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Wisconsin football: Caesar Williams set to return in 2021

The Badgers received big news Sunday with the announcement that Caesar Williams would be coming back for another season.

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The Wisconsin Badgers have another key contributor from the past few seasons set to retun in 2021.

On Sunday afternoon, senior cornerback Caesar Williams took to social media to declare his intention to come back for a sixth season at Wisconsin. The multi-year starter opted to take advantage of an NCAA waiver that allows players to return for another season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The return of Williams means that both of the Badgers starting cornerbacks will be back for another season, after Faion Hicks also announced his plan to return following the bowl game win over Wake Forest.

A lengthy cornerback that broke out in 2019, Williams should be another vital cog in the Wisconsin defense after seeing extended playing time the past three seasons in Madison. Over the course of his career he has recorded 72 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defended and a forced fumble.

At this point, Wisconsin is officially set to return six upperclassmen who were projected exhaust their eligibility prior to the COVID-19 waiver:

  • Cornerback Caesar Williams
  • Safety Collin Wilder
  • Wide receiver Kendric Pryor
  • Outside linebacker Noah Burks
  • Inside linebacker Mike Maskalunas
  • Wide receiver Jack Dunn

All six players will be coming back for their sixth season of eligibility, with the status of wide receiver Danny Davis still up in the air as well.

The addition of Williams to the 2021 roster should give Jim Leonhard a very experienced secondary to lean on defensively, and instantly increases the depth at the cornerback position.