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Wisconsin football notebook: Change coming for kicking game

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After Kyle French's struggles continued vs. Northwestern, Gary Andersen said Monday that Jack Russell will take over kicking duties vs. Illinois.

Harry How

After a day to digest Wisconsin's homecoming win over Northwestern Saturday, head coach Gary Andersen held his weekly press conference to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the continued struggles of the kicking game.

The Badgers also released their depth chart for Saturday's game at Illinois, reflecting a few intriguing changes.

Andersen said Jack Russell will take over kicking duties vs. Illinois. Kyle French has been the starting kicker this season, but his struggles continued Saturday with a missed 38-yard field goal. On the season, French is 5-of-8 on field goals with one missed extra point. Russell missed his only field goal attempt of the season, a 31-yarder at the end of the Sept. 7 Tennessee Tech game.

Press conference round-up

Week 8 depth chart

OFFENSE
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM
QB 2 Joel Stave (So.) 10 Curt Phillips (Sr.)
RB 20 James White (Sr.) 25 Melvin Gordon (So.)
FB 34 Derek Watt (So.) 26 Derek Straus (So.)
WR 4 Jared Abbrederis (Sr.) 86 Alex Erickson (Fr.)
WR 9 Jordan Fredrick (So.) 3 Kenzel Doe (Jr.)
TE 48 Jacob Pedersen (Sr.) 49 Sam Arneson (Jr.)
TE 85 Brian Wozniak (Sr.) 81 Brock DeCicco (Sr.)
LT 61 Tyler Marz (So.) 74 Hayden Biegel (Fr.)
LG 79 Ryan Groy (Sr.) 71 Ray Ball (So.)
C 73 Dallas Lewallen (Jr.) 70 Dan Voltz (Fr.)
RG 54 Kyle Costigan (Jr.) 75 Zac Matthias (Sr.)
RT 78 Rob Havenstein (Jr.) 62 Walker Williams (Fr.)

DEFENSE
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM
DL 92 Pat Muldoon (Sr.) OR 51 Tyler Dippel (Sr.)
NT 96 Beau Allen (Sr.) 45 Warren Herring (Jr.)
DL 87 Ethan Hemer (Sr.) 91 Konrad Zagzebski (Jr.)
OLB 36 Ethan Armstrong (Sr.) 58 Joe Schobert (So.)
ILB 44 Chris Borland (Sr.) 59 Marcus Trotter (Jr.)
ILB 30 Derek Landisch (Jr.) OR 13 Conor O'Neill (Sr.)
OLB 97 Brendan Kelly (Sr.) 47 Vince Biegel (So.)
CB 8 Sojourn Shelton (Fr.) 9 Jakarrie Washington (Fr.)
SS 12 Dezmen Southward (Sr.) 14 Nate Hammon (Fr.) OR 17 Tanner McEvoy (So.)
FS 7 Michael Caputo (So.) 19 Leo Musso (Fr.)
CB 21 Peniel Jean (Jr.) 11 T.J. Reynard (So.)
NB 5 Darius Hillary (So.)

SPECIAL TEAMS
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM
P 90 Drew Meyer (So.) 96 Stephen Salata (So.)
K (FG) 17 Jack Russell (So.) 94 Kyle French (Jr.)
KO 85 Andrew Endicott (Fr.) 94 Kyle French (Jr.)
LS 56 James McGuire (Jr.) 60 Connor Udelhoven (Fr.)
H 90 Drew Meyer (So.) 96 Stephen Salata (So.)
PR 3 Kenzel Doe (Jr.) OR 4 Jared Abbrederis (Sr.)
9 Jordan Fredrick (So.)
KR 3 Kenzel Doe (Jr.) 27 Kyle Zuleger (Sr.)