Badger of the Decade


first_imgTucker was named Big Ten Player of the Year and was a consensus First-Team All-American in 2007.[/media-credit]In the past decade, Wisconsin athletics experienced a Final Four berth, a dynamic Rose Bowl appearance and four combined national championships from the men’s and women’s hockey teams.And the Herald Sports Badger of the Decade wasn’t a part of any of that — making his accomplishments even more impressive.Alando Tucker earns our Best Badger of the Decade Award for his record-setting career, consistent dominance and overall effect on Wisconsin basketball.First the r?sum?:? Tucker became the first Badger to be a consensus First-Team All-American since 1942, and he was a finalist for every major national player of the year award.? Named Big Ten Player of the Year his senior season, Tucker led the conference in scoring at 20.0 points per game — the first-ever Badger to lead the league.? Finishing his career with averages of 16.5 points per game and 48 percent shooting, he topped Michael Finley his senior year to become the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin history.Much like the swing offense on which he thrived, Tucker’s game wasn’t always pretty, but it was almost always effective.Utilizing power post moves that belied his 6-foot-5 frame and a turnaround jumper uglier than Betty herself, Tucker could score from anywhere on the floor and often did. For style points, his ferocious dunks could bring the Kohl Center crowd to its feet in an instant.Like his place at the top of many UW records, however, Tucker will always be linked with earning the basketball team a No. 1 ranking during the 2006-07 season — the first-time ever in the history of Wisconsin basketball. Even though the ranking was short-lived (UW lost two games the following week), it represented an unprecedented achievement for Wisconsin and proved Bo Ryan’s team could compete with all the five-star recruiting classes out there.Honorable mentions: Fellow basketball superstar Devin Harris, women’s hockey Patty Kazmaier-winners’ Sara Bauer and Jessie Vetter, along with football’s John Stocco, an underrated Badger quarterback.Harris has proven to be the better pro, starring in the NBA, and was certainly a phenomenal Badger. Leaving for the draft a year early, however, knocks down his rating, especially considering the starting five UW would have had if Harris came back with Harris, Tucker, Mike Wilkinson, Kammron Taylor and Zach Morley. Wow.Bauer and Vetter certainly excelled with career records and championships, but the weaker competition pool in women’s hockey keeps them at honorable mention.Finally, Stocco certainly won enough games and kept Wisconsin a perennial top-25 team, but the lack of dominance holds him back in the end.last_img read more

Gorelina’s return to the lineup helps Syracuse into the final 8 of the NIVC


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — After playing sparingly and almost exclusively back-row in the opening set Friday night against Towson, Anastasiya Gorelina was waiting for her opportunity to fully return from her right ankle injury.With a block to close out the first set, and four kills in the first 13 points of the second set, Gorelina emphatically announced her return. In that moment, Syracuse’s leading attacker was back. The Orange attack was back to full strength.Syracuse (22-13, 12-8 Atlantic Coast) advanced to the final eight of the National Invitational Women’s Volleyball Championship with a straight set win over Towson (27-6, 12-4 Colonial) on Friday night at Colgate University’s Cotterell Court. Now that Gorelina is back to full strength, she expects to be starting Monday night as Syracuse travels to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers Monday night in the final eight of the NIVC.“It was my first game back from injury so I’m excited to be able to play, and not just watch,” Gorelina said.She turned her right ankle in the fourth set of a match on Nov. 22 against Notre Dame. Gorelina did not play in the regular season finale loss vs. Louisville, nor did she play in the postseason opening win Thursday night against Albany.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite being a limited factor in the opening set, Gorelina was unleashed by Yelin in the second set. She did not register any kills or attack attempts in the first set, which SU won, 25-22. She totaled four kills in the second, and four more in the third and finished with eight. Gorelina found success in a variety of attacks, using both the fastball and changeup to beat the Towson backline.Gorelina received the set from Jalissa Trotter at the start of the second set. She used her textbook two-steps and a jump to kill the ball into the floor, giving SU its first point of the set. A few points later, Gorelina displayed her guile in tipping the ball over the Towson block. The ball floated aimlessly into the ground, just out of reach of outstretched Towson defenders, expanding the Orange lead to 7-3. After the Tigers had cut the deficit back to two, Gorelina went for power again, ending any run Towson had started and pushing the lead back to three points.Because she had just one error and 11 attack attempts, Gorelina’s .636 attack percentage was her second-best of the season. With an attack percentage of .211 for the season entering Friday, she was over three times more efficient than average. Yelin was careful not to rush his star attacker back before she was ready, and the move paid off.“It’s the first day she was able to play,” Yelin said. “When people are coming back from injury, it takes time to get in, you don’t want to rush.”Yelin said he wanted Gorelina to slowly work her way back into the lineup before letting her jump and land again on the ankle. At the conclusion of the first set, she told Yelin was ready.“He was worrying about my ankle and how I was feeling,” Gorelina said. “After the first set I told him I was ready to go to fight. He said go out and play, and I did.”Yelin said he made some changes to the usual rotation to work her into playing more points. With some confusion amongst the SU rotation, which led to two out of rotation faults, Yelin eventually decided to return to the lineup the Orange has played for most of the season.“We still wanted to keep her in the position to be on the outside and hit, after the first set and a half,” Yelin said. “We totally changed back to how we had been playing all season.” Comments Published on December 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

Eagles lose second QB in two weeks to injury — who is left?


first_imgIf in a pinch, Pederson could put wide receivers Braxton Miller or Greg Ward, both college quarterbacks, under center.Ward starred for Houston from 2013-16 and threw 52 career touchdowns for the Cougars, while Miller was electric in three seasons as the starting quarterback at Ohio State aa he was named Big Ten MVP and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year twice.However, if Pederson had his way, Kessler will clear concussion protocol in the coming days and return Philly’s quarterback situation to some semblance of order. Antonio Brown denies reports claiming he’d retire without old helmet Clayton Thorson places the pass where it needs to be and Greg Ward handles the rest for a 38-yard score. #PHIvsJAX | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/XQfhDgy4xd— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 15, 2019Pederson said after the game the team will evaluate Kessler going forward, but as it stands, he has to be nervous about the quarterback column of his depth chart considering he has just one healthy arm behind Carson Wentz, who has his own unfortunate injury history.It’s unclear if the Eagles will address the dwindling depth at the position or if they’ll let Thorson handle the vast majority of snaps the remainder of the preseason as they preserve Wentz. Odell Beckham Jr. injury update: Browns wideout (hip) say’s he’ll be ready Week 1 Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl wins By the end of the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jaguars on Thursday, it’s safe to say Philadelphia head coach Doug Peterson was looking longingly across the field at Nick Foles standing on the opposite sideline.Philly’s backup quarterback situation is in shambles after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion less than three minutes into Thursday’s contest. Last week, Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist against the Titans. 👀 Here is the nasty hit that knocked Eagles quarterback Cody Kessler out of the game @6abc #CodyKessler #Eagles pic.twitter.com/dB20sEg9Us— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 15, 2019Kessler’s misfortune left Clayton Thorson, the 2019 fifth-round pick from Northwestern, to finish the game. He finished a respectable 16-of-26 passing for 175 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 24-10 win.“It was fun out there. I played a lot and I got into a rhythm and stayed that way,” Thorson said (via the team’s official website). “The receivers did a great job. It just all came together. It was a great experience out there for me.” Related Newslast_img read more