The Revolving Door: Wisconsin

May, 14, 2010
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The Wisconsin Badgers are up next on the revolving door series.

Going ...

O'Brien Schofield, DE: A prototypical speed rush end, Schofield made his mark on virtually every game last fall and was could not be blocked at times. He finished second nationally in tackles for loss (24.5), and recorded two or more in nine contests. Schofield also finished second in the Big Ten in sacks with 12.

Chris Maragos, S: Maragos could end up being the biggest loss for Wisconsin's defense because of the position he plays and the leadership he provided. He led the Badgers with four interceptions and recorded a forced fumble, a sack and 49 tackles. The team captain leaves a leadership void that Jay Valai and Aaron Henry will try to fill.


Staying ...

John Clay, RB: The 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is only a junior, and he'll try to take another step after leading the league with 1,517 rushing yards last fall. Clay expects to be more durable following offseason ankle surgeries, and he'll be running behind a veteran offensive line in 2010. He recorded nine 100-yard rushing performances last season.

J.J. Watt, DE: Schofield will be missed, but Wisconsin might have the perfect replacement in Watt, who is primed for a breakout season. Watt quietly recorded 15.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five passes defended, four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries in 2009. He should shine in a featured role this fall.


Coming ...

Frank Tamakloe, S: Secondary depth is a bit of an issue for the Badgers, and Tamakloe is a decorated prospect with good size and speed. Wisconsin needs some insurance behind Valai and Henry, and Tamakloe might be a good option.

Manasseh Garner, TE/WR: Wisconsin doesn't have a lot of holes on offense, but Garner's versatility could help him get on the field early. The Badgers need some complementary options for wideout Nick Toon and tight end Lance Kendricks, and the 6-2, 205-pound Garner could be a factor.

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