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Boutique housing estate triggered by stadium boom

first_imgA render of one of the Railway Cottages.Ellis Developments CEO Stephen Ellis, who is building Railway Cottages, said two properties had already been sold off the plan and he was keen to build more developments in the area. “With the amount of infrastructure going on the city and the new stadium, it’s just drawing people in, and we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for city living,” he said. “We’ve been trying to buy other land in the area, but I’ve seen an increase in the price of land there and it’s all getting snapped up pretty quickly.“It hasn’t come through in the property statistics yet, but demand has definitely increased.”Railway Cottages will comprise of eight highset, modern Queenslanders that fit in with the traditional charm of the suburb while using modern design and technology. Each cottage will be on 402 sqm of land.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The cottages are also eligible for the Queensland Government First Home Owners’ Grant. REIQ Townsville zone chairman Wayne Nicholson said he had seen the huge impact of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment on the surrounding area’s property prices and he expected the North Queensland Stadium to do the same for Townsville. “It wasn’t just the oval but the precinct all around there,” he said.“If you look at places like Redfern in Sydney that were low socio-economic area they suffered for a very long time, but now money can’t buy property there and I see places like Railway Estate and South Townsville really coming into their own soon. Renders of the new Railway Estate development.TOWNSVILLE is poised to bask in a huge windfall on the back of the North Queensland Stadium with developments triggered by the project now coming on line.A boutique housing estate called Railway Cottages is being built on Twelfth Ave in Railway Estate, only 1km from the Stadium. The project reflects an increase in demand from people wanting to live in the shadow of the stadium and the amenities it will bring while also being close to the CBD. Industry experts are tipping an unprecedented amount of activity in suburbs surround the stadium in residential and commercial sectors. Bamboo flooring will be used inside the cottages which boast modern design and technology.The Bellevue Hotel in South Townsville is on the market and is expected to developed to take advantage of the expected boom as a result of the stadium.Construction is also expected to start on the 175-bed DoubleTree hotel development in the stadium precinct in early 2019.Colliers International managing director Peter Wheeler said the stadium was helping to increase interest in Townsville’s commercial market, especially in the city. “I think it’s having an impact on people looking to position themselves and buy buildings in the CBD, both for their own use or from an investment point of view,” he said. Townsville MP Scott Stewart said the stadium would boost surrounding suburbs. “Part of building the stadium was restoring confidence back into the business market, but the other part is rejuvenating property around that particular area,” Mr Stewart said.“What we’ve seen in the past is when you build a stadium, property values increase and there is a flood of building opportunities and that creates jobs.”For more information on Railway Cottages visit center_img A render of the interior of one of the cottages.last_img read more

Mandate roundup: SEI, Torfaen, FIL Pensions Management, Invesco AM

first_imgAs CIPD’s adviser, SEI is to provide strategic investment advice and the full implementation of a bespoke investment strategy.SEI will also manage the scheme’s day-to-day investment strategy, including the selection and replacement of managers, tactical asset allocation, changes to strategy, funding-level monitoring and reporting.Peter Purdom, chairman of trustees at the CIPD scheme, said: “We were initially looking to appoint a traditional consultant. However, during the selection process, it became apparent SEI’s solution offered a greater diversification of asset classes, investment styles and investment managers than would be possible using the more traditional approach.”In other news, Torfaen County Borough Council has awarded FIL Pensions Management a £50m global emerging markets mandate.At the same time, it awarded a £100m Asia Pacific ex Japan mandate to Invesco Asset Management. The £29m (€35m) CIPD defined benefit pension scheme has appointed SEI as its investment adviser.SEI will act as an adviser for the whole of the UK scheme’s assets.CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development.Its trustees selected SEI after a competitive process involving a number of providers, they said.last_img read more

Securities lending lessons for responsible investors

first_imgThe gains to be had from securities lending “do not come completely free”, however, said van der Struik.For example, investors lose their voting rights for the period they lend out the stock. This means that a responsible investor needs to have a policy in place on securities lending and voting to ensure they are complying with their fiduciary duty, the manager said.He explained that PGGM has “quite a strict policy” on this. It has a list of 100 companies that it does not lend out, and which it always votes on. PGGM voted on 95% of its equity positions last year, he said.Another issue flagged by van der Struik is “empty voting”, when a party that does not have an economic interest in a company borrows shares just for the votes at an annual meeting.He said that this was extremely rare, but that the impact was nonetheless quite serious. To mitigate this, investors could write in the contract with the borrower that this practice is not allowed.“In all our contracts it is disallowed, it is seen in the market as extremely bad practice, and in most jurisdictions it’s illegal,” van der Struik added.He later told IPE that pension funds get “very mixed signals” about securities lending, he said, with some investment consultants very much in favour and others saying it is incompatible with ESG.He also explained that the extent to which lending out securities – which could be used for short-selling – makes sense for investors could also depend on whether the securities are held as part of index-tracker funds or a high-conviction segregated mandate.As concerns short-selling, van der Struik said that “sometimes it’s seen as evil” but that the consensus is that it helps create an efficient market.He said that most of the bad press that securities lending gets is unjustified, but that headline risk is “one risk that in no way you can mitigate”.“It’s not a free lunch, but it’s a pretty good investment,” he said. Securities lending is not usually associated with responsible investment, but given the right approach it can bring in incremental income without sacrificing principles.That was the argument of Roelof van der Struik, a portfolio manager at major Dutch pensions investor PGGM, speaking at a conference of the World Pensions Council in London last week. PGGM’s main client, healthcare pension fund PFZW, has a strong responsible investment policy and wouldn’t tolerate the practice if it wasn’t done properly, he added.Lending stocks to other investors for short periods is more nuanced than bad press about the activity has portrayed, he argued, and can be reconciled with being a responsible investor. The practice can generate income and create or transform liquidity.Van der Struik joked that he was known as the “chief crumbs officer” at PGGM after a colleague remarked during a meeting recently that “we should not forget to pick up the crumbs”. Van der Struik said he had “consistently” made 1% on collateralised trades for PGGM.last_img read more

People moves: Blankfein to exit Goldmans; DWS expands insti team

first_imgSource: Goldman SachsLloyd Blankfein addresses Goldman Sachs shareholders on TuesdayAdebayo Ogunlesi, lead director of the company’s board, added: “Lloyd has been a remarkable leader during an extraordinary period of challenge for Goldman Sachs.“His temperament and innovative thinking, deep understanding of risk and the firm’s businesses, and ability to motivate and inspire the people of Goldman Sachs have defined his tenure.“He has pushed the firm’s entry into new businesses and opportunities, while also investing in areas that will continue to be highly valued by our clients.” DWS – The asset management arm of Deutsche Bank has hired a trio of senior staff to its institutional client-facing team. Gareth Davies joins from Hermes Investment Management as head of UK institutional clients, having previously held senior roles at BlackRock, Henderson, JP Morgan and Bacon & Woodrow.Alexia Giugni has been named head of institutional clients for southern Europe. She has spent much of her career in the investment banking sector with a focus on insurance.Shalin Bhagwan joins as head of UK pensions advisory. He was previously head of fixed income at Ashburton Investments, responsible for its liability-driven investment business. He has spent much of his career specialising in LDI, having led the LDI business at AXA Investment Managers. He has also worked in LDI related roles at Legal & General Investment Management, Mercer, and Hewitt Associates.Investec Asset Management – Anna Genda will join the investment company’s UK institutional business at the start of August in a newly created role as director of direct defined benefit, defined contribution and insurance. She was previously an investment director at Fidelity International, and has worked in several other investment consulting roles.Genda’s appointment follows a number of recent additions to Investec’s institutional business, including Ed Evers as head of global consultants; Alastair Leather as sales director for global and UK consultants; and Michelle Campbell as a sales associate for global and UK consultants.PAAMCO Prisma – Jane Buchan and Girish Reddy, co-chief executives of the US-based hedge fund provider, are to leave the company later this year as part of a leadership restructure. The pair will remain at the company in an advisory capacity until the end of this year.The company – formed last year by the merger of PAAMCO and Prisma – will be led from 1 August by a six-strong executive committee, chaired by Eric Wolfe, currently head of the portfolio management team at Prisma. Buchan was a co-founder of PAAMCO in 2000, while Reddy co-founded Prisma in 2004. Buchan plans to launch a quantitative investment fund next year, while Reddy plans to move into “investing and educational philanthropy”, the company said. IFRS Foundation – The international accounting standards body has named the governor of Finland’s central bank as chair of its trustee board. Erkki Liikanen was a member of parliament in Finland for 18 years, including three as finance minister from 1987 to 1990, and subsequently became Finland’s first EU commissioner in 1994. In 2012, he chaired an EU inquiry into structural reforms for the banking sector. He has led Finland’s central bank since 2004.The IFRS Foundation said in a statement that Liikanen would lead the trustee board in “advancing their objectives of developing a single set of high-quality, understandable, enforceable, and globally accepted accounting standards and promoting and facilitating the adoption of IFRS globally”.Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – Elizabeth Barrett is the UK accounting regulator’s new executive counsel and director of enforcement, effective from 1 August. She will be responsible for leading the FRC’s enforcement division and for decisions in relation to disciplinary proceedings involving auditors, accountants and actuaries, the FRC said.She joins following a 30-year career at law firm Slaughter & May, including 27 years as a partner. She advised the UK treasury department on a number of high-profile proceedings throughout the financial crisis and after, including its interventions in Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley.Vanguard – The passive investing giant has appointed Gregoire Blanc as senior ETF capital markets specialist, responsible for “supporting the liquidity of Vanguard’s products, and helping clients achieve their desired investment outcomes”, according to the company. He joins from Lyxor Asset Management where he held a similar role.The hire is part of a marked push to expand its ETF staff in Europe. Simone Rosti joined last month as head of Italy, Markus Weis was named deputy head of Germany and Austria in February, and Liz Wright, Rahul Thrakar and Christophe Collet have also joined the firm this year as senior ETF specialists.Systematic Investment Management – Christian Gast has been named CEO of the Swiss asset manager with effect from November 2018. He joins from BlackRock where he was head of iShares and index investing for Switzerland, a position he held since 2010. He previously led UBS’ exchange-traded fund business since 1999.The company was set up last year as a joint venture between fund managers from Credit Suisse and a team from Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Achmea IM – Ivo van der Veen has been appointed business development director at the €120bn Achmea Investment Management. Van der Veen joins from Deloitte, where he was an adviser to pension funds and asset managers for the past five years. Prior to this, the econometrist worked at Aegon Asset Management for 10 years. At Achmea IM, Van der Veen is to focus on growing its fiduciary management, liability-driven investing and responsible investment businesses.VanEck – The ETF provider has further expanded its European staff with the appointment of Gijs Koning as head of portfolio management and operations. He is co-founder of the Dutch ETF provider Think ETFs , which was acquired by VanEck earlier this year. Think ETFs’ other co-founder, Martijn Rozemuller, is the new head of VanEck Europe.BlueBay Asset Management – The fixed income specialist has appointed Gautam Kalani to the newly created role of emerging market FX strategist. He will be responsible for analysing and shaping global FX positioning across BlueBay’s emerging markets investment strategies, the company said. Kalani was previously a strategist in the emerging markets research team at Deutsche Bank. Barnett Waddingham – The UK consulting and actuarial firm has appointed Nasir Shah to its insurance consulting team. He joins as consulting actuary and associate, and will support general insurance companies across a variety of areas. He was previously at ANN Consulting, which he co-founded in 2014.Kas Bank – Rebecca Pitts has been appointed as business development manager at Kas Bank, specialist provider of securities serices to the UK pension industry. She has been tasked with developing and delivering innovative fintech solutions for trustees in both private and public sectors. She joins from SEI Investments Europe where she was a technical sales executive. Goldman Sachs, DWS, Investec, PAAMCO Prisma, IFRS Foundation, FRC, Vanguard, SIMAG, Achmea, VanEck, BlueBay, Barnett Waddingham, Kas BankGoldman Sachs – Lloyd Blankfein , chairman and chief executive officer at the investment banking giant, is to leave the company at the end of September after 12 years at the helm. David Solomon , currently president and co-chief operating officer, will take on both roles from 1 October.Blankfein joined Goldman Sachs in 1981 as part of the investment bank’s acquisition of commodities trading company J Aron & Co. He was appointed as president and chief operating officer in 2004. Solomon joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 and became global co-head of the investment bank in 2006. He became COO in 2016.“Our firm has demonstrated great resiliency and strength over the last 12 years,” Blankfein said in a statement. “I’ve never been more optimistic about our ability to serve our clients effectively and generate industry-leading returns. “David is the right person to lead Goldman Sachs. He has demonstrated a proven ability to build and grow businesses, identified creative ways to enhance our culture and has put clients at the centre of our strategy. Through the talent of our people and the quality of our client franchise, Goldman Sachs is poised to realise the next stage of growth.”last_img read more

World’s 1st Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier Named in Japan

first_imgJapanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has named Suiso Frontier, the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier, at its yard Kobe Works, the company said.This vessel is owned by CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA), formed by Kawasaki, Iwatani Corporation (Iwatani), Shell Japan Limited, and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) in 2016, with the aim of promoting hydrogen as fuel source.The vessel disposes 8,000 tons in gross tonnage and is designed to transport large quantities of liquefied hydrogen at 1/800 of its original gas-state volume, cooled to –253°C, over long distances by sea. It has a diesel-electric propulsion system and can achieve a speed of 13.0 knots. The ClassNK-classed vessel has the capacity to carry 25 people.Kawasaki plans to install a 1,250 m3 vacuum-insulated, double-shell-structure liquefied hydrogen storage tank, currently being manufactured at Harima Works, on the ship and complete the vessel’s construction by late 2020.“Once complete, the Susiso Frontier will be used for technology demonstration testing in Japanese FY 2020 aimed at the establishment of an international hydrogen energy supply chain in which liquefied hydrogen produced in Australia will be shipped to Japan,” the shipbuilder said.The mass hydrogen marine transportation supply chain is planned to be derived from unused brown coal within the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s (NEDO) demonstration project.The pilot project is planned for 2020-2021, and it will demonstrate brown coal gasification and hydrogen refining at Latrobe Valley in Australia, hydrogen liquefaction and storage of liquefied hydrogen at Hastings, marine transportation of liquefied hydrogen from Australia to Japan and unloading of liquefied hydrogen in Japan.Namely, a liquefied hydrogen unloading terminal is being built in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, and a brown coal gasification facility is being constructed in Australia. In addition, a consortium comprising Kawasaki, Iwatani and J-POWER along with Marubeni Corporation and AGL Loy Yang Pty Ltd, was formed in 2018 and has received financial support from the Australian and Victorian governments to build a gas refining facility, hydrogen liquefaction & loading terminal.“In 1981, Kawasaki became the first Asian company to manufacture a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, and now as the world’s first company to complete a liquefied hydrogen carrier it will further its efforts toward achieving a Hydrogen Society,” the company added.last_img read more

Bulldogs And Lady Pirates Win Cross Country Sectional Crowns

first_imgCongratulations to The Batesville Bulldogs and The Greensburg Lady Pirates on winning the Cross Country Sectionals at South Dearborn on Saturday, October 7th.2017 Boys CC Sectionals @ South Dearborn2017 Girls CC Sectionals @ South DearbornThe Bulldogs capture the Boys Sectional Title while East Central placed second, South Dearborn finished third, Greensburg fourth, and Rising Sun fifth.  The Top five teams will advance to The Regionals at Shelbyville on Saturday,  October 14th.Trevor Levi of Rising Sun was the Individual Sectional Champion. Individually qualifying for The Regionals include Ian Dickey – Oldenburg Academy, Gabe Rankin – Milan, Damon Hughes – Jac-Cen-Del, Tyler Kuntz – Oldenburg Academy, Casey Burdette – Milan, Cole Bower – South Decatur, Dan Dollinger – North Decatur, Charlie Hamilton – South Decatur, Dylan Trenkamp – South Ripley, Dylan Fledderman – Oldenburg Academy.The Lady Pirates won The Girls Team Championship while Batesville finished second, East Central placed third, Jac-Cen-Del fourth and South Dearborn fifth. The Top five teams will advance to The Regionals at Shelbyville on Saturday,  October 14th.Freshman Brenna Hanna of Greensburg was the Individual Sectional Champion. Individually qualifying for The Regionals include Melinda Eckstein – Oldenburg Academy, Megan Cole – South Ripley, Kasey Baker – Rising Sun, Alyssa Brinkman – Milan, Abby Haverkos – Oldenburg Academy, Brianna Snider – Oldenburg Academy, Sarah Price – Oldenburg Academy, Emma Miller – Milan, Jamey Tush – Milan, Clarisse Zagan – South Ripley.The Hagerstown Tigers won The Boys Team Title at Connersville while The Rushville Lady Lions took The Girls Championship.  The Franklin County Boys’ season ends with an eight place finish while The Lady Wildcats placed third and will advance to The Regionals at Rushville on Saturday, October 14th.2017 Boys CC Sectionals @ Connersville2017 Girls CC Sectionals @ ConnersvilleAndrew Miller of Rushville won the Boys Individual Sectional Crown and Jenna Barker of Seton Catholic was the Girls Sectional Champion.  Evan Apsley and Cody Moore of Franklin County individually qualify for The Boys Regionals.last_img read more

Swansea situation holds no fear for players, insists Ki Sung-yueng

first_img But South Korean midfielder Ki believes improved performances under Curtis show Swansea’s position of being two points from safety is a false one. “You saw in the last two games we played well, we have performed better,” he said. “Players have confidence so we are not worried about the situation. “Of course, the fans may worry but we believe in each other and know there’s quality in the team. “Personally, I am very angry with myself that we are 18th. It is not for us and it is a difficult feeling. “If the team is not good enough we accept it but we have really good players, we did so well last season.” Jenkins has warned that Swansea will not be rushed into a hasty decision over a new manager amid fears that an audacious move for former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has stalled. Former Chelsea coach Jose Morais, who worked under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, is the latest name to be linked with the vacancy, but Ki said the squad had faith in the temporary coaching team of Curtis and academy chief Dave Adams. “The chairman said it doesn’t have to be a rush because we need someone to really understand the Swansea philosophy and who can make the team better,” Ki said. “Alan and Dave have done very well, tactically they know the team. “But we can’t waste any more time, we need three points from the next game.” West Ham, like Swansea, have gone seven games without a win as Slaven Bilic’s side have had to combat a mounting injury list since climbing into third place at the end of October. The Hammers have been particularly hurt in attacking areas and were without Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll at the Liberty Stadium. But they remain unbeaten in four matches with their last three games being goalless draws. “We were flying. Dimi was flying, but we’ve lost Lanzini and Sakho as well and then big Andy has gone down,” Hammers defender James Collins said. “It’s derailed us a bit but the club, the chairman and the gaffer spent money in the summer and we have a massive squad full of international players. “I know there’s been a few nil-nils, but we’re creating chances. “Maybe not as many as we want, but we are picking up points and not losing games. “If we were conceding goals and it was three defeats and not three draws we’d be talking differently. “We’re still eighth and it’s not doom or gloom by any stretch, we’ve had a tremendous start and have games over Christmas we think we can win.” Swansea failed to escape the bottom three after being held to a goalless draw by injury-hit West Ham on Sunday, and it is now only one win in 13 league games for a team without a permanent boss. Caretaker Alan Curtis has been in command since Garry Monk was sacked on December 9 and he seems set to be in charge for the festive fixtures against West Brom and Crystal Palace, with chairman Huw Jenkins’ manager search yet to bear fruit. Ki Sung-yueng insists managerless Swansea are not worried by their situation, even though they will spend Christmas in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Press Associationlast_img read more

Du Preez clinches tense win for South Africa women over England

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – South Africa’s Mignon du Preez celebrated her 100th T20 match by hitting a six and a four in consecutive balls in the final over to power her team to a thrilling six-wicket win over England in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday.South Africa appeared in a precarious position in their chase of 124, needing 33 from the last three overs, but they managed to bring the equation down to nine from six balls.Experienced England seamer Katherine Brunt conceded only two in her first two deliveries before Du Preez sealed the win for South Africa in the Group A clash.Natalie Sciver’s knock of 50 from 41 balls helped England post 123 for eight in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first at the WACA ground.South Africa were going well with an 84-run stand for the second wicket between captain Dane van Niekerk, who made 46, and Marizanne Kapp.But they lost both batsmen in consecutive overs as the asking rate kept climbing in the face of clinical left-arm spin bowling from Sophie Ecclestone, who finished with 2-19.Earlier, South African bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to stall England’s momentum.Opener Amy Jones provided a solid start for England with a knock of 23 but they lost Jones and fellow opener Danni Wyatt in quick succession while captain Heather Knight also fell cheaply to leave them tottering at 43-3 in the ninth over.Sciver steadied the innings, however, and hit five fours and a six before falling in the 19th over to Ayabonga Khaka, who finished with figures of 3-25.last_img read more

Varsity Blues parent receives longest sentence to date

first_imgDouglas Hodge pleaded guilty in October for paying $850,000 between 2008 and 2015 to secure his children’s admissions to USC and Georgetown University as athletic recruits.(Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Hodge pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering for paying Operation Varsity Blues organizer William “Rick” Singer $850,000 over the course of seven years to arrange for four of his children’s college admissions.  In a memorandum filed Monday, prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence for Hodge, calling him “among the most culpable parents charged.” They said his repeated involvement in the scam and the fact that he wrote off part of the admissions payments as tax deductions rendered his infractions more serious. His penalty included nine months in prison with two years of supervised release, 500 hours of community service and a $750,000 fine for paying to have four of his children falsely designated as athletic recruits on their applications to elite colleges, including two to USC and two to Georgetown University. Nathaniel Gorton, the federal judge presiding over the sentencing, denied Hodge’s request to serve part of his sentence at his home, Law360 reported. During the hearing, Gorton told Hodge his actions showed “chutzpah” and said that his actions and those of the other parents in the scandal led to a devaluation of American education as a whole, according to court reporter Chris Villani. Hodge’s oldest child, who Singer marked as a tennis recruit on her Georgetown application in 2008, was the first incidence of Singer’s “side door” method documented in the college admissions case. Hodge attempted to fraudulently secure his fifth child’s admission to Loyola Marymount University in 2018, but Singer had already begun cooperating with federal investigators.center_img “There was certainly a loss to the overall educational system in this country when Mr. Hodge and others repeatedly used their massive fortunes to illegally circumvent the college admissions process,” Gorton said. Former investment firm CEO Douglas Hodge received the longest sentence in the admissions scandal to date in Boston federal court Friday. The defense argued that Hodge deserved leniency for his lapse in judgment, citing charitable donations totaling $30 million and his establishment of a Cambodian orphanage as evidence of his philanthropic nature and stated that, unlike other parents for whom the government recommended penalties exceeding sentencing guidelines, Hodge did not involve his children in the scheme. Prior to Friday’s sentencing, the longest sentence in the admissions case was that of USC alumnus Toby Macfarlane, who will serve six months in prison and pay a $150,000 fine for paying to get his two children admitted to the University as athletic recruits.last_img read more

Grades: Wilson shines once again, special teams aces test

first_imgJared Abbrederis had seven catches Saturday for 93 yards. Abbrederis scored UW’s first touchdown of the game on a 21-yard pass from Wilson.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back at the most recent Wisconsin football game and assign grades to each position group on a scale of zero to five. Here is a look at how the University of Wisconsin thrashed Penn State 45-7 for the Big Ten Leaders Division title.Quarterbacks – 5 out of 5Russell Wilson put on a show in his senior day game. He completed 19 of his 29 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. As always, he displayed his ability to move out of the pocket and pick up yards with his feet, running for 36 yards on seven carries. He averaged 5.1 yards per run, better than sophomore running back James White.Wilson was able to blow up a Penn State defense ranked No. 8 in scoring defense and frequently touted as one of the best in the Big Ten and help the Badgers score 45 points. Running Backs – 4.5 out of 5Junior Montee Ball has seemingly become unstoppable.Ball rushed for four touchdowns and 156 yards on 25 carries. Ball did not lose a single yard in the game and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.Sophomore James White also saw a considerable amount of carries with 16 for 73 yards. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and was responsible for one of the Badgers’ few mistakes in the game. With 1:04 left in the game, White fumbled on Wisconsin’s own 38-yard line, giving Penn State one final chance to cut the lead to something more respectable than a 38-point margin.Tight Ends – 3 out of 5Once again, the tight ends had a quite day. Jacob Pedersen had one reception for three yards. They did have some solid blocking, giving Wilson what seemed like days in the pocket. Otherwise, they were not a major factor in the game.Wide Receivers – 5 out of 5Nick Toon honored his father, Al Toon, by wearing No. 87 and had a five-reception, 42-yard, one-touchdown game. But it was Jared Abbrederis who led UW’s receiving corps.Abbrederis had seven catches for 93 yards and, most notably, a touchdown in the first quarter that tied the game at seven. From that point on, the Badgers never looked back, and Penn State never saw the end zone again.Offensive Line – 4.5 out of 5The offensive line was essentially a brick wall Saturday. Going against one of the Big Ten’s best defensive lines, the Badgers protected Wilson well, giving him time to throw and space to run. However, Wilson was still sacked twice.UW’s o-line also gave Ball the space to run, making key blocks to let him run up the middle as he is known to do. While center Peter Konz was still sidelined with an ankle injury, the o-line proved why it is one of the best in the nation, playing at a high level even without its leader.Defensive Line – 4.5 out of 5The defensive line gave a strong yet quiet performance. The line allowed Penn State 114 yards rushing and was able to get pressure on PSU quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden, who combined for only 11 completed passes on 25 attempts and 119 passing yards.Linebackers – 4.5 out of 5Mike Taylor and Chris Borland led the Badgers defense once again with seven and six tackles, respectively. But it was Conor O’Neill who had a notable night from the linebacking corps with six tackles and a forced fumble and recovery.Secondary – 4.5 out of 5The secondary was responsible for the Badgers’ major mistake of the game. Safety Aaron Henry and cornerback Antonio Fenelus had a miscommunication that allowed Penn State’s Curtis Drake to get wide open behind Wisconsin’s defense. It was PSU’s lone touchdown of the game.Otherwise the secondary was solid, underlined by an early interception by safety Shelton Johnson.Specialists – 5 out of 5On UW’s five punts, the Badgers forced fumbles on four of them and recovered each one, which was an essential game changer for UW.Punter Brad Nortman averaged 40.6 yards on each of his punts while kicker Philip Welch averaged 57.1 yards on eight kickoffs.last_img read more