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Reports: Anthony Lotti named Wisconsin’s starting punter

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The true freshman will reportedly punt against LSU on Sept. 3.

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Another position battle is apparently wrapped up for the Wisconsin Badgers.

True freshman Anthony Lotti has won the starting punting competition over redshirt sophomore P.J. Rosowski, according to reports from BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull and BadgerBlitz.com's John Veldhuis ($).

Lotti, a two-time, first-team all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, came to Wisconsin on a scholarship—a sign the coaching staff had enough confidence that he could compete immediately to replace the departing Drew Meyer.

With 49 punts last season, Lotti averaged 45.4 yards per and had 19 downed inside opponents’ 20-yard line.

Wisconsin hasn’t yet confirmed Lotti as the starter. On Tuesday, head coach Paul Chryst told reporters that the Georgia native wasn’t "officially" the team’s punter heading into the Sept. 3 opener against LSU.

Lotti admitted on Monday to encountering an adjustment early on that was hard on him, but he’s since settled in and gotten into a rhythm. It showed on Monday, when his leg strength and placement were on display.

Rosowski, a walk-on, performed well during camp. Last season, he relieved Andrew Endicott (hamstring) as a kickoff specialist. He was used in four games in that role, averaging 62.5 yards per kickoff. The Stoughton, Wis., native also recorded one punt for 40 yards.