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What the future holds: 2018 DB preview

When last season was coming to a close, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard sat cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams down to explain some things. The South Florida product was putting the finishing touches on a redshirt freshman season that saw him earn a role as the third cornerback behind senior Derrick Tindal and junior Nick Nelson. It […]

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What the future holds: 2018 ILB preview

You could have forgiven Chris Orr if he had been just a little disappointed. A guy that’s started 15 games at inside linebacker, including eight last season, was poised to move into a full-time starting role if T.J. Edwards had bypassed his senior year and entered the NFL, as many expected him to do after […]

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What the future holds: 2018 OLB preview

Zack Baun thought it was finally his time. After the arduous process of turning his body from that of a high school quarterback into that of a Division I outside linebacker, and biding his time behind the likes of Joe Schobert, Vince Biegel and T.J. Watt, the Brown Deer product was ready to step into […]

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What the future holds: 2018 DL preview

It had been a long time since Olive Sagapolu had done a backflip. Certainly prior to his arrival at Wisconsin in 2015. So when he was asked in the spring whether he could still do one, the senior nose tackle wasn’t positive he could pull off the maneuver that is usually reserved for gymnasts and […]

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What the future holds: 2018 OL preview

The Wisconsin offensive line is back. What had eroded as a result of a change in philosophy under a previous regime, and a string of unlucky career-ending injuries, has been rebuilt. It’s taken time, but the struggles of 2015 led to small steps in 2016, which then gave way to giant leaps last year. By […]

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What the future holds: 2018 TE preview

He can be as good as he wants to be. That’s how now former Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli described one of his potential replacements, redshirt freshman Jake Ferguson, last December. It was a nod toward his physical talents, which are off the charts, while also recognizing that there is still work to do. “Somebody […]

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What the future holds: 2018 WR preview

Surrounded by reporters in the middle of April, Ted Gilmore was midway through an eight-minute interview when he was asked a question about his wide receivers that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Are there enough footballs to go around for a talented group that returns intact? “The guys, they know they earn […]

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What the future holds: 2018 RB preview

Jonathan Taylor put up video game-like numbers as a freshman. The New Jersey product ran for the most yards by a true freshman in NCAA history on his way to finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy vote and being a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. He did it all while helping his team to […]

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What the future holds: 2018 QB preview

When Alex Hornibrook took to the stage to play the guitar at The Buckinghams in April, the Wisconsin quarterback’s performance revealed two things. The first was, well, he’s really good. His take on Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” got played on local radio the day after and it even got the seal of approval from […]

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Badgers: Top QB commit shuts down his recruitment

Graham Mertz will, in fact, be coming to Wisconsin this December as an early enrollee. Committed to the Badgers since last fall but still talking with other schools, the 4-star quarterback took to Twitter on Thursday night to let everyone know the recruiting process is over for him. “Thank you to every coach that has […]

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