The Wisconsin Badgers have seen several players announce their intentions to enter the transfer portal this offseason, as the portal officially opened on Monday, December 4th.
As news continues to come, I’ll publish articles as I have about the transfer portal, but will continue to update this thread with the latest for the Badgers and who’s moving on from the program.
The Badgers are losing one of their rotational defensive linemen, as Darian Varner is entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.
A transfer from Temple in 2022, Varner will move on after a disappointing campaign at Wisconsin.
The Badgers are losing one of their starting defensive linemen, as Rodas Johnson is entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.
A two-year starter at Wisconsin, Johnson will move on with one year of remaining eligibility.
The Badgers are losing one of their starting linebackers, as Jordan Turner is entering the transfer portal.
A two-year starter at Wisconsin, Turner will have one year of remaining eligibility.
UPDATE: Turner has committed to Michigan State.
The Badgers lost their second offensive lineman to the portal, as Trey Wedig is moving on after four years in Madison.
Wedig saw time at right tackle and both guard spots during his time at Wisconsin, and will likely look for a bigger role elsewhere.
UPDATE: Wedig has committed to Indiana.
The Badgers lost their first freshman of the class, as outside linebacker Jordan Mayer is entering the transfer portal.
Mayer, who has four years of eligibility remaining, was initially a recruit of the old staff, but stuck around with Luke Fickell at head coach until moving this offseason.
In an expected move, walk-on cornerback Amaun Williams is entering the transfer portal after the redshirt junior was not on Wisconsin’s roster this past season.
He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Skyler Bell became the first key rotational player to announce his intentions to transfer, as the slot receiver is moving on after his role diminished due to the ascendance of Will Pauling this year.
Bell, who had 38 catches for 296 yards and a touchdown in 2023, leaves with two years of eligibility left.
The biggest news for the Badgers came when starting receiver Chimere Dike announced that he would enter the portal as a graduate transfer on Monday.
Dike, who caught 47 passes for 689 yards and six touchdowns in 2022, saw his role diminished in Wisconsin’s new offense, as he caught just 19 passes for 328 yards and a touchdown.
UPDATE: Dike has committed to Florida.
WR Keontez Lewis
Keontez Lewis announced his intentions to transfer back in September after falling out of the receiver rotation, but officially submitted the paperwork to do so on Monday.
Lewis is entering the portal as a graduate transfer and will look for his third home.
Walk-on linebacker Ross Gengler announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal, moving on with two years of eligibility.
Gengler was primarily a reserve during his time at Wisconsin, and had passed on a variety of D-II and D-III offers to join the Badgers as a walk-on back in 2020.
Dylan Barrett became the first to enter the transfer portal for the Badgers this offseason.
A redshirt junior with two years of eligibility left, Barrett was seen at times on the two-deep at center while Jake Renfro was injured, but was primarily the third-string center.
Myles Burkett also announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal on November 29th, moving on with three years of eligibility.
Burkett was entrenched in a crowded battle at quarterback, as Wisconsin has fellow redshirt freshmen Braedyn Locke and Nick Evers, true freshman Cole LaCrue, and incoming freshman Mabrey Mettauer in the room for next season.