Sam Zastrow

  • joined Aug 25, 2011
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Sam Zastrow is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in journalism and political science. He is originally from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, a small town about 30 miles east of Madison. His interests include writing, golf, guitar and sports media.

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Wisconsin defensive line amps up pressure in spring game


Wisconsin's defensive line dominated in Saturday's spring game. Can they translate their success this spring when it really counts this fall?

Gordon, Stave shine for offense in spring game


Melvin Gordon and Joel Stave stood out for Wisconsin's offense in Saturday's spring game, which concluded spring camp.

Competition brings out the best in Johnson, Southward


Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward competed with each other for most of their careers at Wisconsin. Now, they're starting together and the results, so far, have been good.

Wisconsin solidifies offensive line with unlikely candidate


Wisconsin's offensive line routinely turns out pro-caliber players, so how did Rob Burge, a former walk-on, crack the starting line up?

Wisconsin scheduled for two primetime games in 2012


The Badgers will play in only two primetime games in 2012, down from five last season.

Despite absence of top players, Bielema "very excited" for Saturday's spring game


The Badgers will be missing a lot of big names for the spring game Saturday, but Bret Bielema is still excited for the conclusion of spring camp.

With O'Brien still at Maryland, Stave takes a step forward


Bret Bielema wouldn't say Joel Stave has "moved ahead" of Joe Brennan at the top of the depth chart at quarterback, but Stave took all of the first-team reps in Saturday's scrimmage.

Depth at tight end takes pressure off Wisconsin's offense


The Badgers have a very deep stable of tight ends in 2012, which could help take pressure off their young wide receivers.

Experience is top asset for UW secondary


Wisconsin's secondary gave up some costly big plays in 2010. Secondary coach Ben Strickland hopes a more experienced group of players in the 2012 unit can eliminate some of those mistakes.

New-look Wisconsin offensive line takes shape


It's only mid-April, but Wisconsin's starting offensive line is already taking shape, led by returning starters Travis Frederick, Ricky Wagner and Ryan Groy.

Montee Ball and James White together in the same backfield? It could happen


Wisconsin has dealt with a ton of injuries on the offensive side of the ball this spring, especially at the playmaking positions. The Badgers worked out of a two-back set at times in practice Tuesday.

Once again, a "unique situation" brings certainty to the quarterback position


The situations that brought Russell Wilson and Danny O'Brien to Wisconsin are remarkably similar, but both Bret Bielema and O'Brien himself say the comparison stops there.

Here We Go Again: Danny O'Brien Is A Badger


Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is reportedly "poised to transfer" to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's front seven already taking shape


Wisconsin's run defense was mediocre at best in 2011. This year's front seven promises to be a more experienced group, but will it be better?

Bielema: Badgers' first two spring practices were "exceptional"


Bret Bielema was pleasantly surprised by his team's performance in its first two spring practices. He had high praise for the offensive line, quarterbacks and linebackers.

Canada emphasizes game management to young quarterbacks


Matt Canada is excited to start his first spring camp as member of the Wisconsin coaching staff. One of his first tests will be working with Wisconsin's young group of quarterbacks.

Bielema, Badgers kick off spring camp


Bret Bielema, his new-look staff and the rest of the Badgers kicked off spring camp Thursday.

Zone instincts, athleticism are 'Cuse's top asset

Syracuse excels in transition and in their 2-3 defense. Can the Badgers pull of the upset?

Danny O'Brien to visit Madison this weekend


Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien plans to visit Madison this weekend.

Badgers hit their stride at the perfect time

Wisconsin finds itself in the Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row thanks to big improvements from its role players.


LIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMETHREAD: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana

The No. 4 seed Wisconsin Badgers take on the No. 13 seed Montana Grizzlies in the second round of the NCAA Tournament

Preview: Montana's balanced offense mirrors Wisconsin's


Second-round opponents Montana and Wisconsin have a lot of similarities on offense. B5Q previews the Badgers' first game of the tournament.

Badgers get No. 4 seed, face No. 13 Montana Thursday


The No. 4 seed Badgers are headed to Albuquerque to face No. 13 Montana. Bo Ryan and Jordan Taylor spoke to the media about the Big Dance Sunday.

Stingy Spartans defense proves too much for Badgers


The Badgers struggled against a capable Spartans defense Saturday, but the NCAA tournament is right around the corner


LIVE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT GAMETHREAD: No. 4 Wisconsin @ No. 1 Michigan State

No. 4 seed Wisconsin takes on No. 1 seed Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Indianapolis.

Wilson steps up, shoots down Hoosiers


Rob Wilson scored 30 points and led the Badgers over Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament Friday.



Game Thread for No. 4 Wisconsin's second-round Big Ten Tournament matchup against No. 5 Indiana.

Badgers hoping to erase bad memories in Indianapolis


Wisconsin heads to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament tomorrow. The Badgers are excited for tournament season to begin.

Ryan reflects on Taylor's time as a Badger

Jordan Taylor was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. Bo Ryan remarked on the career of his senior point guard in a press conference Monday.

Badger Bits: Jordan Taylor, "Control Freak"


Jordan Taylor has earned his share of criticism this season, but his ability to avoid turnovers is still elite.

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