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Monday, March 26, 2012
Personnel nuggets from Badgers' Bielema

By Adam Rittenberg

Wisconsin kicked off spring practice late last week, but with most of the team's media corps in Boston for the NCAA basketball tournament, head coach Bret Bielema held a news conference Monday during which he touched on several topics.

He addressed the team's personnel makeup, which I posted about last week after Wisconsin released its spring roster. The Badgers have only nine players classified as seniors, and only one true senior in running back Montee Ball. Wisconsin signed only 12 players in February, five fewer than any other Big Ten team, and might only sign nine to 10 players in the 2013 class. Despite limited recruiting opportunities, Bielema remains optimistic about the team's future, particularly in 2013.

"Next year we have a chance to be a very, very good football team," he said. "... Our two-year forecast is pretty exceptional."

Other nuggets from the Badgers' head coach: