B5Q confirmed last week that tight end Kyle Penniston is in the Transfer Portal, but looking back in the past month-plus, two other Badgers found homes at other college destinations after brief stops in JUCO programs.
Two former Wisconsin players also found new coaching positions—one at the college level at a familiar university with a familiar former ex-coach, and the other staying at the same high school he has coached at but now leading the football program.
QB Karé Lyles
The former Wisconsin quarterback tweeted on Jan. 28 that he will play at FCS program Southern Illinois, which is a part of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Lyles left the Wisconsin football program after spring practices last season. He played for Scottsdale Community College this past fall, and judging from below, he put up quite the stats.
OFFICIAL SEASON HIGHLIGHTS— Karé Lyles (@kare_lyles4) December 21, 2018
316.25 yds/g : 1st in NJCAA
25 TD’s : 2nd in NJCAA
1st Team ALL WSFL QB
1st Team ALL REGION QB
Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American https://t.co/cROSnTBEc1
CB Dontye Carriere-Williams
This is from a ways back during the early signing period, but B5Q never got the chance to mention it. Carriere-Williams announced his intention to leave Wisconsin just days before the 2018 season opener against Western Kentucky.
Like Lyles, he took the JUCO route and enrolled at Independence Community College in Kansas.
On Dec. 18, Utah State and its head coach, Gary Andersen, named Caputo as safeties coach. The former Badgers safety and LSU defensive graduate assistant obviously played for Andersen at UW for two seasons in 2013-14.
Caputo played in 53 games, starting 40 contests, as a member of Wisconsin’s defense. He made a huge impact on the secondary when Andersen and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda came to Madison.
The former safety went to Baton Rouge to be a grad assistant under Aranda after a brief cup of coffee in the NFL, and now he will have the opportunity to teach Andersen’s next generation of safeties.
I could not end this article without news about the former Wisconsin walk-on and tight end (and admittedly, my Walk-On This Way co-author). Brookfield Central High School named Nellis as its head coach on Wednesday. He succeeds Jed Kennedy, who in another Wisconsin connected coached one Melvin Gordon when Kennedy led the Kenosha Bradford program years ago.
Nellis played at Wisconsin as a reserve tight end from 2001-05 during the final years of the Barry Alvarez era, earning a scholarship his final two years as a junior and senior. He has been the co-offensive line coach at Brookfield Central for the past five years.
If Brookfield Central sounds like a familiar high school for Wisconsin fans, former Badgers Joe Thomas, Ben Strickland, Brad Nortman and Chikwe Obasih all hail from the high school based in the southeastern Wisconsin area.
[In a full circle of B5Q-Wisconsin connections, former B5Q scribe and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel prep sports reporter Curt Hogg wrote up an article on Nellis’ hiring. It’s a small world after all.]