Badgers release depth chart for season-opener

FB_110822_Wilson_Russell.jpgWith the Badgers' season-opener vs. UNLV just 10 days away, head coach Bret Bielema announced has announced his projected starters. Bielema released his first depth chart of the season late Monday.

Among the items of note:
- Senior Russell Wilson, fresh off being named a team captain Sunday, will be UW's starting quarterback.

- The tandem of junior Montee Ball and James White share the top line at tailback, with redshirt freshman Jeff Lewis and true freshman Melvin Gordon listed together at the No. 2 spot.

- Sophomore Jeff Duckworth and true freshman Kenzel Doe are each listed No. 2 at the wide receiver spots.

- A pair of true freshmen cracked the two-deep on defense, with Derek Landisch sharing the No. 2 line at one outside linebacker spot and Darius Hillary backing up senior Antonio Fenelus at cornerback.

- Junior Marcus Cromartie shares the top line with senior Devin Smith at the other cornerback spot.

- Junior Shelton Johnson is the No. 1 free safety following a battle for the starting job throughout fall camp with sophomore Dezmen Southward, who is listed No. 2.

- Sophomore Alec Lerner will handle kickoff duties, while senior Philip Welch shares the starting spot on field goals with redshirt freshman Kyle French.

- In addition to starting at wide receiver, sophomore Jared Abbrederis will also handle punt return duties and combine with sophomore RB James White on kickoff returns.


Wisconsin Football Depth Chart  |  Printable Version (PDF)

Offense    
QB 16 Russell Wilson (Sr.) 5 Jon Budmayr (So.)
RB 28 Montee Ball (Jr.) / 20 James White (So.) 22 Jeff Lewis (Fr.) / 25 Melvin Gordon (Fr.)
FB 34 Bradie Ewing (Sr.) 86 Sherard Cadogan (Fr.)
WR 1 Nick Toon (Sr.) 15 Jeff Duckworth (So.)
WR 4 Jared Abbrederis (So.) 6 Kenzel Doe (Fr.)
TE 48 Jacob Pedersen (So.) 85 Brian Wozniak (So.)
TE 82 Jake Byrne (Sr.) 85 Brian Wozniak (So.)
LT 58 Ricky Wagner (Jr.) 63 Casey Dehn (So.)
LG 72 Travis Frederick (So.) 75 Zac Matthias (So.)
C 66 Peter Konz (Jr.) 79 Ryan Groy (So.)
RG 70 Kevin Zeitler (Sr.) 64 Robert Burge (Jr.)
RT 67 Josh Oglesby (Sr.) 78 Rob Havenstein (Fr.)

Defense
   
DE 93 Louis Nzegwu (Sr.) 97 Brendan Kelly (Jr.)
DT 95 Patrick Butrym (Sr.) 96 Beau Allen (So.)
DT 87 Ethan Hemer (So.) 91 Jordan Kohout (So.)
DE 11 David Gilbert (Jr.) 92 Pat Muldoon (So.)
OLB 9 Kevin Claxton (Sr.) 36 Ethan Armstrong (So.)
MLB 44 Chris Borland (So.) 59 Marcus Trotter (Fr.)
OLB 53 Mike Taylor (Jr.) 13 Conor O'Neill (So.) / 30 Derek Landisch (Fr.)
CB 10 Devin Smith (Sr.) / 14 Marcus Cromartie (Jr.) 21 Peniel Jean (Fr.)
SS 24 Shelton Johnson (Jr.) 12 Dezmen Southward (So.)
FS 7 Aaron Henry (Sr.) 43 Michael Trotter (Fr.)
CB 26 Antonio Fenelus (Sr.) 19 Darius Hillary (Fr.)

Special Teams

   
P 98 Brad Nortman (Sr.) 94 Kyle French (Fr.)
K (FG) 18 Philip Welch (Sr.) / 94 Kyle French (Fr.) 96 Alec Lerner (So.)
KO 96 Alec Lerner (So.)
18 Philip Welch (Sr.)
LS 62 Kyle Wojta (Sr.) 56 James McGuire (So.)
H 98 Brad Nortman (Sr.) 12 Nate Tice (Sr.)
PR 4 Jared Abbrederis (So.) 7 Aaron Henry (Sr.)
KR 20 James White (So.) 4 Jared Abbrederis (So.)

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