Updated odds for college football national title, Heisman Trophy

Wisconsin is among the favorites to win the national title this fall.

In updated odds from Bovada LV, the Badgers are listed at 20/1 to win the College Football Playoff, tied with Penn State for sixth-best odds among all teams.

Defending champion Alabama leads the way at 2/1, with Clemson at 11/2. Last season’s runner-up, Georgia, is listed fourth at 10/1. Two other Big Ten teams, Ohio State (7/1) and Michigan (18/1), are also ahead of the Badgers.

The sportsbook also has Heisman Trophy odds, and sophomore Jonathan Taylor is listed at 6/1, the best of any player in the country. Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins comes in at 13/2, while Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Stanford running back Bryce Love are at 7/1.

Here’s the full listing of Big Ten teams:

Ohio State – 7/1
Michigan – 18/1
Penn State – 20/1
Wisconsin – 20/1
Michigan State – 35/1
Nebraska – 100/1
Iowa – 200/1
Purdue – 250/1
Northwestern – 275/1
Minnesota – 300/1
Illinois – 500/1
Indiana – 500/1
Maryland – 500/1
Rutgers — 500/1

Wisconsin on the field for practice No. 2 of spring

MADISON — Wisconsin was back on the field Thursday morning for the second practice of spring ball.

Coach Quintez

He’s not taking part this spring has he recovers from a nasty leg injury suffered last November, but Quintez Cephus is staying involved. He spent a healthy portion of practice talking and working technique with his fellow wide receivers, from the proper angle to take when blocking to beating press coverage off the line.

In the return game

Nick Nelson is training for the NFL Draft, so the Badgers need to find a new punt returner. The early candidates appear to be true freshman Aron Cruickshank and redshirt sophomore Jack Dunn. They were the only two working there on Thursday, though other potential replacements, such as sophomore Danny Davis and redshirt freshman Cade Green, are currently hurt.

New face on the DL

With Garrett Rand missing practice due to an injury, redshirt freshman Aaron Vopal slid into the starting unit at defensive end with Isaiahh Loudermilk and nose tackle Olive Sagapolu. Vopal is a load at 6-foot-6, 299 pounds, and even when Rand gets healthy, figures to see plenty of time as defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield loves to rotate five or six guys through to keep everyone fresh.

Hit on WRs again?

It’s only two practices, but Wisconsin’s two early enrollees at wide receiver — Cruickshank and Taj Mustapha — appear more advanced than they should for kids that could still be in high school. Mustapha ran a nasty post corner route that left the defensive back grasping at air, while Cruickshank is so quick in and out of his breaks.

The Badgers hit it big in the last two recruiting classes with Cephus, A.J. Taylor, Kendric Pryor and Davis, and it’s possible they did it again in 2018. And that’s not even taking into consideration the guys not yet here — Isaac Gurrendo and A.J. Abbott.

Caesar Williams flashes

A forgotten player at cornerback, redshirt sophomore Caesar Williams had a strong day. On back-to-back plays in 7-on-7, Williams closed quickly to break up a pass. The first one was good enough to get a slightly hobbled Dontye Carriere-Williams to run 15 yards to congratulate him. With Carriere-Williams out, Williams has been the third cornerback with sophomore Madison Cone and redshirt freshman Faion Hicks.

What offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph had to say:

 

Injury report:

OUT (practice)
CB Dontye Carriere-Williams
WR Danny Davis
WR Cade Green
RB Mark Saari
LB Chris Orr
OL David Edwards
DL Garrett Rand

OUT (spring)

WR Quintez Cephus
OL Michael Deiter
OL Jon Dietzen
S D’Cota Dixon
RB Garrett Groshek
TE Zander Neuville
RB Bradrick Shaw
ILB Mason Stokke

What’s next:

Wisconsin will be back on the field for practice on Friday and Sunday, though both are closed to the media. Things will open back up next Tuesday.

Big Ten Tournament – (2) Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60: Last word

NEW YORK CITY — For the second time in less than a week, Wisconsin gave No. 2 Michigan State all it could handle but came up short, this time in a 63-60 loss in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Player of the Game: Miles Bridges

The future NBA lottery pick was great for the Spartans, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Wisconsin’s Khalil Iverson and Aleem Ford each took turns on the sophomore and made him work for everything he got. But his offensive game is tough to deal with, and he proved difficult to slow down as he got into the paint and hit from deep against the Badgers.

The good: Ethan Happ

The junior admitted on Thursday after Wisconsin beat Maryland that he needed to be better against Michigan State than he was last Sunday in a 68-63 loss to the Spartans. He knew it wouldn’t be easy against a deep and talented front court like Michigan State’s, but he certainly delivered for much of the game. Happ put up a game-high 22 points despite being saddled with foul trouble that limited him to just 26 minutes. He added four assists, four rebounds, two blocks and just one turnover for the Badgers, who were double-digit underdogs coming in.

The not so good: Defensive rebounding

At halftime, Michigan State had just three offensive rebounds. By the time the game was over, the Spartans had 16. It was a huge difference in the game, as they turned those second-chance opportunities into 10 points. And even more than that, forced a tired team into spending even more time playing defense.

Stat of the game: 2 of 6

That was Wisconsin’s free throw shooting on Friday, a day after it went 20 of 24 from the line. Most of the misses came at key moments late in the game. Iverson had a chance for a 3-point play to cut the lead to one with 2:54 left, but missed the free throw. With another opportunity 9 seconds later, he missed the front end of a one-and-one. The deficit was still just two with 1:52 left, when Happ stepped to the line and missed the front of his own one-and-one. Wisconsin had its chances to put further pressure on Michigan State and couldn’t do it.

What they said:

“We know how good we are. We know we belong there. That’s what makes it sting more, because if you’re losing all your games and getting blown out you can kind of get the idea you don’t belong there. But we know we belong there. And Michigan State does, too. And everyone else in the league does. We just didn’t turn it around quick enough.”

— Davison on the team’s late-season surge.

Must-listen audio: Brad Davison postgame

In Case You Missed It:

  • Happ said after the game he would declare for the 2018 NBA Draft but won’t hire an agent. It will allow him to attend the NBA combine, if invited, and get a better sense of how personnel executives view him. Happ told reporters he will likely return for his senior year if he’s not a first-round pick.

    The center also said there was no truth to a midseason rumor that said he was considering graduating in May and transferring to another school for his final season. He made it clear that the only two options in his mind are turning pro or returning to Wisconsin.

  • Davison has been playing with a shoulder injury since late November, one that causes it to pop out of place. He told the Big Ten Network it had been displaced a total of eight times between games and practices. He’ll undergo surgery soon after he gets back to Madison that will likely keep him out of action for much of the offseason, though he does expect to be ready for the 2018-19 season.
  • Sophomore D’Mitrik Trice, who missed the final 23 games of the season, said he’s feeling close to 100 percent following foot surgery in December. The point guard said he enjoyed watching the team grow the last few months, but can’t wait to be back out on the floor. He believes they can be among the best teams in the Big Ten, and in turn, the country next season. Trice is expected to get a medical hardship waiver for this season, meaning he’ll have three years of eligibility left.
  • With the loss, Wisconsin finishes under .500 (15-18) for the first time since 1998, which is also the last year the Badgers failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

B1G Tournament — Wisconsin 59, Maryland 54: Last word

NEW YORK CITY — Wisconsin moved into the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Thursday with a 59-54 victory over Maryland at Madison Square Garden.

Player of the Game: The team

No one player stood out for Wisconsin and that was just fine. The Badgers got contributions from up and down their lineup in the win. Four players scored in double figures, but none had more than Ethan Happ’s 14. The junior center also led the way with seven rebounds, but juniors Khalil Iverson and Brevin Pritzl each had six. It was a group effort on both ends of the floor for Wisconsin, which won for a fifth time in its last seven games.

The good: The defense

Wisconsin wouldn’t have won a game like this a month ago. Actually, when you think about it, the Badgers didn’t. Back on Feb. 4 against this same Maryland team, the shots weren’t falling and they weren’t good enough on the other end to overcome it. On Thursday, they were. They had a stretch in the first half where they didn’t make a shot for 9:21, yet still led by two at the half. They had smaller stretches in the second half where they couldn’t make anything but never lost the lead. And then, needing one stop to get the win in the final seconds, Iverson stepped in front of a lazy pass for a game-clinching steal.

“That definitely is the difference between the team early in the season and the team now,” Happ said.

The not so good: 3-point shooting

Neither team could find much luck from beyond the arc going a combined 5 of 32 from deep. That included the Badgers going 3 of 18. It was their worst performance since going 1 for 14 against Illinois on Jan. 19.

Stat of the game: 20 of 24

That’s what Wisconsin shot from the free throw line on Thursday. The 83.3-percent effort was the second-best of the season, and it was obviously vital considering the shooting struggles from the field. Even Happ, who shot 53.9-percent this season, was on the mark, going 6 of 7.

What they said:

“Oh, yeah. Not just Michigan State. I think you always want to play against the top teams. They are arguably one of the top teams in the country. We wouldn’t want it any other way.”

— Davison on getting to see Michigan State in the quarterfinals after losing to the Spartans last Sunday.

“Yeah, for sure. I’m ready to rock. Pretty sure all of us are. It’s fresh in our memories…Just have to go out and get it now.”

— Pritzl on being excited to see Michigan State again.

In Case You Missed It:

  • Wisconsin had just seven turnovers and have had 10 or fewer in six of the last seven games.
  • The Badgers moved to 3-2 all-time at Madison Square Garden.
  • Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst attended the game, as did athletic director Barry Alvarez.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (15-17, 7-11) will take on Michigan State (28-3, 16-2) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday with tip coming at 11 a.m. (CT).

Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ named first-team All-Big Ten for a second time

Wisconsin is having a down year, but that didn’t stop anyone from recognizing Ethan Happ as one of the best players in the Big Ten.

For a second straight season, the Badgers center was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, though he was not a consensus pick. Happ was chosen as part of the first team by the media, while the coaches opted for James Palmer Jr. of Nebraska.

According to UW, Happ is the only player in the country that leads his team in points (17.9 per game), rebounds (8.2 per game), assists (1.5 per game), blocks (1.0 per game) and steals (1.5 per game). If he maintains those numbers, he’ll likely become the first Big Ten player to lead in all five categories since former Wisconsin forward Sam Okey did it in 1995-96.

Happ joins Frank Kaminsky, Jordan Taylor, Alando Tucker, Kirk Penney and Michael Finley as the only Wisconsin players since 1990 to earn first-team honors twice.

(2) Michigan State 68, Wisconsin 63: Last word

MADISON — Brad Davison scored a career-high 30 points, but it wasn’t enough as Wisconsin fell to No. 2 Michigan State 68-63 on Sunday at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Cassius Winston

The point guard was on fire against Wisconsin. He took six 3-pointers and hit all of them, including a couple in crunch time. His 3-pointer with 7:08 left gave the Spartans the lead back at 50-49, and less than three minutes later, he drilled another to push Michigan State’s lead to 58-51. The sophomore added six rebounds and five assists as the Spartans claimed the win and the outright Big Ten title.

The good: Brad Davison

What more can you say about the Wisconsin freshman? Despite his shoulder popping out of place for a fifth time this season — and having it put back in — Davison scored a career-high 30 points, including 23 in the second half. During one stretch, the Minnesota native scored 11 straight points for the Badgers as they made their comeback.

Davison became the first freshman at Wisconsin to have a 30-point game since Sam Okey in 1996, and he’s scored at least 14 points in four of the Badgers last six games — a stretch that has seen them play their best basketball of the year in compiling a 4-2 record.

“His mentality, his approach and his competitiveness has become infectious,” coach Greg Gard said. “I think that’s part of the reason we’ve surged here is because [his] presence is starting to infiltrate other areas [of the team].”

The not so good: Rebounding

Michigan State out rebounded Wisconsin 40-28, but it felt like the gap was even bigger than that. The Spartans got 13 offensive rebounds and managed to turn that into 15 points. The Badgers had some success (12 offensive rebounds, 17 second-chance points), but the size of Michigan State clearly bothered them.

Stat of the game: 9 of 24

That was what Wisconsin shot on layups on Saturday. That included Ethan Happ making just 5 of his 15 shots in the paint, in what was largely a tough afternoon for the junior.

What they said:

“I just told them we’d rather beat them next week anyways. We control our own destiny. It’s not college football. It’s college basketball where the regular season is kind of washed away. We control our own destiny.

“Like I said, this thing is far from over.”

Davison on what his message to the locker room was after game. The Badgers would face Michigan State again if they can beat Maryland on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament.

In Case You Missed It:

— Sunday was Senior Day, with fifth-year senior Aaron Moesch and fourth-year juniors Matt Ferris and T.J. Schlundt being honored.

— After playing a total of nine minutes in the last eight games combined, junior Charles Thomas played 11 against the Spartans, scoring six points and grabbing a pair of rebounds.

— For the first time since Dec. 2, Khalil Iverson was held scoreless. The junior, as usual, was solid defensively, playing a big role in Wisconsin slowing sophomore Miles Bridges for much of the game.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (14-17, 7-11) travels to New York City to take on Maryland (19-12, 8-10) in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.

Wisconsin 73, Minnesota 63 (OT): Last word

MADISON — For a second straight game, Wisconsin used a late comeback to get a win at home, this time taking down Minnesota 73-63 in overtime on Monday night at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Brevin Pritzl

Former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes said last year that Brevin Pritzl was the best shooter in the country. While that hasn’t always seemed like the case this year, it certainly felt that way on Monday night, especially late for the Badgers.

The sophomore drilled 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, scoring a career-high 20 points in the victory. Four of those came in the final 6:17 of regulation and in overtime.

Over his last four games, Pritzl is shooting 57.1-percent from deep.

“The shooting has been a byproduct of him being really engaged in the game in other areas,” coach Greg Gard said of Pritzl, who had three rebounds, an assist and a block in 37 minutes. “Obviously, I’m happy for him, but I’m more pleased and more satisfied as a coach to see those other things come to fruition.

“I’ve always known he’s a good shooter. I’ve watched him every day all the way back to high school when I recruited him. The kid can shoot the ball. But that’s not the only part of a players’ game. He’s been growing in those other areas, and now he’s becoming a more reliable, dependable, consistent player.”

The good: The comeback

Wisconsin trailed 58-51 with 5:58 left in the game following a 3-pointer from Jordan Murphy. The defense hadn’t been atrocious, but it also wasn’t the same stingy unit that showed up against Purdue last Thursday. That all changed in an instant. The Gophers would score just one field goal the rest of the way as the Badgers outscored them 22-5 to end the game.

“Coach challenged us,” freshman Brad Davison said. “He just told us to draw the line…We had to come together. We had to get stops down the line. That’s what gave us the opportunity to get back into the game.”

The not so good: Tough shooting night for Aleem Ford

Redshirt freshman Aleem Ford has been Wisconsin’s best 3-point shooter this year, hitting 44.8 percent coming into Monday’s game. But he had a tough night, going just 1 of 8 from deep. It comes after he hit just 1 of 7 against Purdue last Thursday.

Still, Ford made a positive impact on both ends against Minnesota. He had four rebounds, three assists, one steal and it was his tip-out of a missed free throw that gave Wisconsin a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Stat of the game: 1

That’s how many field goals Ethan Happ had prior to his game-tying basket in the final seconds of regulation. Wisconsin’s leading scorer — and coming off three straight games of at least 20 points — Happ faced double teams all night. But on the final play of regulation, and with Minnesota trying to foul him, Happ managed to get free on a spin move and got his jump hook to go down.

“He wanted it, so we called the one that goes to him,” Gard said of Happ. “Right in the huddle, he wanted the ball. So, you go with the guy that has done it a lot for us.”

Happ finished with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and a couple of huge blocks.

What they said:

“Yeah, I think he definitely got tripped. I have to take a look at it again to make sure I’m right, but I think he pretty much got tripped. It was a hard play. End of game play. You don’t see very many calls there.”

Minnesota forward Jordan Murphy on Nate Mason’s drive and missed shot at the end of regulation, per the Star-Tribune.

In Case You Missed It:

— 5-star recruit Jalen Johnson attended the game. The Sun Prairie, Wis., product is Wisconsin’s top priority in the 2020 class. His teammate, Marlon Ruffin, also was at the game. He is a potential walk-on candidate for the Badgers in the 2018 class.

— Davison kept Wisconsin in the game early, knocking down 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in the first half. He added a fifth in the second half, tying his career-high for a single game.

Khalil Iverson had seven points, but really did his best work on the glass and on defense. Days after grabbing a career-high 10 boards against Purdue, the junior grabbed 12 against the Gophers, including four on the offensive end. He also pestered Nate Mason much of the night, with the Gophers’ second-leading scorer ending up with 11 points on 5 of 18 shooting.

— With the win, Wisconsin guaranteed itself a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament next week in New York City. The Badgers first game will come on Thursday, with the exact time still to be decided.

— A nod to Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal for this stat: The win means the Badgers will finish ahead of Minnesota in the Big Ten for a 20th straight season.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (13-16, 6-10) travels to Northwestern (15-14, 6-10) on Thursday night.

What the future holds: Safety

With the 2017 season in the books, it’s time to look ahead to 2018 for Wisconsin. Over the next few weeks we’ll be going position-by-position to see what the future holds for the Badgers.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll refer to each player in terms of their class for 2018. If someone was a sophomore in 2017, they will be called a junior here.

Safety:

Returning: D’Cota Dixon (SR), Eric Burrell (RS SO), Patrick Johnson (RS SO), Seth Currens (RS SO), Scott Nelson (RS FR), Evan Bondoc (SR)

Leaving: Natrell Jamerson, Joe Ferguson

Arriving: Reggie Pearson Jr. (3-star)

Season grades

Biggest question: Who replaces Natrell Jamerson?

Natrell Jamerson was a revelation in his lone year at safety. Starting all 14 games, he finished sixth on the team in tackles, had 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown. Because of his background as a cornerback, the Badgers had flexibility and weren’t worried if Jamerson was forced to cover a receiver in the slot. All of the skills is showed last fall are going to give him a chance to stick with an NFL team.

So how does Wisconsin replace him? Well, it won’t be as simple as it was last year. As soon as the starter in 2016, Leo Musso, was gone, the Badgers pegged Jamerson as his replacement. He grabbed the job in the spring and never let go. That’s unlikely to be the case this time around.

The reason for that is there is little to no experience within the unit outside of senior D’Cota Dixon. Entering his third year as a starter, Dixon overcame injuries and missing two games to earn All-Big Ten honors in 2017. When he was out, Joe Ferguson filled in and largely played well, but he also graduated.

It leaves a bunch of young guys — sophomores Eric Burrell, Patrick Johnson and Seth Currens — that have had small roles to this point, along with redshirt freshman Scott Nelson, to battle for playing time.

“All guys that have contributed on special teams — outside of Scott [Nelson] — and know the speed of the game,” defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard said about the group. “Now it’s time to go push. It’s time to push. That to me is the No. 1 thing.”

And by push, he means compete. There doesn’t appear to be a spot on the roster more open to competition than safety. And that means even a guy like Reggie Pearson, a member of the 2018 recruiting class that enrolled early, will have a shot.

Other notes:

It seems likely that Nelson will have some kind of role on defense. He, along with two other true freshmen, tight end Jake Ferguson and offensive lineman Kayden Lyles, traveled with the team to Minnesota for the final game of the year. Even though there was zero chance they would play, it followed a pattern used in the past by Wisconsin to get guys it expects to have an impact as redshirt freshmen used to the experience of being on the road.

Predicted depth chart:

1st-team: D’Cota Dixon (SR), Eric Burrell (RS SO)
2nd-team: Patrick Johnson (RS SO), Scott Nelson (RS FR)

What the future holds:
Quarterback
Running back
Wide receiver
Tight end
Offensive line
Defensive line
Inside linebackers
Outside linebackers
Cornerbacks

(20) Michigan 83, Wisconsin 72: Last word

MADISON — Michigan jumped all over Wisconsin early and kept the Badgers at bay the rest of the game in an 83-72 victory Sunday at the Kohl Center.

Player of the Game: Duncan Robinson

The senior was a big part of Michigan’s quick start, as he scored 14 points in the first half. He was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc as the Wolverines built a 22-point halftime lead. Robinson had just two points after the break but his early efforts made the mountain too big for the Badgers to climb.

The good: The comeback

Wisconsin trailed by as many as 25 points in the second half, but a 12-0 run midway through the period made things much more interesting. The Badgers got the lead all the way down to eight with 2:15 left and were a defensive rebound off a missed free throw from having a chance to whittle the lead down further. That didn’t happen, but seeing fight from a team that is having its worst season in nearly 20 years is encouraging.

The not so good: The start

For the second straight home game, Wisconsin could do nothing right at the outset. Against Northwestern on Feb. 1, the Badgers fell behind 18-1. On Sunday, they fell behind 15-2. With as shorthanded and inexperienced as Wisconsin is, it can’t afford to fall into big holes like that and hope to pull the upset. The lulls in play have been a season-long issue that the Badgers haven’t found a way to avoid.

Stat of the game: 29

That’s how many points Ethan Happ had on Sunday. It’s a season-high and the most he’s scored in a non-overtime game in his career. Because of the big lead, Michigan didn’t double the junior nearly as much as some teams have this year and he took advantage of it.

What they said:

“First off, we gave up too many threes. When they start off seven for nine (from beyond the arc), that opens a lot of other stuff for them. Once we have to go out and defend them deeper at the 3-point line, then that gives up more stuff at the rim, and then drive and kick. We just have to do a better job to start.”

— Happ on the defensive struggles early in the game

In Case You Missed It:

— Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy sat behind the Wisconsin bench. He received a pretty good ovation when he was shown on the video board.

— It was alumni weekend and many former players were honored at halftime, including recent stars such as Josh Gasser, Ben Brust and Zak Showalter. All-time leading scorer Alando Tucker and All-Big Ten center Rashard Griffith were also recognized.

— Wisconsin celebrated the 10-year anniversary of winning the 2008 Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Players from that team, including Keaton Nankivil, Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma, were introduced during halftime.

— Junior Andy Van Vliet played just two minutes, but managed to hit a 3-pointer — his first points since Dec. 23.

What’s Next

Wisconsin (11-16, 4-10) hosts Purdue (23-4, 12-2) on Thursday night. The Boilermakers have lost two straight after starting out the Big Ten season 12-0.

Wisconsin hires new outside linebackers coach

Wisconsin has its new outside linebackers coach.

The school announced Wednesday it had hired Bobby April III to replace Tim Tibesar, who is now the defensive coordinator at Oregon State.

April comes to the Badgers after six seasons in the NFL, including most recently as the linebackers coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2015 and 2016.

“We’re excited to add Bobby to the staff,” coach Paul Chryst said in a press release. “He brings great knowledge and passion for the game of football. His experience will help our players grow and is a great fit for our defensive staff room.”

As has been the case with most of Chryst’s hires, April does have a connection to a current staff member. Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard played under April’s father, Bobby Jr., when he was with the Bills in the late 2000s.

April’s collegiate experience came at Tulane as a graduate assistant, and then as an assistant at Portland State and Nicholls State before heading to the NFL in 2011.

“What’s always appealed to me about Wisconsin football is the way the players play with a chip on their shoulder and how tough mentally and physically they are,” April said in a press release. “The attitude of the program and the fans, the excitement of the city is incomparable.
 
“The defense speaks for itself over the last five seasons. It’s been dominant. I just want to come in here and help it get better. The players are young and hungry, which is exciting to see. With Coach Chryst, he’s an unbelievable coach but a more unbelievable person. He’s brought on guys that share his values and it’s a great thing to be a part of.”

April does have his work cut out for him. While the Badgers return a talented player in senior Andrew Van Ginkel, they must replace their two other starting outside linebackers — Garret Dooley and Leon Jacobs.