Since about mid-June, Badger fans and media alike have been riding the Russell Wilson train and it’s certainly not about to slow down anytime soon.Through fall camp, it was rare if media sports outlets failed to mention Wilson at least once. Days before the Nevada-Las Vegas game, everyone was a-twitter – and on Twitter – with great expectations for the transfer quarterback. It seemed as if everyone felt the guy was special.Then he gave an unforgettable performance against the Rebels in the season opener.Wilson went 10-for-13, passing for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball only two times but managed to rack up a total of 62 yards on the ground on top of another touchdown. His performance alone would have been enough for the win over UNLV.In the postgame interviews, all anyone wanted to discuss was the dominating show Wilson just gave the nation. Guilty as charged, I personally wrote an analysis on Wilson’s Badger debut.But as grateful as the rest of the team may be to have an experienced quarterback under center, I wouldn’t be surprised if they got a little tired of answering questions about the Richmond, Va., native after awhile.Wilson brought exactly what every Badger was hoping for. He was poised, smart, had good vision on the field and looked as if he had been playing with UW for years.Against Oregon State, Wilson picked up where he left off, expanding the passing game further and giving the nation a reason to keep watching Wisconsin.With three touchdowns and 189 yards, Wilson went 17-of-21 and ran the ball four times for a net total of 11 yards. He took only one sack for a loss of nine yards.It may be only two weeks into the season, but Wilson has been nearly flawless so far. And it hasn’t been the just-filling-in-a-role-and-getting-the-ball-where-it-needs-to-go – Wilson boasts numbers that rank him among the nation’s best.With a 237.6 passer rating, Wilson possesses the second best passer rating in the nation, second to Baylor’s Robert Griffin III’s 250.6 rating. Despite the 13-point difference separating the two, Wilson’s 79.4 completion percentage is stronger than Griffin’s 77.8, and Wilson’s 444 passing yards beat Griffin’s 359 by almost a complete football field – it’s only 15 yards short.It’s not too early to start whispering the H-word is it?To put this in perspective, the preseason’s expected Heisman winner and 2010 finalist, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, is currently No. 20 in the nation with a passer rating of 173.2. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, another 2010 finalist, is ranked even lower at No. 24 with a 170.1 passer rating.Heisman expectations don’t bleed into the media until late October. How the season plays out certainly counts, and making a name for yourself early is one way to get on the watch list that may have previously ignored you.In Sports Illustrated’s college football preview issue, Wilson wasn’t listed among considered players. He hasn’t cracked top-five consideration yet, but Wilson is listed on ESPN’s watch list.The rest of the season will be exciting to see how far Wilson can lead the Badgers, but the chances of Wilson bringing another Heisman to Madison are slim.Despite putting on a show through two games this season worthy of the equivalent of an Emmy, Wilson doesn’t have the history with UW or the background that will carry him through the Heisman process.He’s been impressive. He’s a dual threat. He’s helped pick up a talented Wisconsin team and give it the one thing they needed: an experienced quarterback. But his previous work with North Carolina State, while good, wasn’t enough to get him Heisman attention.Frankly he doesn’t have enough of a history with the voters to stand out as the game’s best player.The one way for him to claim the trophy: Take UW to the national championship.I will be the first to admit that I currently don’t even want to consider a return trip to the Rose Bowl, much less a bid at the national championship. Like many a football player – or so they claim in interviews – I just want to take this season one game at a time, focusing on the week’s opponent as they come up.If the Badgers do anything to give themselves a chance to play in the title game, they have to win every game in the regular season and win convincingly. This is the point where Wilson can step in and prove he’s worthy of the Heisman talk.He may have a long way to go to even be in serious consideration for the trophy, but having a player in the mix gives UW that knowing, yes-we’re-taking-you-seriously nod from the rest of college football.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Think she just jinxed everything by even bringing it up? Let her know at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.
== At 2:30 this afternoon, as we have been doing each day, we’ll have Governor Reynolds press conference live here on KGLO and kgloam.com DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 52 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 549 positive cases. According to IDPH, 2 additional deaths were reported; one elderly adult (81+) in Polk County, and one elderly adult (81+) in Washington County. There have been a total of 7,304 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 52 individuals include:Cerro Gordo County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Clayton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)Clinton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Dallas County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Des Moines County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Dubuque County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Harrison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Henry County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Iowa County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Jasper County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Johnson County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Linn County, 2 adults (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)Madison County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Mitchell County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)Muscatine County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)O’Brien County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Polk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)Pottawattamie County, 1 child (0-17 years)Poweshiek County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Scott County, 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 adult (18-40 years)Story County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)Tama County, 1 middle age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)Van Buren County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Warren County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.Note: Upon further case investigation, a positive case identified as a Washington County resident was determined to be a resident of Keokuk County. Maps at the IDPH webpage and coronavirus.iowa.gov will be updated to reflect the new information. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2020Additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, additional deaths confirmed DES MOINES — Two more Iowans have died and 52 more positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 have been identified. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state is now 549. There have been just over 7300 negative tests to date in Iowa.The two new deaths were reported in Polk and Washington counties, both elderly adults above 80 years old.According to the new numbers, there are three more positive cases in north-central Iowa.We told you earlier today about the Mitchell County Department of Public Health reporting on Tuesday afternoon that they had their first two cases in the county, both in middle-aged adults aged 41-60.This afternoon’s state report also shows one more case in Cerro Gordo County in an adult between the ages of 18-40.That brings the total number of cases reported in our listening area to 16 — eight in Cerro Gordo, three in Hancock, two in Mitchell, and single cases in Butler, Wright and Kossuth counties. == At 3:30 this afternoon, we’ll have the weekly news conference of leaders from the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and the City of Mason City.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (R) and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (L) will renew their rivalry in the Community ShieldLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to prepare for the “incredible challenge” of battling Liverpool for the Premier League title by landing an early blow against their rivals in Sunday’s Community Shield.Guardiola’s side pipped Liverpool to the Premier League by one point last season after a thrilling title race went down to the last day.The two clubs renew their growing rivalry when they meet at Wembley in the annual curtain-raiser to the English top-flight season this weekend.While City won an unprecedented English treble of Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup last term, and are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the title for a third successive year, Guardiola is well aware of the challenge likely to be posed by Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp’s men lost only once in the league last season — at City — and erased the frustration of failing to catch Guardiola’s team by beating Tottenham to win the club’s sixth European Cup in June.Despite a spat between the pair this week when Guardiola hit back at Klopp’s jibe over City’s big spending on transfers in recent years, the Spaniard remains a huge admirer of the Liverpool boss and the team he has built at Anfield.“He inspires me in many things. He is a class manager, a top manager. He’s so good and it is an incredible challenge for me every time I face his teams,” Guardiola said.Guardiola’s irritation at Klopp’s suggestion that City are one of a handful of clubs who live in a transfer “fantasy land” lit the fuse on what promises to be a fascinating 10-month battle for supremacy between City and Liverpool.With City yet to win the Champions League and Liverpool without an English title since 1990, it is possible they would gladly settle for a trophy-swap this season.But Guardiola knows Community Shield holders City could become the first team to win three consecutive Premier League titles since Manchester United between 2006 and 2009, so he won’t settle for only targeting European glory.“We won almost every trophy; not all of them. It was quite remarkable,” he said of last season.“We start from zero now – we start again – but we are ready to accept the challenge.”– ‘There are no doubts’ – Share on: WhatsApp Twelve months ago Guardiola warned of a need to guard against complacency after City’s record 100-point haul in 2017-18.But this year he is taking a softer approach after being impressed with his players’ maturity under intense pressure from Liverpool.“We will be nicer this season. These players convinced me with what they did last season. There are no doubts,” said Guardiola, who may leave Ederson, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus on the bench after their returns from international duty.“At the end of last season I didn’t know how well we’d handle our success and I think it was incredible what they did last after 100 points. The target is to keep improving.”For Liverpool, the glamour friendly represents a chance to fine-tune their preparations after an uneven pre-season.Three defeats and some lethargic displays sparked fears that Liverpool were suffering a Champions League hangover.Sadio Mane is still resting after the Africa Cup of Nations, but with Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah back in the fold after international commitments, Klopp expects a more cohesive display at Wembley.“When you are tired, you are tired, and it’s quite difficult to then play your best football. Now it’s getting better. The quality of the boys who came back, of course it helps,” said Klopp, whose club last won the Community Shield in 2006.“Because the training was on such a high intensity level in the games sometimes we were really done.“Unfortunately, we play in public so everybody could see that. But the Lyon game helped. We were not in doubt about that but it’s nice to get the proof as well.”