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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Draft Preview: Philip Welch

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Wisconsin's Philip Welch. He ranks in the top five in many of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Welch's profile page on the Badgers' website:

2011 Senior Season
  • earned fourth letter
  • kicked in final 10 games after missing first four due to injury
  • made a 29-yard field goal and all five of his extra point attempts in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
  • named UW's co-special teams player of the week by matching career high with three touchbacks on kickoffs at Illinois
2010 Junior Season
  • owns Big Ten record with 67 extra points made in one season
  • 118 points is most ever by a UW kicker and fourth-best for one season at UW
  • went 2-3 on field goals in the Rose Bowl against TCU
  • 17 points against Indiana (two field goals and school-record 11 extra points) is most-ever by a UW kicker in one game
  • earned UW co-special teams player of the week honors after going two-for-two on field goals and three-for-three on extra points against San Jose State
2009 Sophomore Season
  • made both field goal tries and both extra point attempts against Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl
  • named UW's special teams player of the week after making good from 26 yards and on all four PAT tries against Indiana
  • named UW's special teams player of the week after going 1-for-1 on field goal attempts, 5-for-5 on PATs and making one tackle against Michigan State
  • made 2-of-3 field goals, including the game-winner in double overtime and a 57-yarder in the first half that was the longest in Camp Randall Stadium history and second-longest in school history, and went 4-for-4 on PATs to earn UW's co-special teams player of the week against Fresno State
2008 Freshman Season
  • Lou Groza award semifinalist
  • first-team Freshman All-American (Sporting News,, Phil Steele, FWAA) 
  • hit two field goals (31, 41 yards) against Florida State in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl ... 
  • named UW's co-special teams player of the week against Iowa ... connected on three FGs (42, 40, 35) at Iowa
  • made a career-high four field goals and hit a season-long 52-yarder at Michigan on Sept. 27 ... his four field goals tied a school-record for makes in a game and his 52-yard FG is tied for the fourth-longest in school history
  •  made his Badger debut as the team's starting kicker against Akron ... was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs and hit his only field goal attempt (32-yds) ... UW's special teams player of the week against the Zips
High School
  • First-team EA Sports All-American and second-team All-American according to USA Today ... 15th-ranked kicker in the nation according to
  • first-team all-state and all-conference selection
  • named team's special teams MVP in 2006 after making state-record 19 field goals ... scored state-record 106 points as senior in `06
  • career totals include 227 points scored, 35 field goals and 122 PATs
  • three-time football letter winner

2011: 5 of 6 (83.3%) FGs; 54 of 55 PATs; 69 points
2010: 17 of 22 (77.3%) FGs; 67 of 67 PATs; 118 points
2009: 17 of 24 (70.8%) FGs; 47 of 49 PATs; 98 points
2008: 20 of 24 (83.3%) FGs; 39 of 40 PATs; 99 points

Last October, Welch discussed the quad injury that delayed the start of his 2011 season and then his return to action against Nebraska:
"I knew about a month before camp [something was wrong]. I tried to not kick and rest it up, and then I ended up hurting it again. [The] main thing that works is just rest and not kicking. I knew that it was going to be bad [and] it was going to be a little bit till I got over it, so it's good that it's healed up, because I was getting a little bit worried there....
It was awesome. I would have been pretty mad if I missed probably the last night game in Camp Randall [for me]. I'm hoping to [resume handling kickoffs], but I'm not going to push it right away. I'm going to see how I feel after this game, because after each game it takes a few days to recover....
It'll be exciting. Field goals are fun - with PATs they're almost scary because they're really easy to hit."

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