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Albeck, Walker sign DII letters

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Gazette Staff
February 2, 2012

National Signing Day was a memorable one for Janesville Parker’s Erik Albeck and Walworth Big Foot’s Kenneth Walker.


Albeck and Walker, both Associated Press first-team picks in 2011, have signed to play Division II football next season.


The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Albeck will play at the University of Sioux Falls. The Cougars will join the Northern Sun Conference this season and play a Division II schedule for the first time.


Albeck led the state in interceptions last season with eight and is expected to compete for a starting job. He was the Big Eight’s Player of the Year in the secondary and return specialist and an all-state selection by the AP and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.


Walker will join his older brother, Michael, at St. Cloud State. Kenneth was a two-way, all-state selection this past season as a running back and defensive back. He led Big Foot to the Rock Valley South title and scored a touchdown once every four times he touched the ball.


Kenneth was the 2011 Rock Valley Conference and regional champ in the 100- and 300- meter hurdle. He went on to win the sectional championship in the 300, and was a state qualifier in both hurdle events.


Michael Walker, who will be a junior at St. Cloud, was the Huskies second leading rusher in 2011, gaining 689 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.


Parker High’s Brad Money signed a tender to attend Auburn University and participate on the track and field team. Money is a top 400- and 800-meter runner for the Vikings.


Brodhead High senior Tyler Malcook will sign a letter of intent to play baseball at Morningside (Iowa) College today.


The school is in Sioux City, Iowa.


The others are Dan Voltz, a 6-4, 295-pounder from Barrington, Ill., who is enrolled at UW and is set to participate in spring practice, and Walker Williams, a 6-7, 320-pound tackle from Tacoma, Wash.


Voltz told reporters Wednesday he never considered switching his commitment despite the departure of offensive line coach Bob Bostad.


“When I committed, I committed to the university,” said Voltz, who could get an early look at center or guard.


In addition, offensive tackle Casey Dehn has rejoined the program and is set to participate in winter conditioning. Dehn, 6-6 and 330 pounds, left the team last October, presumably to focus on track and field. He inquired about returning to the team after Bostad left.


According to Bielema, Dehn hasn’t been promised anything and must handle winter conditioning before he is invited to spring practice.


He would be a redshirt junior in 2012.


“I reached out to several of the returning O-linemen and they were interested in having Casey with us,” said Bielema, who plans to hire a tight ends coach within the next week.


Meanwhile, Markuson acknowledged Travis Frederick likely will start out at center rather than guard when spring practice opens next month.


“He is a leader,” Markuson said.


Two Waunakee High School players were part of the class announced Wednesday but it is possible just one might join the team in the fall—walk-on kicker Jack Russell.


Russell could compete for the No. 1 kicking job next season. Tailback Leo Musso, who could be tried at safety, might delay his enrollment until next January.


“I know I’ll have a scholarship for (him) next January,” Bielema said. “By NCAA rule he can come in here during the summer—we can pay for school—and then is off for the (fall) semester and then he can come back and that is when his (eligibility) clock starts.”


Two players who will not return are kicker Alec Lerner, a walk-on from Nebraska, and scholarship linebacker Cameron Ontko from Ohio. Both have left the program.



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