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Spring football is here.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Wisconsin Rick Wood-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers officially released their 2018 spring roster on Monday before the first of 15 spring practices begin on Tuesday morning.

B5Q will be there as some new faces enter their first spring as a Badger, along with some old players in new positions and some who reportedly will miss some time.

Here’s the positional breakdown of the spring roster, with the roster itself displayed at the bottom of the article.

  • Quarterback (4)
  • Running back (8)
  • Fullback (2)
  • Tight end (6)
  • Wide receiver (12)
  • Offensive line (17)
  • Defensive line (11)
  • Outside linebackers (9)
  • Inside linebackers (7)
  • Cornerbacks (8)
  • Safeties (11)
  • Kickers (4)
  • Punters (3)
  • Long snappers (2)

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New names (early enrollees in bold)

CB Donte Burton (No. 4)
WR Aron Cruickshank (No. 11)
S Reggie Pearson (No. 19)
S Ryan O’Connell (No. 22)
S Jake Benzing (No. 34)
S Brad Laufenberg (No. 39)
WR Taj Mustapha (No. 81)
NT Bryson Williams (No. 91)
P Conor Schlichting (No. 96)

Not on spring roster

The following players are not on the spring roster:

  • FB Jake Whalen
  • WR Peter Roy
  • DE Billy Hirschfeld (report)
  • ILB Nick Thomas
  • S Blake Mielke

Position changes

  • Arrington Farrar for OLB from ILB
  • Paul Jackson to OLB from WR
  • Jake Collinsworth to FB from ILB
  • Deron Harrell to CB from WR

Garrett Rand was listed as a nose tackle on last year’s roster. He is now listed as a defensive end, although in the last game notes of the year for the Orange Bowl, he was also listed as an end.

Walk-on Kobe Knaak was listed as a safety on the 2017 roster and a defensive back in the game notes from last season. Now, he is slated as a cornerback.

Who will be out/limited for the spring?

B5Q has reached out to UW for confirmation, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus reported on Monday afternoon that the following players will be out for potentially a portion or all of spring camp:

Observations

  • Jack Coan switched his number to No. 17, which appeared to be teased earlier this month:
  • After initially being listed as an athlete on National Signing Day, Cruickshank is officially noted as a wide receiver on the spring roster.
  • Based on some of the updated weight figures compared to last year’s roster—and remember, UW only updates the players’ weights on the website twice a year (though they do weigh players more than that throughout the year)—some of the class of 2017 appeared to take advantage of the first year. Tyler Beach (up to 301 pounds from 290), Logan Bruss (292 from 281), Jake Collinsworth (234 from 225), Scott Nelson (207 from 194), and Danny Vanden Boom (212 from 197) are all up significantly in weight. Again, those gains very well could have started during the season itself.

Wisconsin’s 2018 Spring Football Roster

# NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL/LAST SCHOOL
# NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL/LAST SCHOOL
2 Patrick Johnson S 5-11 202 Jr. Washington, D.C. The Bullis School
3 Kendric Pryor WR 5-11 179 So. Hazel Crest, Ill. Homewood-Flossmoor
4 Donte Burton CB 5-10 182 Fr. Loganville, Ga. Loganville
4 A.J. Taylor WR 5-11 199 Jr. Kansas City, Mo. Rockhurst
5 Chris James RB 5-10 219 Sr. Chicago, Ill. Notre Dame College Prep/Pittsburgh
6 Danny Davis III WR 6-0 194 So. Springfield, Ohio Springfield
7 Bradrick Shaw RB 6-1 211 Jr. Birmingham, Ala. Hoover
10 Seth Currens S 6-3 212 So. Pickerington, Ohio Central
11 Aron Cruickshank WR 5-9 152 Fr. Brooklyn, N.Y. Erasmus Hall
12 Alex Hornibrook QB 6-4 220 Jr. West Chester, Pa. Malvern Prep
13 Evan Bondoc S 6-1 200 Sr. Madison, Wis. Edgewood
14 D'Cota Dixon S 5-10 200 Sr. Oak Hill, Fla. New Smyrna Beach
15 Anthony Lotti P 6-0 185 Jr. Flowery Branch, Ga. West Hall
15 Danny Vanden Boom QB 6-5 212 Fr. Kimberly, Wis. Kimberly
16 Jack Dunn WR 5-7 173 So. Madison, Wis. Edgewood
17 Jack Coan QB 6-3 206 So. Sayville, N.Y. Sayville
17 Andrew Van Ginkel OLB 6-4 233 Sr. Rock Valley, Iowa Rock Valley/Iowa Western C.C.
18 Arrington Farrar OLB 6-2 242 Sr. Atlanta, Ga. Woodward
19 Karé Lyles QB 6-0 207 So. Scottsdale, Ariz. Saguaro
19 Reggie Pearson S 5-10 187 Fr. Inkster, Mich. River Rouge
20 Faion Hicks CB 5-10 183 Fr. Miami, Fla. Flanagan
21 Mark Saari RB 6-0 206 Sr. Montreal, Wis. Hurley
21 Caesar Williams CB 6-0 183 So. Grand Prairie, Texas South
22 Cade Green WR 5-11 186 Fr. Austin, Texas Lake Travis
22 Ryan O'Connell S 5-11 199 Fr. Green Bay, Wis. Notre Dame
23 Mason Stokke ILB 6-2 226 So. Menomonie, Wis. Menomonie
23 Jonathan Taylor RB 5-11 216 So. Salem, N.J. Salem
24 Madison Cone CB 5-9 180 So. Kernersville, N.C. East Forsyth
24 Adam Krumholz WR 6-1 198 So. Stoughton, Wis. Stoughton
25 Scott Nelson S 6-2 207 Fr. Detroit, Mich. University of Detroit Jesuit
26 Eric Burrell S 6-0 187 So. Severn, Md. McDonogh School
26 Chris Clementi WR 5-11 191 Sr. Wausau, Wis. West
27 Rafael Gaglianone K 5-11 236 Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor
27 Cristian Volpentesta CB 5-9 186 So. Highland Park, Ill. Highland Park
28 Taiwan Deal RB 6-1 225 Sr. Capitol Heights, Md. DeMatha
29 Dontye Carriere-Williams CB 5-10 185 So. Miami, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas
30 Coy Wanner TE 6-3 240 Fr. Green Bay, Wis. Preble
31 Tyler Mais S 6-1 198 Fr. Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee
32 Jake Collinsworth FB 6-1 234 Fr. Merrill, Wis. Merrill
34 Jake Benzing S 5-11 193 Fr. Delavan, Wis. Delavan-Darien
34 Sam Brodner RB 5-10 212 So. Glen Ellyn, Ill. Glenbard West
36 Hunter Johnson RB 6-0 214 Fr. Darlington, Wis. Darlington
36 Kobe Knaak CB 5-9 186 So. Franklin, Wis. Franklin
37 Ethan Cesarz ILB 6-0 247 Fr. Delavan, Wis. Delavan-Darien
37 Garrett Groshek RB 5-11 218 So. Amherst Junction, Wis. Amherst
38 Sam DeLany WR 5-10 170 Fr. Delafield, Wis. Kettle Moraine
38 P.J. Rosowski P 6-3 226 Sr. Stoughton, Wis. Stoughton
39 Zach Hintze K 6-0 185 Jr. Fond du Lac, Wis. St. Mary's Springs
39 Brad Laufenberg S 5-11 204 Fr. Verona, Wis. Verona
41 Noah Burks OLB 6-2 234 So. Carmel, Ind. Carmel
41 Paul Jackson OLB 6-3 229 Sr. Miami Gardens, Fla. Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline
43 Ryan Connelly ILB 6-3 236 Sr. Eden Prairie, Minn. Eden Prairie
45 Alec Ingold FB 6-2 246 Sr. Green Bay, Wis. Bay Port
45 Hegeman Tiedt OLB 6-4 241 So. Burlington, Wis. Burlington
46 Gabe Lloyd TE 6-4 237 So. Green Bay, Wis. Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran
47 Griffin Grady ILB 6-3 216 So. Dublin, Ohio Coffman
49 Kyle Penniston TE 6-4 236 Jr. Orange, Calif. Mater Dei
50 Izayah Green-May OLB 6-6 212 Fr. Bolingbrook, Ill. Bolingbrook
51 Adam Bay LS 6-0 227 So. Mesa, Ariz. Desert Ridge
52 David Pfaff DE 6-2 272 Jr. Mequon, Wis. Homestead
53 T.J. Edwards ILB 6-1 248 Sr. Lake Villa, Ill. Lakes Community
54 Chris Orr ILB 6-0 229 Jr. DeSoto, Texas DeSoto
55 Christian Bell OLB 6-4 246 So. Birmingham, Ala. Hoover/Alabama
56 Zack Baun OLB 6-3 230 Jr. Brown Deer, Wis. Brown Deer
57 Michael Balistreri DE 6-4 272 Fr. Grafton, Wis. University School of Milwaukee
58 Mike Maskalunas ILB 6-3 230 So. Long Grove, Ill. Adlai E. Stevenson
59 Tyler Johnson OLB 6-3 247 Jr. Menasha, Wis. Menasha
60 Logan Bruss OL 6-5 292 Fr. Appleton, Wis. Kimberly
61 Tyler Biadasz OL 6-3 322 So. Amherst, Wis. Amherst
62 Patrick Kasl OL 6-5 315 So. Wyoming, Minn. Forest Lake
63 Michael Deiter OL 6-6 321 Sr. Curtice, Ohio Genoa
64 Brett Connors OL 6-6 297 Sr. New Berlin, Wis. West
65 Tyler Beach OL 6-6 301 Fr. Grafton, Wis. Port Washington
66 Beau Benzschawel OL 6-6 322 Sr. Grafton, Wis. Grafton
67 Jon Dietzen OL 6-6 326 Jr. Black Creek, Wis. Seymour
68 David Moorman OL 6-5 306 Jr. Northville, Mich. Northville
69 Aaron Vopal DE 6-6 299 Fr. De Pere, Wis. De Pere
70 Josh Seltzner OL 6-4 329 Fr. Columbus, Wis. Columbus
71 Cole Van Lanen OL 6-5 311 So. Green Bay, Wis. Bay Port
73 Alex Fenton OL 6-4 302 Fr. Menomonie, Wis. Menomonie
74 Gunnar Roberge NT 6-4 291 Jr. Seymour, Wis. Seymour
75 Micah Kapoi OL 6-3 321 Sr. Kapolei, Hawaii Kapolei
76 Kayden Lyles OL 6-3 323 Fr. Madison, Wis. Middleton
77 Blake Smithback OL 6-2 298 Fr. Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee
78 Jason Erdmann OL 6-6 330 Jr. Richfield, Wis. Slinger
79 David Edwards OL 6-7 319 Jr. Downers Grove, Ill. North
81 Taj Mustapha WR 6-0 192 Fr. Southfield, Mich. West Bloomfield
82 Emmet Perry WR 6-2 182 Fr. Grand Prairie, Texas DeSoto
84 Jake Ferguson TE 6-5 240 Fr. Madison, Wis. Memorial
85 Zander Neuville TE 6-5 251 Sr. Waupaca, Wis. Waupaca
86 Luke Benzschawel TE 6-6 250 So. Grafton, Wis. Grafton
87 Quintez Cephus WR 6-1 206 Jr. Macon, Ga. Stratford Academy
89 Deron Harrell CB 6-2 177 Fr. Denver, Colo. East
90 Connor Allen P 6-0 173 Jr. New Berlin, Wis. Brookfield East
91 Josh Bernhagen LS 6-2 236 So. Madison, Wis. La Follette
91 Bryson Williams NT 6-2 306 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. Southeast
93 Garrett Rand DE 6-2 278 Jr. Chandler, Ariz. Hamilton
94 Matt Henningsen DE 6-3 271 Fr. Menomonee Falls, Wis. Menomonee Falls
95 Keldric Preston DE 6-4 249 So. Tampa, Fla. Robinson
96 Conor Schlichting P 6-2 212 Fr. Madison, Wis. East
97 Isaiahh Loudermilk DE 6-7 297 So. Howard, Kan. West Elk
98 Kraig Howe DE 6-3 277 Jr. Dayton, Ohio Archbishop Alter
98 Collin Larsh K 5-10 182 Fr. Marshall, Wis. Monona Grove
99 Olive Sagapolu NT 6-2 338 Sr. Pago Pago, American Samoa Mater Dei (Calif.)