Dear Jay Valai and Shelton Johnson,
We certainly are aware that Arizona State outplayed the Badgers in many facets of the game on Saturday. However, because of a few timely plays by you, Wisconsin was able to escape with a one point victory. Shelton, we are very impressed by the “never give up” attitude displayed on the 95 yard kickoff return by the Sun Devils. By tackling ASU’s Kyle Middlebrooks at the one yard line right before the half, you kept momentum on Wisconsin’s side and perhaps saved the game. I’m sure that coaches across the country will roll that footage as you have now become 2010’s posterboy for “never giving up on a play.” The team certainly experienced difficulty covering kickoffs as the Sun Devils returned one for a touchdown and smoked the Badgers on a few more impressive returns. It even got to the point where the crowd gave out a cheer of sarcasm with any kickoff coverage tackle. Nevertheless, you managed to maintain your poise and scrape away the stigma that comes with being a freshman.
Jay, are you aware that yours is one of ESPN’s plays of the week? With just over four minutes in the game and Badger fans’ fingernails worn down to the cuticles, you helped to keep Wisconsin’s lead after what seemed to be a tying touchdown by Arizona State. The way you broke through the offensive line to block that extra point looked effortless. You sparked Camp Randall Stadium with a play that will never be forgotten. In addition, the offense was pumped to get the necessary first downs that ran out the clock and secured the one point win. Did you notice how the good showing from the Sun Devil fans turned into a silent murmur? That was you.
There is no doubt that this game could have tipped either way. Thanks to you two, the scale moved in the Badgers’ favor. Arizona State is going to be a team to reckon with in the Pac Ten, while the Badgers are beginning to question their newly appointed top ten status. Nevertheless, a thrilling game in a frenzied Camp Randall Stadium had much to do with the two plays that you gave on the field. Keep up the good work.
Wisconsin Badger Fans