During the summer doldrums of sports news, many college football fans are starved for news and information regarding their favorite teams.
With that in mind, we at B5Q have decided to take a more detailed look at each walk-on contributor and scholarship player on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for 2020 in a running feature, our 2020 returnee profiles.
Each weekday we will breakdown one player on the football roster to look back at their recruiting process, their career as a Badger to this juncture and lastly preview their potential contribution to the team in 2020 and beyond.
Today, we focus our attention on safety Titus Toler.
Name: Titus Toler
2020 eligibility: redshirt freshman
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 Composite 3-star, No. 41 safety, Bellflower, Calif.
2019 Recruitment: Despite a smattering of offers from all over the country, Titus Toler decided to commit to Colorado early after an official visit in June of 2018. At the time he held offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Cal, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.
When a coaching change happened at Colorado in the fall of 2019 however, Toler began to look around. The talented safety out of powerhouse St. John Bosco took an official visit to Cal in late November, and was offered by Wisconsin around the same time. The high school teammate of Badger commit Spencer Lytle, Toler wound up taking an official visit to Madison a couple weeks after earning the offer, and decommitted from the Buffaloes shortly thereafter. Toler eventually signed with Wisconsin, and was a huge late addition to the 2019 class.
Career statistics: redshirted in 2019
2019 statistics: redshirted in 2019
Player overview: An extremely talented and hard hitting safety from one of the best high school programs in the entire country, Titus Toler was a big get for Jim Leonhard’s group late in the recruiting process.
In his first year on campus he was primarily a scout team member in practices during his redshirt season, but he has the skills to be a really impactful player down the road.
Best case scenario for 2020: With COVID-19 muddying a clear picture of what 2020 will look like in college football, all hands should be on deck for the season. Titus Toler is the type of talented athlete that is currently waiting in the wings behind some older players who have more experience. However, with so much uncertainty surrounding the year, Toler should continue to see gains from practice and valuable reps in special teams or late game situations. If injuries hit the safety room hard, he should be ready to step up as well.
Likely role on team in 2020: It is hard to see a path to major playing time for Toler in 2020 with four established upperclassmen in front of him on the depth chart. That being said, Toler has the size, athleticism, and physicality that could make him a valuable special teams player. With multiple safeties projected to exhaust their eligibility this season, Toler is a candidate to see a bigger role in 2021. It would make a lot of sense for the staff to try to get him involved in some way with that in mind.