Chat with Wisconsin RB Brian Calhoun
Calhoun, who entered the Michigan game leading the nation in rushing, carried the ball 35 times for 155 yards and a touchdown, marking the seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career. Calhoun also caught seven passes for a team-best 59 yards.
After the game, even Michigan coach Lloyd Carr marveled at Calhoun's performance. ''I gained a lot of respect for him,'' said Carr. ''I liked him coming into this game but he is one tough guy. He keeps coming. He's proved to have incredible endurance.''
The ShowGirl (2:57 PM)
Welcome to The Show! I've got Brian here ready for your questions and comments. Talk to him!
Brian Calhoun (2:58 PM)
Hello everybody. Happy to be here and I'm ready for your questions.
Brian, a quick comment. Your habit of seeking out a ref in the endzone and simply handing him the ball, is a practice that has earned you a great deal of respect, not only from me, but some of Madison's more influential residents. It is refreshing to see...keep it up!
Brian Calhoun (3:00 PM)
Thanks Adam. I've been doing that since high school, I was raised on respect and plus, I don't really believe in chanting or dancing in the endzone. I did my job by scoring a touchdown, the next thing I need to do is just hand the ball to the ref and get ready for the next play.
Jake: Evanston, IL
Hey Brian, I'm a student at Northwestern University, but still a huge Badger fan, and I'm looking forward for you to come down here on October 8th and take it to the Wildcats. I was wondering what the scouting report is on Indiana. Do they pose any serious threats to you guys? Especially defensively, are they able to stop you? Thanks! Go Bucky!
Brian Calhoun (3:02 PM)
Indiana poses a very big defensive threat, they are 3-0 and just came off a bye week so they've had the chance to prepare a little extra for us. We will be trying to establish the run on offense, improve on what we have to from the past few weeks and stick to our game.
Hey Brian! Do you attribute your success to Coach Alvarez's offensive strategy as opposed to how you were used at Colorado? And if so to what degree?
Brian Calhoun (3:04 PM)
I think Coach Alvarez's system definitely fits my running style more. His zone scheme here makes it easier to get to the outside where at Colorado it was more of a pass first, run second style. We didn't really pound the ball like we do here at Wisconsin. Coach Alvarez's scheme utilizes my talents more.
Brian (Livingston, NJ
What made you transfer back home to Wisconsin?
Brian Calhoun (3:05 PM)
That was a tough decision, not only for myself but for my family. I was leaving a lot of friends out there in Colorado. I was out there for two years so it was tough, but there were a lot of factors. In regards to where the program was headed, I had had discussions about changing positions and I also just didn't feel like I was being used in that program as best as I could be so all of that contributed to my decision to come to Wisconsin.
steve (madison, WI)
Hey Brian, I just want to know, how do you seem to run over people that are twice your size?
Brian Calhoun (3:06 PM)
I don't know Steve. Sometimes, the defense is at a big disadvantage because they don't know where I'm going to go. I can go around or cut inside, I like to mix it up a little and lower my shoulder sometimes.
Luke (Mt. Pleasant)
Brian, I am a huge Badger fan who lives in Michigan, just want to say it was great to be able to watch you and the Badgers beat Michigan on saturday, and watch all my buddies' reactions. I have a question for you, what does it mean to be a Wisconsin running back, we all know about the history with coach Alvarez and rb's in the last 15 or so years, Ron Dayne, Michael Bennet, Anthony Davis, and all the others before them always producing. Is there more pressure on you to uphold the Wisconsin tradition of having great running backs? thanks, and good luck the rest of they year!
Brian Calhoun (3:09 PM)
I don't think it's pressure, sure it's always in the back of your mind. There have been really successful backs that have come through Wisconsin, I am aware of that, of course, but I just try to do my best to help us win and then I think everything else will fall into place.
Jack (Boulder, CO)
Brian, first of all, let me congradulate you on your success at Wisconsin. You had a lot of fans here in Boulder and there are a lot of people who are enjoying watching you play well. Anyway, how much did the scandals here at CU influence your decision?
Brian Calhoun (3:10 PM)
That didn't affect my decision at all. Everything in Boulder was alleged allegations and that really didn't have any bearing on my decision to come back to Wisconsin.
Brian, Barry Alvarez says that you're the best running back he's EVER coached. Can you just talk about Barry's attitude in practice and during games?
Brian Calhoun (3:12 PM)
Coach Alvarez is a great coach. He's pretty hands on during practice. If he thinks you're doing something wrong and he can correct it, he'll mention it to you. He doesn't say too much, but really, his career and his record here pretty much speaks for itself.
Eric (Madison, WI)
After watching you guys beat michigan last weekend and seeing Barry give a fist pump before running into the tunnel, I wanted to know what the locker room was like after the game?
Brian Calhoun (3:13 PM)
It was a big win over Michigan. Coach Alvarez downplayed it a little bit, he hasn't beaten Michigan in the last six times he's played him. We definitely fought to get that win for him and that was definitely one of the biggest wins in our program.
Hey Brian, section O thinks you rock. Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
Brian Calhoun (3:14 PM)
Not too many, Robbie. THe only think I do is get stretched by the same trainer. I usually wear the same wristbands, but other than that, I'm just kind of loose. I really don't have too many of rituals or superstitions.
Since your transfer to the badgers you have put up stats as if you're playing PS2, but how do you feel you compare to Heisman trophy candidate Laurence Maroney from The University of Minnesota?
Brian Calhoun (3:16 PM)
It's a great honor to even be mentioned with Laurence. He's been doing this kind of thing for years and he is a phenomenal player. I don't think I'm even in his class right now. As the season progresses, maybe down the road my numbers will make me worthy of that, but until then he is in a different class. Maybe someday, my numbers will change that for me.
Alex (Janesville, WI)
Brian, I know I speak for many Badgers fans by saying "Welcome Home"! How much of an influence does the Wisconsin O-Line have on your successful running? And what kind of relationship do you have with them?
Brian Calhoun (3:19 PM)
I wouldn't have put up the numbers without those guys and that includes my two tight ends and my fullback. I couldn't do it without them. We have a great relationship on and off the field and I think that's why we are so successful right now.
Colin (Sacramento, CA)
Brian -- You've got Minnesota and Purdue back-to-back in a few weeks. Two top 25 teams that are usually very good against the run. Have you started thinking about that doozy of a two-fer yet?
Brian Calhoun (3:20 PM)
I haven't looked that far ahead. Obviously, we're coming off a big emotional win against Michigan and right now, the most important game for us is agianst Indiana and we are getting ready for that this weekend.
I know it's been just 4 games, but has life for you changed a lot since the season began? Suddenly your a big shot, doing chats on ESPN. You deserve it, I just wonder how this has changed your everday routine?
Brian Calhoun (3:22 PM)
My daily routine hasn't changed too much. Those close to me know that I'm pretty quiet and to myself and yes our team is having a lot of success and we deserve it, but I'm just trying to stay low-key and focussed on winning as the season goes on.
Brian, Congrats on your great success! I just wanted to know, how you precieved the fan support and stadium atmosphere at Camp Randall and how it is different from that back at Colorado?
Brian Calhoun (3:23 PM)
It's two very different atmosphere. The fan support and appreciation out here is just on a different level, not only different than Colorado, but really to everybody out there. The fans are so involved an so appreciative here in Wisconsin. It's great.
What's Stocco like in the huddle? Who's the biggest joker on the team?
Brian Calhoun (3:24 PM)
Stocco is one of our leaders on the team, he's become more vocal in the huddle and he keeps it calm. He's in command. The biggest joker? We have quite a few. One of the funnist guy on the team is probably Matt Bernstein. He is highly respected, but he knows when to crack jokes a little bit.
Matt (East Lansing)
Great FULL game effort last weak in beating the overrated boys from Ann Arbor. You guys along with Ohio St. And my MSU look to be the Big "11" front runners. Who do you think is a better team right now between OSU and MSU?
Brian Calhoun (3:26 PM)
It's hard to say, I haven't played either one and we don't play either one this year, so it's hard for me to say. But those two are definitely in front of the Big Ten right now and we're trying to chase 'em!
Bob (Orlando, Fl)
What are your thoughts on the competion level of Milwaukee Area High School football and how it prepared you for Division I?
Brian Calhoun (3:27 PM)
The competition in the Milwaukee area is pretty high. There are a lot of great programs out there, you play tough teams week in and week out and it definitely prepared me for where I am right now.
Andrew (UW Tuba Alum) (Green Bay)
Brian, does winning the Heisman Trophy enter your thoughts at any time?
Brian Calhoun (3:29 PM)
I haven't even thought about it. It's not really important to me, that is, it's not one of my goals. It's a great honor and it's very humbling to be mentioned but it's definitely not one of the things that I will be thinking about.
Kevin (Waunakee, Wisconsin)
who is your favorite professional player right now?
Brian Calhoun (3:31 PM)
I guess I'd have to say Marshall Faulk is my favorite player, and he's a RB. I like his style and the way he carries himself and the way he does everything right. The most exciting player right now probably Michael Vick, he continues to do things before his time.
I am a big Ohio State fan and I would just like to THANK YOU for whooping Michigan's butt last Saturday. THANK YOU!
Brian Calhoun (3:34 PM)
Thank you Matt and thanks everybody for all of the support. I appreciate everybody cheering for me and cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers. I think our team is really deserving of all the attention that is coming our way. Thank you.