Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 30, Larry Canada


As the countdown to the first Wisconsin football game of the season continues, Badger of Honor is taking a look at Badgers by the numbers, checking in on a different Badger or Badgers players who wore the number corresponding with the remaining days until the Badgers head to Texas to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday, Sept. 5.

Next up in our countdown, signifying 30 days until college football is back, is Larry Canada.

Canada spent 1973 to 1976 in the Badgers offensive backfield, blocking for Billy Marek early in his career before becoming the main ball carrier in 1976.

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He had a pair of 100-yard games in 1976 on his way to leading the Badgers with 996 yards that season.

He’s currently No. 19 all-time on the UW rushing leader list with 1,714 career rushing yards, but Corey Clement is likely to push him to No. 20 on the list after a few games this year.

Following college Canada went undrafted but ended up playing in the NFL with the Denver Broncos from 1978-79 and again in 1981. He later played in the USFL for the Denver Gold in 1983, the Chicago Blitz from 1984-1985 and finished his career with the San Antonio Gunslingers in 1985.

Who wore No. 30 first?

• Halfback Joe Kresky was the first Badgers player to wear No. 30 in 1927.

Who wears No. 30 now?

• A pair of new Badgers currently wear No. 30 for Wisconsin. True freshman fullback Jake Whalen from Wausau, Wisconsin is set to wear No. 30 and JUCO transfer Serge Trezy, who was recruited as a cornerback but has been given a shot at running back will also wear No. 30.

Who wore No. 30 last?

• Recently graduated linebacker Derek Landisch was the last Badgers player to wear No. 30 in the 2014 season.

Stay tuned to Badger of Honor as we continue our daily countdown in preparation of the season opener against Alabama.

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