RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoAlthough Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson had successful careers playing both football and baseball, it’s hard for many collegians to have the same success as multi-sport athletes.However, the Wisconsin football team has managed to accumulate many players that not only played several sports in high school, but continue to participate on different teams at the collegiate level as well.Junior wide receiver Paul Hubbard is not only a playmaker on the football field, but he’s a track star as well. In high school, Hubbard was a two-time state champion in the long jump and the triple jump at Widefield High School in Colorado. As a prep star in 2003, he won the same events in the 2003 USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.This caused him to be recruited heavily by many schools for both track and football. He was recruited by many football powerhouses such as Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas State.”There were numerous schools [that were recruiting me]. There were a lot of Ivy League [schools], but I wasn’t really feeling the Ivy League,” Hubbard said.Being a multi-sport athlete does have some advantages, especially for Hubbard. One of the perks is that he is able to stay in shape throughout the year.”It keeps me healthy all year ’round,” Hubbard said. “As soon as I’m done with football, I’m going over to track. I’m in shape all the time, which helps with my endurance and speed all around.”Although Hubbard does continuously stay in shape, he was not a football star immediately. His freshman year, he was redshirted and only saw action in nine games his sophomore year as a backup receiver and on special teams. This was mainly because he had to acclimate to the grind of going from sport to sport, especially one that is as physically taxing as football.”I was very injury-prone,” Hubbard said. “I was competing with a fatigued body. At first, I was having ankle problems, knee problems, shin problems, and just getting banged up because I was switching between two different surfaces,” Hubbard said.Joe Thomas is another football player who experienced a lot of success in track and field, especially in his freshman and sophomore years, competing in the shot put. Out of high school, Thomas finished fifth at nationals in the shot put, along with being named all-state in the shot put and the discus throw.Barry Alvarez, the Badgers’ head football coach at the time, offered Thomas a five-year plan that allowed him to compete in both track and football, effectively wooing the top recruit away from other such schools as USC, Stanford and Miami (Fla.).”That was probably one of the biggest things in the whole recruiting process, just finding a school that best fit all my needs and all the things I wanted. There were a lot of schools that had certain things that were good, they also had things that were not as good that detracted from the things that I wanted,” Thomas said. “Wisconsin came and laid out a plan and said, you’re able to do track, do football, play the position that we think you’re going to be the best at and we think you’ll want to play.”Although Thomas has not competed in track over the last few seasons, he found a lot of success earlier in his career at Wisconsin. In the 2004-05 track season, he set the indoor record with a shot put throw of 62.25 feet. That season, he also qualified for the NCAA Championships for shot put in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.Although not as many football players have been able to participate in other sports in college, there are still many members of the team that had successful athletic careers in other sports during high school. Junior offensive lineman Marcus Coleman had a lot of success wrestling in his early days at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn. There he won state in the freshman competition and went undefeated his sophomore year. Eventually, he realized that football was his calling.”Wrestling is a great sport, but there came a time when I knew I had a career in football,” Coleman said. “Wrestling takes up a lot of your time in the winter, and I wanted to focus on weight training and getting ready for football.”Although Coleman does not have any plans to return to the wrestling mat, he still brings a lot of influences from his experience wrestling to the football field.”Leverage is one of the biggest things that I have taken from wrestling,” Coleman said. “Especially heavyweights, they are always throwing people around and whoever has the better leverage is going to win. That goes through with football too, in the trenches.”For many years, Wisconsin has been without a baseball team. However, that does not mean that there are not baseball stars at Wisconsin.Quarterback John Stocco, a star pitcher in high school, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 45th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. In high school, one of Stocco’s major accomplishments in all of sports was pitching a shutout in the state baseball tournament.