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Badgers' Leonhard producing results in first year as coach

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Jim Leonhard has always produced on the football field. The former Badgers star had a productive career in the NFL. He then hung up his cleats and signed on to become Wisconsin's defensive backs coach. The first-year coach has led his group to some impressive early results.

Leonhard inherited a group looking to replace three starters. Still, the defense has not missed a beat. Wisconsin currently ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense. They are allowing just 12.2 points per game. On top of that, the Badgers have seven interceptions already. That ranks 11th in the country. Head coach Paul Chryst says Leonhard has been a contributing factor to that defensive success.

"I love the way he coaches," Chryst said about Leonhard. "I think he gives them things that are tangible that they can truly take. He's not trying to impress them with his knowledge. He's trying to figure out ways he can help them. They're a group that wants to be coached. He's a good coach. I think that lends itself to a good recipe where guys can get better."

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