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Jake Ferguson continues to grow into impact player for Wisconsin

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As the current stars of the Badgers' football team shake off some rust in spring ball, some future stars are starting to emerge. Keep an eye on freshman tight end Jake Ferguson. He's coming off a redshirt season and is now getting the full gist of college football.

"Last year there was a lot of that," Ferguson said. "I was like I got the 'W' on my helmet finally. Now we are in spring ball, it's time to get better, it's time to carry on that tradition."

Tradition that is in his blood. Jake is the younger brother of former Badger Joe Ferguson and is the grandson of former head coach Barry Alvarez. No pressure right?

"He comes down and it's like he's another coach, but he's family," Jake said. "He comes down and gives me pointers. Even when we are on spring break, he's giving me pointers."

Jake Ferguson was a big threat as a receiver in high school for Madison Memorial. He has since put on 35 pounds and is listed at 6-foot-4  240-pounds, and is possibly the next up-and-coming starting tight end for the Badgers.

Jake said, "It's definitely helped me. You have to be bigger to block, and those first couple of practices were rough. Blocking Leon {Jacobs} and Garret Dooley every day," Jake continued. "I would be getting blown back, but now it's winning the line more and it's going well."

The Badgers will play their spring game Friday, April 13 from 6-8 pm at Camp Randall Stadium.

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