According to multiple outlets, the Wisconsin Badgers no longer have P/K Blake Wilcox on the roster anymore. Jake from AllBadgers, Colton from the Wisconsin State Journal and Jeff Potrykus from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel all reported on Tuesday that the University had confirmed to them in a statement that Wilcox was no longer with the team.
Originally reported by Travis Wilson from WisSportsNet on Sunday, the news was confirmed on Tuesday by the above reporters.
This is interesting: it seems former Kettle Moraine standout punter/kicker Blake Wilcow, one of top ranked specialists in the country in HS, was not extended a roster spot at Wisconsin after his frosh year there. Was rehabbing injury but seemed headed to compete for punter job.— Travis Wilson (@travisWSN) May 24, 2020
Wilcox, out of Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, was rated as a 5-star punter (No. 4 in the country) AND kicker (No. 5) by Kohl’s Kicking Camps and redshirted in Madison this past season as a preferred walk-on. Wilcox was listed, as a kicker, on the Wisconsin spring roster that was released before spring practice was cancelled.
Potrykus, who apparently doesn’t know how to thread tweets, got a chance to chat with Wilcox after the news came out and it seems as though there was a miscommunication between him and the team. This is probably why D-III transfer Andy Vujnovich (University of Dub was brought on board so late in the game.
While both punters that saw action last year, Anthony Lotti and Connor Allen, graduated there were still two others on the spring roster besides Wilcox. Redshirt junior Conor Schlichting and D-III transfer Andy Vujnovich (who will probably need a waiver to play immediately) will now vie for the starting punter job while true freshman Gavin Meyers, out of Oshkosh, will likely redshirt. Collin Larsh was the presumed starting place kicker with redshirt freshman Joe Stoll and true freshman, out of Neenah, Jack Van Dyke in the mix as competition.