Athlon football preseason forecast: Badgers No. 21

Magazine also lauds Wisconsin individuals, naming four preseason first-team All-Big Ten

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Wisconsin's season opener may be more than four months away, but preseason prognosticating is already here.

Athlon Sports 2004 College Football Annual, which will be on newsstands June 7, has Wisconsin ranked 21st nationally and fourth in the Big Ten.

The magazine also tabs defensive back Jim Leonhard as a preseason second-team All-American and defensive lineman Anttaj Hawthorne as a third-team All-American.

Leonhard, Hawthorne, tailback Anthony Davis and guard Dan Buenning (UW's four team captains for 2004) are Athlon preseason first-team All-Big Ten choices. Cornerback Scott Starks is a second-team all-conference choice, while guard Jonathan Clinkscale is a third-team all-league selection.

The magazine also rates the Badgers' offensive and defensive lines No. 1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin's running backs, defensive backs and wide receivers are ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin opens the 2004 season at home Sept. 4 against Central Florida.

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