Badger Nation Stars of the Game

Badger Nation Editor Ronny Whitworth selects his five stars of the game for the 23-21 victory over Fresno State.

#1 STAR: JIM LEONHARD

There shouldn't be any non-believers about Jim Leonhard's ability anymore. People that didn't understand the move of Leonhard past Michael Broussard, and those that doubted him because of his height and walk-on status got quite an education Friday night. As Scott Starks said Friday after the game, "Jim Leonhard is a beast." He was arguably the best athlete on the field, and he made the biggest plays of the game. It's players like this that severely diminish the importance of recruiting rankings (his only scholarship offers were from small Div. II programs). Leonhard is a bright athlete with a phenomenal future. We'll have comments from Leonhard up on the site tomorrow.

#2 STAR: ANTHONY DAVIS

A 37 carry, 184-yard day for a Wisconsin running back. Just what we've come to expect. Badger fans have been awfully spoiled by great backs, but nobody should overlook what Anthony Davis gave his team Friday night. When both freshmen running backs gave Coach Barry Alvarez a bad feeling about their readiness to compete earlier in the day, the weight shifted heavily onto Davis' shoulders. And despite fumbling for the first time in his collegiate career, Davis had a stunning opener.

#3 STAR: JEFF MACK

Mack looked like a different player than last year. He was all over the field, streaking from sideline-to-sideline and smacking people around all night. Now that his back has healed and he's in his more natural position, we are beginning to see the real Mack emerge. Mack began his senior season with his best collegiate performance.

#4 STAR: MIKE ALLEN

Say what you will about UW's kickers. After Allen's first kick monstrosity, he rebounded to hit three clutch field goals, including the game-winner. Allen deserves all the credit in the world for pulling himself together and not falling apart as he did in the Spring Game. The Badger coaches can't be disappointed with Allen's performance.

#5 STAR: MATT BERNSTEIN

Bernstein made himself an immediate fan favorite, showing a fire and enthusiasm that was very fun to watch. Before suffering a hyperextended knee, Bernstein caused a ton of problems for Fresno State's defense, plowing through the middle and scoring two touchdowns. The UW coaches have said Bernstein can be the best fullback to play in this program, and Friday night we began to see why.


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