Believe it or not, but Spring is near arrival in Wisconsin and around the Midwest. With that means the sounds of pads popping around Camp Randall Stadium for the first time in months.
It also means it is time for us to take stock of the defending Big Ten West division and Orange Bowl champion Wisconsin Badgers program.
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As Spring Football gets going inside the Dave McClain Center in due order, it’s a good time to look at what to expect from each position this spring.
Returning Starter(s): None
Other Scholarship Players: Donyte Carriere-Williams (So.), Caesar Williams (So.), Madison Cone (So.), Faion Hicks (RS-Fr.), Donte Burton (Fr.)
Reason to Watch This Position: Wide-Open Competition
No position on the Badgers roster will be more widely watched this spring than the cornerback position, and rightfully so. Both starters are gone and only Carriere-Williams returns with any level of actual in-game experience at the position. Madison Cone got his feet wet last year, mainly on special teams though.
That means with a small group to work with this spring and four positions to fill on the depth chart, there’s going to be a lot of competition for playing time this spring. It won’t hurt that the Badgers will return all four of its top wide receivers from a season ago either, helping to really separate the men from the boys this spring.
Will anyone challenge Carriere-Williams as the top performer at the position? Could an early enrolling Donte Burton grab a starting role or even significant playing time in his first spring? There are more questions than answers as we head in to Spring football, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be great competition and a really intriguing group of players to watch.
Player to Watch: Donte Burton
Wisconsin has five early enrollees this spring and Burton is one of them. He’s also a player at a position that is completely in flux and happens to be one of the more highly rated players in the 2018 Badgers recruiting class. It doesn’t hurt that his body is college ready and his game is advanced for a player coming out of high school.
As we’ve mentioned, there is going to be plenty of competition at this position, so Burton will be thrown to the fire. The film suggests a player with a good mean streak to him and one that is ahead of the curve mentally as well. Let’s see if that can translate to quality play against UW’s quality wide receiver group.
Projected Depth Chart:
CB1: Dontye Carriere-Williams, Madison Cone
CB2: Faion Hicks, Donte Burton
Nickel back: Madison Cone