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Badgers center becomes first to enter transfer portal

The Badgers have their first player in the transfer portal.

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Wisconsin Badgers center Dylan Barrett is entering the transfer portal after four years in Madison, he announced on Wednesday.

A redshirt junior, Barrett has two years of remaining eligibility, which he’ll carry to his next destination.

In his send-off message, Barrett shared appreciation towards his coaches, teammates, and the fans during his time in Madison.

“First, thank you, God, for the gift to play the great game of football!,” Barrett shared to Twitter.

“Thank you to Coach Chryst, Coach Fickell, and all of their staff for shaping the player and man I am today.”

“To every teammate I have ever shared the field with, I am forever grateful for the blood, sweat, and tears we shed together. I am thankful for the friendships and mentorships you all have blessed me with.”

“To my family and friends, thank you for all the continued unwavering love and support!”

“Lastly, Badger nation, thank you for exemplifying true loyalty. I am forever grateful to have experienced running out to a sea of red at Camp Randall.”

“That said, it’s time to open the door to new opportunities. I’m entering the transfer portal with two years of eligibility. Excited to start a new chapter in my football journey.”

A three-star recruit in the Class of 2020, Barrett committed to UW over offers from Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, and Cincinnati, among others.

Barrett had been on the two-deep at several times this year while Jake Renfro worked his way back from injury, but never cracked the rotation during his time in Madison.

Now, the redshirt junior will look for opportunities elsewhere.