If the Wisconsin Badgers need to kick a field goal of 45 yards or longer this week against Illinois, the player who will be out there to kick it is Chris Borland. This news was revealed in light of the fact that Jack Russell had taken over for Kyle French as the kicker for the Badgers. While they are confident in Russell’s ability to kick, if they need a long field goal, they will let their middle linebacker who also operates as a pass rusher in passing situations handle the job.
Borland kicked three extra points during his freshman year and was two of two in practice this week. In what seems to be an effort to really be the Badgers do everything linebacker, Borland is just adding another area he can help the Badgers.
The Badgers are coming off of a dominant performance against Northwestern and if not for an absurdly bad call and miscarriage of justice in the game against Arizona State, the Badgers would be 5-1 with a slate that appears to allow the Badgers to play downhill for the rest of their regular season. Short of a surprise game that really pushes the Badgers to the limit, Borland may not have to kick a potentially game deciding field goal, but head coach Gary Andersen may let him go out there and take a shot in one of these games.