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Ah yes, the most wonderful time of the year. A thousand watch-list nominees are revealed, Big Ten Media Days are ongoing in Chicago, and now, the annual release of the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for fall camp.

Wisconsin disclosed its roster on Monday with some notable number and position changes, some players no longer present after spring camp, and some other interesting updates.

For starters, Houston transfer Collin Wilder is now on the roster. The former Cougars safety will wear No. 18.

Compared to the spring roster, the following Badgers are no longer in the program:

  • QB Karé Lyles (transfer)
  • RB Sam Brodner
  • WR Chris Clementi
  • WR Sam DeLany
  • OL Brett Connors
  • S Jake Benzing
  • S Brad Laufenberg
  • S Ryan O’Connell

Perhaps the two most notable names here are Connors and Brodner. Connors, a former walk-on, played in 30 games throughout his Wisconsin career, most notably taking over at center for four games during the 2016 season.

Brodner, a redshirt sophomore, did not play last year due to a left knee injury suffered at the end of spring. He carried the ball at times during the spring, but faced an uphill battle for reps with Jonathan Taylor, Chris James, Bradrick Shaw, Garrett Groshek, and Taiwan Deal in front of him.

According to reports, their departures were explained by head coach Paul Chryst.

Position changes

  • As noted on Sunday, redshirt freshman Kayden Lyles will play nose tackle this year.
  • We noted the work Coy Wanner received in the backfield during the spring, and the roster now lists him as a fullback.

Number changes

There’s a lot of them, so here we go (excluding incoming freshmen who did not participate in spring ball):

  • WR Aron Cruickshank: No. 1 (previously No. 11)
  • S Reggie Pearson: No. 3 (No. 19)
  • CB Deron Harrell: No. 8 (No. 89)
  • S Scott Nelson: No. 9 (No. 25)
  • S Eric Burrell: No. 25 (No. 26)
  • CB Madison Cone: No. 31 (No. 24, though he switched in the spring)
  • OLB Paul Jackson: No. 38 (No. 41)
  • OLB Hegeman Tiedt: No. 46 (No. 45)
  • LS Josh Bernhagen: No. 52 (No. 91)

The rest of the freshmen

Five true freshmen enrolled early and participated in spring practices: Cruickshank, Pearson, Bryson Williams, Donte Burton, and Taj Mustapha. Here is the rest of the class of 2018 with their respective numbers and positions:

Wisconsin’s 2018 Roster

No. Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown High School
No. Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown High School
1 Aron Cruickshank WR 5'9 154 Fr. Brooklyn, N.Y. Erasmus Hall
2 Patrick Johnson S 5'11 193 So. Washington, D.C. The Bullis School
2 Chase Wolf QB 6'1 189 Fr. Loveland, Ohio Saint Xavier
3 Reggie Pearson S 5'10 190 Fr. Inkster, Mich. River Rouge
3 Kendric Pryor WR 5'11 181 So. Hazel Crest, Ill. Homewood-Flossmoor
4 Donte Burton CB 5'10 181 Fr. Loganville, Ga. Loganville
4 A.J. Taylor WR 5'11 203 Jr. Kansas City, Mo. Rockhurst
5 Chris James RB 5'10 222 Sr. Chicago, Ill. Notre Dame College Prep/Pittsburgh
5 Rachad Wildgoose CB 5'11 193 Fr. Miramar, Fla. Miami Northwestern
6 Danny Davis III WR 6'0 196 So. Springfield, Ohio Springfield
7 Bradrick Shaw RB 6'1 216 Jr. Birmingham, Ala. Hoover
8 Deron Harrell CB 6'2 182 Fr. Denver, Colo. East
9 Scott Nelson S 6'2 202 Fr. Detroit, Mich. University of Detroit Jesuit
10 Seth Currens S 6'3 206 So. Pickerington, Ohio Central
10 Isaac Guerendo RB 6'0 194 Fr. Clayton, Ind. Avon
11 Alexander Smith CB 5'11 181 Fr. Culver City, Calif. Culver City
12 Alex Hornibrook QB 6'4 219 Jr. West Chester, Pa. Malvern Prep
13 Evan Bondoc S 6'1 199 Sr. Madison, Wis. Edgewood
13 Mike Gregoire WR 5'10 166 Fr. Green Bay, Wis. Notre Dame Academy
14 D'Cota Dixon S 5'10 198 Sr. Oak Hill, Fla. New Smyrna Beach
15 Anthony Lotti P 6'0 187 Jr. Flowery Branch, Ga. West Hall
15 Danny Vanden Boom QB 6'5 212 Fr. Kimberly, Wis. Kimberly
16 Jack Dunn WR 5'7 172 So. Madison, Wis. Edgewood
17 Jack Coan QB 6'3 211 So. Sayville, N.Y. Sayville
17 Andrew Van Ginkel OLB 6'4 236 Sr. Rock Valley, Iowa Rock Valley/Iowa Western C.C.
18 Arrington Farrar OLB 6'2 249 Sr. Atlanta, Ga. Woodward
18 Collin Wilder S 5'10 195 Jr. Katy, Texas Katy
19 Nate Carter QB 6'5 200 Fr. Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee
19 John Torchio S 6'1 197 Fr. Lafayette, Calif. Campolindo
20 Faion Hicks CB 5'10 184 Fr. Miami, Fla. Flanagan
21 Mark Saari RB 6'0 207 Sr. Montreal, Wis. Hurley
21 Caesar Williams CB 6'0 185 So. Grand Prairie, Texas South
22 Cade Green WR 5'11 186 Fr. Austin, Texas Lake Travis
22 Jacob Heyroth ILB 6'0 204 Fr. Lodi, Wis. Lodi
23 Mason Stokke ILB 6'2 225 So. Menomonie, Wis. Menomonie
23 Jonathan Taylor RB 5'11 221 So. Salem, N.J. Salem
24 Travian Blaylock CB 5'11 183 Fr. Humble, Texas Atascocita
24 Adam Krumholz WR 6'1 194 So. Stoughton, Wis. Stoughton
25 Eric Burrell S 6'0 191 So. Severn, Md. McDonogh School
25 Nakia Watson RB 5'11 231 Fr. Austin, Texas Westlake
27 Rafael Gaglianone K 5'11 238 Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor
27 Cristian Volpentesta CB 5'9 184 So. Highland Park, Ill. Highland Park
28 Taiwan Deal RB 6'1 221 Sr. Capitol Heights, Md. DeMatha
28 Brady Schipper WR 5'11 195 Fr. Stoughton, Wis. Stoughton
29 Dontye Carriere-Williams CB 5'10 189 So. Miami, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas
30 Coy Wanner FB 6'3 248 Fr. Green Bay, Wis. Preble
31 Madison Cone CB 5'9 176 So. Kernersville, N.C. East Forsyth
31 Tyler Mais S 6'1 200 Fr. Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee
32 Jake Collinsworth FB 6'1 240 Fr. Merrill, Wis. Merrill
32 Marty Strey OLB 6'2 214 Fr. Sun Prairie, Wis. Sun Prairie
34 C.J. Goetz ILB 6'3 238 Fr. Muskego, Wis. Catholic Memorial
36 Hunter Johnson RB 6'0 216 Fr. Darlington, Wis. Darlington
37 Ethan Cesarz ILB 6'0 231 Fr. Delavan, Wis. Delavan-Darien
37 Garrett Groshek RB 5'11 218 So. Amherst Junction, Wis. Amherst
38 Paul Jackson OLB 6'3 234 Jr. Miami Gardens, Fla. Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline
38 P.J. Rosowski P 6'3 224 Sr. Stoughton, Wis. Stoughton
39 Zach Hintze K 6'0 186 Jr. Fond du Lac, Wis. St. Mary's Springs
41 Noah Burks OLB 6'2 241 So. Carmel, Ind. Carmel
41 Jack Eschenbach TE 6'6 213 Fr. Downers Grove, Ill. Benet Academy
42 Jaylan Franklin OLB 6'4 214 Fr. Brownstown, Mich. O.A. Carlson
43 Ryan Connelly ILB 6'3 237 Sr. Eden Prairie, Minn. Eden Prairie
44 John Chenal FB 6'2 235 Fr. Grantsburg, Wis. Grantsburg
45 Alec Ingold FB 6'2 242 Sr. Green Bay, Wis. Bay Port
46 Gabe Lloyd TE 6'4 231 So. Green Bay, Wis. Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran
46 Hegeman Tiedt OLB 6'4 235 So. Burlington, Wis. Burlington
47 Griffin Grady ILB 6'3 214 So. Dublin, Ohio Coffman
48 Mason Platter OLB 6'4 222 Fr. Menomonie, Wis. Menomonie
49 Kyle Penniston TE 6'4 243 Jr. Orange, Calif. Mater Dei
50 Izayah Green-May OLB 6'6 223 Fr. Bolingbrook, Ill. Bolingbrook
51 Adam Bay LS 6'0 225 So. Mesa, Ariz. Desert Ridge
52 Josh Bernhagen LS 6'2 229 So. Madison, Wis. La Follette
52 David Pfaff DE 6'2 284 Jr. Mequon, Wis. Homestead
53 T.J. Edwards ILB 6'1 242 Sr. Lake Villa, Ill. Lakes Community
54 Chris Orr ILB 6'0 232 Jr. DeSoto, Texas DeSoto
55 Christian Bell OLB 6'4 247 So. Birmingham, Ala. Hoover/Alabama
56 Zack Baun OLB 6'3 230 Jr. Brown Deer, Wis. Brown Deer
57 Michael Balistreri DE 6'4 294 Fr. Grafton, Wis. University School of Milwaukee
57 Jack Sanborn ILB 6'2 228 Fr. Deer Park, Ill. Lake Zurich
58 Mike Maskalunas ILB 6'3 229 So. Long Grove, Ill. Adlai E. Stevenson
59 Tyler Johnson OLB 6'3 240 Jr. Menasha, Wis. Menasha
59 Andrew Lyons OL 6'5 289 Fr. Kenosha, Wis. Bradford
60 Logan Bruss OL 6'5 303 Fr. Appleton, Wis. Kimberly
61 Tyler Biadasz OL 6'3 319 So. Amherst, Wis. Amherst
62 Patrick Kasl OL 6'5 318 So. Wyoming, Minn. Forest Lake
63 Michael Deiter OL 6'6 310 Sr. Curtice, Ohio Genoa
65 Tyler Beach OL 6'6 311 Fr. Grafton, Wis. Port Washington
66 Beau Benzschawel OL 6'6 315 Sr. Grafton, Wis. Grafton
67 Jon Dietzen OL 6'6 323 Jr. Black Creek, Wis. Seymour
68 David Moorman OL 6'5 306 Jr. Northville, Mich. Northville
69 Aaron Vopal DE 6'6 300 Fr. De Pere, Wis. De Pere
70 Josh Seltzner OL 6'4 333 Fr. Columbus, Wis. Columbus
71 Cole Van Lanen OL 6'5 311 So. Green Bay, Wis. Bay Port
73 Alex Fenton OL 6'4 313 Fr. Menomonie, Wis. Menomonie
74 Michael Furtney OL 6'5 291 Fr. Milan, Mich. Milan
74 Gunnar Roberge NT 6'4 300 Jr. Seymour, Wis. Seymour
75 Micah Kapoi OL 6'3 308 Sr. Kapolei, Hawaii Kapolei
76 Kayden Lyles NT 6'3 323 Fr. Madison, Wis. Middleton
77 Blake Smithback OL 6'2 301 Fr. Waunakee, Wis. Waunakee
78 Jason Erdmann OL 6'6 325 Jr. Richfield, Wis. Slinger
79 David Edwards OL 6'7 315 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 6'5 239 Fr. Madison, Wis. Memorial
85 Zander Neuville TE 6'5 252 Sr. Waupaca, Wis. Waupaca
86 Luke Benzschawel TE 6'6 247 So. Grafton, Wis. Grafton
87 Quintez Cephus WR 6'1 207 Jr. Macon, Ga. Stratford Academy
89 A.J. Abbott WR 6'2 179 Fr. Northville, Mich. West Bloomfield
90 Connor Allen P 6'0 172 Jr. New Berlin, Wis. Brookfield East
90 Isaiah Mullens DE 6'4 283 Fr. Columbus, Ohio Harvest Prep
91 Bryson Williams NT 6'2 301 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. Southeast
93 Garrett Rand DE 6'2 278 Jr. Chandler, Ariz. Hamilton
94 Boyd Dietzen DE 6'3 252 Fr. Combined Locks, Wis. Kimberly
94 Matt Henningsen DE 6'3 277 Fr. Menomonee Falls, Wis. Menomonee Falls
95 Keldric Preston DE 6'4 250 So. Tampa, Fla. Robinson
96 Cormac Sampson TE 6'4 255 Fr. Eau Claire, Wis. Memorial
96 Conor Schlichting P 6'2 218 Fr. Madison, Wis. East
97 Isaiahh Loudermilk DE 6'7 300 So. Howard, Kan. West Elk
98 Kraig Howe DE 6'3 272 Jr. Dayton, Ohio Archbishop Alter
98 Collin Larsh K 5'10 185 Fr. Marshall, Wis. Monona Grove
99 Olive Sagapolu NT 6'2 342 Sr. Pago Pago, American Samoa Mater Dei (Calif.)

Update: According to a UW official, this is actually the 120-man roster. Teams will be allowed to have 110 players on the roster for training camp.