Gilbert's return boosts Badgers' defense
Wisconsin's wish list for the 2012 season certainly starts with a capable and effective quarterback. But an elite pass-rusher might come next.
Although the Badgers' defense put up good numbers in 2011 -- ranking 15th nationally in total defense, 13th in scoring defense and fourth in pass defense -- it didn't put much heat on opposing quarterbacks (71st nationally in sacks). J.J. Watt certainly was missed. Watt had taken the baton from another top pass-rusher, O'Brien Schofield, following the 2009 season.
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