Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (right) had eight catches last Thursday in Detroit -- including one truly memorable touchdown grab.
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Every Wednesday, FOX Sports Wisconsin takes a look at which athletes’ stock is trending up and whose is trending down.
In other words, who is making a meteoric rise, and who is quickly plummeting.
With that in mind, let’s "take stock" of the current sports scene in Wisconsin, shall we?
Richard Rodgers, Packers TE
Rodgers had the night of his life last Thursday in Detroit, reeling in a team-high eight receptions for 146 yards . . . and one fairly memorable 61-yard touchdown catch. Yes, Rodgers’ last-gasp, Hail Mary grab that capped the Packers’ 27-23 win won’t soon be forgotten. Rodgers, who averaged 18.3 yards per reception that night, made the supposed miracle catch look fairly easy, as he used his 6-foot-4, 257-pound frame to wall off multiple Lions defenders. It’s safe to say the 23-year-old tight end won’t have to pay for many Miller Lites around Green Bay for the foreseeable future; he’s etched in Packers lore, forevermore.
Bo Ryan, Badgers head coach
When Wisconsin topped Temple last Saturday, Wisconsin’s accomplished men’s basketball coach had pulled off a truly noteworthy win. Ryan moved into a tie with none other than the iconic Phog Allen for 26th place on the NCAA’s all-time wins list, with 746. Ryan is now 746-231 in his 32nd year as a college head coach, after spending time earlier in his career at Wisconsin-Platteville and Wisconsin-Milwaukee before heading to Madison. With Saturday’s win, the Badgers are now 108-9 all-time in nonconference home games in 15 seasons under Ryan’s tutelage.
Michael Carter-Williams, Bucks PG
Yes, Carter-Williams struggled at the season’s outset and was benched, but he has acquitted himself well of late. Such was the case last Saturday night, when "MCW" may have been the Bucks’ MVP in a 15-point defeat of the Knicks. On that night, Carter-Williams had 20 points on 9-for-16 shooting, with five assists. On Monday, Carter-Williams assisted on Greg Monroe’s lay-in with 5.9 seconds left, as the Bucks topped the Blazers, 90-88. The 24-year-old Syracuse product is currently averaging 9.9 points and 5.0 assists per game.
Henry Ellenson, Marquette F
Marquette’s freshman sensation poured in a career-high 23 points last Saturday, in a rout of overmatched Maine. Ellenson paired with big man Luke Fischer that day to combine for 44 points, on 17-for-23 shooting from the field. On Tuesday, Ellenson had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists, as the Golden Eagles strolled past San Jose State by 18 points. As a result, the Golden Eagles improved to 7-2, and their blowout loss to Iowa on Nov. 19 seems like a distant memory.
James Starks, Packers RB
Starks operated in fits and starts in the Motor City in his last outing, rushing for 15 yards on nine carries (1.7 yards per attempt). Making matters worse, the veteran running back also coughed up a pair of fumbles, though both were recovered by Green Bay. Hey, at least Starks acted in a more professional manner than fellow Packers rushers Eddie Lacy and Alonzo Harris, who reportedly missed curfew on Wednesday night in Detroit . . .
James Jones, Packers WR
Jones’ production has tapered off in recent weeks, with the lone exception of his 109-yard game at Minnesota in Week 11. In his last game, Jones caught one pass for 19 yards in Detroit. A week prior he had zero catches against Chicago. The 31-year-old veteran has 31 receptions and seven touchdowns this season. Four different teammates saw more targets than Jones’ three against the Lions. If the Packers hope to go on a postseason run, Jones will probably have to increase his workload.