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Iowa D:

#97 Zach Vanvalkenburg- 6-4, 267, Gr-Sr- Good player. Not sure he’s a 1st, but he’s close. Can disrupt the Offense. Relentless in the rush. He has that knack for hitting the quarterback. Hood hand fighter. Tough in run game. Rare athlete. Excellent instincts. Find the ball carrier and comes up big on big downs.

Hawk Item: Tied for first nationally with four recovered fumbles in 2020 . . . will take advantage of additional year of eligibility and compete in 2021.

2021 Honors: Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy preseason Watch List . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2021 – – Listed as first team right end following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Second-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . . fourth-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week in win over Minnesota.

2020: Started all eight games at defensive end . . . tied for national lead with four fumble recoveries . . . recorded 30 tackles, with 14 solo stops and 16 assists, with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks . . . also had one forced fumble and two QB pressures.

#33 Riley Moss- 6-1, 194, CB, Sr– Excellent Corner. Plays a lot of Off. Sidesaddles and watches the QB moving back in Coverage. Good knack for eyeing QB, and knowing where his man is. Great feet moving back in press. Can weave infront of the WR to slow his pattern a little.

Hawk Item:  Has 54-yard interception return for a touchdown (Michigan State) and 57-yard return (Minnesota) in last two games . . . one of three true freshmen to not redshirt in 2018 . . . one of 12 true freshmen to see action in 2018.

2021 Honors: Preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2021 – – Listed as first team right cornerback following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Third-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . . 2020 – – Started at cornerback in all eight games . . . recorded 43 tackles, with 33 solo stops and 10 assists . . . two interceptions for 111 yards and one touchdown, along with four pass break-ups . . . started at cornerback in 24-20 loss at Purdue . . . seven tackles at Purdue, including six solo stops and one assist, with one pass break-up.

#8 Matt Hankins- 6’, 185, CBs– He will drop back into cover Three. Can play man. Good in Zone.

Hawk Item: One of nine seniors named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . one of 10 true freshmen to see action in 2017 . . . first career start came in win at Nebraska in 2017.

2021 Honors: Preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2021 – – Listed as first team left cornerback following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media . . . preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . preseason fourth-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2020 – – Started at cornerback in all eight games, recording 28 solo tackles and 13 assists . . . also collected five pass break-ups and one interception . . . started at cornerback in 24-20 loss at Purdue.

#28 Jack Koerner- 6’. 204, FS, Rs-Sr– Free Safety who can get position, run the WRs route, and intercept the ball. Like he did against Penn State when covering Johan Dotson.

Hawk Item: Had an interception in three straight games (Northwestern, Michigan State, Minnesota) . . . ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 27th in the nation with three interceptions . . . one of three juniors named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . earned scholarship beginning with spring semester, 2020.

2021 Honors: Preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . 2021 – – Listed as first team free safety following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Second-team All-Big Ten by league media . . . second-team All-Big Ten by Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . third-team All-Big Ten by league coaches . . . preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2020 – – Started all eight games at free safety . . . recorded 45 tackles, including 26 solo stops and 19 assists . . . also had three interceptions, two tackles for loss, two pass break-ups, and a blocked field goal.

#44 *Seth Benson- 6-1, 229, Will-LB, Rs-Jr-

Hawk-Item: One of seven sophomores named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . redshirted in 2018 after seeing action in three games . . . one of 12 true freshmen to see action in 2018 . . . earned Dean’s List recognition, fall, 2018, spring, 2019, fall, 2019, spring, 2020, fall, 2020, and spring, 2021.

2020 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media . . . Academic All-Big Ten for second year . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar . . . 2020: Started final seven games after missing opening game due to injury . . . recorded 26 solo tackles and 21 assists, with three tackles for loss and two sacks.

#92 *John Waggoner- 6-5, 266, DE, Rs-Jr-

2021: Listed as first team left end following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Academic All-Big Ten for second year . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar . . . 2020: Saw action in four games, recording three assisted tackles and one QB pressure . . . saw action in 24-20 loss at Purdue, recording one assisted tackle.

#99 Noah Shannon- , 6’, 289, DT, Rs-Sr-

2021: Listed as first team left tackle following spring practice.

2020: Saw action in all eight games, with one start . . . recorded 11 tackles, including six solo stops and five assists, with a shared tackle for loss and QB sack, along with one pass break-up . . . saw action in 24-20 loss at Purdue . . . two assisted tackles at Purdue, including a shared QB sack, the first of his career.

Wisconsin Offense:

#84 Jake Ferguson- 6-5, 255? TE, Rs-Sr- Tough blocker on the 2nd level. Can get to the LB quick and seal him outside. Tough dude. He can hit the DB after the catch, and knock him back on his butt. Big and strong dude. Good blocker on the edge. Good lean and balance in block. Can block the D-end in the run game and seal him inside on the sweep.

2021 Preseason: John Mackey Award watch list, Lombardi Award watch list, Senior Bowl watch list, preseason All-America (Phil Steele 4th).

2020: John Mackey Award semifinalist, All-Big Ten first team (media).

2019: All-Big Ten honorable mention (consensus).

Career: Has played in 34 games with 23 starts at tight end ... owns 99 catches for 1,168 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2020 Season: Earned third letter, starting all 7 games at tight end ... collected 30 receptions for 310 yards and 4 touchdowns ... had a career high 7 receptions and 3 touchdowns vs. Illinois on Oct. 23 while netting 72 receiving yards.

#60 Logan Bruss- 6-5, 315, ORT- Notre Dame didn’t want to rush his lane. Quick in slide moving back, a little clunky. Smooth balanced and quick to position in kickslide. Plays like his hands are made of glue in pass pro. Can pull and lead the RB into the hole and crush the LB. Great hands in pass pro. Sticky and consistent. Can grab DE’s hand do he can’t shove off. Plays with great knee bend. NFL Player.

Career: Has played in 32 games with 25 starts, including 16 starts at right tackle and 6 at right guard.

2020 Season: Earned third letter playing in 6 games with 6 starts ... started UW's season opener vs. Illinois on Oct. 23 at right tackle before starting 5-straight games at right guard.

#3 Kendric Pryor- 5-11, 185? Rs-Sr, WR- Tricky after the catch. Terrific space player. Quicker than fast. Nice speed to get open on the 2nd and 3rd level. Nice footwork on the sideline. Can leap up for the high pass, and angle his feet back inbounds. Just knows how to get open. Terrific slant on the Goalline for the TD. Could be an interesting Slot WR for the Pats.

2021 Preseason: Senior Bowl watch list.

Career: Has played in 40 games with 24 starts at wide receiver ... owns 67 catches for 849 yards and 4 touchdowns ... has 32 rushing attempts for 368 yards and 5 touchdowns

2020 Season: Earned fourth letter, playing in 3 games with 2 starts at wide receiver ... had 8 receptions for 119 yards ... started season-opening game vs. Illinois on Oct. 23 and had 3 catches for 44 yards ... hauled in 3 catches for 48 yards against Indiana on Dec 5.

#7 Danny Davis III- 6’, 190? Rs-Sr, WR- Good feet on the sideline.

Career: Has played in 39 games with 15 starts at wide receiver ... has caught 99 passes for 1,164 yards yards and 12 touchdowns ... owns 24 carries for 244 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns ... graduated in summer 2021 with bachelor's degree in life sciences communication.

2020 Season: Earned fourth letter, starting two games for UW at wide receiver ... caught 3 passes for 78 yards and 1 touchdown ... rushed 8 times for 69 yards and 1 touchdown ... had 2 catches for 72 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown, against Illinois on Oct. 23 ... rushed 7 times for 65 yards and a touchdown against Michigan on Nov. 14 while also posting 1 catch for 6 yards.

#6 Chez Mellusi- 5-11, 195? RB, Jr-Tr- Fast and electric runner. Not sure about his eyes. A bit straight-linish. Great feet.

#65 Tyler Beach- 6-6, 315? OLT- Shover, who is good moving his feet laterally. Moves well inside. Strong hands when clamped on. They like to run behind him on short yardage. He has some nice power in run game.

2020 Season: Earned third letter, playing in 7 games with 6 starts at right tackle.

2019 Season: Earned second letter, playing in all 14 games with 2 starts ... made first start of career vs. Illinois on Oct. 19, lining up at right tackle ... started at left tackle vs. Purdue on Nov 23.

#70 Josh Seltzner- 6-4, 315? OLG, Rs-Sr-

Career: Has played in 32 games with 7 starts at guard.

2020 Season: Earned second letter, playing in 6 games with 3 starts ... started at left guard vs. Illinois on Oct. 23 ... also started at left guard against Minnesota on Dec. 19 and vs. Wake Forest in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec 30.

#60 Logan Bruss- 6-5, 315, ORT- He can get low and put the OLB on skates, until he’s a pancake. Good seal blocker outside. Over leans a little pick up OLB, but holds balance. Excellent absorbing the hitting and grabbing shirt late in games.

Career: Has played in 32 games with 25 starts, including 16 starts at right tackle and 6 at Right Guard.

2020 Season: Earned third letter playing in 6 games with 6 starts ... started UW's season opener vs. Illinois on Oct. 23 at right tackle before starting 5-straight games at Right Guard.

#45 John Chenal- 6-2, 250, FB-

2020: All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches).

2020 Season: Earned third letter, playing in 7 games with 6 starts at right tackle.

Iowa Offense:

#65 Tyler Linderbaum- 6-3, 290, OC, Sr- Phenomenal player. He’s not just the best Zone-Blocking OC in this Draft, he’s the best Zone Blocking OL in this Draft. He can drag the Nose tackle outside to the Seam, on the Zone-Dive. Amazing strength, balance, and hands moving sideways in zone blocks. They run a lot of Dive, draws, and QB keepers, where the QB runs right behind Linderbaum.

#84 *Sam LaPorta- 6-4, 249, TE, Jr- He’s making a lot of money this Season. He might be the top TE in this Draft. His only question is will he declare. Leading receiver for Iowa going into the Pen State game. It is not common for a TE to be a teams leading receiver. Gets open on 2nd and 3rd level, and skip up and sang the bass thrown behind his shoulder, while moving at full speed. Comes up big on 2rd down. QB loves to throw to him on 3rd Downs.

#15 *Tyler Goodson- 5-11, 199, RB, Jr- 1st Round talent, who is an RB. He won’t get outside Day Two. Little guy who can drag a pile forward. Great cutback runner. He plays in a Zone scheme, but is still a great cutback runner on Dive and non-Zone runs. Knows how to read blocks and use his blockers.

#3 *Tyrone Tracy- 5-11, 201, WR-

Hawk Item: One of seven sophomores named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . used redshirt season after playing in just four games in 2018 . . . one of 12 true freshmen to see action in 2018.

2021: Listed as first team wide receiver following spring practice.

2020: Saw action in all eight games, with four starts . . . 14 receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown, with two rushing attempts for 22 yards . . . saw action in 24-20 loss at Purdue as offense gained 460 yards total offense . . . two receptions for 19 yards at Purdue, with a long of 15 yards . . . saw action in 21-20 loss to Northwestern.

#64 Kyler Schott- 6-2, 294, OG, Rs-Sr-

2021: Listed as first team right guard following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . . 2020 – – Saw action in five games, missing three games due to illness . . . one start at left guard and one start at right guard . . . started at left guard in 24-20 loss at Purdue as offense gained 460 yards total offense . . . started at right guard in 21-20 loss to Northwestern . . . did not see action in 49-7 win over Michigan State due to illness . . . did not see action in 35-7 win at Minnesota due to illness . . . did not see action in 41-21 win at Penn State due to illness . . . returned to action in 26-20 win over Nebraska . . . saw action at guard in 35-21 win at Illinois as offense gained 424 yards total offense . . . saw action in 28-7 win over #25 Wisconsin.

#7 *Spencer Petras- 6-5, 233, QB, Rs-Jr- Knows when to throw it away.

Hawk Item: Ranked third in the Big Ten in passing yards (1,569), fourth in passing touchdowns (9), fifth in points responsible for (76), and sixth in passing yards per game (196.1) . . . one of seven sophomores named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . enrolled in 2018 spring semester and participated in spring practice . . . redshirted in 2018 after seeing action in just two games . . . one of 12 true freshmen to see action in 2018.

2021: Listed as first team quarterback following spring practice.

2020 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media . . . 2020 – – Started at quarterback in all eight games . . . completed 140-245 pass attempts for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns, with five interceptions . . . scored two rushing touchdowns . . . started at quarterback in 24-20 loss at Purdue as offense gained 460 yards total offense . . . completed 22-39 pass attempts for 265 yards in first career start, with no interceptions.

#16 Charlie Jones- 6’, 188, WR/PR, Sr- He can draw the flag going down the sideline.

Hawk Item: Gained scholarship in December, 2020 after joining the program as a walk-on . . . led the Big Ten and ranked 11th nationally with 10.5 average on punt returns . . . led the Big Ten and ranked fourth nationally with one punt return touchdown . . . ranked sixth in the Big Ten in total punt return yards (221) . . . joined program as a walk-on in 2019 after attending University of Buffalo and sat out 2019 season as a transfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin D:

#57 Jack Sanborn– 6-2, 250, LB, Sr- Good player. Fast moving forward to RB. Might be faster moving forward to the QB. Terrific blitzer. Can get to the QB on the Twist. He’ll line up inside, so he can twist outside. He can really turn the short corner. Great quick reactions to get the ball when popped up before everyone else. Very aware player.

Career: Has played in 32 games with 21 starts at inside linebacker ... owns 139 total tackles, including 13.0 TFLs and 6.5 sacks ... has recorded 3 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions and 7 pass breakups.

2020 Season: Earned third letter, starting all 7 games at inside linebacker ... lead the team with 52 total tackles and collected 4.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception ... had a career-high 14 tackles and 1.0 sack against Northwestern on Nov. 21 ... posted 9 tackles, including 1.0 TFL,  and forced a fumble at Indiana on Dec. 5 ... had 7 tackles at Iowa on Dec. 12 ... posted 5 tackles vs. Minnesota on Dec. 19 ... had 11 tackles, including 2 TFLs, and recorded an interception vs. Wake Forest in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30 ... made first start of the year against Illinois on Oct. 23 and had 3 tackles ... posted 3 tackles at Michigan on Nov. 14.

#92 Matt Henningsen- 6-3, 300? 5-Tech, Rs-Sr- He can get to the QB at 5-Tech, using speed to power to knock the OLT back and slip inside.  Big guy, who when he hits the QB he knows it. He can get to the QB at 5-Tech, using speed to power to knock the OLT back and slip inside.  Big guy, who when he hits the QB he knows it.

Notable: Became first Wisconsin walk-on since at least 1990 to start a season opener as a freshman when he earned start vs. Western Kentucky on Aug. 31, 2018 ... was placed on scholarship during 2018 season ... graduated in December 2020 with a degree in Electrical Engineering ... pursuing master's degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, specializing in machine learning and signal processing.

Career: Has played in 29 games with 16 starts at defensive end ... owns 58 total tackles, including 7.5 TFLs and 5.0 sacks ... has recovered 3 fumbles, including 2 for touchdowns.

#95 Keeanu Benton- 6-4, 315? NT-

2020: Academic All-Big Ten.

2020 Season: Earned second letter, playing in 7 games with 5 starts at nose tackle ... recorded 9 tackles and forced two fumbles ... had a career-high 4 tackles and a forced fumble in the season opener vs. Illinois.

#45 Leo Chenal- 6-2, 245? ILB,-

Career: Has played in 16 games with 15 starts at safety ... has 67 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, 3 interceptions and 10 pass breakups ... graduated in December 2020 with a degree in Community & Nonprofit Leadership ... pursuing master's degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.

2020 Season: Earned second letter, appearing in 6 games while making 6 starts at safety ... posted 22 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and 1.0 sacks along with 2 interceptions and 2 pass breakups ... had 5 total tackles, including a TFL, and an interception against Illinois on Oct. 23 ... recorded 5 tackles, including a TFL, and a 60-yard interception return vs. Wake Forest in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30 collected first career sack at Indiana on Dec. 5 ... had 5 tackles, including a TFL, against Iowa on Dec. 12 ... posted 5 tackles and a pass breakup against Minnesota on Dec. 19.

#21 Caesar Williams- 6’, 195? CB, 6th-Year-

2020: All-Big Ten third team (coaches).

Career: Has played in 35 games with 19 starts at cornerback ... has tallied 72 tackles, including 51 solo stops ... owns 2 interception and 18 pass breakups.

2020 Season: Earned third letter, starting all 7 games at cornerback ... posted 13 total tackles, a TFL and had 2 pass breakups ... collected 4 tackles vs. Wake Forest in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30 ... collected 2 pass breakups vs. Indiana on Dec. 5 ... had 3 tackles  vs. Minnesota on Dec. 19 ... had 2 tackles vs. Northwestern on Nov. 21.

#1 Faion Hicks- 5-10, 185? CB, Rs Sr- Nice coverage deep. He can recover and knock the pass down. He can turn back, and knock the pass down. Nice timing to arrive when the ball does, and knock it out.

Career: Has played in 33 games with 28 starts at cornerback ... has tallied 80 total tackles, including 2.0 TFLs ... owns 1 interception and 9 pass breakups.

2020 Season: Earned third letter, playing in all 7 games with 5 starts at cornerback ... had 13 total tackles and 4 pass breakups ... made first start of the season at Michigan on Nov. 14 and posted 3 tackles ... had 2 tackles and a pass breakup at Northwestern on Nov. 21 ... collected 3 tackles and a pass breakup at Indiana on Dec. 5 ... had season-best 4 tackles and 2 pass breakups vs. Wake Forest in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30.

#9 Scott Nelson- 6-2, 200? FS, Rs-Sr- Doesn’t have good hands. He dropped one against ND that was thrown right into his hands.

Career: Has played in 16 games with 15 starts at safety ... has 67 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, 3 interceptions and 10 pass breakups ... graduated in December 2020 with a degree in Community & Nonprofit Leadership ... pursuing master's degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.

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