Top Badgers

Who are the best Badgers since 1975? Today we look at the players who garnered high honorable mention and fell just out of the top 50.

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 6th on the receptions list with 119. He scored 15 touchdowns, which is tied for 6th 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)-Mathews ranks as one of the most exciting kick returners in Badger history. He ranks 7th in Badger history in career all-purpose yards (3700), in large part due to his return yardage. He ranks 7th in kickoff return yardage (989) 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 5th in career punt return yards (443) 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 ranks 2nd in punt return yards (1007), 3rd in punt return average (12.1), and 2nd in kickoff return yards (1778). Nick returned 5 kicks for scores in his career. He is also 4th 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.

Matt Davenport-K-(1997-98)-Davenport was named as All-Big Ten twice at Wisconsin and ranks 10th on the all-time scoring list (175). He holds the record for best kicking accuracy in a season (.905) as well as in a career (.868). 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.

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. He was a key player on some solid mid-tier bowl defenses.

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 (57) and 3rd in career sacks (28), notching a high of 10 in 1993. Thompson was one of the leaders instrumental in turning the program around in the early 1990's.

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.

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