Monday, May 4, 2009
Wisconsin releases post-spring depth chart
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Senior Dustin Sherer is listed as Wisconsin's starting quarterback heading into the summer, according to the team's post-spring depth chart released Monday morning.
Redshirt freshman Curt Phillips and junior Scott Tolzien are both listed as possible backups for Sherer, who started the final seven games of 2008.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst wanted to narrow the candidate pool to two players by the end of the spring, and despite what the depth chart says, you have to believe Phillips is the No. 2 option. Phillips came on strong the last week of spring ball and completed 10 of 16 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the spring game.
The coaches must decide if he's good enough to beat out Sherer, who has improved his game but provides yet another one-year option at quarterback for the Badgers. True freshman Jon Budmayr, an early enrollee who turned heads at the start of spring ball, appears headed for a redshirt year as he's not listed on the depth chart.
Other thoughts from Bret Bielema's post-spring two-deep (doesn't include special teams):
- Sophomore wide receiver Nick Toon moved into a co-starter position with David Gilreath after an excellent spring. I'd be surprised if Toon doesn't earn a starting receiver nod alongside Isaac Anderson or Kyle Jefferson when the season begins. On plays when Wisconsin uses only one tight end, Toon will definitely be on the field.
- Sophomore Josh Oglesby held off freshman Peter Konz for the starting right tackle spot entering the summer. Oglesby has all the physical tools to be dominant and appeared to respond well after Konz pushed him this spring.
- Not surprisingly, Central Michigan transfer J.J. Watt is listed as a starting defensive end opposite O'Brien Schofield. Watt could be a difference maker for the Badgers this fall. The competition at defensive tackle will continue between senior Dan Moore and sophomore Patrick Butrym, who are listed as co-starters.
- Keep an eye on the secondary this summer. Sophomore cornerback Aaron Henry might be the only guaranteed starter at this point. Hard-hitting junior Jay Valai and senior Aubrey Pleasant are listed as co-starters at one safety spot, while Niles Brinkley and Devin Smith will compete at cornerback. Safety Shane Carter remains a second stringer behind Chris Maragos, but if Carter can improve his tackling and overall fundamentals, he'll make a push for more time.