Bielema announces roster updates

<b>TE Brock DeCicco has joined the Badgers after transferring from Pittsburgh.</b>

TE Brock DeCicco has joined the Badgers after transferring from Pittsburgh.

Sept. 6, 2011

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema announced today that tight end Brock DeCicco has transferred to UW from Pitt while Jake Irwin, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman from Waunakee, Wis., has been dismissed from the team.

“We’re very excited to bring Brock to Madison,” Bielema said. “We recruited him heavily out of high school and are thrilled he eventually ended up joining us. He will spend this year working on the scout team, getting accustomed to how we work at Wisconsin and we look forward to him contributing on Saturdays next fall.”

DeCicco, a native of Jefferson Hills, Pa., played in 13 games, starting three last season for Pitt. He caught two passes for the Panthers with both going for touchdowns. DeCicco redshirted in 2009 after being named a SuperPrep and Tom Lemming All-American and being rated as the country's No. 7 tight end by Scout coming out of high school.

DeCicco cannot play in any games this season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2012.

“I’m excited to be a Badger and ready to start playing,” DeCicco said.

Irwin redshirted last season as a true freshman and was not involved in fall practice this season.

“Jake Irwin had been serving a suspension and was not a part of our Fall Camp roster,” Bielema said. “Following an incident that occurred late last week, I have decided to dismiss Jake from the Wisconsin football team. We will continue to provide Jake with support as he transitions into his future and wish him the best.”

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