With the start of 2017 fall camp upon us, there is bound to be attrition from last year’s Wisconsin Badgers squad. At least one of those players is outside linebacker Max Praschak.
Praschak, a 6’2, 203-pound redshirt sophomore, told the River Falls Journal he is transferring from Wisconsin to Division III River Falls. A UW official confirmed to B5Q that the Somerset, Wis., native is no longer with the program.
A walk-on, Praschak played in two games during the 2016 season and recorded one tackle against Illinois.
Another tidbit from the Journal details the possibility of more new faces added to the program:
"My coach brought me into his office and he said they were planning on cutting up to 15 walk-ons in my class," Praschak related about a meeting this spring. "I was the only walk-on at my position so I saw where I stood."
Praschak said he "wasn't that happy" with the city or the school in Madison, so the move by the coaches helped him go somewhere he'd be happy. He said he was thankful to his coach for being completely honest and delivering the news early in the process, so he had time to plan for his future.
From what B5Q has heard, that number will be significantly smaller. We should find out soon enough with fall camp starting next week.
Paul Chryst gets watch list mention
More WATCH LIST MANIA is upon us, but this time for the leader of the Badgers.
Head coach Paul Chryst was named to the Dodd Trophy watch list on Wednesday, joining 18 other coaches. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Penn State’s James Franklin, and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer from the Big Ten Conference also earned nods.
The Dodd Trophy “honors the coach of a team with a successful season on the field and equally as important, stresses the importance of academic excellence and desire to give back to the community,” according to its website.