Top 50 Badgers

Who are the greatest Badgers since 1975? In today's edition of the countdown, players from 41 to 45 are featured.

50. John Stocco-QB-(2003-current)
49. Kevin Stemke-Punter (1997-2000)
48. Gary Casper-LB-(1989-92)
47. Dan Buenning-OG-(2001-04)
46. Brandon Williams-WR-(2002-2005)

45. 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.

44. 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 was 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 a pro career with the Cowboys.

43. Bill Ferrario-OG-(1997-2000)-"Mr. Steady", Ferrario never missed a start in his career with 50 straight starts, 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.

42. 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 and honorable mention All-Big Ten mention once each. His 12 career picks place him 6th 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.

41. Antajj Hawthorne -DT-(2001-2004)-Hawthorne was named first team All-Big Ten in 2003 and 2004, and was on the watch list for both the Nagurski and the Outland Trophies entering his senior season. His 20 TFLs in 2003 are the 6th highest season total in Badger history. He lead Badger linemen in tackles for three straight seasons. He currently plays for the Raiders in the NFL.

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