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Sam Zastrow

  • joined Aug 25, 2011
  • last login Aug 30, 2012
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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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Ready or not, Badgers host reeling Minnesota

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Just two nights after knocking off Ohio State in Columbus, the Badgers host struggling Minnesota.

Badger Bits: Do the Badgers have a second-best player?

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Jordan Taylor, unquestionably, is Wisconsin's leader. But who's No. 2?

Badger Bits: One more reason for Wisconsin's offensive ineptitude

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The Badgers are having all kinds of problems on offense this season. One of the most troubling ones is their inability to get to the line.

Badger Bits: For Wisconsin, Player Development Trumps Recruiting Numbers

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The Badgers' recruiting numbers can be worrisome, but the coaching staff has shown the ability to mold unheralded prospects into major contributors time and time again.

Badger Bits: The unavoidable comparison: Russell Wilson and Danny O'Brien

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Russell Wilson was excellent after transferring to Wisconsin. Could Danny O'Brien be just as good?

Badger Bits: Should the Badgers be interested in Danny O'Brien?

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Danny O'Brien will be leaving Maryland. He listed Wisconsin as a possible destination, but should the Badgers be interested?

Badger Bits: Wisconsin doesn't allow opponents to shoot many threes

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The Badgers have been an excellent defensive team for years. Ken Pomeroy says one of the reasons is their refusal to let teams shoot a lot of threes.

Badger Bits: New assistant coaches bring plenty of coordinating experience

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The Badgers lost a lot of coaching talent following their second straight Rose Bowl trip, but head coach Bret Bielema found new assistants with a wealth of coordinating experience to replace them.

Badger Bits: This year's showdown with OSU just as important as last year's

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The Badgers had a memorable win over the Buckeyes at home last season, but this year's game against Ohio State could be even more meaningful.

Badger Bits: A closer look at Jordan Taylor's regression

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Jordan Taylor's numbers are way down this season. But the Badgers are still in second place, so does it matter?

Badger Bits: Assessing Wisconsin's defense against elite offenses

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We all know the Badgers are a good defensive team, but how have they fared against the nation's elite offenses?

Badger Bits: Newly-tendered Abbrederis could threaten receiving records

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Jared Abbrederis finally landed a scholarship. With two years of eligibility left, he could come close to breaking some all-time school receiving records.

Badger Bits: What can we reasonably expect from Wisconsin's next quarterback?

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It's very likely the Badgers will have some regression at the quarterback position next season, but a strong supporting cast will help limit that regression.

Badger Bits: Oh, Canada?

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Bret Bielema seems confident in his decision to hire Matt Canada as Wisconsin's new offensive coordinator, but should he be?

Badger Bits: On Russell Wilson and the NFL Draft

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Nine months ago, Russell Wilson was an afterthought among NFL draft types. Now, he's a top 10 quarterback.

Badger Bits: Wisconsin's 2013 receiving corps could be off the charts

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Wisconsin is looking for a new wide receivers coach. The potential transfer of a former five-star recruit could help its cause.

Badger Bits: Ball could set more NCAA records in 2012

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For better or worse, Montee Ball is still a Badger. He now has a chance to continue his record-setting ways.

Badger Bits: A brief look ahead

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The Badgers have plenty of work to do in the offseason, including finding replacements for 14 starters and at least two assistant coaches.

Badger Bits: The curious journey of Josh Oglesby

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Josh Oglesby's Wisconsin career has been full of ups and downs. He'll be put to the test one last time Monday against Oregon's aggressive pass rush.

Badger Bits: Can Wisconsin's defense slow down the Ducks?

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Many have predicted the Rose Bowl to be a shootout. Here are three ways Wisconsin's defense can prevent the Ducks from putting up a ton of points

Badger Bits: An endorsement for Bob Bostad

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The Badgers will likely look in-house in their search for a new offensive coordinator. Run game coordinator Bob Bostad is the best man for job, at least according to this writer.

Badger Bits: Projecting current Badgers' futures in the NFL

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The Badgers have as many NFL-caliber players this season as they've ever had. Draftnik Chad Reuter recently weighed in on their individual draft stocks.

Badger Bits: In a battle of elite offenses, which unit has the edge?

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Oregon and Wisconsin have two of the top offenses in college football. Does either one have an edge?

Badger Bits: Oregon defense "not concerned" with Wisconsin offensive line

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Oregon defenders don't seem too concerned with Wisconsin's power running game. They should be.

Badger Bits: A final word on Montee Ball and post-season awards

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Despite his record-breaking year, factors outside of his control prevented Montee Ball from winning the Doak Walker award and will likely cost him a chance at the Heisman, too.

Badger Bits: Ball or Richardson?

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Montee Ball may not win the Heisman, but he's at least more deserving than fellow running back Trent Richardson.

Badger Bits: Chryst gives Wisconsin edge in rematch

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In a rematch with a familiar foe, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst gives Wisconsin an edge.

Badger Bits: Badgers, Spartans help usher in new era of Big Ten football

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Are Wisconsin and Michigan State merely peaking at the right time or are they here to stay?

Badger Bits: Fans need to keep it classy this Saturday (and always)

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Badger fans have two choices Saturday: show how classy they really are or face a media firestorm.

Badger Bits: Making sense of Wisconsin's defensive inconsistency

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Wisconsin's defense has been inconsistent and tough to figure out this season. Are they good, bad or somewhere in the middle?

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