Street. Victim’s motor vehicle was recovered in Peabody, Mass. These are notable incidents from the Boston Police District A-1 Police Journal Log related to the North End / Waterfront area.Ballistic / Evidence Found11/02/17   10:35 amPolice officers responded to found ammunition at North St. and Cross St. on the Greenway. A worker noticed a male suspect in the bushes and observed a camouflage vest with rifle magazines and a live round. Suspect stopped a short distance away and identified. Detectives photographed scene, found evidence and will follow up on the incident.Larceny /Shoplifting11/09/17     10:14 amHanover St. Eye glass store reports a larceny. Clerk stated an unknown male suspect asked to see a pair of Costa Delmars sunglasses and fled the store with glasses on foot.*Advertisement*last_img read more