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