Two more Wisconsin football players have added their name to the wall outside the Badgers locker room as walk-ons who have earned scholarships.
Redshirt freshmen Ryan Connelly and Zander Neuville -- who have worked their way into contributing spots on the team during spring and fall camp -- earned scholarships, the team announced via their official Twitter page on Tuesday night.
Connelly, a 6'3, 233-pound inside linebacker from Eden Prairie, Minn., gained reps with the first-team defense after injuries to projected starters Leon Jacobs and T.J. Edwards early in fall camp. He responded by playing well enough into staying in the two-deep once Jacobs and Edwards fully returned this week.
Neuville is a reserve defensive linemen from Waupaca, Wis. The 6'5, 255-pounder was seen contributing in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's 2-4-5 "peso" package.
Earlier this summer, former walk-ons Dare Ogunbowale and Jack Cichy also earned scholarships.
@raywisc71 thanks man I really appreciate it!!!! Can't believe it yet!— Zander Neuville (@TheNeuv) August 26, 2015
Wisconsin's walk-ons have made a significant impact on the football program in the past 25 years. Read more from B5Q's longform from December 2013.