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Badgers announce fall camp schedule, make roster changes

Wisconsin released its 2017 fall camp schedule along with nine changes to its roster just before Big Ten Media Days.

Football is almost here, and given the current state of the Milwaukee Brewers it couldn’t come soon enough to distract us from an utter meltdown before us. So, on Thursday we inched even closer to the start of the Wisconsin Badgers season as UW announced its camp schedule.

Things will open up on July 28th with the annual local media day at Camp Randall Stadium. Practices will being the very next morning at 10:25am.

UW will open up nearly every practice during the first two weeks of fall camp to the media, so there will be plenty to report on.

Here is the full fall camp schedule:

In addition to the announcement of fall camp dates, the Badgers also update their roster and there were nine players whose names didn’t appear at all on the list. Perhaps the biggest name was that of offensive lineman Kevin Estes.

The former recruit out of California was one of the most talked about recruits in his class, but nothing came of his playing career due to injuries. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Estes and the Badgers are seeking a medical non-counter waiver so that he doesn’t count against the 85 scholarship limit anymore.

Most of the other scholarship names that are off the list were already known, as Jake Hescock had indicated he was leaving the program earlier this summer.

Other names, all walk-on’s that have been left off the roster include tight end Mitchell Herl, running back Troy Laufenberg, defensive lineman Kelly Thomas, offensive lineman Ian Dretzka, safety Bret Verstegen, linebacker Max Praschak and wide receiver Jack Popp.

These moves will be helpful, as the Badgers are already full on scholarship players for the 2018 class and are low on numbers for the 2019 class already. Clearing some space on the roster and getting fresh walk-on blood in to the program is apparently a priority for the coaching staff.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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