Top 50 Badgers

Who are the top 50 Badgers since 1975? Well, the final answers come today as Badgermaniac concludes his series by looking at the best of the best, players 5 through 1.

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)
44. Al Johnson-C-(1999-2002)
43. Bill Ferrario-OG-(1997-2000)
42. Mike Echols-CB-(1998-2001)
41. Antajj Hawthorne -DT-(2001-2004)
40. Joe Rudolph-OG-(1992-1994)
39. Matt VandenBoom-S-(1980-1982)
38. Randy Wright-QB-(1981-1983)
37. Jeff Messenger-DB-(1991-1994)
36. Jerry Wunsch-OT- (1993-1996)
35. Dave Mohapp-FB-(1978-1981)
34. David Greenwood-S/P-(1979-1982)
33. Terrell Fletcher-RB-(1991-1994)
32. Tony Simmons-WR-(1994-1997)
31. Chris Chambers-WR-(1997-2000)
30. Joe Thomas-OT-(2003-current)
29. Anthony Davis-RB -(2001-2004)
28. Brooks Bollinger-QB-(1999-2002)
27. Ray Snell-OG-(1977-1979)
26. Aaron Gibson-OT-(1996-1998)
25. Lamark Shackerford-DT-(1990-1993)
24. Richard Johnson-CB-(1982-1984)
23. Joe Panos-OT-(1991-1993)
22. Pete Monty-LB-(1993-1996)
21. Darrell Bevell-QB-(1992-1995)
20. Don Davey-DT-(1987-1990)
19. Darryl Sims-DT-(1980-1984)
18. Casey Rabach-OC-(1997-2000)
17. Jeff Dellenbach-OT-(1981-1984)
16. Brent Moss-RB-(1991-1994)
15. Tarek Saleh-LB/DE-(1993-1996)
14. Chris McIntosh-OT-(1996-1999)
13. Tom Burke-DE-(1995-1998)
12. Billy Marek-RB-(1973-1975)
11. Troy Vincent-CB-(1988-1991)
10. Paul Gruber-OT-(1985-1987)
9. Cory Raymer-OC-(1991-1994)
8. Jim Leonhard-S-(2001-2004)
7. Wendell Bryant-DT-(1998-2001)
6. Dennis Lick-OT-(1972-1975)

5. Al Toon-WR-(1982-1984)-Toon was team MVP on two occasions, quite a feat for a WR. He was also named to some All-American teams in 1984 and was All-Big Ten twice. He is 3rd in receiving yardage (2,103), third in receptions (131) and is fourth in TDs (19). He is 4th in receptions in a season and has the second most TDs in a season (9). His best game was when he caught 252 yards worth of passes against Purdue in 1983, a record for many years. He went on to play a number of year in the NFL before injuries cut short his career. Toon was a key player for two Badger bowl teams.

4. Jamar Fletcher-CB-(1998-2000)-Fletcher made the first team All-Big Ten team in each of his three seasons. He also garnered All-American status in each of these seasons, consensus AA his junior year. He is the all-time leader in interceptions (21) and has the Big Ten record for interceptions returned for TDs (7). He is also 2nd in school history in passes defended (57). He was regarded as the best cover corner in the nation and won the Jim Thorpe award as a junior. Fletcher led the Badgers to two Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl victories, and consistently shut down elite receivers. Fletcher entered the NFL draft following his junior season and was taken in the first round of the NFL draft.

3. Lee Evans-WR-(1999-2003)- Evans holds Wisconsin records for TD catches (27), 100 yard games, receiving yards in a season (1545), receiving yards in a career (3468), catches in consecutive games and is 2nd in receptions (175) and career yards per catch (19.8). His 1.545 receiving yards as a junior set a Big Ten record and was the 15th highest in NCAA history. Evans was named first team All-Big Ten and was a Biletnikoff Award finalist following his stellar junior season, He rebounded following his terrible knee injury to be named All-Big Ten once again following his senior year before being the first round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.

2. Tim Krumrie-DT-(1979-1982)- A four year starter who was named to 3 first team All-Big Ten teams and was twice named All-American. Krumrie was probably the toughest player in my experience of watching Badger football. He ranks 3rd all-time in tackles but first in terms of linemen with 444 tackles. His 135 tackles in 1981 are a Badger record for a DL. He led Wisconsin to their first two bowl games in nearly 20 years and was named the MVP of the Independence Bowl where the Badger defense held Kansas State to less than 200 yards of total offense. While not highly regarded by the pros, he was a late round draft choice but played for 11 years with the Bengals with the same ferocity that he did as a Badger.

1. Ron Dayne-RB-(1996-1999)- If I have to tell you about his exploits, you really shouldn't be here reading this. Heisman Trophy, career NCAA rushing leader, nearly every Wisconsin rushing and TD record, Big Ten MVP's, consensus All-American teams, Big Ten titles, Rose Bowl victories, Ron Dayne did it all. He was drafted in the 1st round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants.

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