Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 10, Mike Samuel


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 10 days until college football is back, is Mike Samuel.

A Wisconsin quarterback from 1995 to 1998, Samuel was a dual threat who worked his way into the Wisconsin record books.

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A three-year starter for the Badgers, Samuel was a prolific passer and a competent runner.

He’s currently sixth all-time at UW in terms of career passing yardage with 4,989 career yards, although Joel Stave is less than 50 yards behind him. His 711 pass attempts are fifth-best all-time at UW, as are his 390 career completions.

He’s also fifth in the record books for most career plays as a Badgers with 1,059, trailing the likes of Brooks Bollinger, Ron Dayne, Darrell Bevell and John Stocco.

Samuel amassed a .549 career pass completion percentage at UW, and threw 24 career touchdowns.

He was a true dual-threat, rushing for 761 yards in his career and adding 23 touchdowns on the ground. He had a 52-yard touchdown run in the 1999 Rose Bowl.

Who wore No. 10 first?

• Guard August Backus was the first Badgers player tower No. 10 back in 1928.

Who wears No. 10 now?

• Sophomore kicker Rafael Gaglianone currently wears No. 10 for the Badgers. He is coming off an impressive freshman campaign, and has made the Lou Groza watch list heading into the 2015 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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