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Wisconsin football news, notes for Aug. 31

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Happy Wednesday! Here are your morning links and observations.

Robert Wheelwright hauls in a pass at practice.
Jake Kocorowski

Is 2016 bound to be the most interesting Wisconsin football season in recent memory? Max Brusky thinks it could be, and lays out his case right here. Start off your morning with that read, and let us know what you think in the comments!

We’re already well into previewing LSU, which still holds 10-point odds over Wisconsin in most places. If you’re playing catch-up, here’s what you’ve missed:

That’s a healthy amount already, and we still have more to come this week. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Morning links

Week 1 Wisconsin Game Notes

Week 1 Big Ten Conference Notes

Transition impressive so far for new UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox
by Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal

Here’s a good read from Tom Oates on one of the Badgers’ biggest unknowns entering the season: will the defense be just as good under Justin Wilcox as it was under Dave Aranda, now with LSU? An early opinion courtesy of linebacker Jack Cichy:

“You’re going to see kind of the same scheme, a lot of the same looks and a lot of the same coverages,” inside linebacker Jack Cichy said. “But we’ll switch up some things. I think you’ll see a difference in pressures. I think we might be a little more aggressive on the line of scrimmage, just trying to stop the run. I think that’s a big focus for us.”

Despite critics, coach Les Miles still at LSU
by Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal

What can we learn from Bart Houston’s performance against Illinois last season?
by Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal

Great idea here by Galloway. As he writes, “There’s a lot to like here.”

Michael Deiter the center of attention
by Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Solid read here on a cornerstone of Wisconsin’s offensive line, present and future.

“What Michael was able to do last year,” Chryst said, “that is hard to play O-line as a freshman in the Big Ten."

Football a safe haven for LSU players
by Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A much-needed reminder that there’s more going on than just a football game this weekend.

Badgers add in-state kicker Collin Larsh as a preferred walk-on
by Jon McNamara, BadgerBlitz.com

As Jake would remind you, always respect the walk-ons.

Morning videos

Here’s a reminder that Wisconsin’s official YouTube page is awesome, and frequently updated.

Two players could see time at left guard against LSU

Rudolph: Competition making everyone better

Building Badgers: Jim Leonhard
Mic'd up and behind the scenes with defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard.

Scrimmage Highlights: Wisconsin commit Jack Coan vs. Bayshore

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