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Wisconsin football: Projecting the Badgers' depth chart after two weeks of practice

For some positions, the projected starters seem clearer. For others due to injuries, it's gotten murkier.

Two weeks of fall camp are in the books for the Wisconsin Badgers. Injuries have continued to hurt the continuity on the offensive line, which showed during Saturday's scrimmage, while it's provided assurance and much needed depth to the inside linebacker position.

From what was seen by B5Q's Curt Hogg and myself, along with other reporters' accounts, here's B5Q's projected and highly unofficial depth chart for the Badgers with now less than two weeks until Alabama:

Offense First-team
QB Joel Stave
RB Corey Clement
FB Derek Watt
WR Alex Erickson
WR Tanner McEvoy
TE Austin Traylor
TE Troy Fumagalli
LT Tyler Marz
LG Ray Ball
C Dan Voltz
RG Michael Dieter
RT Walker Williams
Defense First-team
DE Chikwe Obasih
NG Connor Sheehy
DE Arthur Goldberg
OLB Joe Schobert
ILB Leon Jacobs
ILB T.J. Edwards
OLB Vince Biegel
CB Darius Hillary
S Michael Caputo
S Tanner McEvoy/Leo Musso
CB Sojourn Shelton


With redshirt sophomore Hayden Biegel still out for an unspecified amount of time with his head injury and redshirt freshman Beau Benzschawel not expected to be back for the rest of fall camp with a knee injury, junior Walker Williams has now taken the majority of reps at right tackle recently. Another redshirt freshman, Jake Maxwell, received reps with Williams after moving over from left tackle behind redshirt senior Tyler Marz but was injured earlier in the week. He has since come back and worked with the second-team offense.

That's also affected the left guard spot. Williams was a contender for the starting spot along with redshirt senior Ray Ball and true freshman Jon Dietzen -- but with him moving out to the right side of the offensive line and Dietzen injured -- enter redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi. Kapoi's impressed the coaching staff enough to warrant first-team reps for the majority of the Saturday's scrimmage, with Ball delegated to the No. 2 offense. Was it just a look to see what the native Hawaiian could do, or is he now primed to start during week one?

With wide receiver, it just seems like redshirt senior Tanner McEvoy has solidified the No. 2 starting spot next to fellow redshirt senior Alex Erickson. He's the huge target (6'6) who, if he can create separation against defenders, could be a main target for Joel Stave. Stave targeted McEvoy early in the scrimmage and seems to have a rapport with his former quarterback competition. If he cleans up the drops a bit, Wisconsin's passing game has an opportunity to really complement the running game. Reggie Love and Jordan Fredrick also received work with the first-team during the scrimmage in certain personnel and when McEvoy went to safety. Robert Wheelwright sat out of the scrimmage, but if healthy, there's still a good chance of contributing.

With the ankle injury to redshirt sophomore Troy Fumagalli during Saturday's scrimmage, we'll see how long he's out and if that vaults true freshman Kyle Penniston -- who got some reps with the first-team offense in Fumagalli's place -- into a much larger contributing role than initially thought.

Defense (Base 3-4, excluding subpackages)

The only change from week one's depth chart involves the safety position. Redshirt junior Leo Musso and his interceptions galore over camp has probably vaulted him onto the first-team defense if/when McEvoy's on the offensive side of the ball. Sophomores Lubern Figaro and D'Cota Dixon sure up the two-deep with safeties, but for now, Musso appears to have the edge.

Not much else changed here. The defensive line seems set with Chikwe Obasih and Arthur Goldberg at ends with sophomore Connor Sheehy solidified at nose guard. When junior Leon Jacobs returns from his toe injury, expect him and redshirt freshman T.J. Edwards to man the inside linebacker positions -- through true freshman Chris Orr's impressed enough to gain playing time this season.

Other thoughts

  • The more I see redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins, the more I think he could be the No. 2 quarterback. Redshirt junior Bart Houston did not impress in Saturday's scrimmage, and at the very least, Gillins has the opportunity to be the starter in 2016.
  • Still look for sophomores Derrick Tindal and Natrell Jammerson to be the No. 2 cornerbacks, with Tindal being the nickel corner.