Toon Commits to the Badgers
Al Toon's son commits to UW
Junior wide receiver a star at Middleton
By JEFF POTRYKUS
Posted: Feb. 25, 2006
Now that Nick Toon has made an oral commitment to play football for the University of Wisconsin, he inevitably will be compared to his father, Al.
Al Toon was a decorated wide receiver for UW from 1982-'84 and played eight seasons in the National Football League. Nick Toon, a junior wide receiver at Middleton High School, is the first player to commit to UW for its 2007 freshman class.
"You hate to compare somebody to his father," Middleton coach Tim Simon said from his Middleton home Friday afternoon. "Especially somebody who has been as successful as Al Toon, but there is no question he is a lot like Al.
"Not only is he quick and fast and can leap like a gazelle, he is just graceful in everything that he does."
Nick Toon, 6 feet 2 inches and 195 pounds, was a multi-threat player for Middleton last season. He caught 26 passes for 425 yards (16.3 yards per catch), had 15 punt and kick returns for 345 yards (23 yards per return) and rushed four times for 57 yards (14.3 yards per carry).
Al Toon is No. 3 all-time at UW in catches (131) and receiving yards (2,103), No. 2 in single-game receiving yards (252), tied for second with Lee Evans in receiving touchdowns in a season (nine) and tied for third all-time with Jonathan Orr in receiving touchdowns (19).
Two players reinstated: Freshman tailback P.J. Hill and redshirt freshman defensive back Jameson Davis successfully appealed recent suspensions under UW's student-athlete discipline policy, school officials announced Friday.
Hill, expected to battle for the starting tailback position in the spring, was suspended on Jan. 19. He was arrested by university police after he allegedly brandished a bat during an altercation outside a UW dorm. Hill did not injure anyone but was cited for disorderly conduct while armed.
Davis was arrested Feb. 6 in Jefferson County, along with teammate Antonio Freeman. Their car, driven by Davis, was clocked at 101 mph. Marijuana was also allegedly found in the car.
Freeman, who was also suspended, faces a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. Davis faces two misdemeanor charges, marijuana possession and obstructing an officer.
Budget approved: The UW Athletic Board on Friday approved a $2 increase for men's basketball tickets for the 2006-'07 season and a budget approaching $80 million.
The budget breakdown includes $70.4 million for athletics, $5.4 million for University Ridge golf course and $2.4 million for various camps.