Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin Badgers fans will get the opportunity to see a glimpse at the 2015 football team under the leadership of first-year head coach Paul Chryst during the annual spring game. As a reminder, it's $5 for admission into the game, which benefits the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
When: Today, 3 p.m. CT
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
How (TV): Big Ten Network (Jay Wilson, Scott Nelson, Kevin Lewis)
How (Streaming): BTN2Go (if you have a cable subscription)
How (Radio): Badger Sports Network (Mike Heller and Mike Lucas on the call)
Gates will open at 2:15 p.m. Fans can sit on the east and south sides of the stadium. Players will be divided into two separate teams, with the squads going head-to-head for four 20-minute quarters with a running clock.
A disclaimer: This is just one glorified scrimmage out of the 15 Wisconsin's had this spring, so any analysis based solely on this one "game" is not enough of a sample size to make bold predictions. However, ending the spring practice season on a high note in front of thousands of fans can always help a player's momentum into summer conditioning and fall camp.
Wisconsin brings back 11 starters, but will have to replace some key personnel. Gone is Melvin Gordon, but back is junior Corey Clement, who could have a breakout season as the No. 1 running back in Chryst's pro-style offense.
That's also dependent upon the offensive line, which lost three starters, including its right side of the line in Rob Havenstein and Kyle Costigan. Sophomore Hayden Biegel and redshirt freshman Michael Deiter have taken reps with the No. 1 offense, but with junior center Dan Voltz injured this spring, Deiter has slid to center.
The defense returns starters from last season, but can junior Leon Jacobs and (presumably) redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards step into the inside linebacker positions Marcus Trotter and Derek Landisch anchored last year with 177 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks combined?
Additional positions to watch include the right side of the offensive line between Biegel, junior Walker Williams and redshirt freshman Beau Benzschawel and the No. 2 running back between junior Dare Ogunbowale and redshirt freshman Taiwan Deal. Read more about our players and positions to watch during the spring game here, along with highlights from the last two practices.
Several highly-regarded high school recruits will watch Saturday's festivities on the field. Andrew Rosin gives us the list here.