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Badgers release official depth chart

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The Badgers released their official depth chart Monday and your starting quarterback is... Russell Wilson.

No, really?

Read: Updated Badgers Depth Chart

There weren't many surprises on the depth chart, but there are a few interesting notes to point out:

  • Montee Ball and James White are still listed as co-starters. I don't think this is going to change, even when the season starts. The offensive coaching staff always promotes healthy competition between the running backs, often rewarding that week's start to the guy who had the best week of practice. This worked last year, so why change it?
  • Jon Budmayr is still listed as Wilson's backup, which could be a good sign for his injured throwing arm.
  • Ethan Hemer is listed as a starting defensive tackle ahead of Jordan Kohout. No one saw that coming when training camp started, but Hemer benefited from a injury to Kohout and has impressed since taking over with the No. 1s. The coaches are rewarding hard work and pushing Kohout to keep up.
  • Brendan Kelly and Pat Muldoon are your backup defensive ends behind David Gilbert and Louis Nzegwu. The Badgers appear to have a lot of depth across the entire defensive line.
  • True freshmen Melvin Gordon, Kenzel Doe, Derek Landisch and Darius Hillary all cracked the two-deep. Gordon is listed as a co-backup with Jeff Lewis at running back, which means he could still be the No. 4 running back. A redshirt is still a possibility. Landisch is listed as a co-backup with Conor O'Neill at outside linebacker, which few would have seen at the start of camp. Doe and Hillary are both listed as solo backups. Doe is the No. 4 receiver, so he should see the field. Hillary is still the fifth cornerback so a redshirt is still possible.
  • Shelton Johnson is listed as the No. 1 strong safety ahead of Dezmen Southward in what was probably the most intriguing position battle in camp.
  • Devin Smith and Marcus Cromartie are listed as co-starters at cornerback. One will be the nickelback. Peniel Jean is the fourth cornerback.
  • Philip Welch and Kyle French are listed as co-starters at kicker. I still think Welch will be the starter, but he might be on short leash if he misses kicks early in the season. Alec Lerner will handle kickoffs.
  • Jared Abbrederis is the No.1 punt returner with Aaron Henry listed No. 2. James White is the No. 1 kick returner with Abbrederis No. 2
  • Nate Tice made the two-deep... as the second-team holder. Nortman will still be the holder this season.
  • Game preparation starts Friday so there are still three practices to sort some things out on the depth chart, but for the most part the depth chart looks like what we projected at the start of training camp. That's a good thing.