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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Ready or not, Badgers host reeling Minnesota


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?


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

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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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?


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


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


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?


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


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


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)


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


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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