The Top 50 Badgers Since 1975

Honorable Mention

Tim Jordan-LB-(1982-86)-Jordan was one of the better pass rushers from his OLB position in Badger history. He ranks 6th all-time in tackles for losses yardage and 4th in sacks with 27. His total of 11 sacks in 1985 ranks as the 4th highest in a season and he holds the single game record with 6 sacks against Northwestern. Jordan was drafted by the New England Patriots and had a brief NFL career.
Dennis Stejskal-DE-(1975-77)- Stejskal was first team All-Big Ten in 1977. He ranks 20th all-time in tackles at Wisconsin, with a high of 111 in 1975. He made 23 tackles in one game in 1975 against Purdue. He is third all-time in tackles by a lineman.
Michael Roan-TE-(1991-94)-Roan was All-Big Ten in 1993 and ranks as one of the best TEs in team history. He ranks 15th on the all-time receiving yards list with 980 career yards on 92 catches which ranks 10th. He went on to play NFL football with Houston/Tennessee.
Mike Samuel-QB-(1995-1998)-What can you say about Samuel other than the guy just knew how to win (27 wins as a starter). He also ranks 4th on the all time total yardage list and 4th on the all-time passing yardage list.
Jason Doering-S-(1997-2000)-This former walk-on was a four year starter and garnered All-Big Ten mention two times (and it would have been three if not for injuries as a senior). He was a 2-time team captain and ranks 3rd all-time at Wisconsin in tackles by a DB. He goes down as perhaps the surest tackler in recent Badger history.
Dave Ahrens-LB-(1977-1980)-Ahrens was the team MVP in 1980 before going on to a surprisingly long NFL career. He ranks 21st on the all-time tackle list and 5th on the all-time list for tackles for losses, notching 18 in 1980. He is also 3rd in career fumble recoveries with 6.
Larry Emery-RB-(1983-86)-Emery was the team MVP in 1985 and is 7th on the UW rushing list with 2,979 yards while scoring 19 career TDs. His yards per carry is 5th all-time at 5.12. Twice Larry topped the 180 yard mark in a game and he topped the 100 yard mark 15 times as a Badger.
Lee DeRamus-WR-(1991-93)-"Famous DeRamus" was the premier WR on the 1993 Rose Bowl team before breaking his leg prior to the 1994 season, ending his Badger career. Following his Badger career, he held the Badger record for most receiving yards in a season, with 920, the most receptions in a season, 54, and probably would have set the career receiving marks if he had stayed healthy. As it is, he is 5th on the all-time yardage list with 1,974 yards as well as 4th on the receptions list with 119. He scored 15 touchdowns, which is tied for 4th all-time.
Michael Reid-LB-(1983-86)-Reid was first team All-Big Ten and Badger MVP in 1986 before playing a few years in the NFL. Reid ranks 15th on the tackle list and 7th for tackles in one season with 156 in 1986 with a high of 22 against Michigan.
Terry Stieve-OT-(1973-75)-Stieve, a team captain, was named first team All-Big Ten in 1975 while blocking for Billy Marek. Stieve went on to play in the NFL for 9 years.
Ira Mathews-RB/KR-(1975-78)-Matthews ranks as one of the most accomplished kick returners in Badger history. He ranks 5th in Badger history in career all-purpose yards, in large part due to his return yardage. He ranks 6th in kickoff return yardage) and returned 2 for TDs in 1976. He also holds the record for highest kick return average in a season at 29.6 yards per return. He ranks 4th in career punt return yards and returned 4 for touchdowns in his career, and a single season record of 16.9 yards per punt return, both Badger records. Just for good measure, his per carry rushing average of 5.05 ranks 8th all-time. Ira twice ran for over 100 yards in a game and went on to become one of the better return men in the NFL.
Dave Crossen-LB-(1975-1978)-Crossen, a hard nosed linebacker was the Badger MVP in 1977. He ranks 4th all-time in career tackles with 427, 3rd in tackles in a season (175 in 1977) and holds the single game record for tackles in a game with 28 against Purdue.
Nick Davis-KR/WR-(1998-2001)-Davis is the Wisconsin career leader in punt return yards, punt return average, and kickoff return yards. Nick returned 5 kicks for scores in his career. He is also 3rd on the all-time list in all-purpose yards with nearly 4000 yards. Davis was a semi-finalist for the Mosi Tatupu special teams POTY award a number of times and made a few All-American teams as a return man. He also finished his career with 80 receptions for 1097 yards and 6 TD's as a receiver.
The Top 50
50. Matt Davenport-K-(1997-98)-Davenport was named as All-Big Ten twice at Wisconsin and ranks 9th on the all-time scoring list. He holds the record for best kicking accuracy in a season as well as in a career. He was known for his clutch kicks and was nicknamed, "Money". He drilled two game winning kicks in the final 6 seconds to win games in 1997.
49. Nate Odomes-CB-(1984-86)-Odomes was first team All-Big Ten in 1986 before a long NFL career, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. Odomes is 8th on the all-time interception list with 9 and his 7 in 1986 is 3rd all-time for one season.
48. Antajj Hawthorne -DT-(2001-current)-Hawthorne was named first team All-Big Ten in 2003, and is on the watch list for both the Nagurski and the Outland Trophies entering the 2004 season. His 20 TFLs in 2003 are the 6th highest season total in Badger history and he enters the season with 29 straight starts.
47. Mike Thompson-DT-(1991-94)-This two time captain was named All-Big Ten in 1994. He ranks 16th on the all-time tackle list with 316, and 2nd among defensive linemen. He is 2nd in tackles for losses in his career and 3rd in career sacks, notching a high of 10 in 1993. Thompson was one of the leaders instrumental in turning the program around in the early 1990's.
46. Chuck Belin-OG-(1989-92)-Another two time captain, Belin was named All-Big Ten in 1992 before a career with the NFL Rams. Belin was often the sole bright spot for some bad Badger teams and was part of the turnaround under Barry Alvarez.
45. Kevin Stemke-Punter (1997-2000)-Stemke was considered one of the premier punters in the country, making first team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and a senior. He holds most of the modern day punting records at Wisconsin and set a Big Ten record for net punting average in a season. He won the Ray Guy Award as a senior.
44. Gary Casper-LB-(1989-92)-Rugged LB Casper was named Badger MVP and All-Big Ten in 1992. He is second on the all-time tackles list with 447 tackles, twice reaching 22 in a game. Like Belin, he was among the players that began the Badger turnaround.
43. Nick Greisen-LB -(1998-2001)-Greisen twice led the Big Ten in tackles and was named All-Big Ten twice. His 337 career tackles ranks 13th on the all-time Badger list. For good measure, he added 33 TFL's, 11 sacks, and 5 interceptions to his resume. Greisen was a team captain as a senior and was one of the leaders of the team.
42. Al Johnson-C-(1999-2002)-Johnson was a Rimington Award finalist as a senior, an honor given to the finest center in the nation. He as a second team All-Big Ten selection and 3rd team SN All-American as a senior and started 36 of his final 37 games as a Badger. Johnson was also named HM All-Big Ten twice and was a three year starter. Al was a team captain as a senior before being drafted by the Cowboys.
41. Bill Ferrario-OG-(1997-2000)-"Mr. Steady", Ferrario never missed a start in his career with 50 straight, a Wisconsin record he shares with Chris McIntosh. He was named first team All-Big Ten team once and the second team once during his career while being a key member of two title teams blocking for Heisman winner Ron Dayne. Ferrario was taken in the 4th round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.
40. Mike Echols-CB-(1998-2001)-Echols played in the shadow of Jamar Fletcher for most of his career, but was as steady as they come, starting 47 games as a Badger. He was named All-Confernece as a senior to go with a second team All-Big Ten once and HM once. His 11 career picks place him 5th in Wisconsin history. He also holds the season record for passes defended in a season, with 25 back in 2000 and is the career leader at Wisconsin with 62.
39. Joe Rudolph-OG-(1992-1994)-Rudolph was named first team All-Big Ten in 1993 and 1994 before embarking on a pro career. He was a member of arguably the best offensive line in Badger history, leading them to a Rose Bowl while blocking for Terrell Fletcher and Brent Moss.
38. Matt VandenBoom-S-(1980-1982)-The "Boomer" was one of the toughest hitters the Badgers have ever put on the field at the safety position. He was twice named first team All-Big Ten before a head injury shortened his professional career. His 3 interceptions against Michigan in 1981 rank as one of the great Badger single game performances.
37. Randy Wright-QB-(1981-1983)- Probably the best pure passing QB in Badger history, Wright holds many of the all-time Badger passing records (most 200 yard passing games in a season, , most TDs in a season, passing attempts in a game and season). He is the number three all-time leading passer and is also 2nd in career TDs and 3rd in QB efficiency. He was also named team MVP in 1983 before a career as Packer QB.
36. Jeff Messenger-DB-(1991-1994)-This scrappy undersized DB was nonetheless named All-Big Ten first team twice. He is tied for second on the all-time interception list with 18 career interceptions. He is 3rd in career passes defended with 44. He was a starter on the 1994 Rose Bowl team.
35. Jerry Wunsch-OT- (1993-1996)-A multiple year starter for the post Rose Bowl teams, featuring Brent Moss, Terrell Flethcer, Carl McCullough, and rookie Ron Dayne. Wunsch was never honored as a first-team All-Big Ten selection (but did garner HM and 2nd team honors), but was a stalwart for the Badgers offensive line, making 36 consecutive starts to conclude his career. He also served as '96 team captain before a pro career with Tampa Bay.
34. Anthony Davis-RB -(2001-current)-After three seasons, Davis already has 3,703 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns which rank 3rd and 4th on the all-time Badger list. Davis was named Freshman of the Year and first team All-Conference as a freshman and second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore. Davis was the only freshman semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award following his rookie season to go along with numerous mentions on freshmen All-American teams.
33. David Greenwood-S/P-(1979-1982)-Another in the line of tough Wisconsin safeties, Greenwood was not only twice named to the All-Big Ten first team, but also served as a four year starter as a punter. He is 7th in career interceptions with 10 and had the Badger record for most interception return yards in a season until Jamar Fletcher came along. His 7,208 punting yards is 4th in Badger history.
32. Dave Mohapp-FB-(1978-1981)- Perhaps the best FB in recent Badger history, Mohapp was named to the first team All-Big Ten team in 1979 and 1981 despite never rushing for even 600 yards in a season, truly a testament to his versatility. He is 15th on the all-time rushing list with 1,710 yards and he rushed for 10 touchdowns.
31. Jim Leonhard-S-(2001-current)-Leonhard, a two-time captain, continues the Badger walk-on tradition with two first team All-Big Ten selections to go with some All-American mentions. His 18 career interceptions rank him 3rd all-time and he is poised to break the record his senior year. Leonhard also set the team record with 12.9 yard per punt return and 470 total punt return yards in 2003. He also has 3 career TDs on punt returns.
30. Terrell Fletcher-RB-(1991-1994)-Fletcher was one of the steadiest and yet flashiest backs to play for Wisconsin in the last 25 years. While never garnering all-league honors, Terrell twice was named captain and was the team MVP in 1994 when he stepped in for a suspended Brent Moss and led the team to a bowl victory. He ranks 4th on the all-time rushing list with 3,414 yards and 25 touchdowns (6th). His 5.56 yards per carry is second all-time and his total of 1,476 yards in '94 is the 7th best season in Badger history. He is also the 2nd in career all purpose yards with 4,322. He has played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers since '94, primarily as a 3rd down back.
29. Tony Simmons-WR-(1994-1997)-"Touchdown Tony" was a four year starter at wide-receiver for the Badgers. Simmons ranks 4th all-time in Badger history with 1,991 receiving yards on 99 catches (9th). He also is the leader in TD catches for his career with 23 as well as 2nd in career average per catch at 20.1. Simmons also won the Wayne Souza Award in 1994. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots.
28. Chris Chambers-WR-(1997-2000)-Chambers garnered two time All-Big Ten mention (2nd team as a senior) despite playing his career on run dominated teams. He ranks 3rd all-time in receiving yards and 2nd in receptions. He also ranks 3rd in TD receptions (16). He was named team MVP following his senior season. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round of the NFL draft.
27. Brooks Bollinger-QB-(1999-2002)- Bollinger had 42 career starts with a record of 30-12 in those games, one of 7 QB's in Big Ten history to finish with as many as 30 wins. He is the all-time leading rusher as a QB (13th in terms of all runners), is 2nd in career passing efficiency, 3rd in TD passes, 5th in completion percentage, 2nd in total offense, 2nd in total TDs, and 2nd in passing yards. He was also one of only 7 Big Ten players to finish with 20 rushing TD's and 30 passing TD's. He was a team captain as a junior and a senior and was the Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten during the 1999 season. He won the Offensive Coaches Appreciation Award as a senior.
26. Lamark Shackerford-DT-(1990-1993)-This undersized yet spirited defensive lineman was named to the first team All-Big Ten in 1992 and 1993. He also made a number of All-American teams following the 1993 season. He teamed with Joe Panos to captain the 1993 Rose Bowl team. He is 13th all-time in tackles for losses in a season with 14 in 1992.
25. Richard Johnson-CB-(1982-1984)-Johnson was named first team All-American and All-Big Ten in 1984. A superior cover corner who played a number of years in the NFL, Johnson failed to rack up many interceptions due to opponent's reluctance to throw at him. Johnson also holds the Badger record for most kicks blocked in a game , a season, and a career with 3, 6, and 8 respectively.
24. Joe Panos-OT-(1991-1993)-The other captain of the Rose Bowl team of 1993, Panos was truly the heart and soul of that team. Despite beginning his career as a walk-on, Panos was a first team All-Big Ten selection in '93, and was named to some All-American teams as well. He had a productive NFL career.
23. Pete Monty-LB-(1993-1996)-Monty, a two-time captain, was named team MVP in 1996 as well as first team All-Big Ten. He ranks as the top tackler in Badger history with 451. He is second in tackles in one season as he had 178 in 1996. He was taken in the NFL draft by the New York Giants and got a Super Bowl appearance in 2001.
22. Darrell Bevell-QB-(1992-1995)-Bevell is the holder of most UW passing records as he won 29 games as a starter. Bevell was named team MVP once and also All-Big Ten once (though not in the same year). Among his many Badger records, Bevell is first in passing yards, attempts, completions, completion percentage, TDs, and efficiency. He is currently a QB coach in the NFL. He led the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl win in school history.
21. Ray Snell-OG-(1977-1979)-Snell was a first team All-American, All-Big Ten first team performer, and team captain in 1979 before playing 6 years in the NFL.
20. Aaron Gibson-OT-(1996-1998)-Gibson was named consensus first team All-American and All-Big Ten in 1998. He was also a finalist for most of the collegiate linemen awards before becoming a first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions. The hulking Gibson was the lead blocker for Ron Dayne for two years and was a key component of the 1999 Rose Bowl champions.
19. Don Davey-DT-(1987-1990)-Davey, an overachieving defensive lineman on some very bad teams, epitomized the term student athlete. He was named team MVP and All-Big Ten in 1990. Davey ranks 23rd on the All-Time tackle list with 267 tackles and 4th in terms of linemen. He is 4th in career tackles for losses and 6th in QB sacks. Until Tom Burke, he also held the season record for tackles for losses in a seson with 24.
18. Darryl Sims-DT-(1980-1984)-Sims was one of the few Badgers in history to be named first team All-Big Ten on three separate occasions. He ranks 6th on the career tackles for losses list and is 6th in career sacks. Prior to Tom Burke he also held the Badger record for tackles for losses in a season along with Davey. His high sack season was 11 in 1982. Sims was a first round NFL draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
17. Casey Rabach-OC-(1997-2000)-Rabach, a four year starter at OL for some of the most dominating rushing attacks in the country, made the All-Big Ten team three times in his career after being named a freshman All-American. Casey, a team captain, played most of his senior year at guard after an injury to Dave Costa, and didn't miss a beat, being named All-Conference. He was a candidate for All-American honors.
16. Jeff Dellenbach-OT-(1981-1984)-Dellenbach was named Big Ten lineman of the year in 1984 and was also named to some All-American teams. He cleared the way for a successful running game and had a 15+ year NFL career. Dellenbach was a key component on 3 Wisconsin bowl teams.
15. Brent Moss-RB-(1991-1994)-Moss was the Big Ten MVP in 1993 while leading the Badgers to the Rose Bowl. He holds the record for most 100 yard games in a season (11) as well as the most consecutive 100 yard games (17). He is 3rd on the All-Time rushing list with 3,428 yards and also 3rd with 34 touchdowns. His 1,637 yards in '93 is the 4th highest total in Badger history. He ran for 100+ yards 19 times in his career, which is 2nd all-time. Moss' career was marred by his dismissal in '94 for drug possession charges.
14. Tarek Saleh-LB/DE-(1993-1996)-Saleh was a first team All-Big Ten performer twice and was named to various All-American teams both seasons. This relentless player ranks 1st in his career with 58 tackles for losses, 283 yards lost as a result of these tackles, and 33 sacks. He registered 14 sacks in 1996, a record until player #11 came along.
13. Chris McIntosh-OT-(1996-1999)- Big Mac started every game in his collegiate career (50). He was named to the All-Big Ten team twice, was a consensus All-American and a Lombardi/Outland award finalist as a senior. He was a member of the OL, which helped Ron Dayne set the all-time NCAA rushing record and won two Rose Bowl titles. He was a first round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks where he started as a rookie.
12. Tom Burke-DE-(1995-1998)-Burke was the defensive player of the year in the Big Ten in 1998 as he set a Big Ten record for sacks with 22. He is 3rd on the all-time list in career tackles for losses and 2nd in career sacks (32). He also was named a consensus All-American. He led the Badgers to the '99 Rose Bowl championship as well as appearances in two other bowl games. Despite being undersized, he was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
11. Troy Vincent-CB-(1988-1991)-Vincent was a first team All-American performer in 1991 when he also was co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten as well as team MVP. He was also runner up for the Jim Thorpe award. Vincent is 4th in career passes defended with a high of 15 in 1991. He is also 2nd in career punt return yards with 773 and 3rd in average with 11. 4 yards per return. He returned 3 punts for scores in his career. Vincent is still playing in the NFL as a productive starter.
10. Paul Gruber-OT-(1985-1987)-Gruber was team MVP and first team All-American selection in 1987. He was the shining light on some very bad teams. Gruber recently retired after a long and successful career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
9. Cory Raymer-OC-(1991-1994)-Raymer was recognized as the premier center in college football during his Badger career, being named first team All-Big Ten twice and consensus All-American in '94. A starter since his freshman year, Raymer is the standard by which all future Badger centers will be judged. He led the team to the '94 Rose Bowl and the Big Ten championship, leading the way for Brent Moss and Terrell Fletcher. Raymer is still playing in the NFL.
8. Billy Marek-RB-(1973-1975)- The all-time leading Badger rusher until a fellow named Dayne came along, Marek was team MVP in '75 and twice was on the first team All-Conference team. His 3,709 yards ranks second all-time while his 44 touchdowns also ranks second. Marek averaged 5.16 yards per carry, 4th all time, and was one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Badger uniform.
7. Wendell Bryant-DT-(1998-2001)-Bryant was a three year starter for a 2-time league champion and Rose Bowl winner, making first team All-Big Ten three times, and being named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year twice. He was named to many All-American teams as a senior. His 41 career TFLs rank 6th All-Time and tops among defensive tackles. Wendell finished with 24 career sacks which ranks 5th all time. He was a first round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals.
6. Dennis Lick-OT-(1972-1975)-The primary hole opener for Marek, Lick was named first team All-American and All-Big Ten twice in his career. Arguably the best offensive lineman in Badger history (which is saying a lot), Lick went on to play a number of years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears until injuries cut short his career.
5. Al Toon-WR-(1982-1984)-Toon was team MVP on two occasions, quite a feat for a WR. He was also named to some All-American teams in 1984 and was All-Big Ten twice. He is 2nd in receiving yardage (2,103), first in receptions (131) and is second in TDs (19). He is 2nd in receptions in a season and holds the record for as TDs in a season. His best game was when he caught 252 yards worth of passes against Purdue in 1983, still a record for Badger players. He went on to play a number of year in the NFL before injuries cut short his career. Toon was a key player for two Badger bowl teams.
4. Jamar Fletcher-CB-(1998-2000)-Fletcher made the first team All-Big Ten team in each of his three seasons. He also garnered All-American status in each of these seasons, consensus AA his junior year. He is the all-time leader in interceptions (21) and has the Big Ten record for interceptions returned for TDs (7). He is also 2nd in school history in passes defended. He was regarded as the best cover corner in the nation and won the Jim Thorpe award as a junior. Fletcher led the Badgers to two Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl victories, and consistently shut down elite receivers. Fletcher entered the NFL draft following his junior season and was taken in the first round of the NFL draft.
3. Lee Evans-WR-(1999-2003)- Evans holds Wisconsin records for receptions, TD catches, 100 yard games, and receiving yards in a season, receiving yards in a career, career receptions career receiving touchdowns, career reception yardage average, and catches in consecutive games. His 1.545 receiving yards as a junior set a Big Ten record and was the 15th highest in NCAA history. Evans was named first team All-Big Ten and was a Biletnikoff Award finalist following his stellar junior season and rebounded following his terrible knee injury to be named All-Big Ten again his senior year before being the first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.
2. Tim Krumrie-DT-(1979-1982)- A four year starter who was named to 3 first team All-Big Ten teams and was twice named All-American. Krumrie was probably the toughest player in my experience of watching Badger football. He ranks 3rd all-time in tackles but first in terms of linemen with 444 tackles. His 135 tackles in 1981 are a Badger record for a DL. He led Wisconsin to their first two bowl games in nearly 20 years and was named the MVP of the Independence Bowl where the Badger defense held Kansas State to less than 200 yards of total offense. While not highly regarded by the pros, he was a late round draft choice but played for 11 years with the Bengals with the same ferocity that he did as a Badger.
1. Ron Dayne-RB-(1996-1999)- If I have to tell you about his exploits, you really shouldn't be here reading this. Heisman Trophy, career NCAA rushing leader, nearly every Wisconsin rushing and TD record, Big Ten MVP's, consensus All-American teams, Big Ten titles, Rose Bowl victories, Ron Dayne did it all. He was drafted in the 1st round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants.

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