Wisconsin Badgers football appears to be in a very strong position as we get closer and closer to the return of Big Ten football. On paper, the Badgers appear to have one of the strongest defenses in the country and one of their strengths is a secondary that has experience, and depth all over the two deep at each position.
Today safety Collin Wilder and corners Faion Hicks and Caesar Williams spoke to the media about the confidence they have as a group and the energy they’ll bring to this crazy 2020 season.
Energy appears to be a main concern around all of college football and rightfully so. Here in Madison on a normal Saturday in normal times 85,000+ fans will congregate inside the stadium and all around the city pockets of others will watch with family and friends. Now though, we’ll all be forced to watch distanced from one another but the energy will still need to be there. Thankfully for the Badgers, they’ll bring their own.
"It's gonna be different, Camp Randall isn't going to be the same without 85,000+ fans there. We're definitely gonna miss them. Our emphasis is "BYOJ (Bring your own juice)... it's going to be up to us to bring our own energy."— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 14, 2020
- Wilder, discussing no fans at Camp Randall
One thing that will help the energy for the defensive squad in 2020 is a proven leader on the sideline. That leader has shown up in defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard who will lead the Badgers once again in 2020. He’s highly considered one of the top defensive minds in football, and the players respond well to it, creating a unit ready to perform at a high level.
"He seems to have the answer to everything you ask him... any questions you have he can point you in the right direction and show you...It's great to have a coach that played so long in the league because he understands it."— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 14, 2020
-Hicks, discussing defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard
With a great defensive coach to lead them, and a solid returning unit, it appears this defense has progressed over the course of the off-season. Caesar Williams, one of the Badgers projected starting cornerbacks claims the chemistry is there as a unit, and now it’s time to put it on the film and prove themselves.
"I think we have definitely taken a step forward. I think we are gradually always inclining. Having Coach Leonhard and the same guys back, the chemistry is there, the playmaking is there, it's just time to put it on film."— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 14, 2020
-Caesar Williams on the progression of the defense
With kickoff just nine days away (YEAH, SINGLE DIGITS BABY) it’s fair to say that the defense for Wisconsin appears to be ready to prove themselves. To do that they’ll have to play together, but experience lends them a favor in having a unit that is ready and able to do so. They’ll have to bring their own energy, but it sounds like the confidence is there and that the defense will be flying around and bringing the juice no matter what.