Replacing talented players is one thing, but the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense has to replace leadership and elite production from two departing seniors next season.
Zack Baun and Chris Orr both leave significant holes to fill for the Badgers, but the leadership void their departures create is something the unit will need to figure out quickly this offseason.
As for on-field talent, a bevy of returning starters should help UW maintain the strong defense it showed in 2019 when it finished fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense, sixth in rushing defense, 10th in scoring defense, 12th in passing defense.
Let’s take a look at how UW’s roster on defense sits a couple of months before spring practices. Players’ years in school are what they’ll be when the 2020 season begins, and you can read more about the incoming recruits and watch their highlights here.
— Colten Bartholomew
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The Badgers will play 10 Big Ten opponents — six from the Big Ten West and four from the East — nine of which were on their original schedule. The extra game from the East comes against Rutgers.
Big Ten Conference football teams will be tested at least twice a week for COVID-19, as part of new requirements from the conference.
State Journal beat reporter Colten Bartholomew breaks down the Big Ten schedule release, what it means for the Badgers, the impending fight between the Power Five conferences and the NCAA, and previews the UW offense position by position.