Through two games, the Badgers have four sacks and a sack rate of 7.7%, down from last year’s rate of 10.9%.
History tells us that playmakers will surface in a program as strong as UW’s, but there are no guarantees.
With a rare combination of size and speed, inside linebacker Leo Chenal is set to start in a key spot for the Badgers defense.
MADISON - Internally and externally, eyes will be on Jack Sanborn this season.
In the second part of the State Journal's Badgers football preview, Colten Bartholomew explores just how crucial Sanborn’s play will be for UW.
Chris Orr — who played 50 games at linebacker for the University of Wisconsin — signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers about 30 minutes after the draft concluded on Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin football program has a track record of producing consistent NFL players.
MADISON — A segment of University of Wisconsin fans might not understand or appreciate UW’s reputation as one of college football’s leading de…
Chris Orr has heard enough stories to understand things aren’t always what they appear in NFL draft season.
UW recruit Jake Chaney talks influences in football, Chris Orr comparisons, how COVID-19 is affecting him, and more
MADISON — Chris Orr wasn’t sure what else he was supposed to do.
Aron Cruickshank starred as a kick returner for the Badgers this season. He had two kickoff returns for TDs, including a 95-yard return in the Rose Bowl.
In his first full season as a starter, Orr showed what he could do as a pass rusher and as a leader for UW. He had 78 total tackles and 11½ sa…
Key returners: Mike Maskalunas (redshirt sr.), Jack Sanborn (jr.), Leo Chenal (soph.).
It marked the fourth consecutive loss in the Rose Bowl for UW, and the first time since 2013 that the program lost its final two games of the year.
Paul Sanborn, who died when Jack was 4, was an offensive lineman for the Ducks from 1980 to '82.
PASADENA, Calif. — Chris Orr doesn’t get nervous for football games.
The newly-engaged senior inside linebacker has been a game-changer for UW's defense this season.
Oregon’s senior quarterback has put together his best collegiate season, tossing 32 touchdowns to just five interceptions and averaging 256.4 passing yards per game.
The Ducks’ offensive line has been strong all season, and has allowed 23 sacks this year despite Herbert averaging 31.4 pass attempts per game. However, the best pass rush Oregon faced this season was California, whose 2.83 sacks per game ranked tied for 24th in the FBS. UW’s 3.77 sacks per game rank fifth.
Herbert has shown mobility and willingness to run to evade pressure, but he’s not a top-tier athlete at quarterback like the Badgers have seen in Ohio State’s Justin Fields. Senior linebackers Zack Baun (12½ sacks) and Chris Orr (11½) could have a chance to make big impacts on their last games at UW, with Baun’s rush off the edge and Orr’s up the middle forcing Herbert into tough spots. However, Baun will have to contend with Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell, the Outland Trophy winner who has been a force this season.
UW’s defensive line has played some of its best football in the last two weeks, with ends Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand, and nose tackle Keeanu Benton all tallying sacks in that span. If the Ducks can limit them and force UW to blitz, it should open up receivers on short routes.
Junior tailback Jonathan Taylor and senior linebacker Chris Orr were named UW's MVPs.
Three Badgers make first team, one makes second in Associated Press all-conference awards.
Greg Mattison, a Madison East High School graduate in his first year as the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, led one of the best defenses in college football this season onto the field against his hometown team Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.