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A couple of transfers, and some new coaching announcements.

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With the Wisconsin Badgers kicking off winter conditioning last week, it is worth taking a look/catching up at some of the former members of the program who have made news recently.

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.

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.

He visited Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Kansas before choosing the Commodores on Dec. 18.

Mike Caputo

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.

Joel Nellis

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.]