NCAA Football: Massachusetts at Wisconsin

2 Wisconsin Badgers named to Big Ten’s Players to Watch list

Wisconsin got some love from the media late last week, being named the winner of the Big Ten West division in an unofficial poll put on by The Plain Dealer. On Monday, before Big Ten media days, the conference named two Badgers to its preseason Players to Watch List.

Running back Melvin Gordon and right tackle Rob Havenstein were given that honor. They weren’t the only pair of teammates to earn that distinction among the 10 players named throughout the conference. Also earning that honor was Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory of Nebraska.

A preseason first-team All-American, Gordon is on watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Doak Walker Award.

Havenstein heads into his senior season as the Badgers’ most experienced player with 40 career games to his credit and has made 27 consecutive starts at right tackle.


Five honorees come from each of the East and West division, and the selections come from a panel of media members selected by the conference.

Here is the full list of players named Players to Watch:


Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State


Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Rob Havenstein, RT, Wisconsin

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site