Former University of Wisconsin receiver Kraig Appleton is hospitalized and in stable condition after being shot several times in East St. Louis, Ill., on Saturday at 2 a.m., http://www.kmov.com/news/crime/Man-shot-several-times-in-south-St-Louis-126082634.html" target="_blank">according to a report by KMOV-TV of St. Louis.

Appleton, 21, was an honor roll student and all-state football player and track athlete at East St. Louis.

A late addition to the Badgers' Class of 2009 after initially leaning toward Illinois, he played occasionally as a true freshman, catching three passes for 26 yards.

Appleton projected as a regular in the receiving rotation before being suspended from the team in February 2010 for violating team rules, the roots of which were never reported.

Shortly afterward, Appleton withdrew from school, and Badgers coach Bret Bielema announced at the spring intrasquad game in April of that year that Appleton would not return.

However, the two were in communcation as recently as September of 2010, at which time Bielema said http://host.madison.com/sports/college/football/article_368f79d8-bf65-11df-9c36-001cc4c03286.html" target="_blank">he would entertain the thought of Appleton returning if he attended junior college and earned an associate degree.

"I told him I'd work with him," Bielema said at the time. "If I can help him do that, I'll do that. I've just got to make sure he's ready to do things the right way for that to happen."

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