The Wisconsin Badgers got some good news on Thursday, as safety Hunter Wohler announced that he’ll be returning for his senior season when speaking to reporters ahead of the team’s bowl game.
Wohler, a junior in 2023, recorded 113 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two interceptions this season, which earned him All-Big Ten honors.
After the season, Wohler revealed that he would test the draft waters, but ultimately decided that returning for another season would be the best decision for his future.
“Yeah, I talked to Coach Fickell and he got in touch with people and I don’t know how all that [testing the draft waters] works either, but he got in touch with some people. I got some really good information and had some really good conversations. So I’m happy where I am. This is where I should be. I’m excited for this game and moving forward. I’m excited to be here,” Wohler said Thursday.
While Wohler did receive feedback on his draft status, he internally knew what his decision was going to be, as the safety had some unfinished business at Wisconsin.
“Of course, there really wasn’t much of a doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be around coming into next season. I made a commitment to my teammates, to the coaches,” Wohler said. “Obviously, those ones aren’t here anymore. But I made a commitment to this university and my teammates in specific that I will be here and I will be here to give my everything for this team.”
“And there’s a lot of unfinished business. We haven’t had the seasons that we need to be having since I’ve been here. So we need to make that happen. And I have to be around for that because that’s what I came here for. I came here to win and we have to do that.”
Wohler isn’t shutting the door on the NFL, but rather letting the course take its time, while accomplishing what he desires at Wisconsin.
“I think it was after the season, I kind of already knew what my plan was. I kind of knew where my head was at already,” Wohler said. “And after a lot of really good conversations with Coach Fickell, with my parents, with some other people, the best thing is for me to be here and be with my brothers and keep this train moving forward.”
“There’s a lot of things to do. Obviously we’re going to get some new players. The guys that we have right now are going to grow a lot. And just being on the field, I don’t want to look past this game that’s coming up, but it will be exciting and I can’t wait for that. And when the time comes, I’ll be ready for it.”
While the Badgers have experienced a lot of turnover across the roster, the safeties haven’t changed much, apart from Travian Blaylock losing eligibility, which means Wohler will have a similar group around him next season.