Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 14, Dave Crossen


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 14 days until college football is back, is Dave Crossen.

A linebacker at UW from 1975-1978, Crossen came to Madison out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin and piled up the tackles during his four years on campus.

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When he left UW in 1978, he had amassed 427 tackles in his career, at the time tied for best in school history with Dave Lokanc. The duo has since been passed by Pete Monty, Gary Casper and Tim Krumrie, but they remain tied for fourth all-time at UW.

His 218 solo tackles is seventh-best in school history, and his 175 tackles in 1977 is the third best single-season total in school history.

Crossen set the school record for most tackles in a game after racking up 28 in 1977 against Purdue. Four times over the course of his career he totaled at least 23 tackles in a single game. All are top-10 single-game performances in the UW record book.

Crossen was the 1977 team MVP and a captain in 1988.

Who wore No. 14 first?

• End George Kasey first wore No. 14 for the Badgers in 1928.

Who wears No. 14 now?

• A pair of Badgers players currently wear No. 14 for the Badgers. On offense, redshirt junior backup quarterback Thad Armstrong wears No. 14. Defensively, sophomore D’Cota Dixon recently switched positions from linebacker to safety.

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

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